by Andru McCracken

Jean Ann Berkenpas grew up riding bikes in Valemount back when Andreas’ Downhill was a prefered route and the bike park was the dream of an adolescent teen… so you know she’s good. She has since competed nationally and internationally, and last Monday local women and girls were pleased to get the chance to learn from a pro.

Jean Ann was sponsored by Liv Vancouver and gave a two hour beginner course. They learned how to climb, body positioning for uphill and down and had a chance to hang out with somebody cool.

If you are interested in taking a course, both men and women are invited to register for courses for a variety of levels on June 8, 9 and 10th.

To register go to