We finally have the MTB clinics finalized.
FEBRUARY (Date TBD)
Nutrition – Presented by Kathy at Fastlab (This clinic will be helpful for both road and mountain)
- Pre-race nutrition
- During race nutrition
- 8 hour race vs. 2 hour race
- Post-race nutrition
MARCH 14th 9;00 AM Pedal bike shop
Backcountry MTB Fixes and MTB Maintenance – Presented by Bill Nagel
- Basics of the bike
- QR’s and taking wheels off
- Shifting, cross chaining, under load, soft pedal
- Breaking basics
- Changing a flat
- The Nagel method
- What caused the flat? 6 ideas
- Presta vs. Schrader
- Install process
- Seating the tire
- Proper pressure
- What size tube and where to find it
- Maintaining your bike
- Types of lube wet vs. dry
- Where to lube and how to lube the bike
- How to clean your bike, including drive train
- Emergency backcountry fixes
- Ripped sidewall
- Derailleur adjustments
4 – PART SKILLS CLINIC PROVIDE BY SLM COACHING
MAY 2nd Session 1- Basic Bike Skills
Location – Lions Park, Golden, CO
Time – 9;00 am to noon
This lesson primary focus is to provide the rider with techniques a rider can use to improve basic handling skills. In order to go fast a person must first know how to control their bike at slow speeds. Then we hit the trail and start to apply those skills.
- Bike Balance- understanding tipping points on bike (endow, wheeling, side to side) Learn correct body position, balance and weight placement for climbing and descending.
- Slow Speed Skills- Using track standing and balance to negotiate tricky sections
- Trail Awareness: How to look ahead correctly, see the trail, and anticipate. We will teach you where and how to look ahead and show how this effects your riding and improves balance and flow.
TBD Session 2- Intermediate trail skills
Location- Valmont Bike Park, Boulder
Time – 9:00am to noon
This lesson focus is application of slow speed skills in order ride water bars, rock gardens, and other sections that you cannot carry speed into.
- Abbreviated balance work – quick refresher on bike tipping points (wheelies, endos etc.).
- Reading the Trail – Continued focus on looking ahead and anticipating what needs to be done (gearing, speed, line, ect).
- Sizing up drop offs/step-ups – Position on bike, speed, and confidence building when approaching.
- Climbing obstacles – using the balance to climb smoothly over water bars, rocks etc.
JUNE 28th Session 3- Advanced skills
This lesson focus is on downhill skills.
- Abbreviated balance work – quick refresher on bike tipping points (wheelies, endos etc.)
- Carrying speed – braking and cornering.
- Reading the trail- practice on looking ahead and line selection.
- Cornering- position and bike angle.
JULY 12TH Session 4- Putting it all together
Location- Walker Ranch/North Table.
This lesson primary focus is to apply all the skills into one ride and work individually with each rider on sections identified as trouble areas.
- Technique –climbing
- Line selection
- Reading the trail
- Carrying speed through the corners.
- How to recover on a downhill.
- How to measure your effort climbing.