MC3 U Class of 2016

July 15 | October 22

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.

The first part of the clinic 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.

This class is intended for women only. Beginner-friendly. Appropriate for riders ages 15 and up. Questions? Email at kimhcross (at) yahoo (dot) com.

For more information and to register for the October edition, click here.

 

WHAT IS MC3 U?

Designed to build skill, confidence, and camaraderie, this women-only series of mountain-bike classes teaches one skill at a time, in a progression that gradually gets more advanced. Magic City Cycle Chix is hosting half-day clinics this year to include classes for both beginners and more experienced riders alike. 

 

I'M A PRETTY GOOD RIDER. DO I NEED THIS?

Only if you want to ride with more finesse, skill, and confidence. Even intermediate and advanced riders can benefit from honing the basics, and many of the coaches were shocked to learn they had been cornering improperly for years. “I have more confidence and I’m faster and getting better times because my skills are better,” said one of our students, who was already signed up to race the Leadville 100 when she attended her first MC3 clinic. “I will sign up and attend every clinic I can with you in the future."

 

WHAT ARE THE CLASSES LIKE?

Taught by IMBA-certified Level II instructors, each class will start with skills drills in a soft, grassy, low-consequence field. The coach will explain the skill, answer questions, demonstrate good technique, and then offer feedback and encouragement as you practice it. When everyone is comfortable, we’ll then head to a trail where you can apply those skills and practice your form in a singletrack environment. We may stop and “session” at certain spots, like logs, tight corners, or drops, providing spotting and encouragement. We’ll conclude with a quick review. At the instructor’s discretion, there may be a little “trail-gating” afterward. BYOB.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M GOOD ENOUGH TO ATTEND?

All levels welcome! We have at least one 73-year-old student who began mountain biking at 69. In fact, the less confidence and experience you have, the more you will benefit from each class. We teach in an all-female environment. And ALL our coaches are trained to create a non-competitive, unintimidating environment that builds skills, confidence, and camaraderie. The MC3 motto is, “Building courage, confidence, and community…two wheels at a time.” We hope those next two wheels belong to YOU!

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

First, you must be a paid member of MC3 (this is important for insurance purposes). Click here to join—it takes a few steps for us to confirm your membership, so don’t wait until the night before to sign up! 

 

WHAT DO I BRING?

Bike, helmet (mandatory), water, snacks for on the bike. It's a good idea to bring your ID and health insurance card, just in case (several of our instructors are certified in Wilderness First Aid and will carry first aid kids). We recommend wearing bike shorts with a chamois and a top made out of technical, wicking material. We recommend learning skills on flat pedals, but if you only have clipless pedals and would be uncomfortable with flats, that would be fine.

In the event of cancellation due to weather or other problems, we will email you through BikeReg.com.