This March the Dirty Harlots raised over $2,000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowling for Kids’ Sake fundraiser! Thank you to everyone who donated and supported this local program. It is one of the missions of the team to be involved in Community fundraisers and give back to important causes. We may be amazing mountain bikers, and the top fundraisers in our cohort, but we could use some serious bowling practice.
It’s almost March already, how in the heck did that happen? Longer, sunnier days mean it’s time to start training for race season!
We’ve got some exciting changes for the 2014 season. We have added four new super awesome shredders to the team.
We welcome with open arms Amy Esnard, Jaimie Didier, Nikki Hollatz and Laura Whiting (bios coming soon!).
The Oregon Super-D Series is now called the Oregon Enduro Series. There are some pretty big changes to the race format, and one more venue has been added–one of my favorites, Ashland! Check out the website for details.
We are also looking for new sponsors to help make this race season a success! We’ll proudly represent your company while we ride, train, and race–just contact us to learn how to sponsor the Dirty Harlots!
See you on the trail and happy shredding!
It’s high time for the Harlots to give props and thanks to our sponsors–a list that only keeps getting longer! For 2014, we have the following companies on board, helping us out with product and monies that we are putting toward our race jerseys, a team banner, etc:
I can’t say enough about how amazing it has been to watch the Gorge community’s support for cycling grow over the past few years. With sweet riding in every cardinal direction–both mountain and road–Hood River is poised to become a world-class cycling destination, right up there with Fruita and perhaps one day, even Moab. Factor in all of the other outdoor and cultural activities, from kiteboarding to kayaking, fabulous restaurants, breweries, and wineries, and beautiful scenery, and we’ve got a veritable mecca for adventure and fun!
The Harlots are so stoked to be a part of this supportive and wonderful community, during such an exciting time in the evolution of cycling both as an industry on the whole, and within our little corner of the world. We are also proud to be involved as a team with the newly formed Hood River Area Trail Stewards (HRATS), a locally-managed IMBA chapter dedicated to maintaining, building, and saving our trail networks, and with Post and Pinot, the Gorge’s only dedicated weekly women’s mountain bike ride (first ride of the year is tonight!), complete with post-ride wine and raffle prizes.
A big, huge, heart-felt THANK YOU to all of our sponsors for 2014. We will do our best to represent and make you proud!
2012 was an amazing year for the Dirty Harlots! Representing Hood River, podium after podium finish. The girls trained hard, and it paid off. With the support from all of our amazing sponsors, the team swept the Oregon Enduro Series!
Ingrid Larouche placed 6th overall as a first year women’s pro rider. Shana Sweitzer claimed the CAT 1 open women’s, while her best friend and teammate Jennifer Johnson chased her to the end for a very close 2nd place overall. These two remarkable women have competed head to head their entire lives. The two were only seconds apart in every stage!
Firefighter and amazing athlete Erica Nelson had an impressive season balancing her life adventures and racing for the Harlots. She placed 4th overall. Kelly Knokes our young and inspiring Environmental law student took 5th overall with her friend Val Vanderpool placing 8th. It was inspiring to watch these ladies chase their edge.
The Cat 2 category was taken by Stephanie Armesto with Heather Pola in third place. These two up and coming riders will be something to keep your eye on.
We are all looking forward to the 2013 race season. Our team will be expanding with some talented new riders. Our ladies have been busy re-building Post Canyon and training hard for the 2013 Oregon Enduro Series. C U ALL ON THE TRAILS!!!
September was a quiet month for the Harlots. Super-D season is pretty much over, a couple of us are taking care of injuries from the series final in Sandy Ridge, and it’s just been a good time to slow down a bit. A little sabbatical can be good for the shredder’s soul (…and lower back…and hip flexor…and ribs…and shoulder).
We bade a sad farewell to our dear teammate Jessica Robinson a couple of weeks ago, wishing her the best as she migrated north to Bellingham, Washington for a year of higher education. We already miss her, on and off the bike. The good news is, she lives all that much closer to Whistler. I see an early season Canada trip in the Harlots’ future next spring…
Hood River lady rippers just wrapped up a great first season of the weekly Post and Pinot ride, sponsored by Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair and Naked Winery. What a fun summer it was, meeting new women who are stoked to ride, laughing until our guts hurt, eating popcorn popped just for us by Gary at Dirty Fingers, and drinking enough wine and beer on a Wednesday evening to make it feel like a Friday. Good times, ladies! I already can’t wait until next season.
Thanks to Heather Pola for all of the fabulous schwag she scored for our raffles!
The fall riding season in the Gorge is something I’ve been looking forward to for a couple of months. The trails are tacky, the temps are perfect, all bathed in that gorgeous fall light that is the stuff of dreams. I am personally very excited to ride the Syncline again, after the typical hiatus from the dust, heat, and poison oak it’s famous for during the summer months.Post and Pinot might be over, but I do see potential for Syncline and Solstice on Wednesday evenings, shredding followed by all-you-can-eat pizza at Solstice Cafe in Bingen. Hells yeah!
