BASICS in the Woods CLINIC POSTPONED!
BASICS in the WOODS! - Like the name implies, we’re going to be working on basic skills in the woods on the trail. Where my BASICS course is taught in a grassy open area with obstacles such as cones or logs, this will be taught on the trails with real obstacles that are on the trail - turns, roots, rocks and the like. It does take a little more time to get to where we will be riding and practicing, so this one will be 3 hours instead the usual 2. Note: This is a test to check interest in more longer Fundamentals clinics. If you’re totally new to riding trail I would suggest taking the 2 hour BASICS instead. To book a two hour BASICS, TURNS or GET OVER IT clinic, scroll down to the green “Select” button at the bottom of the page.
BASICS in the Woods was initially scheduled for Lake Padden Park on Sunday, March 10, 9am till noon. Due to snow this week and very poor trail conditions, this clinic has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 17th at 9am till noon.
Thanks for your patience as we deal with lingering winter conditions. -Mike
Fundamentals Beginner to Intermediate Level Clinics
BASICS Just like the name says, we'll be working on the fundamentals including body positioning, bike/body separation, braking, riding in a straight line, trackstanding and get an introduction to switchbacks. If you are new to the sport or you've been struggling, then this is the place to start. Also a good choice for riders that want to brush-up on these most necessary skills. This two hour clinic is limited to 6 people max. Click the green "Select" button at bottom of page to see available clinics and times.
GET OVER IT! In this follow-up series of clinics to Basics, we’ll be working on - you guess it - getting over it! Mountain Biking is filled with obstacles that get in your way. Here, you will learn a variety of approaches to roll over, around or through obstacles including logs, rocks, roots and ruts going uphill, downhill and riding on flat ground. There is so much to work on here that I'm turing this into 2 clinics, GET OVER IT and MORE GETTING OVER IT. In GET OVER IT, we'll work with climbing on rough terrain and using weighing and unweighting to get over obstacles. This clinic will be all about efficiency, as in how to get up and over obstacles with the least amount of effort. his two hour clinic is limited to 6 people max. Click the green "Select" button at bottom of page to see available clinics and times.
MORE GETTING OVER IT! Sometimes the obstacles are big, too big to just roll over and too big to shift your weight to get past. Be they tall or long, rounded or square, sometimes you've just got to give'r! And that's were this clinic comes in. Expect explosive movements and precise timing to be a necessity with skills taught in this clinic. You don't have to have them immediately, but we will be working to develop it. Downed log in the trail? Not a problem. Got a rock ledge you've got to hop onto? Yeah, we got that. If it involves aggressively getting your wheels up and over barriers, then this is your clinic. If you took my GET OVER IT clinic last year, this will be familiar. his two hour clinic is limited to 6 people max. Click the green "Select" button at bottom of page to see available clinics and times.
TURNS Seems simple enough, you want the bike to go right, so you turn your bars to the right and it goes right. RIGHT? Well, yes and no. You might be turning, but you most likely are not doing it well as you could be. Here are some things to consider, do you sometimes get nervous on really tight switchback turns? Especially when the turn is going down and turns to your weaker side? Or, do you find that you struggle to keep up with friends when moving fast through flat or off-camber turns (sloped down to the outside.) Or do you find it difficult to carry enough speed to hit jumps before or after turns? If you said yes to either of these, then this clinic could very well change your life. Mountain Biking is turns, my friends, one after another. And when you do it right, it's gloriously fun! EVERYONE can benefit from working on turns, but most of us don't because it seems so simple. Well it is, but it isn't. There is massive room for improvement here with most riders. Do yourself a favor and take this class! Trust me, you won't regret it. This 2 hour clinic is limited to 6 people max. Click the green "Select" button at bottom of page to see available clinics and times.
Note: DROPS 1 - Drops and Rolls has been moved to the Sessions page on this website. I still consider it a beginner level course. Basic trail skills are all that is required to begin learning these skills. Click here to read about or register for Drops 1.
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