Women’s Weekend


FEBRUARY 1st & 2nd, 2014



THANK YOU to all the awesome women, coaches & sponsors that came together to make the 4th Annual Joyride150 Women’s Weekend such a huge success!

Check out some photos of the event courtesy of Stephen Hayes on our PHOTO GALLERY PAGE.

REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2014 – see you next year!

Payment & Registration is available online prior to the event.  Online Registration closes at 5:00pm Jan 31.  You may still register after this time at the park (in person) throughout the weekend.

WHY REGISTER ONLINE?   Registering online helps us plan better!  We need to know how many people are going to show up so that we can make the proper arrangements for instructors, food, prizes, and more!  And this year, paying online in advance will enable you to check in quickly and easily on Saturday morning when you arrive for the Women’s Weekend!


*NOTE* Joyride150 will be open to FEMALE RIDERS ONLY from 8:00am until 12:00 noon on both Saturday & Sunday!!!


HOW THE WEEKEND WORKS – Below is the daily schedule.  In the mornings from 9-12 we will be running half-hour skills clinics.  What this means is…every half hour there will be a lesson at each of the stations (see below for details on the stations.)  Instructors will provide demonstrations and discuss the proper techniques for each station…and then you can give it a try! 

The clinics/stations are listed below in no particular order.  You may visit whichever clinics you like, in any order, and participate in as many clinics as you wish.  It is a very relaxed environment so you can spend your time at the park however you like.  If you want to visit a different clinic every half hour – great…if you’d like to focus on one skill in particular all morning – that works too.  Even if you don’t feel like hitting any clinics – just come and ride with the girls at your own pace.    

After lunch we will hold “Open Clinics”.  That this means is that there will be no formal lesson but the instructors will be at each station ready to help you, provide feedback, and answer any questions you may have as you practice your newly acquired skills. 



7:30am……………………….Doors Open for WOMEN ONLY
7:30am – 8:30am…………..Check-In/Registration
8:30am……………………….Orientation & Walk-Through
9:00am – 12:00pm………….Clinics (see below)
12:00pm – 1:00pm………….Lunch
*12:00pm…………………….DOORS OPEN TO PUBLIC
1:00pm – 3:00pm……………Open Clinics
3:00pm – 10:00pm………….General Park Riding
10:00pm………………………Park Closed
6:00pm………………………Pub Night @ The Duchess
*COME FOR SOME FOOD & DRINKS and share your highlights of the day – it’s only 1km away!


8:00am…………………………Doors Open for WOMEN ONLY
8:00am – 9:00am……………..Check-In/Registration (for those not previously reg.) 
9:00am – 12:00pm……………Clinics (see below for descriptions)
12:00pm – 1:00pm……………Lunch
*12:00pm………………………DOORS OPEN TO PUBLIC
1:00pm…………………………Prizes, Give-aways & Thank you’s!
2:00pm – 2:30pm…………….Group Photo
2:30 – 10:00pm……………….General Park Riding
10:00pm………………………..Park Closed


Pricing is for WOMEN ONLY!
$25+tax – One Day Pass
$40+tax- Weekend Pass
(price includes lunch)
Rental Bikes $20+tax/day 
*For those new to the park, you will need to fill out a Joyride waiver before riding.  You may fill out our ONLINE WAIVER HERE to speed up the registration process.


A variety of bikes are available for rent on a first-come-first-serve basis – they are $20+tx/day.  We have BMX, Dirt Jump, and a few XC & hybrid bikes.  You can reserve your rental bike through the online registration process.



There is free parking at Joyride.  The east lot (by the main entrance) is extremely limited…but there is a large west lot with a new maintained walkway around to the main entrance.  Please use the west lot – DO NOT block other cars or park illegally in the east lot or you will be towed!!!



Q: Who can participate?

A: Any female of any age and any skill!

Q: What should I wear?

A: There is no dress code!  Wear riding clothes/shoes that are comfortable for you and for your specific bike.  The park will probably be about 15-degrees celcius…so bringing layers is probably a good idea.  Depending on what you are doing at any given time, you may be hot, chilly, or hopefully just right!  One thing you are required to wear though is a helmet.  HELMETS ARE MANDATORY.

*Padding (knee/shin, elbow) is another thing you may want to consider wearing if you want to challenge yourself on some of the more technical features.  Padding is also available for rent at the park.

Q: Is there food & drink available?

A: Yes.  A catered lunch (12:00pm-1:00pm) is included with your entry to the women’s weekend.  There are also a variety of hot foods, snacks & drinks available for purchase at our concession counter.  There is a water fountain at the park to quench your thirst or fill your water bottle.  Oooo – and don’t forget to come on out to the Duchess of Markham pub on Saturday night for drinks and munchies!!! 

Q: I am coming from out of town for the weekend – are there accommodations close by?

A: Yes!  Check out our recommended ACCOMMODATIONS HERE.  Don’t forget to ask for the Joyride150 Special to get your discount! 

Q: Where do I leave my stuff?

