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>>> Full-day Level 1+2 clinics throughout the United States
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February 15, 2008 : Posted In: : Comments (58)

58 Comments »

  1. joshG Says February 15, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

    Any chance you’ll be on the east coast this year? We’d love to have you.


  2. leelikesbikes Says February 15, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

    I really hope so. I might skip the MSCs this year in favor of the Pump Track Nation North American Tour.

    Besides … my wife wants to travel to new places!


  3. leelikesbikes Says February 15, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

    Anyone anywhere:

    If you have a crew and a some dates, email me, and let’s see what we can work out.


  4. Scott Barnard Says February 27, 2008 @ 11:03 am

    Will you be doing clinics at Sea Otter?


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  6. cgerald1 Says April 29, 2008 @ 4:09 am

    I second joshg’s comment….we’d love to see ya on the east coast this year. Hope you can make it.


  7. leelikesbikes Says April 29, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

    I’d love to get out there. lemme see what I can arrange.

    Where do you want me?


  8. cgerald1 Says June 3, 2008 @ 9:40 am

    Lee,

    Josh and I would love to see ya in Southern NH. The riding is solid in our area and there is a fair amount of interest in mountain biking in general.

    Chad


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  13. Mike Says May 21, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

    Hi Lee

    Loved Mastering MTB skills, taught me heaps, but also led me to discover heaps myself!

    Are you coming to the Worlds in Canberra?
    Would love to do one of your clinics here if you are??

    Cheers
    Mike


  14. leelikesbikes Says May 22, 2009 @ 6:44 am

    I’d LOVE to attend Worlds … but right now I’m rocking the World Championships of Double-Pregnant Wife

    It’s more of an endurance event … :)


  15. mike Says May 29, 2009 @ 4:52 am

    Great excuse! Have fun. Looks like I’ll just have to read your book again.

    Best wishes to Mrslikesbikes (the littlelikesbikeses)

    Cheers
    Mike


  16. dennis v Says June 1, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    Lee, loved the book. A few folks and I are putting together some basic training for beginners through nw-trail.org and will be using your book to help us help others. I was wondering if you have any plans to come to the Portland or Seattle area for any reason and would you be interested in private instruction while here. Also, would you have any additional resources to review to help others, common mistakes, teaching concepts, etc.
    Took the I-5 Collonade course in seattle and learned a ton. Any help is appreciated.


  17. Toh Says June 6, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

    Lee, any possibility of flying you down to Asia to coach a session?


  18. leelikesbikes Says June 7, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    I’d love to.

    We’d need to set everything up ahead of time. Venues, clinics, students. That would be super fun. Email me at lee@leelikesbikes.com, and let’s set it up!


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    Lee,

    Just wanted to send you a quick note thanking you for the Team Evergreen Racing clinic a few weeks ago. Had a blast.

    Finally got around to updating the blog about the clinic. check it out

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    Thanks again

    Brian


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  23. leelikesbikes Says June 8, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    Lee,

    Just wanted to say thanks again for the class for Karyn. I had this concept that it was going to be a revelation for her, but I didn’t fully believe it until I saw her jump into the pump track with our 4 y.o. with a huge grin and looking more aggressive than I’ve ever seen her on a bike.

    She’s psyched to get out an try her new skills and mentioned how when we get back to Fruita, Kessel Run will be a whole ‘nother experience.

    Scott


  24. Paul Allen Says December 9, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Had a great ride the other day.Thanks to your training I felt so much more confident.I really reccomend it to anyone who wants to improve.


  25. leelikesbikes Says December 9, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Thanks Paul!


  26. leelikesbikes Says March 7, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    From Michael Hotten:

    hey Lee! first MTB race since my skills clinic and what do I go out and do? win. small field but we’ll take it. I was actually catching dudes on the descents. Attack position. Pump those berms and bumps! it all works folks. thanks Lee.
    —-

    Right on Michael. Great work!!


  27. leelikesbikes Says April 1, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    From David:
    —-

    Lee: Many thanks for the great session on Friday! We are all better and safer MTBikers than before – and having more fun!

    David


  28. Ed Mackey Says April 9, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    Are you planning any other clinics in CA this year? My wife and I would love to attend.


  29. leelikesbikes Says April 11, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    Hey Ed,

    The next trip, at the end of May, is sold out. No other CA trips in the books right now. Where are you based? I have a coach in SoCal.


  30. leelikesbikes Says May 26, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    Hey Lee,

    I really appreciate the way you adapted your coaching to help all of us despite our differing ability levels and I am totally stoked about what I learned in fact, I’m headed to Valmont again this afternoon to reinforce it :-)

    George


  31. leelikesbikes Says May 28, 2014 @ 6:22 am

    Lee,
    Thanks again for top notch instruction. Enduro clinic was so much fun and I’m looking forward to the next time.
    My friends all had a great time working with you in their private. I’m super stoked that my wife is stoked to ride. I think that was just the confidence builder she needed right outta the chute.
    Marty


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  33. leelikesbikes Says June 5, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    From George, who is 63 years old:
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    Lee-
    Pardon the pun, but I am just ‘pumped’ after the training day we had Monday in Santa Cruz! I will definitely be putting forth great effort to integrate those methods until they become 2nd nature.

    I learned so much about balance and body posture on the bike- it has also made me more aware of using my core muscles to maintain good balance and posture when off the bike, all day long.

    It was interesting that with all the pumping and jumping we did, my back was not sore at all that day or the next, and that makes a real difference when you’re dealing with a double-herniated disk!

