Three groups of Divas headed out from the Abbott Loop Community Park on another beautiful, summer evening. We are seeing more and more sleeveless jerseys put to good use with the recent heat! It doesn't feel like Alaska to me....
Mary Beth leads the way along Speedway (AKA Area 51), a technically challenging trail with an array of intimidating roots.
Diane rolls over some roots at the end of Speedway.
DeAnn is determined and gets aggressive with the roots.
Anne, who unfortunately is leaving us and moving to Utah, glides over the roots as she approaches the intersection with Moose Meadow.
Thanks for being our sweep, Alison!
Two groups of Divas intersect at the top of Black Bear, everyone excited to be riding on such a gorgeous, sunny night.
Cooper Landing's Russian Lakes Trail is approximately 22 miles of pure fun, challenging at times, and as it was on this day, overgrown with cow parsnip and other leafy greens reaching out to slap and devour our legs and arms. Because of the slightly overcast skies, we all escaped mostly unscathed, with the exception of one unfortunate Diva face-plant that had nothing to do with the flora.
A happy group of Divas (and one friend from N.C.) sets out for a memorable day.
The monstrous cow parsnip seemed to mock us, towering high above with its pretty, yet potentially nasty blooms.
The trail opens up for some killer scenery in some spots.
Walking over this narrow bridge was a smart alternative to falling into the icy water below.
We stopped to cool off in a stream and were rejuvenated in the heat.
Another beautiful sunny evening set the scene for another great ride up the hillside STA trails. Again, we split up into 3 groups because of the fabulous large numbers of Divas showing up!
Katie, a relatively new mountain biker, rode her new Giant Liv bike (yay!) like a pro. Several Divas had brand new bikes on this ride, including Michelle and JoAnn - Paramount is lucky to have Rose luring us all in for these great bikes, and we're lucky to have Rose!
Susanna leads the way through the green, overgrown trails. A mama moose with a baby in tow forced us to turn around on Queen Bee, but gave us an early bonus downhill. We made up for it with plenty of hills later on the ride!
Kersten and Gloria buzz through a trail with big smiles - what could be better than mountain biking with friends on a gorgeous sunny Anchorage evening??
Amanda and Suzanna hit a sunny patch of fun after a nice climb.
Anna's tongue is clearly helping her steer around a tight corner!
Our fearless leader, Gloria, cruises through and spots a crazy photographer in the trees.
Rose powers up a hill in the sun - we've been so lucky to have so much sun on the last several Diva rides, and crossing our fingers that it continues.
Thanks for sweeping Bonnie!
A certain Diva, probably crazed with too much caffeine and chocolate, photo bombs a non-suspecting group of happy Divas as they pose with a fantastic view of Anchorage behind them.
Another large group of Divas showed up for the Wednesday ride and explored the UAA trails - many of us had no idea these woodsy, hilly trails existed!
Jess leads one group of fearless Divas up a steep hill, while a second group waits to ride down.
Karen Lee tackles the hill, most likely envious of the other others heading down!
Two groups of happy Divas intersect and enjoy a sunny moment of Diva-togetherness.
Trail-side maintenance, anyone? Turns out Divas work really well together when someone has a technical issue with their bike. Luckily, the bugs weren't out in full force this night!
How many Divas does it take to screw in a chain link?? Despite the excellent effort from many, Jess had to walk her bike out....bummer, but good lesson to learn - always carry extra links and a chain tool!