Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dirt Rock n Root Training is teaming up with Mountain Creek Bike Park (MCBP) for 2014 to provide more learning opportunities for riders! Check out our schedule on the DRRT/MCPT 2014 Schedule tab for details.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dirt Rock n Root Training's Women’s Weekend at Cranx

Come join the coaches from Dirt Rock n Root Training at Cranx Bike and Sports Park in Syracuse, NY for a Women’s Weekend Clinic and Ride at the Indoor Park.
When:    Saturday April 5 – Sunday April 6.  Check in starts 4/5 at noon. 
              Pre-registration required.
Where:   Cranx Bike and Sports Park, 6341 Thompson Rd., Syracuse, NY  13206
Cost:      $150 - Ladies Only    
Register by 2/28/14 and pay only $125.00. 
Price increases to $150 on 3/1/14. Cost includes: park entry fee for Saturday and Sunday, coaching, and  Saturday pizza dinner
Tentative Schedule:
Saturday 4/5

·         12-11     Check in, Introductions and bike fit/setup overview 
·         1 - 2       Fundamentals overview and assessment of participant skills
·         2 - 6       Skills coaching and freeriding
·         6 - ??     Pizza dinner
Park is open until 10 p.m., freeriding available after dinner if desired.

 Sunday 4/6
·         11 - 2       Assisted freeride with coaches available - Riders choice!
·         2 pm        End of session.  Participants can ride until the park closes!

***Please bring your xc, dirt jump, or bmx bike with you as there are limited rentals available.***

***Helmets required.  Elbow and Knee Guards highly recommended!"


Dirt Rock n Root Training was formed in 2011 with the mission of bringing more women into cycling, specifically in the downhill and freeride mountain bike areas.  Owner and head coach, Kathi Krause, brings 25 years of racing experience and 3 Masters World Downhill Championships to her arsenal.  She has coached at various bike parks on the East Coast including Mountain Creek Bike Park, Plattekill Bike Park, Snowshoe Bike Park, Highland Bike Park, Whiteface Bike Park, the Mid-West Women's Mountain Bike Clinic, and various cross country venues.  Join Kathi and her team of coaches for a fun-filled weekend of instruction and riding.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2013 Downhill Season is ending!

Plattekill Closing Weekend
And so the 2013 downhill season is winding down with one more weekend of lift-served mountain biking. I've been closing down my main riding mountains over the past month. Mountain Creek was first to close during a preview of cold weather at the end of October. Plattekill closed last week with a chill in the air and snow on the ground. And now, the last mountain open - Highland, is closing this weekend - weather yet unknown!

What a journey this year has been. Starting off with the SheRidesPark event at Cranx in Syracuse --to Plattekill, Mountain Creek, Snowshoe, Highland, Indiana and more -- right up to the last Women’s Ride Day at Mountain Creek, a lot of ground was covered and a lot of ladies worked hard to learn new skills and improve their riding. So many new faces and new friends this year! 

As I sit here with the cold temps outside, I am warmed by all the memories of this season. It’s been a blast helping to build the east coast chapter of the Sisterhood of Shred (thanks Kat!). And that’s what this is becoming - a women's mountain bike community. The support you give to each other is so valuable! The best thing is that our community is going to keep growing as all of you grow. And I’ve watched all of you grow so much this year. From timid starts early in the year to new found confidence in the last few weeks of the season -- each one of you deserves a round of applause. You have taken on the mountains - and won! My rewards are the smiles I see as each of you master obstacles on the trail that you never thought possible (I’d ride that!)

October Women's Ride Day
Mountain Creek Bike Park

Highland Mountain Bike Park
Women's Freeride Festival
I was proud to lead the Women’s Ride Days at Mountain Creek, and each month we saw more women taking part. And it was great to coach at the Highland Women’s Freeride Festival with over 100 women attending to meet like-minded women and learn new skills. I have been so luck to work with and learn from some fantastic coaches this year.  

As the season fades, I will be heading to warmer climates to continue turning people on to mountain biking. Keep your eyes open next week for details on the DRRT Adventure Club's week-long Hawaiian adventure in February! And if you can't get to Hawaii, don't worry - plans for 2014 are already well underway, and I will be home when the snow melts to bring you many more fun events. There will be a lot of opportunities for everyone next year, starting with the SheRides Park event at Cranx next April

And I hear there's going to be a Dirt Rock n Root race team next year!

Keep your eyes out for some winter training tips as we start to move into next year. With my 25+ years of racing and training experience, I'm sure I can give you some insights into how to get ready for next year whether you are racing or just riding for fun (like me!).  In the meantime, enjoy the last weekend of downhill at Highland and then take some time to let your body recover from the season.  

Relax, enjoy the holidays, and keep shredding!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Welcome to Dirt Rock n Root Training's blog!

I started Dirt Rock n Root Training with the mission of bringing more women into mountain biking.  And keeping them here!  Over the years, I've seen a lot of women come into this sport to try it out, and seen them leave just as quickly  when they get injured because they don't know the basics.  I've also seen how difficult it is to learn from your significant other (and I have first hand experience there too).

So my main mission is to bring more women into the sport of mountain biking and to promote mountain biking, and cycling in general, as a lifetime sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages.  So sit back, and read along of the adventures of Dirt Rock n Root Training.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Introducing Kathi Krause of Dirt Rock n Root Training

Kathi Krause started her cycling career on the velodrome and worked her way through criteriums, road racing, cyclocross and cross country before finding her way to the Pro Downhill mountain bike circuit. During her 10-year pro career, Kathi raced for various factory teams including Mountain Cycle, Avalanche Downhil Racing and Arrow Racing. During that time, she accumulated many laurels including winning the prestigious Kamikaze Downhill race in 2004. Since retiring from racing at the pro level in 2008, Kathi has participated in the Megavalanche Downhill in Alp d’Huez, France, and the occasional local cross country race.

With three Masters World Downhill Championships, five Masters National Downhill Championships, and 25 years of racing behind her, Kathi acquired her instructor certification and started Dirt Rock n Root Training in 2011. Since then, she has coached at cycling camps and clinics up and down the East Coast – including Whiteface Mountain, Plattekill Bike Park, Mountain Creek Bike Park, Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park, Highland Mountain Bike Park's Women's Freeride Festival, and Cranx Indoor Bike Park.  

One of DRRT’s main objectives is to help bring more women into mountain biking and to promote mountain biking as a lifetime sport.  Kathi is available for coaching cycling camps, not only for women, but also for men, kids and teams. When not coaching, you can find Kathi riding the downhill at whatever mountain she is near at the time.