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Lee McCormack is a world renowned mountain bike skills author and instructor. Learn more about Lee below.

Private and semi-private coaching packages


Home base is Boulder, CO where we have the Valmont Bike Park and lots of great trails. I do travel for teaching; check out “One-day clinic on the road” below and email me at to set that up.

The fees below cover one to six riders per session. Additional riders at additional cost.

To grab a clinic, use one of the Paypal links below. You can pay with Paypal balance, credit card or bank account. You do not need a Paypal account.

To arrange your date(s) and time(s), email me at

I offer private and small-group instruction in various packages to suit your needs:

Gift certificates are available!

1-hour session
This fee covers one to six riders per session. Additional riders at additional cost.
Start building your foundation or focus on a particular skill.
Buy 1 hour of LLB coaching at PayPal

One two-hour session or two one-hour sessions.
This fee covers one to six riders per session. Additional riders at additional cost.
Start building your foundation or focus on a particular skill.
Buy 2 hours of LLB coaching at PayPal

One three-hour session or three one-hour sessions.
This fee covers one to six riders per session. Additional riders at additional cost.
Build your foundation with the core skills, or explore specialized skills.
Buy 3 hours of LLB coaching at PayPal

One four-hour session or two two-hour sessions.
This fee covers one to six riders per session. Additional riders at additional cost.
Two two-hour sessions are ideal if you have limited time, attention span and/or fitness. One four-hour session is great for riders from out of town or who want to get into deeper kung fu.
Buy 4 hours of LLB coaching at PayPal

$900 – Most popular
One six-hour session, two three-hour sessions or three two-hour sessions.
This fee covers one to six riders per session. Additional riders at additional cost.
Core skills plus on-trail application or get into advanced skills. We can do one six-hour session if needed (especially if you’re traveling to see me).
Buy 6 hours of LLB coaching at PayPal

Use these hours in any combination at a variety of locations.
Core and advanced skills, plus on-trail application.
Buy 10 hours of LLB coaching at PayPal

Use these hours in any combination at a variety of locations.
This fee covers one to six riders per session. Additional riders at additional cost.
Core and advanced skills, plus on-trail application. Great for a weeklong riding vacation in Colorado!
Buy 15 hours of LLB coaching at PayPal

Use these hours in any combination at a variety of locations.
This fee covers one to six riders per session. Additional riders at additional cost.
Core and more advanced skills, plus lots of on-trail application. Victory.
Buy 20 hours of LLB coaching at PayPal

Do you want Lee to teach you on your trails?
Six hours of coaching/riding with a lunch break in between. Share among as many riders as you like (six is the sweet spot).
Buy a full-day clinic at PayPal

Email me at to set up your session(s) or if you want to pay with credit card over the phone.

Teaching high-level enduro racers in Winter Park, CO.



I do most of my coaching at the incredible Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO. As a matter of fact, I am a Valmont Bike Park Official Adventure Provider. 20 percent of clinic fees go stright to the park. For more advanced or focused work we can work at Lyons Bike Park or elsewhere in the Front Range. Sessions are available elsewhere at additional cost.

I love traveling around to spread the Kung Fu. We’ll meet at your favorite spot, learn skills and drills, eat lunch then apply the skills to the local terrain. It’s always a big, tiring and fun day. This will change your riding life. Seriously.

• Tell me where you are and what you want. Email me now.
• Pick a location and date(s).
• Pay $1,800 with this Paypal link.
• Share the adventure with as many riders as you want. Six is the sweet spot. You can go bigger if ya want.

About Lee


Lee McCormack, the Lee in Lee Likes Bikes, is a husband and dad in Boulder, CO. He has been a stoked rider and communicator for more than 25 years.

Growing up, Lee was a fat kid in a Weight Watchers family. He was told, over and over, that he was genetically a bad athlete, and that he should focus on other things. Well …

At age 19 he saw mountain bikes and said, “Wow, with 18 gears I’ll bet I can ride up anything!” We all know how tough riding is when you’re in terrible shape, but it was fun, and it just made Lee feel good. And proud.

