Kate and I are officially country gals
A year ago Kate and I set off on a big new adventure. We packed up our belongings, gave away and threw away a bunch of items in the process and moved from our cute little city “town” of Broad Ripple in the heart of Indianapolis, to Brown County, Indiana. One of my biggest fears was not being able to get my groceries delivered, turns out where we live we can’t even get a pizza delivered! We actually really enjoy it though, Kate and I cook much more at home now baby Asher starting to “eat” with us now too!
I will admit, we have discovered Home Chef and that has really come in handy! We got some meals as a gift when Asher came – great gift by the way! We’ve continued ordering from them and it’s been really nice having a few meals a week that we know we already have all the ingredients for, it’s healthy and delicious!
Since we’ve been down here Kate has started her weekly Trek Tribe Bicycle ride in Brown County State Park. Look for an update on the time and date for the winter season! Kate also started the first Brown County youth mountain bike team through NICA – National Interscholastic Cycling Association and it was super fun! I was able to make a few of the practices with Asher and we had a blast. I am looking forward to being more involved next year and for the kids to get to race other teams across the state as well. Check out the video below from the last practice – Kate let the group jump her! This was definitely one of the highlights of the season!
Kate and I started doing events at Hard Truth Hills, which has been super fun! Kate led a series of co-ed mini Busted Knuckle mountain bike clinics and I am still teaching monthly yoga sessions. We’ve had great weather all summer and are looking forward to continuing to practice this fall and winter inside the distillery!
Kate and I joined the Halloween Town Committee part of the Brown County Visitor’s Bureau Board and are looking forward to the inaugural Halloween Town event next Saturday October 26th in Nashville, come join us for a haunted bike ride in the parade!
That brings us to today, currently we are continuing to improve, grow and work on going into the 5th season of hosting the Women’s Adventure Giveaway. This program is so near and dear to our hearts, we are so fortunate and grateful we get to offer this amazing experience to very lucky and deserving women each year. We are in the process of working with a production company to produce a documentary series to follow the winners of the 2020 Giveaway and stream their stories worldwide next year. We feel it’s important to keep documenting the experience to inspire people all over the world to live a life filled with adventure and ask the question, “when was the last time you did something for the first time?” If you or a company you know would be interested in partnering or learning more about the Women’s Adventure Giveaway please let me know!
Looking back at everything Kate and I have done this year and not just in Brown County but we’ve also traveled with DNK Presents to North Carolina, Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and we’re getting ready to head to Virginia. We have really learned and grown a lot but our biggest accomplishment of the year would definitely be growing our family and raising our beautiful baby boy Asher! He brings an immense amount of much joy, love and light to us each and every day, we are so blessed to have him and we hope you get to meet him sometime soon.
Have you visited us in Brown County yet? Please let us know when you’re coming to town, we’d love to meet up with you on the trail, over a beer or share with you our favorite places to check out! Now that we’re country folk now I can officially say, Happy Fall Ya’ll and Happy Trails!
Join us for an awesome outdoor women’s weekend, get to learn about outdoor wilderness skills on a backpacking hike, take a mini mt. bike skills clinic, learn about wilderness medicine, leave no trace, practice yoga, with other rad like minded women! Check it out, we hope you will join us!
The weekend will take place in various locations in Brown County, Indiana. Exact details will be given to those who sign up closer to the event.
Topics to be discussed and activities taking place throughout the weekend:
Mountain bike skills session and ride
Backpacking Workshop with guided hike and skills training
Leave No Trace Workshop
Women’s Outdoor Specific Gear
Adventuring as a parent – how to bring your kids outdoors
$295.00 includes your primitive camping on site with our group, access to all the workshops and activities, camping gear (first come first serve basis), food for the weekend – we can accommodate for vegan and gluten free options, if you have other special dietary restrictions please contact us as soon as possible
*A detailed schedule will be given out close to the event
*Some gear is available on a first come first serve basis, if we run out we can assist with places you can rent gear from
*If you want to bike and need a rental we work with Columbus Bicycle Station for discounts on rentals for the weekend
*Primitive camping is included for the weekend, you can choose to stay at a cabin onsite as well, if you’re interested in this option please contact us for details! Danielle@dnkpresents.com
Sign up and get all the details on our sister site – Campside Sessions here!
About The Event
Your registration covers a great weekend of riding bikes, learning skills, and making new friends in beautiful North Carolina. You will be coached by certified mountain bike instructors who know how to meet you where you are in your mountain bike journey.
There are several options to choose from at The Bike Farm in Brevard, NC. Check out their Camping and Glamping sites and book today!
You can purchase a meal plan for $100. If you don’t want to worry about prepping meals during the camp weekend, this is a great option for you! Simply add the meal plan to your cart.
What to wear: If you have mountain bike padded shorts, please wear them, your bum will thank you! If you do not have padded shorts look into investing in some or wear shorts, leggings or comfortable pants (not really baggy) that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty or wearing for several hours on your bike. Look at the forecast, wear and bring layers, rain gear, and extra dry clothes just in case.