A: There are a limited number of lockers in the women’s washroom/changeroom area and you must BRING YOUR OWN LOCK if you wish to secure items.  There are also picnic tables & storage shelves in the lounge but we do not recommend leaving valuables such as wallets & cameras unattended in these areas.  

*If you bring your own bike, you are more than welcome to bring a bike lock and leave your bike locked to any of the racks in the park over night on Saturday.

Q: What if my bike needs repairs?

A: There is a bike shop and mechanic on site at Joyride.    Whether your bike needs fixing or just a little more bling, we carry a wide variety of bike parts…from tubes & tires to handlebars & pedals.

Q: What kind of bike do I need?

A: You can bring any type of bike to ride in the park.  Mountain bikes (XC, DJ, All Mountain) and BMX bikes are ideal, however we do see cruisers, cyclocross bikes and even unicycles riding in the park.  To get the most out of the park features, we recommend avoiding skinny road-racing tires.  If you are unsure – you can always rent one of our park bikes!

*If you ride with clipless pedals, it is a good idea to consider bringing flat pedals as well for practicing some of the more technical features.  Don’t worry – someone can help you switch them over if need be.

Q: I’m not a good rider…should I still come?

A: ANY LEVEL of rider is welcome at Joyride.  In fact we ENCOURAGE riders of all levels (even ones who can’t ride!) to come and improve their bike skills.  That is what we built this place for.  Not just for the pros, not just for the experienced – for EVERYONE!!!  The Women’s Weekend is especially designed to help reduce the intimidation factor of riding here.  So come, don’t be nervous, and ride what you feel comfortable with at your own pace!  There is NO PRESSURE to do anything…you can just ride around all weekend if wish.

If your question is not answered here, drop me a line at shannon@joyride150.com and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Q: Is there parking?

A: Yes, there is free parking.  The east lot (by the main entrance) is extremely limited…but there is a large west lot with a new maintained walkway around to the main entrance.  Please use the west lot – DO NOT block other cars or park illegally in the east lot or you will be towed!!!




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NOTE: The Clinic Stations are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER.  You may visit any station, in any order, as many times as you wish.



An introduction to riding at Joyride150 for those who are new to the park and/or mountain biking.  CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO






Learn the proper techniques to riding a pump track – no pedalling and a full body workout!  CLICK HERE FOR PUMP TRACK VIDEO






We’ll take you around the cross-country loop and tackle some of the obstacles along the way like log-overs & rock gardens.  All levels welcome – there is something challenging for everyone.  CLICK HERE FOR XC LOOP VIDEO


#4 - BIKE MECHANICS (Norco):

Want to know how to change a flat out on the trail, how to adjust your levers, or when your chain needs replacing?  Norco will teach you the basics about bike maintenance & repairs.



Conquer your fear of technical riding with some tricks & tips on the sport skinnies.  Start off on the easy ones and work your way up.  Try it – you may surprise yourself – you can do it!  CLICK HERE FOR SKINNYS VIDEO




Come learn how to jump…(or jump with style).  Whatever your level of skill, we’ve got the jump line for you.  From a beginner line that is completely rollable for newbies to the expert rythm section - you’re guaranteed to have fun!  CLICK HERE FOR JUMP LINES VIDEO



#7 – FOAM PIT:

Ever wonder what it’s like to launch into a giant pit of foam with your bike?  We’ll eliminate the intimidation factor of foam-pit flying for you with some simple techniques.  CLICK HERE FOR FOAM PIT VIDEO


We’ll work on the art of bunny hopping – a skill that will take any style of riding to the next level.


Want to learn how to drop in, 180, or hit a spine?  We will show you the basics of street-style riding, one step at a time.  CLICK HERE FOR STREET PARK VIDEO


Learn how to ride street style in the park’s latest addition – the Street Plaza.  Here you’ll learn how to master the grind on rails & ledges and trick with style.


Bored of 2 wheels?  Learn how to pop-a-wheelie and ride only on your back wheel…what kids nowadays like to call a ‘manual’.

#12 – BIKE FIT (Trek Canada):

Proper bike fit is essential to successful & enjoyable riding.  If you are not properly set up, you’ll spend most of your ride struggling to find a better position. This can result in negative experiences or even injury.  Trek Canada will help you with the proper bike size, seat angle, pitch, handlebar width, stem length, and more.


Concerned about aches & pains?  Come have your cycling movements analyzed and then learn some simple stretches/exercises that will prevent injuries, improve functional strength & mobility, decrease pain and improve your bike riding!

#14 – YOGA (Moksha Yoga Richmond Hill):

Need to unwind & loosen those hard-working cycling muscles?  Try some YOGA!  Moksha Yoga Richmond Hill will guide you through some yoga exercises that are sure to help the you relax.

#15 – SPIN CLASSES: *SATURDAY ONLY (FREE to Women’s Weekend riders - but requires separate online registration)

Want to get those legs warmed up, get the heart pumping, and the blood flowing?  Join us for a Joyride Spin Class down in the Spin Studio – you’ll be glad you did…and boy, will you feel good afterwards!

CLICK HERE to register for SAT 10am Spin Class

CLICK HERE to register for SAT 11am Spin Class