Coach Kevin Stiffler

Kevin rails a corner in Moab, UT.

Coach Kevin practices a corner on Valmont Bike Park’s pump track, then rails a corner in Moab, UT.

About Coach Kevin

Bike Rider. Dad. Educator (Ed.M; Ed.S). Mechanical Engineer. Coach.

Educating and Inspiring others to Ride better, safer, and have more fun!

Originating from upstate NY, Kevin Stiffler has pursued adventure and singletrack from the Adirondacks to the Sierras, eventually settling in the Rocky Mountains. He first entered the scene as a BMX racer, where he became one of New York’s top ranked riders – before becoming interested in freestyle BMX, mountain biking and downhill/freeriding. Kevin coached with professional BMX athletes at Pennsylvania’s Camp Woodward. He directed and helped create the Avid4 Adventure program at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO, successfully coaching youth athletes of all abilities on varied terrain.

A natural teacher, Kevin has an A.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a B.S. in Applied Technology Education, a Masters in Education, and Ed. Specialist certification in Online Curriculum Development; he is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in Curriculum Development.

A certified Lee Likes Bikes skills coach, Kevin now teaches all types of riders in Colorado and beyond. Kevin hopes to continually improve his own riding and coaching — and to continue sharing safe shredding with the world.

Learn more about the RideLogic/Lee Likes Bikes Teaching Method.

Public classes

Kevin leads public MTB skills classes in Denver, Boulder and all over the U.S.

Check out our class listings here >>>

Private and semi-private classes

Kevin can work with you or you and your friends in Boulder/Denver, elsewhere in CO and beyond.

Expect to rock these skills, plus whatever you want to learn (and are ready for):

• Attack position
• Braking
• Cornering
• Up and down obstacles
• Pumping terrain
• Dropping
• Jumping – Kevin is a highly skilled BMX dirt jumper and freestyler.
• Shredding and having more fun!

Most riders are well served with 2 to 3 hours at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO or Ruby Hill Bike Park in Denver, CO. If that’s you, please use the scheduling tool below.

If you want to buy a block of hours to spread over multiple sessions, or you want to ride a spot other than Valmont, buy your hours at this page. Kevin will follow up via email.

If you aren’t sure what you want, or you want to chat, email Kevin at kevin@leelikesbikes.com.

Buy your hours here >>>

Contact Kevin Stiffler at kevin@leelikesbikes.com.


Kevin and Amy Shenton rocked a Level 1 public clinic at Valmont Bike Park. Riders said:

“Kevin, you and Amy knocked it out of the park today with your instruction. I now see where many of my faults were…I had gotten terribly sloppy and would never had noticed if not for this camp.

“Yes, Kevin and Amy…I will work on dropping my right heel!

“Thank you for a great two hours!”

Terry Jones


“First and foremost Kevin and Amy did a fantastic job! Super friendly and super knowledgeable. They should wear capes with a big LLB on it. I got a lot more out of the Skill Clinic Level 1 than I would have imagined. Looking forward to Skill Clinic level 2 in a couple of weeks! I have not had this much fun since that first day I learned how to ride a bike. It feels very much the same with what you get out of this class!”

Richie Sklenar


Coach Kevin with some super-stoked mini rippers. Kevin is awesome with kids, and he does lots of grom skills sessions and birthday shred parties.

Coach Kevin stoked to be coaching in Moab, UT.

Coach Kevin stoked to coach in Moab, UT.


Power, technique and confidence!


Taking his BMX flair to Moab, UT.


Kevin lays a sneaky pass on Lee.


After the apocalypse, Kevin will be shredding.

All of Kevin’s classes follow our policies for skills instruction.

 


45 replies
  1. Dennis Murphy says:

    Hey,
    The 10 May Valmont session was great. Very intense and progressive. Lots of work on “balance”. One think you may consider is making the exercises more “balanced”. Seems like we were making left turns 90% of the time. I tried some rights and was asked if I had harder time turning right. Guess I do. But by then we had to move on. So I do not know exactly what is going on. Bad habits? Two fake knees and screweed up back, yes. Basically what I’m sayen is do left and right about 50/50.
    No one will ever suggest, you guys over promote yourselves. On the contrary, I kind of felt not knowing what to do next. Instructors did not promote other more advanced classes or that kind of thing. Which on one hand is great, not too much self promotion so don’t come off as an ass, but this may too much of not promoting????
    So, now I practice at pump tracks and on trail, then what?
    Please note: Opinions are mine alone and as such, “Opinions are like ass holes, everbodys got one”.

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  2. Kevin says:

    Dennis,

    Thanks for joining us on May 10th; and many thanks for the feedback!

    Most people have more difficulty with right turns (pros and myself included!) than left turns. Because of this, we practice and work towards mastering the mechanics with the easier turn: to the left. Once muscle memory and mastery set in it’s then easier to train the more difficult turn: to the right.

