RIDER TO RACER SUMMER 2024
R2R is for intermediate to advanced level riders.
Curious about Enduro racing and all the elements that go into feeling prepared on race day? The Rider to Racer program is for YOU!

The Rider to Racer Program is back and better than ever! The program returns for its seventh consecutive year to bring more women to the starting line for their first enduro race. Since 2018, VIDA MTB Series cultivated a team of professional women who are experts in their respective fields to coach, mentor, and help you make the quantum leap from riding to racing.

VNTRbirds has revamped the program to get you more time on trail with your coaches:
· 2 days skills/race practice clinic at Snowmass Bike Park in June. · VNTRbirds women specific Rip Roaring Mini Enduro Race entry at Arapahoe Basin in July.
· Optional entry into Revolution Enduro 2 day bike race in August in the women's open or beginner category.

Interested but still have some questions? Email us: [email protected]

The Rider to Racer program is women specific. We welcome femme, transgender and gender non-conforming people who are comfortable in a women-centered space.
Program starts 6/15/2024
$850
Includes:

- 2 day skills clinic at Snowmass Bike Park

- At home strength training through the length of the program

- Nutrition course with access to your coach throughout the program

- VNTRbirds RIP ROARING MINI ENDURO Race with your coaches

- Yeti Cycles custom race jersey

- and more!
RIDER TO RACER IS DESIGNED TO EMPOWER YOU WITH KNOWLEDGE AND PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION TO REACH YOUR GOALS WHILE MAKING LIFETIME FRIENDS IN THE PROCESS.
PROGRAM INFO
2 Day skills clinic + race practice 
  · Lift tickets & lunch included both days

VNTRbirds Rip Roaring Women's Mini Enduro Race Entry 
  · Race registration included
  · Ride with your coaches during the race

At-home strength program with Jen Kates from Shift Human Performance

Virtual nutrition class geared for racers and Daily Nutrition e-book with Uriell Carlson, Inner Wild Nutrition

Custom Yeti Cycles’ Women’s Enduro Jersey

OPTIONAL (add on) Revolution Enduro Race Entry HIGHLY ENCOURAGED - We'll be at the base waiting to slap high fives when you get done with the race! 
Schedule

June  - Virtual Program Kick Off!

June 29th & 30th @ Snowmass Bike Park - VIDA MTB Series 2 day skills clinic with coaches Anne Galyean & Tori Royle. Lift tickets, lunch and all of the series tech talks & demos are included for our R2R participants.

Nutrition & Training - Dates and Details TBA

July  - RACE DAY! VNTRbirds Rip Roaring Mini Enduro Race at Arapahoe Basin.

August  - OPTIONAL (add on) Revolution Enduro Bike Race

September  - Virtual Program Wrap Up!

