Find your inner racer: Ladies Race Night at Northstar Thursday, Aug. 19 |

Find your inner racer: Ladies Race Night at Northstar Thursday, Aug. 19

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Mountain bike shoes, check. Helmet, check. Race number zip tied to my handle bars, check. Butterflies in my stomach, double check.

Itand#8217;s the cross country mountain bike race series at Northstar and thereand#8217;s a swarm of smiling bikers buzzing around the Village waiting for the race to start. Iand#8217;m one of them. Itand#8217;s been awhile since Iand#8217;ve put my racing attitude on and I have to admit itand#8217;s a good feeling to have it back. This isnand#8217;t going to be just another mountain bike ride. I know when my wave rounds the first corner my blood will be pumping, my heart thumping and my legs burning. This isnand#8217;t the kind of ride I could do by myself, thatand#8217;s the point of racing and#8212; everyone riding together brings out everyoneand#8217;s best performance.

My friend and Tahoe LUNA Chix teammate Chrissy Earnhardt says it best: and#8220;Competition just pushes you to new levels of riding. Every time youand#8217;re out there youand#8217;re pushing yourself to do things that you might not otherwise have had the confidence to try. You just learn so much every race. I think itand#8217;s the best way to improve your skills really fast.and#8221;

Chrissy should know. The Truckee accountant started mountain biking in 2004, the same year she started racing in the beginner class. and#8220;For me personally, racing tapped into my natural competitive spirit and really helped bring my riding to the next level,and#8221; she says. Thatand#8217;s an understatement and#8212; two years later she was racing pro.

Whether or not going and#8220;proand#8221; is in your future, an occasional race is for anyone who enjoys a good challenge, a good workout, and the camaraderie of a group of folks who enjoy the same things. And Thursday, Aug. 19, thereand#8217;s another good reason to try a mountain bike race and#8212; itand#8217;s for a good cause too.

The Tahoe LUNA Chix and Northstar Resort are teaming up to host Ladies Race Night at the Northstar Resort Cross Country Mountain Bike Race Series Thursday, Aug. 19. The proceeds from all women entrants will go directly to the Breast Cancer Fund. The Breast Cancer Fund plays a critical role in helping identify the environmental causes of breast cancer and lobbies to eliminate those risks from our daily lives through legislation and other avenues.

Racers can choose from three categories: beginner, novice, or expert. Race registration is held prior to the race from 5-5:45 p.m. Racing begins at 6 p.m. The entry fee is $15 and includes a raffle ticket to win great prizes at the award ceremony after the race.

and#8220;This is a great opportunity for ladies to come out and push themselves for a good cause,and#8221; says Earnhardt. and#8220;Weand#8217;re going to have tons of women out there and I think that environment will be really supportive for people who havenand#8217;t raced before and really exciting for women who have that competitive spirit.and#8221;

But wait and#8211; thereand#8217;s more. The Tahoe LUNA Chix will also host a Womenand#8217;s Only Downhill Mountain Bike Clinic with former National and World Champion Marla Streb, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at Northstar Resort. The clinic, limited to 10 people, includes personal instruction, lunch, mountain bike park lift ticket and a goody bag. Cost of the clinic is $150 per person with all proceeds donated directly to the Breast Cancer Fund. For more information, e-mail

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Tuesday, Aug. 17: Group mountain bike ride meets at Sawtooth Trailhead at 5:45 p.m. for 6 p.m. ride departure. No experience necessary, free.

Thursday, Aug. 19: Ladies Race Night at Northstar Resort. Registration 5 – 5:45 p.m., racing starts at 6 p.m. Meet at gondola. Race fee $15, all proceeds donated to the Breast Cancer Fund.

Saturday, Aug. 21: Womenand#8217;s Only Downhill Clinic with Marla Streb, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Northstar Resort. Cost is $150 per person, all proceeds donated to the Breast Cancer Fund. Contact

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