    For homework apply the balance and skills learned in the clinic to your driveway, the pumptrack, and trail as step one. Then more advanced clinics are offered where we cover the fourth and final ‘vertical component’ motion, as well as bigger rocks, drops and potentially even jumping.

    I’m constantly striving to offer even better — the best — level of instruction possible. Your feedback is invaluable. Thank you sir!

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  3. leelikesbikes says:

    Kevin,

    It was a pleasure meeting and introducing you to Virginia. You did an excellent job on Saturday. Andrea [a pro road cyclist] commented, “I finally know how to mountain bike now.” She went out and rode on Saturday and said it was the best mountain bike ride she has ever had. Nice work!

    Peter Hufnagel
    Director of the Virginia High School Mountain Bike League

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  4. Corinne McKay says:

    Thanks for a great clinic on June 11. Kevin and Dustin were awesome and the foundation skills that they teach are really valuable; it’s an entire mountain biking course in 2 hours! I’m a nervous middle-aged mom and they got me doing the pump track (without pedaling!) and going over obstacles on the Skillz Loop that I’ve never been willing to try before. Definitely an awesome class for anyone who wants to improve their core skills and ride more confidently!

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  5. Chis Groves says:

    My wife and took Kevin’s class on May 24th and I can’t be happier with the confidence my wife picked in just 2 hours. Thanks a ton Kevin, we’ll be in touch when it time for another session.

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  6. Sean says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for a great session last night. You took the jumbled mess of stuff in my 41 year old head that I knew I should be doing and got it all to click. I’ll admit it did feel a bit basic at times but it’s always good to slow down, take a few steps back and relearn or unlearn. I really appreciated your laid back teaching style and your ability to make the basics fun even if I did get dizzy with all the turning left.

    Looking forward to crushing the rock garden at Hall…

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  7. Ryan Wright says:

    I bought a level 1 session at Valmont Bike Park for me and two friends I am staying with in Boulder. Even though bought the class for less skilled friends and have read “Mastering Mountain Bike Skills” by Lee several times I found the level 1 class very helpful. Kevin was able to point out ways that my form was off that were instantly helpful. I practiced a few hours the next day and can really feel a difference in my riding. Kevin is able to identify where people are coming up short and good at explaining things in a non-critical way that people understand. I only wish I lived here so I could take the level 2 class also. Thanks Kevin!

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  8. Andrew says:

    Kevin is an excellent instructor. He showed me techniques that I wish I had known about so many years ago. Today I rode over the bigger rocks at Valmont Bike Park that I always went around before. I am telling all my MTB friends about this clinic.

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  9. Rich says:

    Kevin, assisted by Dustin, taught the Level I and Level II mountain bike skills clinics I took at Valmont Bike Park. The skills they taught instantly made me a more confident and faster rider. As instructors, they both had great eyes for detail, and more importantly, the ability to communicate fundamental and advanced mountain biking to students.

    Watch out, Moab – I can’t wait to use these techniques during my next trip down The Whole Enchilada!

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  10. Coach Kevin says:

    Kevin, Thanks so much for your great training tonight. I am excited to work on repetition, repetition, repetition, of all the skills and tips you engaged tonight. I look forward to another clinic in the near future. You were Fantastic! Joan

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  11. Todd says:

    Hey Kevin,

    Just wanted to say thanks for the clinic this summer. Putting the skills I learned to the trail has made an incredible difference in my skills, confidence, and enjoyment of the dirt. Getting my weight over the bb, into ready position, and pumping the trail has transformed my riding. Lower Bitterbrush is actually fun now, and Betasso is just a quick easy ride.

    We hit Snowmass a few weekends ago and those skills made all the difference. I felt pretty damn good. Even put a few inches of oxygen between the tires and the ground.

    Oh, and Eloise is still a huge fan.

    Thanks for everything including the birthday parties. You’re a fantastic instructor and super with the kids as well.

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  12. Dave says:

    Thank you again for your high school mountain bike coach instruction in New York on Saturday. It is such a great set of tools. You did a great job in your break down of each process. You have a great demeanor and confidence that translates well to those of us listening and learning.

    Thank you again. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us.
    Dave

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  13. leelikesbikes says:

    Thank you again Kevin!

    The clinic was beyond awesome! I greatly appreciate you keeping me abreast of conditions on my way out too. I was nervous -as you can imagine -to drive 7 hours from Utah, pay for hotel and not have things work out.

    You are an amazing communicator and coach. I really appreciated your teaching and feedback. I also appreciated how you constantly demonstrated principles even when riding to different locations at valmont.

    Still soaking it all in. I have a lot to work on but after today I have a strategy.

    Can’t thank you enough.