Meet your coaches
Professional, certified & experienced VNTRbirds instructors.
Anne Galyean (She/Her)
Rider to Racer LEAD coach
Anne started racing downhill at age 21 during her senior year of college and spent the next 6 years on the national downhill circuit. She started pedaling trail bikes while earning her PhD in nanoanalytical chemistry and was soon racing pro Enduro aboard the Yeti/Fox National Factory Enduro Team. In 2017, Anne won both the Big Mountain Enduro and Scott Enduro Cup Series Overall, as well as a Top 10 in the EWS in Aspen/Snowmass. This will be Anne's 6th year as lead race coach for the R2R program, her favorite event of the year. Anne enjoys sharing her mountain bike experience with folks interested in racing and supporting them in tackling these intimidating events.
Tori Royle (She/Her)
RIder to Racer Coach
After graduating from college with her doctorate in physical therapy, Tori made the move to Colorado and fell in love with mountain biking.  Starting with both cross country and enduro racing, Tori transitioned to coaching after realizing that her physical therapy background allows her to observe  riders through a biomechanical lens. Her unique background allows her to break down techniques and offer poignant corrections, giving participants the best coaching experience. Her efficacy as a coach, passion for skill progression and racing background lead to her involvement in the Rider to Racer program and she returns for her third season. 
Uriell Carlson
Nutrition Coach
Uriell (aka Uri) is a sports and performance-focused registered dietitian and mountain bike coach based in Breckenridge, CO. She became a coach in 2015 after getting coached herself and realizing how incredibly it impacted her riding and love for bikes. In addition to being the founder of Inner Wild Nutrition, Uri is an ambassador for Juliana Bicycles, Mons Royale and Skratch Labs. 
Jen Kates
PERSONAL TRAINER
Jen (she/her) has been riding bikes for over 25 years, but she's abandoned (most of) her lycra and started mountain biking again in 2015 to spend more time in the mountains. Jen is passionate about getting ALL women and folks on bikes while also making them feel stronger and more confident and powerful on two (or three or four) wheels. 💪 She owns Shift Human Performance, a health and performance coaching company, and hosts the Making Shift Happen podcast, which you can listen to on your favorite podcast app. Besides biking, she loves traveling and exploring new places, and squeezing her rescue pup, Milo. She's looking forward to meeting you at one of our rides and clinics this year!
Rider to Racer Program FAQ
Is there a program start date? Do I need to register by a certain date?
The program officially begins June 2024. Please note that the program cost will not be prorated to adjust for missed events.
 
What is an Enduro Race?
Enduro MTB Racing consists of a series of timed downhill sections, with the rider pedaling to the top of each stage. Downhill trails can vary on their technical level, but most are within an intermediate/strong intermediate's wheelhouse. It's also a laugh and smile until your cheeks hurt sort of day. You'll spend stages pedaling with your fellow categories and stop at aid stations to refuel and refresh. Imagine riding with friends all day and mixing in bombing down trails free of people, dogs, and other bikers.

What level rider do I need to be?
This program is geared towards intermediate to advanced riders. Those with an intermediate or strong intermediate riding background will gain the most from this program as most riding and coaching will assume a baseline of experience.

I've never raced and do not have much interest. Why should I sign up?
This year's program is not all about racing. We are dialing in the fundamentals of becoming a stronger, faster rider. You will learn about nutrition, strength training, gear selection, and basic bike maintenance. You will also join a fantastic community and meet other women to ride with. And, you'll get a sweet Yeti jersey so you look Pro wherever you go!


Why should I ADD ON the Revolution Enduro Race?
This program is all about progression. By August you will have practiced scoping lines with your coaches, learned how to fuel and train your body for a race AND participated in a mini enduro race fully supported by your coaches and peers. It's time to watch you fly (literally fly down the trail)!  The Revolution Enduro community is fun and welcoming and don't worry, VNTRbirds will be at the base ready to help with any questions you have -- and to slap high fives at the finish line! We're also getting a massive discount from our friends at Revolution Enduro - Typically $275, your entry is only $175 for a 2 day bike race with lift tickets and food included!
Why take a course with us?
 I feel as though I have gained so much confidence and I’m looking forward to utilizing what I’ve learned in future excursions. To top it all off, they actually made learning FUN!
- Kaily
They are bringing together women, inspiring them, creating friendships, teaching and making them feel empowered. They have created an incredible culture for women to be part of!
- Jessie
Every event I have been to has been a great experience, so much to learn, and a very comfortable environment to do so! Guides are VERY knowledgable!
- Carly
Need help paying for the R2R program? Apply for our scholarships - we have a R2R specific one that opens in the spring. VNTR FUND

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. FULL FACE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 

Cancelation policy:
Save your spot with a non-refundable $100 deposit. The remaining balance is due 60 days before the program starts.

All participants will be required to fill out a waiver and a medical history form before the event.
• ALL AGES WELCOME*  • LGBTQ+ WELCOME • BIPOC WELCOME •

Must be 18 & older or accompanied by parent or guardian.

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