Within a couple years, Lee knocked his ride to school down from 47 minutes to 19 minutes, and his body started to change. As the fat melted off and muscles began to show, something even more powerful happened: Some powerful, hidden part of his soul came out. Lee had more confidence. More swagger. More stoke.

And so he became a mountain biker.

At the same time, he began honing his professional skills. First in newspapers, then in software and the Web. Some of Lee’s accolades:

• Editorial art director at a mid-sized daily newspaper group.

• Award winning infographics artist, back when newspapers were a big deal.

• Member of the team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

• Designed the search experience for the then-biggest Web search engine in the world.

• Sole surviving information architect/interaction designer at a big web company. Lee always worked hard, and he used to ride street motos with the CEO —always just behind the CEO!

• Decent all-around rider. Lee loves all kinds of riding, but he had the most success in gravity events. A proud member of the 2004 Worlds DH team.

As Lee enjoyed success on the bike and at work, he felt an ever-growing sense of unease. Like he was meant for something different, something special: something that would combine his riding and communication skills.

The Fix Junior Team, your 2007 Mountain States Cup champions. That’s Lee beaming in the foreground.

Finally, about 10 years ago, Lee was in the Palo Alto Theater with a bunch of Silicon Valley millionaires, watching the movie Whale Rider. This movie is all about fate. In it, a Maori girl is destined to become the king of her tribe—which is not an easy thing! As the story unfolded, Lee started to cry. Was he honoring his fate? No, not yet. By the end of the movie, Lee was bawling uncontrollably, and that was it. He went to work and quit.

Going from six figures to zero figures overnight is pretty stressful. As fate would have it, Lee’s old riding buddy Brian Lopes called to say hi. Lee said he wanted to write the definitive how-to book, and Brian said, Sure, I’ll do that with you. And the first Mastering Mountain Bike Skills was born.

After MMBS came out, Lee decided mountain biking deserves a curriculum like skiing and other “real” sports. Using all of his riding, communication and design skills, he began to design a teaching method. And he began to teach it.

Scroll ahead. Lee has written for numerous magazines and published seven more books, and he has taught thousands of beginners and pros; men and women; kids and retirees; XCers, DHer, BMXer and roadies. Pretty much anyone who wants to Ride and Live better.

As skills director for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), Lee wrote the training manual, created the curriculum and trains high school coaches all over the U.S.

Lee loves to ride, but his true passion—and purpose—is helping other people ride. Teaching is the fullest expression of his physical, mental and emotional abilities. It’s what he’s made to do. Every time he runs a class, he’s as nervous—and stoked!—as the first time.



Time: The clock starts at the appointed time. Be ready to ride.

Equipment: Your bike should be well adjusted and in good working order. If I believe your bike is not safe, we will spend clinic time making it safe. If I need to adjust anything —brakes, gears, suspension — I will use clinic time. BTW: Most riders’ bikes are way off, and a few quick adjustments can make a wonderful improvement.

Lee Likes Bikes partners with The Fix Bike Shop to make sure you and your bike are dialed in. The Fix is on the north side of Valmont Rd., right next to the Valmont Bike Park.

Changes and cancellations: If you want to change your appointment, you must notify me by phone or email within 48 hours. After that time, there will be no change or refund.

Weather: Bad weather does not cancel sessions unless the venue is closed. If the conditions permit any kind of riding, we will ride. If it’s raining, bring a jacket. If it’s muddy, we’ll find another surface to ride on. If the lift closes because of lightning, we will push our bikes or practice in the parking lot. if we do cancel because of weather, it will be at my discretion, and I will notify you as early as possible.

Liability: Bike riding has inherent risks, and you must accept those risks. You will sign a waiver before we ride.

