MC3 U Class 1: Bike-body separation

Final1Instruction 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 can.

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 certified mountain-bike instructors who’ve been trained to coach clinics.

This season-long series runs March-October. 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, as 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, you may on occasion 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.

MC3 U Class 1: Bike-body separation
When: Sunday, March 23, 3-5 p.m.
Where: Oak Mountain State Park, South Trailhead
Course size: 2 instructors, 14 students max
Cost: Free for MC3 members; $20 for non-members
How to join MC3: Click here to become a member
How to register: Click here to register for Class 1
Future clinic dates? See the calendar

MC3: Building courage, confidence, and community…two wheels at a time.


About Kim Cross

Southern Living Editor-at-Large Kim Cross is an award-winning writer who has edited great Southern authors from Rick Bragg to Fannie Flagg. Her first book, What Stands in a Storm (April 2015, Atria/Simon & Schuster) is a narrative nonfiction account of the greatest tornado outbreak in recorded history. She lives in Alabama.
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2 Responses to MC3 U Class 1: Bike-body separation

  1. Karen Kendall says:

    Wish I could be there but gotta go out of town.

  2. Meredith Shah says:

    This looks great! Wish I could attend, but out of town for spring break, and just got an epidural block in my back from a ruptured disk caused by a fall on JCC trail:). However, I have all the others in my calendar, and hoping I can make those. Thanks for doing this. Really helpful for beginners like me.

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