    I remember one downhill section that was heavily rutted, loose, & rocky, that we took quite fast- I realized that by pumping my way through it, my whole attitude changed: instead of worrying about how I was going to navigate the ‘obstacles’ or if I would skid out, I was having fun pumping off small berms and ruts, increasing traction as needed so that I could flow through it with relative ease.

    It’s cool to now watch extreme Mt Bike videos and be able to identify what they are doing and know why.

    The bottom line for a guy my age is this: I feel that the more skill I have on my bike, the less likely I am to get hurt when I come across unexpected obstacles or difficult trails, and the more fun I’ll be having all the time.

    Thanks for bringing your training to California!

    George


  34. Trenton south Says July 14, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    Hey lee. I should look into a lesson. I’m the guy who wiped out on the rock garden and soquel demonstration on Sunday in front of you and your class. I’d love to pick your brain. Maybe I can hook you up with some lights. I work at light and motion.

    Once again. Sweet bike dude

    Trenton.


  35. leelikesbikes Says July 16, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

    Lee

    Just wanted to get back to you and tell you what a big hit my Christmas present of lessons to my son Steve and my sons-in-law Matt and Lance was. They couldn’t believe how much it helped. Sounds like I should do a repeat this Christmas.

    Frank
    —-

    Frank right on! Yes, that sounds like a great Christmas present!


  36. leelikesbikes Says July 16, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

    Some nice comments from last weekend’s sessions in NorCal:

    —-

    Hey Lee,
    Thanks for the insight and a kick ass day. I am beat today so it was good. I know you do this for a living but I wanted to give you a little feedback. You are damn good and I felt like you were genuine and really interested in all if us. You are a good man, much more than you ride and I’m thankful I got to spend a day with you.

    All the best compadre,

    Pete

    —-

    Thanks! I had a great time on Sunday. It really made me think about how I ride. Can’t wait to get back on the trail.

    Trevor

    —-

    Hi Lee,

    That was a very well run clinic yesterday and I’m stoked to have things to work on. You have an amazing ability to clearly explain and demonstrate bike handling skills in a systematic way that is easy to follow and understand. Keep up the great work!

    Alex

    —-

    Lee,

    Thanks again for the great clinic. I appreciated your passion and patience! Check it out. Your sticker has made it on to the wall of fame in the garage (alongside Frozen)! Cheers.

    James

    —-

    Lee,

    I had a great time yesterday. Thanks for coming back for me. I need to work on fitness more; was fine until 1/2 way through, but ran out of energy; probably I was trying to go too fast and then that was it. Will be extending my rides more from normally one hour to two or three, but any suggestions to speed up the strength and aerobics?

    Today, I went back to the asphalt drill and figured out what you meant by “screwing” the bike into the ground; can”t wait to try it on the trails. Got that nice hum from the tires!

    Hope today went well, and thanks again!

    Roger

    —-

    Thanks for a great day Lee, i got a lot of stuff to work on for the next months.

    And thanks for the F6 book, great moves, i will incorporate a few i my workout.

    Cheers M


  37. leelikesbikes Says July 18, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

    From Anne P:

    —-

    Hi Lee, Kevin and Dustin,

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion. I have greatly benefited and so wrote you a testimonial.

    Thank you!

    Anne

    My boyfriend and I took a Lee Likes Bikes Skills Clinic at Valmont with Kevin and Dustin. At first, we were not sure if this clinic would benefit both or us, me a beginner and him, a more advanced rider. Well, we both learned a lot. My boyfriend’s skills, speed and fun quotient exponentially increased. He surpassed barriers he didn’t even know he had. I use to ride in fear, calling up my courage to get through. After the clinic, I ride with much more confidence. Lee is brilliant, Kevin is a great instructor and Dustin is very supportive.

    My boyfriend had been trying to teach me the attack position for months. He would ride behind me and yell, “Bend your arms, Blah, Blah, Blah” and I would yell back, “I’m doing that!” This would go on for a while and we got no where. The clinic broke down every element of the attack position and had us practice under their supervision and watchful eyes. I got in the attack position for the first time and I GOT it! I leaned over to my boyfriend and said, “I’ve never been in this position before.” He looked at me with the exasperated “I’ve been trying to tell you this” face. My other big a-ha was learning how to turn. Before the clinic, when I was turning and my bike would start to lean, my brain would yell, “You are going to fall!” Then I would freak out and often fall. Kevin literally showed me how the tires want to lean and turn. Then we practiced and I understood that I had to stop freaking out and stopping the bike and tires from doing what they wanted to do. The idea that the feeling of leaning didn’t mean I was falling clicked and my brain stopped yelling at me.

    Really getting the attack position and learning not to equate leaning with falling has completely changed the way I ride. I’m still a beginner but I’m so impressed with myself these days. :) I’m so happy to have taken this clinic and am super excited about mountain biking. I highly recommend a Lee Likes Bikes Skills Clinic!


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  50. Derek McDonald Says October 15, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    Thanks for a great clinic last Saturday. It was worth the price and then some. One of my friends decided to go at the last moment and at the end of the class he said “that was the best money I have spent on mountain biking yet”. He also stated that the ride we did at the end of the class was his best ride to date. I rode behind him on the closing ride and his skills had definitely taken a jump forward from our last ride together. I can say the same for myself, now I just need to practice what I learned.

    I’ve done an Intermediate/Advanced one-day mountain biking clinic with a different training company for $200, and I didn’t feel that I got my money’s worth from that clinic. So the bar was high regarding my expectations going into your clinic, and you and Andy delivered.

    My only regret is that I did not sign up for the clinic twice, it would have been perfect to have taken it on Friday and then repeated on Sunday to continue to get coaching where I needed it.

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