August 10, 2023
To our DSS family,
We knew this day would come eventually, because all good things must come to an end, but we were never really sure when that would be. It is bittersweet as I write to let you know that this will officially be our last and final Dirt Side Sisters season. It has been a heck of a ride, quite literally. Over the past ten years we have organized over 300 events where we have taught over 900 women mountain bike skills!
Bikes are what brings us together, but DSS has never been just about bikes. We are different and we like it that way. To us it’s about breaking down barriers, letting go of the excuses we create in our heads, or society creates for us. It’s about the “You can do it!” attitude, and “We want to show you how, every step of the way!” There’s no “catch” or ulterior motive. We have simply been here to show women that they are strong, they can learn from each other, and together we can do things we never thought possible.
We created community, friendships, and sisterhood. We catch you before you fall, stop you before it’s too late, and nudge you to believe in yourself when doubt sets in. Just as our members learned how to ride better, we learned how to teach better. DSS has become well-known as a high quality system of teaching skills that made men jealous! The gratitude and love I have for every person who has been a part of this journey cannot be expressed in words.
To our entire DFW community, please join us for one last Meet & Greet Member Social at Hop & Sting Brewery on Wednesday, August 23rd before we kick off the last part of our riding season. Clothing will be heavily discounted and a 1 on 1 MTB skills session will be up for grabs for DSS members!
As we finish out this last chapter, I encourage you to join us if you’ve been putting it off. Take the leap and we will teach you to fly!
My sincerest thanks,
Dirt Side Sisters is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates and teaches women of all ages about bicycle safety, trail etiquette, and mountain bike skills. Our community of passionate volunteer Support Crew Members and Ambassadors have a wealth of knowledge to help you improve your riding. DSS has something for everyone, from the "never-ever first timer" to the seasoned advanced rider. We are deeply rooted in teaching and guiding women like you through your mountain biking journey! We hope you join us in our mission to #getmorewomenriding!
Each of our memberships are full of discounts and perks, including exclusive member only rides. All of our skills based rides are led and taught by DSS certified PMBIA instructors. They are formatted in a way for you to progressively learn and take your riding to the next level. Occasionally we host free MTB maintenance clinics, discounted skills clinics, and other events to help you become a more confident mountain biker. We hope you choose to join our sisterhood!
All funds will directly support our Dirt Side Sisters organization in the means of event insurance, administrative fees, business expenses, maintaining our membership website, borrow-a-bike program, equipment for trail obstacles, snacks and drinks for events, and any other essentials that will help us keep the fun going and your wheels rolling!
DON'T HAVE A BIKE?
BORROW ONE FROM US!
Thanks to the support we've received through YOUR memberships, we have bikes in all sizes for brand new riders to borrow at any of our events...absolutely FREE! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a short questionnaire to reserve your bike.* We'll have everything you need from a helmet to a water bottle!
*There is limited availability on bikes. Each bike is first-come first-serve based on form completion date and the size bike that is needed.