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Group rides are open to DSS Members ONLY. 

Upcoming events

    • March 04, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Parks of Aledo | 900 Bailey Ranch Rd | Aledo, TX 76008
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    Group rides are open to DSS Members only.

    Registration closes two days before the ride. 

    (Thursday, March 2nd)

    Join us as we kick off our 10th season of teaching women how to mountain bike with our 5th Annual Winter Shakedown Ride at the Parks of Aledo!! POA is a great trail for beginners and first time riders, with a small skills area and six miles of fun and flowy singletrack. The addition of "The Bluffs" in 2022, a 3 mile section of singletrack, provides challenging terrain at the northern end of the trail system. It has several techy, but rideable, off-camber climbs for our Intermediate and Advanced Riders. Total mileage at POA is ~9 miles.

    Important Parking Information

    ALL vehicles must park at:

    First Aledo Bank

    900 Bailey Ranch Rd.,

    Aledo, TX 76008

    If you don't see the DSS van then you're not in the right place!

    RESTROOMS: 

    Huge thank you to First Aledo Bank and the Weatherford Mountain Bike Club for providing us with our very own port-a-potty!!!

    Check in table opens up at 10:45am.

    Please arrive early, have your A,B,C's done, and be ready to ride at 11:00 am! 

    As a reminder,  FLOWY Groups will NOT stop to session and teach. The only stops will be to regroup. If you want to learn skills on specific parts of the trail then you must be signed up for a skills based group.

    If this is your first time participating in a DSS ride, we do require you to complete Orientation BEFORE signing up to ride in a group. Please note: if it is your first time participating in a DSS group ride and you sign up for any group other than DSS Orientation, we reserve the right to move you to our orientation group at any time.


    Skills Based Ride Groups:

    • Beginner Skills Based
    • Beginner/Intermediate Skills Based (NEW!)
    • Intermediate Skills Based

    Flowy Ride Groups:

    • Beginner/Intermediate Flowy 
    • Intermediate Flowy
    • Advanced Flowy


    Skill Level Definitions

    DSS Orientation - We require anyone who has never ridden with us to start here for your first ride. NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION IS FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS. What is DSS Orientation? This session will help you make the most out of your next group ride experience! Our ride leaders use several different words (that you may have never heard of or used before) to coach you through the trail. This helps keep everyone safe and the ride flowing smooth. During orientation we will teach, demonstrate, and practice:

    • DSS Mountain Bike Terminology
    • Trail Etiquette
    • How to check your A,B,C’s before each ride.
    • What type of riding gear to wear for safety and comfort.
    • How to maintain a strong and stable body position while riding.
    • How to use your brakes properly.
    • How to get the most out of your gears for smooth and efficient riding.

    Beginner Rider - I am still learning how to navigate my way through the trail and do not feel comfortable riding through rooty or rocky sections without putting my foot down. Quick changes in elevation or terrain give me a hard time. I walk my bike up most climbs and on obstacles like bridges and steep downhills. Neutral and ready position does not fully come natural to me just yet. I am still learning to use my gears consistently. Riding down a curb is easy, but riding UP a curb scares me.

    Beginner/Intermediate Rider - More times than not, I am riding with a strong neutral or ready position. I can ride over roots and small rocky sections, but am not always the best at gauging my speed, trail scanning, or picking my lines. I know HOW to use my gears but still find myself stuck in the wrong gear sometimes. Using my dropper seatpost does not come natural to me just yet. I would like more coaching to ride down 1-2 foot drops and learn how to perform a basic compression wheel lift. I can ride UP a curb but have room for improvement on my technique. Very slow speed riding can still be tricky for me. Short punchy climbs can give me a hard time. Overall I feel like I'm learning how to ride more obstacles but having trouble with consistency.

    Intermediate Rider - You can ride for an hour at 7-8 mph with limited stops. You have a strong/stable body position and your balance has improved in slow speed situations. You are confident riding over bridges, through rooty sections and over some rocks. You can ride down drops at least two feet tall. You can ride through tree gates, dips, and up most short, punchy climbs. You are able to perform a basic compression front wheel lift and would like more coaching on pedal assist wheelies, manuals, and rear wheel lifts.

    Advanced Rider - You are able to ride for an hour at a 9+mph pace without stopping. You can ride all the way up steep, technical climbs and safely down steep, technical descents. You are confident cornering at fast speeds and can navigate quick changes in elevation and terrain. You can ride through most rock gardens and off drops up to three feet tall. You are able to perform both front and rear wheel lifts ( pedal assist wheelies, compression wheel lift, manual, rear wheel lift, bunny hop).

