SESSIONS (Intermediate & Advanced Level Clinics - 3 hours)
Sessions is all about doing - and doing it a lot - meaning less talk and a whole lot of guided practice! These clinics are aimed at the Intermediate to Advanced rider that is looking to expand their skill set and push their riding to the next level. For beginner clinics, check Weekend Fundamentals.
WHEELIES - One Wheel Magic!
If you ever envied that kid in the neighborhood that could wheelie for days, but you felt that doing it yourself was out of reach - then we're here to tell you - your day has come. In this clinic, we'll be delving deep into the dark art that is riding with your front wheel in the air. We'll talk briefly about bike set-up and bike geometry and how this affects the bike. Then, we'll practice skills that will give you the confidence to initiate and maintain control when riding on 1 wheel. This clinic is not to be missed. Be there, or hate yourself every time that 12 year-old neighbor kid passes by your house. This is a 2 hour intermediate/advanced level clinic and is limited to 6 people. See below for times.
If the thought of going down steep hills fills you with dread, then this just might be the exposure therapy you need. In STEEPS, we'll be working with getting more comfortable riding down steep trail. We'll build on the body positioning and braking work we did in Basics, and we'll build on our skills with rolls that we worked on in DROPS 1 and also touch on skills for turning on steeps or turning immediately after steep downhills. This is a 4 hour intermediate/advanced level clinic and is limited to 6 people. See the calendar below for times.
Sessions Clinics NAME Changes for 2019
NOTE: This year we’ll be simplifying the names somewhat under the Sessions heading. The Jumping 1 and 2 combo clinic that was taught last year will now be called Jumping 1 with Jumping 3: Mind the Gap being renamed Jumping 2. The Drops 1 and 2 combo clinic from last year will become Drops 1 with Drops 3: Full Commitment Drops will become Drops 2. The format for each of these 3 hour clinics will not change.
Jumping 1 - Learning to Jump
If you have considered trying to get your wheels off the ground, but you're not sure where to start, then this is for you. This clinic is taught in two parts with the first half being focused on body mechanics and popping (explosively standing into the pedals) and the second half being guided instruction (practice with instructor feedback) working on consistency. We’ll wrap with “The Rules”, Mike’s guide to learning to jump while avoiding injury. Note: Jumping 1 and Jumping 2 have been combined into Jumping 1. Format has not changed. New this year: All students will go home with a “report card” as a guild for what they need to work on while they practice. All clinics are limited to six students max. See the calendar below for times.
Jumping 2 - MIND the GAP
You say you’ve been jumping for awhile, but you’re still struggling with gaps? In this class we’ll build skills for assessing gaps including how to accurately measure jump length, how to determine if a jump is likely to buck and how to line up a jump for the first time. There is a lot of highly useful information here, so if you're starting to push yourself doing gaps, you won't want to miss this! This 3. hour clinic will be taught at Galbraith Mountain. Jumping 3 will be limited to 6 people. Cost of clinic is $170. Please note, you must meet the requirements for Jumping 3 and have taken Jumping 1 and 2 previously. Registration is NOT done on this website. Please contact us at 360.386.5550 or email for more info.
Jumping 2 Requirements:
Must first take Jumping 1 and Jumping 2 to be considered eligible for Jumping 3.
Demonstrate the ability to "pop" with legs without rotating from side to side, forward (endo) or back (loop out).
Be consistent with timing the pop 9 out of 10 times with minimal error.
If you've taken Jumping 1 and 2 and you're still not sure if you qualify. No worries. Give us a call (see above) or send an email.
Have you taken Jumping 1 with me previously and need a brush up or feedback for a persistent problem? I do practice days with the guided instruction portion of Jumping 1 for students that have taken Jumping with me before, Cost is considerably less than the cost of a clinic. If you’re interested send me a message through the contact tab above and I’ll put you on the list for the next available practice. Practice is usually on Thursday evenings at 6pm.
DROPS AND ROLLS PROGRAM
DROPS 1 - Learning to Drop (Note: Taught as a combo with Drops 2, but can be taken separately by request.)
Feel pretty good about your trail riding prowess, but you want learn to get over more difficult features or even maybe get your wheels off the ground a bit? In the first half of this clinic, we'll start with some basics such as body position and braking and then move to breaking down the movements required for negotiating roll-downs (steep drop-offs that can be rolled) and drops (drop-offs that can't be rolled). The second half of the clinic will be guided instruction (practice with instructor feedback). We’ll be working on the skills we introduced the first half, spotting reoccurring errors and working on consistency. Expect to work with drops ranging from 6 inches to 18 inches. This is an excellent clinic for riders new to doing drops or struggling with landing off-axis or either front or rear wheel high. Clinic is 3 hours and has a max of 6 people. See the calendar below for times.
DROPS 2 - Full Commitment Drops
We'll be starting where we left off with Drops 2. I'll do a short explanation of the techniques we talked about and then we'll do some drops and rolls using those techniques with the drop set at a good height for warming up (less than 1'). After some time spent working with the drop at this height and getting comfortable, we'll discuss assessing a drop and the "point of no return." Then we'll raise the height slightly to get used the sensation of a committed drop. Once comfortable at this height we'll adjust again and so on. This 3.5 hour clinic is limited to 6 people. Please note, You must take DROPS 1 and 2 and pass DROPS 2 before taking this clinic. Date and TBT.
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