DNR Offers Women’s Mountain Biking Symposium May 21 at Stony Creek Metropark

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites women of all skill levels to bring their bikes and helmets and join the Women’s Biking Symposium on Saturday, May 21. The class is being offered through the department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township.

The symposium is made up for three clinics geared toward ensuring a great experience on the trails this summer.

The Skills Clinic is focused on adjusting weight distribution on climbs and descents, cornering and braking and how to ride over logs.

The Maintenance Clinic covers how to handle the two most common problems on the trail -- flat tires and broken chains.

The Mountain Biking 101 Clinic is an open question-and-answer forum where participants can ask questions and share knowledge with others who will be hitting the trails.

The symposium will be held at West Branch “C” picnic area at Stony Creek Metropark. Each participant should bring a sack lunch and her own bike and helmet. Bagels and juice will be provided in the morning, and snacks and water will be available throughout the day. This event will take place rain or shine, so bring extra clothes and dress for the weather. Although the symposium starts at 9 a.m., participants can begin checking in at 8 a.m.

Early registration is suggested, as class size is limited to 60 women. The registration deadline is May 12 and the cost is $20 per person. For registration forms and information on this and other BOW programs, visit www.michigan.gov/bow, call 517-241-2225 or email dnr-outdoors-woman@michigan.gov.

BOW is a noncompetitive program for women, in which each individual is encouraged to learn at her own pace. The emphasis is on the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities, and sharing in the success of one another.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.