Yesterday I enjoyed the privilege of being completely terrified yet stepping through a skills progression. It opened my eyes to some new kung fu and gave me a new appreciation for what my clients must experience.
The week I finally conquered Valmont Bike Park’s Whale Tail—so STOKED!—the Colorado Freeride Festival went down, and, well, so much for thinking I’m rad.
I’ve been wanting to ride the Boner Log at Valmont Bike Park for a while. This involves more and steeper air than I’m used to, and I’ve been taking the go-around.
I rode it yesterday! This is not the biggest thing in the world, but it felt awesome, and I hope my process will help some of you master your next challenges (safely).
The comments for The end of flat pedals at World Cup downhills? tracked into this subject, and I think it’s pretty interesting. Check it out:
In September the Devil Dash 5K ran a bunch of people through Lyons Bike Park—and the jumps were muddy—and the jumps were ruined. This week we’ve been busy rebuilding the step-ups, tables and rollers. Everything is riding well and ready for tomorrow’s snow to help pack it in.
Photos at the Lee Likes Bikes Facebook page
Adam Wasson did some great work over the past few days. Here he tests the rollers as only an expert BMX racer can.
It’s becoming clear to me (apparently everyone else has known this for a while) that a mountain bike with 29-inch wheels rolls over rough terrain way easier than a bike with 26-inch wheels. So, OK, maybe a 29er is a good idea for passive trail riding. But the question is, can a 29er be ripped?
Just got back from an hour “off the clock” at Valmont Bike Park.
What a great little adventure—and a test of the new 2.3 Specialized Renegade.
On Monday I was doing homework on Valmont Bike Park’s dual slalom course, and I re-learned a lesson I keep forgetting.
I’m offering six public clinics at Valmont Bike Park in August. This is an awesome, cost effective way to dial in your skills.
Classes are limited to six riders each. Cost is $90 and includes the opportunity to purchase the book Mastering Mountain Bike Skills or Pro BMX Skills for a discounted $20.
We will cover the core skills, then we’ll focus on whatever the group wants (and is ready for). Expect to dial in position, braking, cornering and pumping. If all goes well, we’ll do some dropping and jumping too.
Valmont is an amazing place to ride and learn. Come on out. Let’s rip it!
ALL CLASSES ARE SOLD OUT.
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I will update this post as I explore the incredible Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO. Expect photos and videos.
June 14, 2011: Today, my first day at Valmont, I rode the park for six (6!) glorious hours. Features reviewed: Medium Slopestyle Line, Dual Slalom, Mesa Top Pump Park, Mesa Flow, Corkscrew, Rivet, The 5280’ Run-Up, Creekside Pump Park, Small Dirt Jumps, Dirt 101
June 15, 2011: Update on the big pump track. Added bike suggestions.
June 16, 2011: Added video of Jerad Fischer rolling the Large Slopestyle line. This man is ripping with one leg. Medium dirt jump line.
June 19, 2011: Updated pump track descriptions, added Large dirt jump line.
June 30: Updated Large dirt jump line.