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Photos: Hill first, then mountain

  • At a Hanover Recreation event Skye Kerr, of Fairlee, Vt., rides her bike during a women's mountian bike maneuvers clinic in Hanover, N,H. Leah Gartner, center, a certified mountian bike instructor works with riders on wheel lifts, on Saturday, June 8, 2019. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • At a Hanover Recreation event Erin Umphery, of Hanover, N.H., lifts her back wheel during a women's mountian bike maneuvers clinic in Hanover, N,H. on Saturday, June 8, 2019. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Sunday, June 09, 2019

Mountain biking involves more than just flying down the hill, so the Hanover Recreation Department has been busy teaching women the vagaries of the sport in a variety of venues over the past week.

Saturday bought a group to Tenney Field in Hanover for a maneuvers clinic. Participants learned wheel lifts, pedal lifts, pedal wheelies and other skills under the guidance of the department’s Liz Burdette and Leah Gardner, both of whom are certified instructors through the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association.

The class came midway through a beginners’ riding series run by the department, with cyclists making trips to area trail networks for rides and work on skills. The series has two rides to go: Wednesday on the Boston Lot trails in Lebanon and Saturday at Kingdom Trails in Burke, Vt.