Clipless or flats: We recommend wearing flat pedals for mountain bike clinics, if you are clipless and really want to ride clipped in you can, but you may not feel as comfortable trying some awesome new skills. No matter what you decide make sure your pedals match what shoes you bring to wear i.e. for flat pedals you need flat shoes or sneakers, for clipless pedals you will need your clipless shoes. We will have a limited supply of demo flat pedals for you to try out if you like!
– Proper clothing, layers (listed above)
– Rain Gear
– Extra tubes and/or CO2
– Bug spray
– Headlamp or flash light
– Camp Chair
– CamelBak, or other small backpack for the trail rides for snacks, water, etc. Bring water bottles if you have a cage on your bike
– Water bottle, water bladders, etc.
– Favorite snacks, electrolytes
– Yoga mat (if participating)
Friday September 21st
4-8pm Arrive at Brown County State Park, meet your coaches. Dinner served that evening on site.
Saturday September 22nd
7:15-8:15am Optional Yoga
9-11:45am Morning Skills
1:30pm Group rides on the trails
6pm Dinner and bike maintenance workshops
7:30pm Fireside chats
Sunday September 23rd
7:15-8:15am Optional Yoga
9-10am Morning skills
10-12pm Group rides
2pm Pack up with new riding friends and experiences you will remember forever!
*Times are approximate and subject to change.
All clinics are from 10-12pm
$50.00 per person includes the 2 hour clinic and a drink afterwards at Hard Truth Hills
June 15th Back to the Basics Learn the basics of mountain biking with this great beginner skills session with certified professional mountain bike instructor and Trek bicycle women’s advocate Kate Nolan. July 13th A Wheel Raising Good Time August 3rd Drop It Like It’s Hot Roll Downs & Drops
Sept 14th Feel the Flow Pumps & Jumps
***Sign up for all 4 clinics and get $25 off!
Join us for a free monthly mountain bike ride with Trek Women’s Advocate and Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Kate Nolan on the beautiful trails of Brown County State Park. We’ll go over some skills together and then get out and shred the trails! We welcome all levels to come out and ride with us. Meeting location is the big parking lot where the mountain bike trails start closest to the North Gate Entrance in Brown County State Park. If the trails are closed due to weather we like to work on skills in the parking lot. I hope you can join us in April!
Join us for the 2nd annual DNK Presents Trail Sports Mountain Bike Camp in Sedona, AZ! Learn how to shred the trails with Trek Bicycle Women’s Advocates and certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBIA) Kate Nolan along with other certified coaches and advocates Charlotte Batty, and Michelle Thiry for this epic weekend in the red rocks. A weekend to focus on yourself, in the great outdoors with other inspiring women. Leave with incredible knowledge and skills to take to the trails and making lasting friendships.
The clinic will take place at Trail Sports Bike Shop in West Sedona, trail rides will be taken from the bike shop.
Check in Friday evening or Saturday morning
Saturday 8am light breakfast and coffee is served at Trail Sports
9am Announcements, take shuttle to bike park skills area
9:30-12pm Drills and Skills
1:30-4pm Group rides on the trails
Saturday evening optional bike maintenance workshops at the shop
A light breakfast with coffee, lunches, and a pizza party for Saturday night is included in the cost!
Learn how to ride the break-taking red rocks of Sedona Arizona, meet other like-minded amazing outdoor women, and make lasting friendships and memories along the way. We hope to meet you this spring!
Join us every first Tuesday of the month with Trek Bicycle Women’s Advocate, Kate Nolan for free monthly mountain bike rides in Brown County State Park (and sometimes other places too)! We welcome all levels on these women’s rides and will meet in the parking lot closest to the North Gate in Brown County State Park unless otherwise indicated. We ride unless the trails are closed indicated on the HMBA website at hmba.org. See you on the trails!
Join us for the first mountain bike ride of 2019 in beautiful Brown County State Park! We’ll start at the bottom by the North Tower and Pine Loop trailheads. We’ll take a fun and exploratory ride through the beginner and intermediate trails in the park. These rides are all levels, please contact us with questions. We hope to see you there!
Join us for the 2nd annual Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic at Kickapoo State Recreation Area in Illinois. The park has recently expanded and improved their trail systems and we plan on shredding the trails after honing in on our skills we go over in the morning together. This is an all levels clinic, if you are brand new to mountain biking or have been riding for a while and want to get more confident on the trails we would love to have you join us this June!
Optional morning yoga
9-11:45am Morning skill sessions
1-4pm Afternoon trail rides
Join us for another Kid’s Mountain Bike Clinic at Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers, IN. We will cover the basic skills to get your children feeling more confident to take on their next mountain bike adventure! The second half of the clinic we will head to the awesome trail system at Flat Fork Creek All levels are welcome, we hope your little ones will join us for an awesome day in the park!
Your child will need to have their own bike, and helmet for the clinic.
UPDATE: You will sign up for the clinic on Fisher’s Park and Recreation website not on the DNK Presents’ website. When you are on the website type in “mountain bike” in the search box on the upper right hand area and the 3 mountain bike clinics will be listed. Please reach out if you have any questions!