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Wed Sep 17 2014 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park, Front Parking Lot
Carlisle, IA


Women's Weekly Wednesday Mountain Bike Ride


Mountain Biking

Distance - 6–12 miles

General Information

Every Wednesday evening this summer, Cheryl and Katherine are hosting a weekly ride for women who want to learn how to mountain bike, want to get better at mountain biking, want to explore new trails, want to practice for mountain bike races, or just want to ride with other women.

All skill levels are encouraged to come ride! You just need a mountain bike, a helmet, and a desire to have fun. Beginner through expert, we will break into multiple groups as appropriate.

We will make sure no one gets lost and everyone has support to try new things, and we’ll offer tips and instruction along the way.

We plan to meet at a variety of local (DSM area) trails to get lots of experience. Keep checking Facebook and the "Information Specific to this Date" section below for updates. Locations may change due to weather and trail conditions.


  • #25 – September 17: Banner
  • #26 – September 24: Ahquabi
  • #27 – October 1: Sycamore
  • #28 – October 8: Center Trails: Denmans
  • #29 – October 15: Center Trails: Hillside & Roller Coaster
  • #30 – October 22: Center Trails: Hillside & Roller Coaster
  • #31 – October 29: Center Trails: Denmans

… and then it gets too dark at night. :-(

There are three more opportunities to try racing this year.

September 20: Banner

October 5: Ahquabi

October 25: Dirty Du (Hillside & Roller Coaster)

If you are at all interested, be sure to show up the weeks we are at those locations. We will help you get familiar with the course and any features!

Information Specific to this Date

Watch here for updates specific to Women’s Weekly Wednesday Mountain Bike Ride (WWWMBR) week #25 — September 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Location: The front parking lot. Turn off Highway 65/69 and head east on Elk Horn Street. Take the first right turn into the park. Take the first right turn into the parking lot.

Ride Time: Meet at 5:30. Hit the dirt at 5:40. If you think you might be late, let us know. We will make sure you find us if we know you are coming.

Trail Reputation: Yes, Banner has a reputation for being tough. Banner also has variety. Check the route information below, because we will have options for everyone! Banner also has a reputation for poison ivy. Tall socks, long fingered gloves, and perhaps even long sleeves are good choices. If you know you are allergic, bring your Tecnu and scrub off in the parking lot before you head home.

Condition Update (9/5/14): Right now the trail is overgrown and there are some high-water issues. There is a trail work day scheduled for Sunday. (Consider helping: LINK) After that, we will have another update.


We plan to split into two groups.

1) Banner One Bite at a Time Group: We will start by riding Riverside (green) both directions. This is like many of the trails we have ridden. Then we'll move to Missing Link (green). This trail's soil is more typical Banner, but the trail is short and level. Next we'll tackle New Ed Beach (blue). This trail has the ups, downs, and twists Banner is known for, but is short. After that we can decide which trails to repeat, or head over to the wooden terrain features to check them out.

2) The Banner Full Monty Group: We will ride the regular Banner race route which starts with Coal Miner's Daughter (blue) and have options for doing the black sections.


Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park, Front Parking Lot

13084 Elk Horn Street
Carlisle, IA 50047


Free. No registration needed—just show up!


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