      NOTE - We appreciate all your feedback from our recent poll about our pre-warmup course. The results clearly showed that the majority of you enjoy the warmup but would like the time frame to be limited so you can have more time on the trail. We are on board with that and will be condensing the warmup to 15 minutes! You can help us by reading the skill level descriptions carefully and choosing the closest group to your current riding level. If we see that you would have a better experience in a different skill group than what you signed up for,  we will let you know during the warmup. The goal is to help you help you progress safely in your riding.

      This warmup course is a great opportunity to get one on one coaching before heading out to the trail. We generally aim to work on the same skills that match up to the obstacles we will be riding that day on the trail. This practice session helps to get loosy goosy and work on your body position on the bike.


      (click the picture below to watch a YouTube video on A,B,C's)


        • Helmets and closed toe shoes are required
        • Bring your own water and nutrition


        Ride at your own risk and please read the entire liability waiver.

        Not sure what to bring? Check out our FAQ Page for more tips!


        Group rides are open to DSS Members only.

      Past events

      January 28, 2023 January Pop-up Ride @ Horseshoe
      December 17, 2022 December Pop-up Ride @ Northshore
      November 12, 2022 Season Finale DSS Member Ride @ Big Cedar Wilderness Trails
      October 29, 2022 DSS Halloween Themed Skills Day @ Horseshoe
      October 19, 2022 Race Team Ride @ Horseshoe
      October 12, 2022 DSS Member Ride @ Horseshoe
      October 05, 2022 Meet & Greet Member Social & Fundraiser
      October 01, 2022 VOLUNTEER Opportunity - Take a Kid MTB Day!
      September 14, 2022 DSS Member Ride @ Katie Jackson
      September 10, 2022 RESCHEDULED - DSS Member Ride @ Northshore
      September 07, 2022 Race Team Ride @ Northshore
      August 27, 2022 Bike Wash Clinic
      August 27, 2022 New Member Orientation
      July 06, 2022 Meet & Greet Member Social & Fundraiser
      June 25, 2022 DSS Member Ride @ Erwin Park
      June 15, 2022 Race Team Ride @ Horseshoe
      June 08, 2022 DSS Wednesday Ride @ Horseshoe
      May 18, 2022 DSS Wednesday Ride @ Katie Jackson
      May 11, 2022 Race Team Ride @ Northshore
      May 07, 2022 DSS Member Ride @ Northshore
      April 23, 2022 FREE DSS Intro to Mountain Biking Orientation Skills Clinic
      April 23, 2022 DSS Member Ride @ Erwin Park & Skills Area Grand Opening
      April 20, 2022 Race Team Ride @ Horseshoe
      April 13, 2022 DSS Wednesday Ride @ Northshore
      April 06, 2022 DSS Wednesday Ride @ Horseshoe
      March 23, 2022 DSS Wednesday Ride @ Horseshoe
      March 16, 2022 Race Team Ride @ Northshore
      March 05, 2022 Winter Shakedown Ride @ Parks of Aledo
      December 11, 2021 "All for Flow and Not for Show" December Pop-up Ride
      November 13, 2021 DSS/DSM Saturday Ride & Orientation @ Northshore
      November 03, 2021 CANCELLED - DSS Wednesday Ride & Orientation @ Northshore
      October 30, 2021 DSS Saturday Halloween Themed Ride & Orientation @ River Legacy
      October 06, 2021 DSS Wednesday Ride @ Horseshoe
      September 25, 2021 DSS Saturday Ride @ Gateway Park
      September 08, 2021 DSS Wednesday Ride @ Northshore
      September 01, 2021 DSS Orientation @ Horseshoe
      June 09, 2021 DSS Orientation @ River Legacy
      June 02, 2021 CANCELLED - DSS Racing Team Ride @ Erwin
      May 26, 2021 RESCHEDULED - DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ River Legacy
      May 12, 2021 DSS Co-Ed Ride @ Northshore
      May 05, 2021 DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Erwin
      April 28, 2021 CANCELLED - DSS Racing Team Ride @ Horseshoe
      April 28, 2021 CANCELLED - DSS Orientation
      April 21, 2021 DSS Bluebonnet Ride @ Cedar Hill State Park
      April 14, 2021 LOCATION CHANGE - DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Harry Moss
      March 31, 2021 DSS Racing Team Ride @ Northshore
      March 31, 2021 DSS Orientation
      March 24, 2021 DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Location Changed to Horseshoe
      March 17, 2021 CANCELLED - DSS Season Kick-Off Ride @ Harry Moss
      March 13, 2021 Trail #2 Quanah Hill - Trail Hopping Winter Shakedown
      March 13, 2021 Trail #1 Parks of Aledo - Trail Hopping Winter Shakedown
      June 10, 2020 DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Harry Moss p/b Bicyces Plus
      May 27, 2020 DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Horseshoe p/b Mad Duck Roanoke followed by dinner and drinks @ Hop & Sting
