Some of our coaches start out with other sports before coming over to biking, so that’s no surprise. To say Stacey was a rider first is no joke…but she wasn’t on bikes! Yes, Stacey skis and snowboards, but that’s not what the type of rider we’re talking about here either. Now that we have your interest, the unique riding experience that Stacey grew up with? She was an equestrian rider. She rode until after college and early into her career, where she found she did not have the time to care for her horse as much. She retired. Several years later, she felt something was missing. Without ever having tried mountain biking, hopping on something else she could ride seemed like an easy fit. So, as many of us do, she threw caution to the wind and purchased her first mountain bike. Shortly after this life-changing purchase, she became a student of Shred Sisters! It quickly grew into her new passion and her one mountain bike magically multiplied to three bikes.
She found her knack for coaching by sweeping for Shred Sisters. She loved just getting out and biking with other women. “The energy and excitement in groups of ladies on mountain bikes is infectious,” she shared, “I love helping women face their biking fears head on, and helping [them] conquer challenges big and small”. Stacey took her PMBIA and is planning to build on this foundation this year. Beyond that, her knowledge is vast, and EMT, Respiratory therapist, AND certified yoga instructor make her extremely knowledgeable about body anatomy and more.
In 2018, Stacey joined a women’s racing team and dabbled in some downhill races. Her drive and determination from the day she pedaled on her brand new mountain bike ring true in what she wants her students to experience as well. Believing that the most effective learning environment for mountain biking is when we can strike a balance between being challenged and being in a safe environment, Stacey focuses on finding that balance along with having fun. Well of course Stacey’s courses are fun; her favorite skill to work on is jumping! That was her favorite as a new rider.
“If I could pick one thing for my students to take away from our sessions it would be a willingness to keep at it. There will be times when skills don’t come easy; times when we are nervous or scared. Times when we need to pick ourselves up off the ground, dust off the dirt, and get back on the bike. The breakthroughs in mountain biking happen when we have the tenacity to give it another go!”
She’s not wrong!
Her advice is the same for both beginner and advanced riders, focus on having a positive attitude. Every single day and ride is going to be different—energy levels, moods, stress, sleep, even what we’ve eaten, all play a part in daily performance. Be like Stacey! Always focus on learning, keep a smile on your face, and always be willing to try!
Also wanting to impart some wisdom Stacey learned while she
was riding, she says:
“Keep taking lessons, no matter what level you’re at. There will ALWAYS be people who are stronger, faster, and more skilled than you. Find that person and LEARN from them.”
Come join one of Stacey’s courses, she’s a seasoned rider and has been in the same shoes as many of you: students! She has loved Shred Sisters and the vibe we have with our team of coaches since her first retreat with us and we are so excited to have her as part of the coaching team for 2019.
Stacey 2019 Schedule:
- Golden Kick Start Retreat May 3rd to 5th
- Experienced Beginner Wednesday May 8th to June 5th
- 3 hours Intro to Mountain Biking Thursday May 23rd
- Experienced Beginner Monday May 27thto June 24th 10am-12:30pm
- Beginner Monday June 3rdto 24th
- Weekend Workshop Beginner July 20th & 21st
- Valemont Experience Beginner Weekend Workshop July 27th & 28th
- BeginnerMonday September 9th to 30th
- Experienced Beginner Wednesday September 4th to 25th