The 2013 Alabama Spring Mountain Bike Clinic drew a small but enthusiastic group of students from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida on a cool spring day in Oak Mountain State Park. The Southeast’s first team of IMBA-certified instructors worked closely with students for 7.5 hours, breaking down the elements of fundamental skills from cornering to drops.
Congratulations to the 2013 instructor team and their individual sponsors, who funded their 3-day, $800 certification through the IMBA Instructor Certification Program.
Eddie Freyer (front, far right), sponsored by Eskridge & White
Joe Vacca (middle row, far right), sponsored by Bob’s Bikes
Chuck Lewis (back row, far right), sponsored by Bike Link
Maaike Everts (back row, fourth from right), sponsored by Birmingham Bicycle Co.
Kim Cross (not pictured), sponsored by Fagan Sports Medicine
Jennifer Humber (not pictured), sponsored by Magic City Cycle Chix
Monty Morris (not pictured), sponsored by Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers
Meagan Daniels (above) of Birmingham learned good bike-body separation in cornering. Here she shows great form: “cowgirl” knees, a strong counter-lean, neutral pedal position, one finger on the brake, and eyes looking forward. She said the drill, “was one of the best things I learned! I am horrible at turns…finally clicked after that!”
Gina Hamel practices “being two with your bike” in the limbo contest. She had strong form, but it wasn’t enough to top her sister, Anna “Limbo Queen” Hamel. Instructors Jen Humber and Joe Vacca demonstrate optimal pole-holding technique.
Instructor Chuck Lewis shows how far off the back of the saddle your center of gravity needs to be to execute a proper manual wheelie. Notice his straight arms and the placement of his hips. That’s exactly what he looks like wheelie-ing around the parking lot, making the rest of us look bad.
The next MTB clinic is our MC3 Women’s Weekend June 29-30. There will be events for both mountain bikers and roadies, so save the date. We have women coming from 8 states, so you don’t want to miss the fun!