MTB 101 - The Fundamentals
Designed for true beginners (first time on a mountain bike) to advanced beginners (who want to perfect their fundamental skills), this course starts from the ground up: proper body positioning on the bike, neutral/ready positioning for executing skills, braking, shifting, ratcheting, and more. You'll learn about tire pressure, the anatomy of your bike, the etiquette of trail riding and group riding, and more.
This is a key skill that you can never stop improving, no matter what your level of riding is. We'll cover all types of cornering, from small circles and switchbacks (uphill and downhill) to riding downhill berms. You'll learn how body positioning and technique differs greatly between slow-speed turns, medium-speed turns, and high-speed turns (especially off-camber turns). Do you brake in your turns, feel your tires losing traction, or notice yourself losing momentum and confidence while riding twisty sections of trail? This class is for you.
From uphill roots to logs and chunky rocks, any obstacle on the trail requires a wheel lift. If you're new to this, guess what? It's easier than it looks/sounds! We'll teach you all three front-wheel lifts (basic, manual, and pedal-induced), a basic rear-wheel lift, the hee-haw (front- and rear-wheel lifts in succession), the level lift (both wheels simultaneously). If the group is ready, we might even try the J-hop (aka bunny hop)!