MOUNTAIN BIKE SKILL CLINICS
We organize and host mountain bike events and skill clinics in addition to coaching at clinics led by other organizations in the region. If you are interested in a private clinic/lesson (group or individual) please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us here. We are located in the Auburn/Grass Valley area but will travel to other areas. In addition we have coaches in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Lakes and San Diego area.
Our mission is to build community and help you conquer new terrain through learning, practicing, progressing, and taking it to the trail! We also offer “off-bike” training opportunities to help you get strong and ready for your trail time on the bike.
Check out our Skills Director Paige Ramsey’s background in training and riding here.
Read about our Founder and Skill Instructor Jeni, who has her own “fall into mountain biking” story.
Please join us in our Facebook group Women’s MTB Experience for current happenings!
Get involved in the conversation on the MTB Experience Forum.
We look forward to riding and sharing experiences with you!
-Jeni and Paige
Here is how we define rider levels to ease the anxiety of knowing your level of riding and which clinic would best suit your needs:
The title says it ALL! You are new to riding!
Your pace is easy and cautious, with the goal of getting comfortable with your bike and want to learn the basics: body position, shifting, braking, easy cornering. You have either not ridden at all or mostly bike paths and mellow singletrack. You can meet fitness demands up to 2 hours and under 1000 ft of climbing. You are new to riding!
Beginner Mountain Biker!
You’ve got the basics! You know how to shift, you know which is your front and rear brake. You may still have a hard time with ready position or may not know what that means. However you’ve been riding some and have a little fitness under your belt. You are moving away from dirt roads and want to explore more single track. Rocky sections, climbing and descending are new skills you want to learn! You probably ride a few times a month, once a week when you’ve got time.
You are seeking out single track! Starting to ride some small obstacles, your hills are getting steeper and you don’t mind small rocks! Your hills are getting longer and you are good with it! You don’t need as many breaks and you are riding at least once a week and trying to figure out how to get more in.
You can manage a ride exclusively on single track. You are descending at a fast pace on flowy smoother single track and can handle steep descents, rutted fire roads and obstacles. You can climb steeper single track terrain and can make it over smaller rocks, roots and ruts. You are looking for ways to kick the intensity up. You’re starting to look for ways to be in the air. You know what a basic front wheel lift is and you’ve got it dialed! You can handle at least 15 miles and 2-3 hours in the saddle. You ride 2-3 times a week typically. You may even be hitting the gym to improve core strength and power.
You are FAST! You are in the AIR! However you probably want to get better there. At the Bike Park your tires leave the ground all the time but may not find the transition yet. You land on top of the table with ease. A 2 to 3 foot drop is what you’re all about! Got a big root to get over or some rocks on the climb? Not a problem! You ride a lot and while you not be able to keep up with the pro, you’re on your way. You’re able to get down black runs and trails with lots of rocks, very steep descents and some drops. You ride at least 3 times a week and you’re hitting the gym, cuz you wouldn’t be able to ride the fun stuff if you didn’t! You can handle 3-4 hrs in the saddle and 3000 ft of climbing.
Catch me if you can! Once again, you are fast! Up and down. You know the transition of a jump and can’t get enough of it. No climb scares you. Drop at the bike park? 4-6 feet doesn’t scare you. You can handle pretty much whatever you come across. You seek out rough, technical downhills. 4-6 hrs in the saddle is a breeze.
You do EVERYTHING listed above but its gonna be faster and the intensity is CRAZY!