Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mt Alpha Mountian Bike Skills Clinic - Jr Update

Teenagers Represent!

Ellie and Hannah rocking the skills clinic - Photo Jen Lorenzen

On Saturday my team Mt Alpha put on a huge women's only mountain bike skills clinic. We had ages 11 to 60 sign up and had waiting lists since it filled up so quickly. With 60 riders ready to rock the Rattlesnake Corridor, we started at 8am with check in packets and awesome coffee from Black Coffee Roasters and pastries from Le Petite. All the women gathered in the heart of the Rattlesnake corridor at the beautiful Ten Spoon Winery for mountain bike fun.

Our day began with girls ages 11-16.

We rode up to the Gravel Pits to rotate from skill stations
from 9:30 - 11:30am
  • Climbing Up hills
  • Descending Downhill
  • Jumping your bike 
  • Obstacle Course
  • Corners and Pumping
The girls worked on keeping the butts back on downhill's.
One hard concept to learn is keeping your feet parallel on downhill's. It can be hard for beginners to feel comfortable to stand while descending, and many want to sit with one leg down and one up. This just takes time on the bike to get, but after you learn it - it becomes second nature when riding downhill.
Ellie working the downhill - Butt back, standing, parallel feet, ready for anything!
Before the clinic I surveyed the girls about what they wanted to learn - many of them said JUMPS!
"I want to know how to go off of JUMPS!"
12 year old Elise working the jump line. Great body positioning girl!
Girls watching videos of themselves during break in the shade
Ready for action! Jr girls working hard in the morning on individual skills.
After a sweet lunch break we got to have a great Talk by local Bike Celebrity Sam Shultz 
( Pro mountain biker and Olympian)
Click here for the Instagram image of us with him jumping in the air together.
        Chilling in the shade after working hard on bike handling skills
 Chillin in the shade
I Am Specialized

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