    J

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  14. Terry says:

    Kevin, you and Amy knocked it out of the park today with your instruction. I now see where many of my faults were…I had gotten terribly sloppy and would never had noticed if not for this camp.

    Yes, Kevin and Amy…I will work on dropping my right heel!

    Thank you for a great two hours!!

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  15. Rich says:

    First and foremost Kevin and Amy did a fantastic job! Super friendly and super knowledgeable. They should wear capes with a big LLB on it. I got a lot more out of the Skill Clinic Level 1 than I would have imagined. Looking forward to Skill Clinic level 2 in a couple of weeks! I have not had this much fun since that first day I learned how to ride a bike. It feels very much the same with what you get out of this class!

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  16. Emanuel says:

    I was very impressed with Kevin’s teaching method. He taught the basics and worked up to the more complicated techniques, each step building upon the preceding step. I thought I had good technique after riding and racing the last three years. I’m glad I took the skills clinic with Kevin.

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  17. leelikesbikes says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Thanks for the session this evening. It was helpful for me to review all of this and practice it more. Hopefully I’ll be able to take session two one day soon. And thanks for getting Laney off to a good start. That was only her third or fourth time mtn biking and she did great. Good habits from the beginning will keep her going. Thanks for your positive attitude and clear instructions, and knowing how to work with teenage boys.
    Kay

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  18. leelikesbikes says:

    Kevin,

    I took your clinic at Valmont Park on Wednesday 7/22. I wanted to let you know that we went to Betasso a couple days later and you were in my head, telling me to keep my heels down! Because of this, I had my dropper seat down more in that ride, than I have since I have owned it. Also, because of my “lighter hands” my hands didn’t hurt when we were done.

    Thank you for your excellent instruction, helping this roadie to ride better in the woods!

    Kelly McKinney

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  19. Heather says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks so much for coming to Bear Brook in NH. The clinic was great and you are a fabulous teacher! I was super hesitant to take the clinic, but the foundational skills I learned from you are proving to be priceless! Thank you for being so patient with me…especially since I had no rear brakes that day! Since the clinic, my fear of crashing has significantly decreased while my desire to mtb has increased–which is awesome! I’m practicing the skills as often as I can and applying them to my road biking as well. Thank you so much for being the pivot point in my riding…I can’t thank you enough! I’m also telling as many people as I can about you and Lee Likes Bikes 🙂

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  20. leelikesbikes says:

    Kevin,

    I was the guy on the Santa Cruz in your Saturday class. I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your help. I rode up at Hall this morning and immediately saw improvements in confidence and ability. It will take some practice to fully integrate all that you taught us but I can already tell that the lessons you gave us will greatly increase the parts of the rock-garden I will be able to clean.

    Thanks for your help! I look forward to working with you in the future after I’ve had some time to integrate the lessons you taught us!

    Michael L. Turner

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  21. leelikesbikes says:

    Charles Plucker
    August 30 at 10:28am
    Thank you Kevin for a fantastic training session yesterday! Had a blast all while learning some great new skills. Just a short while into the course and I was already feeling much more confident and even enjoying my time on the bike more. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough!

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  22. leelikesbikes says:

    FROM FACEBOOK:

    Jonathan Shaver: After spending a day with Kevin Stiffler learning some proper form and techniques my bike skills were greatly elevated. Riding one of the more challenges parks in south Dallas I was immediately more confident and in control of my bike. And I couldn’t stop smiling the entire ride. Thank you for making a stop in Dallas and I will definitely be seeing you guys on your next trip through. #dorba

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  23. Gaston says:

    Hi Kevin.

    Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the clinic immensely! I keep running stuff through my head. So much info and I’m still beat haha.
    I have a lot to work on and your feedback will certainly help me ride much much better as I apply what we learned.

    Thanks again. Have a great trip back and be sure to let me know if you come back. You are an excellent coach.

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  24. David says:

    “I used to struggle to make this loose, steep, rocky and rooty climb – with varied success. After today’s clinic – I never knew it could be THAT easy and that consistently successful to the top!”

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  25. Joe says:

    Kevin, Thank you you for the clinic in Fruita this weekend. I came expecting to leave a little better mountain biker. Instead you completely changed the way I ride in less than one day. I was blown away by how quickly you helped me apply new skills to riding on the trail. I am a completely different rider thanks to your coaching. It was amazing!! I’ll be making a trip to Boulder for some additional coaching.

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  26. Joe says:

    Best clinic ever! Kevin I’m a changed rider after yesterday’s clinic. Totally awesome and ready to rip the trails in Durango. The day exceeded my expectations and I’ll be back for more coaching! Highly recommend Kevin Stiffler and Lee Likes Bikes clinic to mountain biking guys and gals!

