Always prepared for anything and everything, Darlene Paranaque is ready to help you grow your strength, skills, and sass! Not a stranger to our biking community, Darlene is an active member of the Canmore & Area Mountain Biking Association and has been riding with Shred Sisters since 2015! One of her big claims to fame in our mountain biking community was co-founding Prairie Girls Racing with our other coach Deanne in 2014, where she learned her love of sharing the sport with people from all different skill levels. Her coaching has developed as a natural progression from this experience as a downhill racer, a XC rider with plenty of miles under her belt, and has started on Enduro races as well.
Of course we have to mention, not only is she a very well-rounded rider, but her first race year she was the senior women’s provincial DH Champion in both Alberta and BC. Talk about wow factor! Wait-to- goDarlene!
Her teaching philosophy is one that we’ve all heard before, but nonetheless consistently rings true: Practice makes perfect. As Darlene notes, they say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything, and mountain biking is not any different. According to Darlene:
“It takes time to understand, and then put into practice the proper body mechanics to rail a corner, or to time your shifts just right so that you don’t lose any momentum going up and down a flowy trail. Each and every detail and aspect of mountain biking is important and should be taught, and then concentrated on, and practiced over and over until there is a consistent and proficient result on the trail. It is important to consider a rider’s weakest link, and to work on that until it is no longer a weak point, and then to look for the new weakest link and then focus attention to that. Through objective analysis, and proper coaching / teaching, a rider could concentrate on this weak-link-cycle and become a very strong rider. I’ve exercised this strategy in many areas of my life, from personal and professional development, to riding a bike!”
Darlene knows firsthand that hard work always pays off. Not only applying to mountain biking but all aspects of life, focusing on pushing herself in order to grow and be rewarded (hint hint, think those long gruesome descents that have the best downhill after!). For those new to mountain biking, she recommends being prepared for anything and everything, making sure you have all of your necessary tools and equipment as well as a basic understanding of how to use them. For experienced riders, she highly recommends trying out racing if you haven’t. Entering a race can take your riding to the next level, including major advances in fitness and skill levels as the miles begin accumulating.
We are so excited to have Darlene join our team. She herself is excited with the opportunity to coach with Shred Sisters and looking forward to meeting women and provide them with support and encouragement akin to what she was so grateful to have received when she started biking. Welcome Darlene and we look forward to shredding with you this season!
Darlene Summer Schedule
- Banff Beginner Weekly Program Monday May 14th to June 11th
- Canmore Beginner Progression Weekly Program Thursday May 17th to June 14th
- Canmore Beginner Weekly Program Wednesday July 4th to August 1st
- Canmore Beginner Weekend Workshop July 7th & 8th
- Canmore Beginner Weekend Workshop Saturday September 8th & 15th