      May 16, 2020 CANCELLED - DSS Saturday Ride @ Knob Hills
      April 29, 2020 CANCELLED - Co-Ed Ride @ Northshore p/b Bicycles Plus followed by dinner @ Rockin' S Bar & Grill
      April 19, 2020 Co-Ed Rock Solid Mountain Bike Foundations Skills Clinic p/b Bicycles Plus
      April 08, 2020 CANCELLED - DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Rowlett Creek Preserve p/b Bicycles Plus
      March 18, 2020 CANCELLED - DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Erwin Park p/b Bicycles Plus
      March 11, 2020 DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Horseshoe Trail p/b Bicyces Plus
      March 07, 2020 2020 DSS Season Kick-off Party
      February 16, 2020 RESCHEDULED - 2nd Annual Trail Hopping Winter Shakedown | Aledo and Quanah Hill
      February 15, 2020 CANCELLED - 2nd Annual Trail Hopping Winter Shakedown | Aledo and Quanah Hill
      November 16, 2019 Glampout Evening Events and End of The Year Party @ Rockin' S Bar & Grill!
      October 16, 2019 DSS Wednesday Night Grand Finale Ride @ Horseshoe p/b Mad Duck Cyclery followed by dinner and drinks @ Hop & Sting
      October 09, 2019 Dirt Side Sisters Monthly Wednesday Night Advanced Ride
      October 06, 2019 Co-Ed Cornering Clinic
      October 05, 2019 Co-Ed Rock Solid Mountain Bike Foundations Skills Clinic p/b Bicycles Plus
      September 25, 2019 Member Appreciation Paddle Boarding with DFW Surf!
      September 18, 2019 DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Harry Moss p/b Local Hub Bicycle Co.
      September 11, 2019 Dirt Side Sisters Monthly Wednesday Night Advanced Ride
      September 04, 2019 CO-ED Ride @ Horseshoe p/b Mad Duck Cyclery followed by dinner and drinks @ Hop & Sting
      August 21, 2019 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ River Legacy
      August 14, 2019 DSS Monthly Wednesday Night Advanced Ride p/b Richardson Bike Mart
      August 07, 2019 DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Northshore p/b Bicycles Plus followed by dinner @ Rockin' S Bar & Grill
      August 03, 2019 Test and Tune Suspension Setup Clinic
      July 13, 2019 Tubeless Tires 101 & Fix a Flat - Maintenance Clinic
      July 10, 2019 Parts Of A MTB 101 p/b Local Hub Bicycle Co.
      June 26, 2019 DSS Wednesday Night Ride @ Erwin Park
      June 19, 2019 CANCELLED - DSS Wednesday Night Ride p/b Bicycles Plus
      June 12, 2019 DSS Wednesday Night Ride p/b Richardson Bike Mart
      June 05, 2019 Bike Wash Clinic p/b Bicycles Plus
      May 22, 2019 Tour of Lake Grapevine by Pavement p/b Mad Duck Cyclery followed by dinner and drinks @ Hop & Sting
      May 15, 2019 ***CANCELLED*** Dirt Side Sisters Monthly Wednesday Night Advanced Ride
      May 08, 2019 Tour of Northshore by pavement starting from Bicycles Plus
      May 05, 2019 **RESCHEDULED AGAIN to May 5th** CO-ED Trail Features & Man-Made Obstacles Advanced Skills Clinic p/b Bicycles Plus
      April 14, 2019 **RESCHEDULED AGAIN to April 14th** CO-ED Rock Solid Mtn Bike Foundations Skills Clinic p/b Bicycles Plus
      April 10, 2019 **NEW** Dirt Side Sisters Monthly Wednesday Night Advanced Ride
      April 03, 2019 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ River Legacy
      March 27, 2019 DSS Racing Meet and Greet Ride and Dinner
      March 13, 2019 **CANCELLED** DSS Kickoff Ride and Dinner @ Northshore p/b Bicycles Plus
      March 09, 2019 Dirt Side Sisters 2019 Season Kick-off Party
      February 16, 2019 Climbing and Descending Skills Clinic
      February 02, 2019 Trail Hopping Winter Shakedown | Aledo and Quanah Hill
      November 17, 2018 End of The Year Party @ Rockin' S Bar & Grill!
      October 31, 2018 Halloween Party and Trivia Night at Grapevine Craft Brewery
      October 10, 2018 Test and Tune Suspension Setup Clinic @ Horseshoe Park
      October 03, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Horseshoe Trail
      September 19, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Community Co-Ed Ride @ Horseshoe | Food trucks & Beer @ Grapevine Craft Brewery
      September 16, 2018 Rock Solid Advanced Skills Clinic: Trail Features & Man-Made Obstacles
      September 15, 2018 Rock Solid Mtn Bike Foundations Skills Clinic
      September 05, 2018 ***CANCELLED*** Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Harry Moss
      August 22, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Northshore with Dinner After!
      August 18, 2018 Nutrition Clinic & Nissan Truck Month Celebration!
      August 08, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Rowlett Creek Preserve (RCP)
      July 25, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Community Co-Ed Ride @ Horseshoe | Food trucks & Beer @ Grapevine Craft Brewery
      July 21, 2018 ***Time Change*** Road Ride, Tubeless Setup, & Maintenance Clinic @ Plano Cycling & Fitness
