Here’s a glimpse of what we covered in the 2-day women’s mountain bike clinic at Oak Mountain State Park. Skills were taught based on coaching protocols outlined by IMIC, a Canadian-based program that certifies instructors and coaches. Participants who didn’t own a bike (or just wanted to demo a different model) were outfitted with womens-specific demo bikes by Trek. The goal of the clinic was to teach fundamental skills in a controlled environment where risks are minimized (read: a flat, grassy field). The 32 participants were divided into like-ability-level groups of 5 or 6 per ride leader. Here are some of the skills we learned:
Ice-breaker: The slow race. Teaches balance and is a primer to track stands.
Demonstrating how far you can get your hips back and off the saddle. (That’s practically bike-yoga!)
Big thanks to our partners, who helped make it possible to charge a very nominal fee ($10 plus misc fees) for two days of instruction, plus breakfast, lunch, snacks, and goodie bags: Trek WSD, Cahaba Cycles, Fagan Sports Medicine, BUMP, Chef U, and Red Bike Coffee. Please thank our sponsors by supporting their businesses, and seriously consider joining BUMP an IMBA/SORBA club that builds and maintains the world-class trail systems at Oak Mountain State Park and other parts of the state. Your $30 annual membership helps the nonprofit club keep the trails in the shape you like to ride.