Women’s Only Weekend at Retallack!

Words by Lindsey Vories

Summer Bike Retreat – Retallack Lodge

Date: September 13-16 2012
Cost: $1320
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We’re excited for the second year of Ride The Enlightening! Joining us again this season; Lindsey Voreis from AllRide, Lorraine Blancher and new to our coaching team Kelli Sherbininn from Endless Biking. This is an experience of a lifetime for women who love to ride mountain bikes! This retreat has it all: backwoods luxury lodging, mountain biking, world class coaching, a heli drop, yoga, holistic nutrition, gourmet meals, and thousands of vertical feet of winding single track.

When you experience how much you can learn and grow on a bike through the support and knowledge of other women in the sport, your confidence and love of riding will expand beyond what you thought possible.

Retallack is a remote mountain bikers paradise with access to untapped trails that flow right to your doorstep. It is a place to relax, rejuvenate and shred hard each day. Cat-Sass brings a surf/yoga retreat feel where you learn amazing new skills and walk away with a spiritual experience in the woods. Isn’t that why we ride? We tap into our aggressive, adrenaline junkie sides, while at the same time we find zen and peace while riding.

At Retallack Lodge, tucked away in the West Kootenays in beautiful British Columbia, we wake up each day to spectacular alpine views of the Selkirk, Purcell, and Valhalla Mountains. Fresh smoothies and morning yoga sessions are followed by a gourmet breakfast and three days of learning new skills and dropping into endless miles of sweet flowing single-track. Explore the rich dark earth of the Kootenay’s finest trails, improve your riding skills with world class instructors, build confidence and breathe the fresh air of the Selkirk Mountains. Soak in the scenery as you ride trails back down to our private lodge tucked amongst the Cedar trees and bond with women who share the love of the bike. With Retallack’s professionally guided back country mountain packages, you will be able to access winding bermed single-track descents of up to 5,000 vertical feet through old growth forests via a combination of off-road vehicles and helicopters. Our network of trails is located in the Selkirk Mountains of the West Kootenays and are dispersed over an approximate area of 5,900 square kilometres (1,458,000 acres). We have lots of options to choose from! Luxury food and accommodations are provided at Retallack’s 11,000 sq ft lodge – located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, one hour North of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

This retreat provides a supportive environment for women to experience outer and inner adventures. This is the ultimate Summer retreat for intermediate to advanced riders interested in developing their skills and adventuring with a group of fabulous felines….sorry boys….girl’s trip only!

“I was a timid mountain biker going into my 30’s. I am passionate about teaching women to understand how to be one with their bike and how the physics of it all works. I am faster and more skilled than ever because I ride and teach with the motto: SKILLS BEFORE BALLS, IF YOU UNDERSTAND IT, YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH IT.”

-Lindsey Voreis

“Helping riders find their ultimate bike balance and teaching them how to maintain it through all types of terrain is a passion. Being able to do it for a exclusive Cat Sass Retreat at the ultimate Summer Destination, Retallack = Dream.”

– Lorraine Blancher

5000 Feet with the Specialized Demo on Pinkbike


Day 1:
6:00pm ~ Orientation, Dinner

Day 2:
7:00am ~ Vega Power Green Smoothies
7:30am ~ Yoga
9:00am ~ Breakfast
9:45am ~ Safety Briefing. Exclusive Retallack Lodge Skills Park Session – Dial in Kootenay Steeps, fluidity in technical terrain and descending tight turns
12:30 Lunch
1:00 pm Shuttle Signature Retallack Lodge Technical Trail (as seen in Life Cycles).
3:00-3:30pm ~ Apres Ride
4:00pm ~ Yoga
5:30pm ~ Nutrition/Speaker
7:00pm ~ Dinner

Day 3:
6:30am ~ Vega Power Greens
7:00am ~ Yoga
8:30am ~ Breakfast
9:00am ~ Gear packed, bikes loaded, drive to Nelson Airport
10:30am ~ Heli brief, Heli drop on Powerslave in Nelson
5:30pm ~ Nutrition/Speaker
7:00pm ~ Dinner

Day 4:
7:00am ~ Vega Power Green Smoothies
7:30am ~ Yoga
9:00am ~ Breakfast
9:45am ~ Exclusive Retallack Lodge Skills Park Session – Jumps, Drops and Sweet Berms
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00pm Shuttle New Retallack Lodge Jump Trail built by Paddy Kaye from Joy Ride
3:30pm ~ Apres Ride
4:00pm ~ Dinner & Awards!

*** If at any time you need to take time for yourself, enjoy a steam, relax in our hot tub, or get a massage please do so. This is your vacation so please listen to your body. There will be massage sign up sheets, but pre booking is recommended to guarantee your time and space. Our days are packed with adventure so the schedule may change slightly but we are here to make sure you have the best experience and trip of a life time!


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