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  27. Kevin says:

    Kevin, Thanks for the great instruction yesterday. If you’re new to riding, or just want to take the next step to getting better, the group clinics are a good way to go. Kevin is knowledgeable, patient, and does a great job explaining/demonstrating proper techniques as a progression of steps. If you’re like me you’ll end the class with more questions than answers which is a positive as it creates about a dozen practice sessions to work on specific skills. I’ll be back at Valmont soon!

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  28. Gary says:

    I wanted to say thanks for the training session last fall in NY and thanks to the LLB training programs. I just finished a singlespeed race and I was 30% faster this year, 2 hours 17 min, compared last years race, 2 hours 59 min. The course was a bit faster overall, but not that much faster. Have a great week.

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  29. kirk says:

    I took a class at Valmont Bike Park a couple of weeks ago. I just wanted to let you know I went out riding today and it was already an amazingly different experience. I was never able to descend as fast as my one friend and first ride out this year, I am faster! Thanks

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  30. Justin says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for the great instruction on Saturday. I went did a couple laps at Heil Ranch yesterday and I was amazed. I wasn’t expecting much, but holy shit man… I’ve never railed on my bike like that before with such speed and confidence. I dare say I even drifted a corner (on accident, but it was still awesome :).

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  31. Ivan says:

    Kevin, thanks for showing me the many reasons why I was not enjoying riding as much as I should have been all along. HEAVY feet but light hands, words to live by!

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  32. Antoine says:

    Just a quick message , I wanted to thank you for the class on the last Friday. It was really nice to meeting you and I had a great time all day. I really appreciate the way how you teach .Now I have a lot of work ahead to improve the skills you taught us .

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  33. leelikesbikes says:

    Thanks Kevin; I was a little cooked by the end of the day to give any constructive feedback but wanted to be sure I got back to you. I’ve had several coaches/trainers and have attended many seminars to maintain CEUs for my own personal trainer cert. Your style and methods rank up with the best of them. You have a great repoire and easily engage with people. The progression of the material was just right and the way you caught how I was struggling with the turning drill and immediately provided visual feedback was great. You provided the instruction each individual needed while staying within and advancing your curriculum. Many coaches just regurgitate class material without the ability to tweak it & address an issue a particular athlete is having. The fact that you continually solicit feedback during the program and the recap at the end with a final request for feedback is a method all of the exceptional coaches I have seen use. PLUS it was fun and I experienced immediate positive results. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and hope to catch a seminar in Boulder before the end of year. Safe travels – Jason

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  34. Celeste says:

    Hey Kevin, I just can’t thank you enough for your amazing instruction! I’ve taken bike clinics before and for some reason, no one has ever taught me the balanced, heavy on the feet, light on the hands, heels down part, or maybe it just took someone with a PhD in education to make me get it. That was phenomenal! I’ve blown up my Strava in the last 4 days with 16 PR’s on downhill sections, including two top 10’s on Mill Creek, which I have often bemoaned as the most loose, rocky, demoralizing trail in Horsetooth Mountain park. Me, top 10 on a downhill!? Amazing! I just can’t thank you enough.

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  35. Corinne says:

    Hi Kevin! Thanks again for doing the private session with my daughter earlier this summer. She is now on the High School mountain bike team and had her first race in Frisco this past weekend. It was awesome; her team won the team trophy and she came in 6th out of 32 freshman girls. She loved it and plans on doing more races! So thanks again for working with her. We hope you had a great summer too!

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  36. leelikesbikes says:

    From a student in Kevin’s Level 1 class at Frisco Bike Park Sept. 10, 2016:

    “The clinic was awesome. My downhill runs at Keystone that afternoon were the best ever: no more riding my brakes after you proved to me that I had the ability to stop or slow down sufficiently whenever needed, and for the first time ever, I stayed on my pedals from top to bottom without having to dismount in (or before) any of the switchbacks. “

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  37. David says:

    Kevin—

    I hope you are doing well.
    Daniel is doing great on his bike. So is Alexis.
    I really appreciate the time you spent with us.
    Have a great day.

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  38. Jayson says:

    Riding one day with Kevin opened my eyes to an entire new mountain bike world. I’ve been riding for ten years and placed first in the Firefighter Olympics. I thought I was good, I was wrong. Within a few mins I found out how limited my turning was. Now, I have flow, use less energy and enjoy every part of the trail. If you have not taken a professional class, you do not brake, turn or flow to your real ability.

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  39. Jarad says:

    Took a private lesson with Kevin as I wanted to accelerate my progression in jumping. I’ve been mountain biking for years and we can always benefit from some coaching regardless of how skilled we are in the sport. He was awesome. It was great to have someone teach you some new ways and look at and critique my technique. I look forward to more coaching sessions as I dial in some of the things he taught me and can work on in the off season.

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