Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wanted: Mountain bike skills clinic

 I've been meaning to work on my mountain biking skills through a professionally-led clinic but that has yet to happen, I either miss the deadline or it's soldout or it's just too far away for me to contemplate. I am determined to make 2012 the year I actually attend 1 or 2 clinics and get significantly better on the technical terrain. Here are the clinics/coaching options I am considering, I'll post later if I actually sign up and attend:

Option 1: A little late in the season (June!) but I've never been mountain biking in Tennesse and this might be a good excuse to spend the weekend there riding and learn some new skills:
Midwest Women's Mountain Bike Clinic and Outdoor Demo 
Brown County State Park ~ Nashville, Indiana
June 9-10, 2012
$125
1.5 days of instruction

Option 2: Snowshoe Mtn has a bunch of options and after looking through them, I might attend more than one!'

Option 2a: Bike Park 202
The 202 program is for graduates of the 101 program, or anyone that has already mastered the basics of beginner level Downhill riding and is looking to improve their confidence and skill on Blue Trails.  Focal points during the 202 program include line selection, drops, jumps, and bike control. 
Any weekend that isn't a "race event weekend"
$129
3.5 hours of instruction

Option 2b: Women's Weekend Gravity Camp Presented by Kona
Camp includes professional instruction, two nights lodging, two day bike and equipment rental, two day bike park access, professional instruction from IMIC coaches.
August 25-26 (tentative, date may change)
$109 (How did I miss this in 2011? It was such a great deal!)

Option 2c: Private Instruction
IMIC Certified Instructors for a private coaching session. Includes optional ($$) HD video analysis. Can have coach work with me individually or with up to 3 more people, might be a good option for me and 2-3 friends.
Any weekend that isn't a "race event weekend"
$149 + $60 to rent downhill bike, helmet and armor

Option 3: Just Right Biking Clinic
Website gave details on what you will learn but no specific dates, I expect everything would be done at Dupont State Forest, I've gone there once and it was a great trail system, definitely a place where I could practice skills and learn more technical stuff.
$ not posted but private coaching was $45/hour

Option 4: Betterride.net started by Gene Hamilton
Option 4a: 2-day camp
Mini-2- day camp with Sue Haywood
Harrisonburg, VA
March 25-26
$537

Option 4b: 3-day camp
Asheville, NC
April 27-29
$618


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