      July 18, 2018 ***RESCHEDULED*** Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ River Legacy
      June 27, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Harry Moss
      June 13, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Northshore with Dinner After!
      June 09, 2018 Rock Solid Mtn Bike Foundations Skills Clinic
      May 30, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Rowlett Creek Preserve (RCP)
      May 16, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Community Co-Ed Ride @ Horseshoe | Food trucks & Beer @ Grapevine Craft Brewery
      May 12, 2018 Mother's Day Weekend Road Ride & Trail Side First Aid Clinic @ Plano Cycling & Fitness
      May 02, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ River Legacy
      April 29, 2018 Climbing and Descending Skills Clinic
      April 18, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Northshore with Dinner After!
      April 04, 2018 Dirt Side Sisters Season Kickoff Gravel Ride
      March 28, 2018 DSS Racing Meet and Greet - Informational Meeting and Ride
      March 17, 2018 2018 Dirt Side Sisters St. Patrick's Day Season Kick-off Party
      November 18, 2017 2017 Dirt Side Sisters End of the Year Celebration!!!
      November 17, 2017 Fall Glampout 2017
      October 28, 2017 Rock Solid Mtn Bike Foundations Skills Clinic
      October 25, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride Grande Finale @ Northshore
      October 11, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Party Ride Edition - LB Houston/WNX
      September 27, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Community Co-Ed Ride @ Horseshoe | Food trucks & Beer @ Grapevine Craft Brewery
      September 13, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Harry Moss
      August 30, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ River Legacy & Boston's
      August 16, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Northshore
      August 09, 2017 Maintenance Clinic - EVERYTHING Chains! Fix 'em, Clean 'em, Lube 'em, Change 'em
      August 02, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Bi-Weekly Ride @ Rowlett Creek Preserve (RCP)
      July 23, 2017 Rock Solid Advanced Skills Clinic: Trail Features & Man-Made Obstacles
      July 22, 2017 Rock Solid Mtn Bike Fundamental Skills Clinic
      July 19, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Community Co-Ed Ride @ Horseshoe | Food trucks & Beer @ Grapevine Craft Brewery
      July 05, 2017 Change in Location due to RAIN!!! Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Northshore
      June 21, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ River Legacy & Boston's
      June 17, 2017 Road Ride & Maintenance Clinic @ Plano Cycling & Fitness "How to Fix a Flat Macgyver Style"
      June 14, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Northshore
      June 07, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night GRAVEL Ride @ Erwin Park
      May 17, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Community Co-Ed Ride @ Horseshoe | Food trucks & Beer @ Grapevine Craft Brewery
      May 13, 2017 Road Ride & Maintenance Clinic @ Plano Cycling & Fitness
      May 10, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Erwin
      May 03, 2017 **CANCELED DUE TO MUDDY TRAIL** Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Harry Moss
      April 22, 2017 TMBRA/DORBA Dino Valley Race
      April 19, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ River Legacy followed by Dinner @ Boston's
      April 15, 2017 Road Ride & Maintenance Clinic @ Plano Cycling & Fitness
      April 12, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Wednesday Night Ride @ Northshore
      April 05, 2017 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Kick-Off Gravel Ride @ Erwin Park
      March 29, 2017 DSS Racing Meet and Greet - Informational Meeting and Ride
      March 18, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters Season Kick-off Party 2017
      February 18, 2017 Dirt Side Sisters "Winter is Almost Over" Ride
      November 19, 2016 Dirt Side Sisters Year End Party!
      October 08, 2016 The Scoop on Racing
      September 28, 2016 September Maintenance Clinic - Shocks and Suspension Settings
      August 31, 2016 **6:30 pm** August Maintenance Clinic
      August 21, 2016 Rock Solid Mtn Bike Foundations Skills Clinic
      July 31, 2016 *Save the Date* 3rd Annual DORBA Kaylee's Kids Day
      July 27, 2016 July Maintenance Clinic
      July 10, 2016 Balance, Trail Features, & Man-Made Obstacles Skills Clinic
      May 22, 2016 Rock Solid Mtn Bike Foundations Skills and Maintenance Clinic
      April 17, 2016 Dirt Side Sisters Season Kick-off
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