If you are a mountain bike skills coach or instructor, and you work on your own or with another party, please do not sign up for an LLB clinic. See below:

Use of information: The Lee Likes Bikes Training Method is the mountain biking instructional method developed by Lee Likes Bikes (LLB) for sole use by Lee Likes Bikes and authorized individuals. It is the intellectual property of LLB. The LLB Training Method information conveyed to the participant shall be used only for the participant’s personal use. It is not to be used outside LLB-authorized activities for which LLB and the participant have a business relationship, nor is it to be shared with others — including riders, trainers or instructors — outside LLB authorized activities. Any appearance or representations made by the participant of this information in any form shall be credited to LLB. LLB does not train other bike coaches unless they are working for LLB. If you have any questions, ask Lee. If you plan to use this information for professional gain or if you are unsure about your use of this information, please do not attend an LLB training class. If you are interested in becoming an LLB-certified instructor, please contact Lee McCormack at

Lee Likes Bikes partners with The Fix Bike Shop to make sure you and your bike are dialed in. The Fix is on the north side of Valmont Rd., right next to the Valmont Bike Park.

July 23, 2014 : Posted In: : Comments (9)


  1. Scott VanWyhe Says October 24, 2014 @ 7:41 pm

    Hey Dude,
    I was hoping to do a skills clinic in Boulder sometime soon, I just switched to clipless pedals and am getting my ass handed to me.
    Anywho, do you have any clinics going in the area for around $75???



  2. leelikesbikes Says October 25, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    Hi Scott,

    Our public clinics are $75, but there are finished for the 2014 season.

    You can share the cost of a private session with up to six total riders.


  3. Jim Gilland Says May 17, 2015 @ 6:36 pm

    I’d Ike to sponsor a group in Utah. I would like a call to help me decide how much time we need to buy to give us the most value. Also, to decide what trail(s) to use for the clinic(s) to give us the most opportunity to train/learn.
    Jim Gilland 801-644-1344

  4. leelikesbikes Says May 18, 2015 @ 9:24 am

    Jim, thanks for posting! I’ll follow up with you shortly.


  5. Ryan Wright Says April 25, 2017 @ 5:36 pm

    During the summer of 2014 I was on a road trip through Boulder. I had read some of Lee’s books and decided to invest in a two-hour private session with Lee. I’ve thought about those two hours every time I’ve ridden since. Lee’s instruction took me to the next level of riding enjoyment. Working primarily at the pump track, he was able to show me a technique for driving the bike that allows me to ride faster and more comfortably than I could before the lesson. While relatively simple to execute, they were not ideas I would have come up with on my own by just doing more riding. Lee was able to watch me and explain in a way I could understand how I could change the way I move around the bike to improve my riding. Part of the excitement I used to get from mountain biking was from fear that I’d lose control and fall off the bike. I expected to hit the ground at least once ever other ride. Since my session with Lee, I fall very rarely and more likely from a mechanical malfunction than losing control due to speed or obstacles. I don’t miss that kind of excitement (or patching myself and the bikes up). Since my lesson with Lee, when I start on a downhill, I feel like a predator chasing his prey. I am excited to go fast and under control. I fear nothing. I’ve been able to build on the skills he showed me and improve. That lesson was the best investment I’ve ever put into mountain biking. No new bike or part upgrade has changed riding for me like learning Lee’s technique did. I highly recommend private lessons with Lee along with the clinics run by his disciples. I will take advantage of both next time I’m in Boulder (hopefully this summer!).

  6. Lee McCormack Says April 26, 2017 @ 5:35 am

    Wow Ryan. Thank you!

    I look forward to showing you even better kung fu!


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  8. Jennifer Caragol Says August 25, 2017 @ 6:01 am

    Hi. I want to sign up for the September Women’s Clinic but can’t make the October 1st ride due to another activity I have to attend. Is it worth signing up without the ride at the end and can you reduce the cost without that? If it’s better to wait until next year and you have another class please let me know.

  9. Lee Says August 25, 2017 @ 11:06 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    For the September series, we can offer you a partial refund for not making the final class. Another option: You can do a private class with me or Kristie for your trail ride. There will be a small uncharge, but it will be sweet. You can sign up here:

    We’re holding 2-hour $75 women’s Level 1 classes on Sept. 6 and 20. Those classes provide a great base, and many women take the classes more than once. Heck, a pro named Amy has taken 5 level 1 classes. 5! She gets better every time. You can check those classes out here:

    I hope this is helpful,


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