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Program Lead Contact Information

Shannon Casson

Phoenix, AZ Give It A Whirl Day

  • Registration Status:Closed
  • Program Type:Event
  • Day(s) of the Week: Sun
  • Ages:7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
  • Dates:11/21/21
  • Fees:FREE!
  • Time:3:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Location:McDowell Mountain Regional Park 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr, Fort McDowell, AZ
  • Registration Opens:TBD
  • Registration Closes:November 16, 2021 @ 12 pm MST
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Program Description

This program is an all-girls, Give it a Whirl Day held at Fort McDowell Regional Park  just outside of the greater Phoenix area.  With over 50 miles of multi-use trails and spectacular mountain views, the park is a mountain bikers paradise!  And better yet, it's a Little Bellas paradise too!

A Give it a Whirl day aims to get girls of all abilities either introduced to the sport or help them develop an already present interest. Based around having fun, we play lots of games (on and off the bike), explore and ride trails, incorporate basic bike skills and then adjust those skills as the girls progress.

We also use the mountain bike experience to help the girls gain confidence, build camaraderie other girls on bikes, seek out new adventures, and get outdoors!  These are learning skills your daughter can take with her throughout life!

It is a great opportunity for girls looking to try out mountain biking as well as for those who are ready for the next level of challenge.

Phoenix Program Lead

Shannon spent her childhood chasing two older brothers from sport to sport which inspired a lifelong love of playing outdoors. For college graduation, she bought a bike, immediately changing her life for the better. Shannon is a community activist and a champion for females in sport who believes in the magical power of female role models. While she taught PE and health, she started Girls on the Run in Western Colorado, started Little Bellas in Park City, Utah and also loves to coach womens mountain biking. As a member of the Little Bellas family, she is thrilled to pay it forward to future female generations and empower more girls to ride bikes. When Shannon isn’t riding bicycles, she’s planning her next bike adventure or baking chocolate chip cookies.

What's Included:

Fun, snacks, games, and riding bikes!

What to Bring:

• Bike Helmet
• Mountain Bike- In good working order
• Water carrying device- Either a bottle to fit in a cage on the bike or a hydration pack.
• Closed-toed shoes
• Rain gear or extra layers if necessary


30 mins to 1hr - Trail ride in small, age/ability appropriate groups
15 min- Snack (provided)
45 min - 1 hr - Games and activities
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