As far as the team goes, we are in the process of planning for the 2012 season. It may seem a little early to be thinking about it, but it’s never too early, really, to start looking for more sponsors. We hope to expand the team to six or eight lady rippers, all based in Hood River. I see potential for good exposure for sponsors, as we all did very well in the Oregon Super-D series this year, with Hood River ladies taking top podium spots for each race, and for the series overall. Besides looking for more sponsors, we plan to attend more races–ideally all of the Super-D races in the Northwest, an XC race or two, and maybe even some DH. We’ll keep you posted as things evolve — and we’ll be introducing new team members very soon!
Happy Fall Riding!
I thought maybe this news is too old to post now, but the Sandy Ridge Super-D and final race of the series was so much fun, I can’t help myself!
The build up to this fourth race was tremendous. Fields were stacked, overall series points were very close in some cases, and as the series prizes were announced, the competitor came out in all of us. I think deep down, each of us wanted to win a new Santa Cruz or Ellsworth bike frame–motivation enough to bring the claws out and fight for it in this last race of the season!
The Sandy Ridge course is different from all others, and in many ways, was a breath of fresh air. No barf-inducing climbs, very few boring flats and NO ROAD riding made this track just plain fun. It is pretty true-to-nature, classic Super-D style: a few short climbs and super fun downhill sections. What I love about this course is that it has a little bit of everything, including jumpy sections with tabletops and little hits, bermy/banky sections, and a few technical rocky/rooty sections to keep you on your toes. Fun, fun, fun!
If you haven’t ridden out at Sandy yet, hop to it! The network is small but well-built. My first run there involved lots of squealing with delight, and more than once, I was reminded of Whistler’s Crank It Up. A new trail called Quid Pro Flow is peppered with a few awesome technical sections, rocky and delightful. It wasn’t part of the course, but a must-ride if you go to Sandy!
Our sponsor, Hermosa Tours, provided shuttles for the race on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Jessica and I drove a lot of shuttles and loaded an insane number of bikes, up until our own race runs. It was a lot of hard work, but so much fun to interact with all of the racers and see so many familiar faces from throughout the season.
The results (Sandy here and Series overall here)say it all — Hood River racers dominated the Super-D series. Such a dedicated group of riders came out for all of the races, and everyone did so well in the series–even with some significant carnage and mechanicals.
I am so proud to be part of such a strong group of women riders, who came out in force from all corners of the Northwest and beyond to race the Super-D series. From the Sturdy Bitch Race team based in Seattle, to the pro women traveling from near and far, all levels of lady rippers showed up, threw down, and made the Super-D series, and my summer, pretty darn amazing.
Ingrid Larouche took the series for the ladies 35+ Category. She’s a shredder, raced her heart out, and deserved to win that Ellsworth frame! Yeah Ingrid!
I already cannot wait for next year’s race season. If it’s even half as fun as this year’s series, I’ll be stoked!
Big, huge thanks going out to all of our sponsors! Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair, Harlot Clothing Company, Hermosa Tours-Hood River, Five Ten, and Volcanic Bottle Shoppe – you helped make our season even better, hooking us up with all sorts of good stuff. We’re proud to represent!
We’ll be updating the blog throughout the winter, so keep checking back for updates from the Harlots!
Two weekends of Super D racing in a row? Oh hell yes! I wasn’t going to miss the chance to race the Greenline 6 trail in Capitol Forest for anything. One hundred percent singletrack, this course has a little bit of everything, from swoopy, bermy sections to rooty, rocky technical goodness that you want never to end. In contrast to the Oakridge course the weekend before, this markedly shorter race was a welcome break for my fatigued legs!
Capitol Forest is located southwest of Olympia, Washington. Local trail stewards the Friends of Capitol Forest do an amazing job building and maintaining the trail network we all wish we had in our own backyards. The sense of community and omniscient good vibes felt at the race venue was second to none; it was easy to see that this a well-loved riding mecca!
I met up with the Sturdy Bitch Racing Team for an awesome weekend of camping and riding.
We took several practice runs Friday afternoon.
Later in the evening, husband of one of the Sturdy Bitches, Jeff Lane, and I ended up racing a super short Super-D on a new Whistler-esque trail. Because we were so last minute in deciding to race, our race run was our first time down the course! Full of jumps and hits, well-built berms, and a few “easy” or “hard” lines including a sweet log ride, this trail was so fun we had to sesh it a few times the next day, and once after the race.
Susan and Ady of the Sturdy Bitches decided to do the XC race on Saturday. With just over 3,000 feet of climbing and 3,000 feet of descent down Green Line 6, this track had a little bit of everything. Jeff, Marie, Josh, and I decided to shuttle the new trail again instead–call us lazy!
Later in the day, we ran the Super-D course a couple of times, and then hung out at camp for an awesome potluck.
We were so stoked to be able to choose a category (OBRA sanctioned MTB races only offer two categories for amateur women, divided by age:34 and Under, and 35 and Over–bogus, bogus, bogus!), so I opted to race Expert for the first time in my short racing career.
FOCF sure knows how to put on a fun event! Pig spit, tequila bar, and an all-around good vibe turned a fun race into an awesome one. We’ll see you next year!
The Capitol Forest Classic is another must-do NW event, and very worth the trek up to Olympia! Turbo had just as much fun as we did, and cruised the venue in style.
Next up: Sandy Ridge Super-D and finals, September 3-4.