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MC3 U: Instruction for women, by women!
Improving your skills does wonders for your confidence. And mountain biking, like life, is all about confidence. There will be obstacles in your path. If you believe you can get over them, you will. A little technique goes a long way in this sport. But so many elements of good technique are not intuitive. In fact, they feel downright counter-intuitive. That’s why MC3 created the region’s first team of IMBA-certified mountain-bike instructors.
This season-long MC3 U series runs March-October 2014. Each 2-hour class focuses on one skill at a time, in a deliberate progression that builds upon itself through the weeks. You can take an a-la-carte approach, focusing on the skills you need to work on most (e.g. drops or wheel-lifts), but we encourage beginners to take the whole series. Even advanced riders learn new subtle techniques that improve their riding. (Our instructors did!)
The first half-hour to hour will be taught in a flat, grassy field where instructors break each skill down into basic steps, demonstrate proper form, and provide feedback to riders as they practice it. The setting is designed to build skill and confidence in a non-intimidating, non-competitive environment. Once everyone feels confident, we’ll take it to the trail, stopping to “session” at certain spots. You don’t need a high level of fitness for this; it’s more about skills drills than a workout.
Because women feel less intimidated in an all-female environment, this class is intended for women only. However, we will make exceptions for beginner males who need the same skills and come without disrupting the estrogen. (Fair warning: If a guy treats this class as a “target-rich environment,” we will promptly begin detailed discussions of menstruation.) If you are a dude and wish to attend this class, you must get pre-approval. Also: Because our instructor team has only three females, we may have a female instructor teamed up with a male instructor. Beginner-friendly. Appropriate for riders ages 12 and up. Questions? Email at kimhcross (at) yahoo (dot) com.
MTB U Curriculum
3/23 Class 1 Bike-body separation Register
4/6 Class 2 Cornering Register
4/27 Class 3 Climbing/descending
5/11 Class 4 Basic obstacles
5/25 ** Lindsey Voreis Advanced clinic ($$)
6/8 Class 5 Small drops
6/22 Class 6 Wheel lifts / log hops
7/13 Class 7 TBD Trek Demo truck here
7/20 Class 8 Switchbacks and skinnies
8/3 Class 9 Flow trails and pump tracks
8/17 Class 10 Rock gardens
8/31 Class 11 Jekyll & Hyde (rock garden + flow trail)
9/14 Class 12 DH berms, off-camber corners (Lightning)
9/28 Class 13 Hi-speed cornering & descents (BUMP trail)
10/12 Class 14 Basic jumping (BMX track or Lightning)
10/26 Class 15 Final Exam: The Whole Red Trail