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LEVEL 1 CLINICS AT VALMONT BIKE PARK

Mountain biking is such a rad sport—and it’s about to get even radder.

Upgrade your riding life for just two hours and $75.



Do you know how it feels to rail a turn on skis or snowboard? Learn how to do that on your bike.

Who are these classes for?

Everyone who wants to ride safer, more confidently and faster on a greater variety of terrain.

If you are a beginner, we’ll giveapril 12 you a solid foundation. Skip all the trial and error (and fear, and bad habits).

If you’re an intermediate rider, we’ll show you an even more effective—and way more fun—way to ride your bike. Go faster with less effort. Ride more safely. Shred new terrain. Every advanced thing you want to do is built on the core skills we teach.

If you’re an expert or want to learn more in a four-hour class check out the Level 2 clinic.

You should be of driving age (We will make exceptions; email Lee). You should have decent basic bike control. Your bike should fit you and be in good working order. It should be a mountain bike. You will need to lower your seat. You will wear a helmet and gloves. Additional padding is encouraged.

Where are these classes held?

These sessions are held at the extraordinary Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO. Valmont is a fantastic place to learn and ride. Learn more: http://bouldermountainbike.org/valmontbikepark

Lee Likes Bikes is a Valmont Bike Park Official Adventure Provider specializing in adult skills clinics. 20 percent of your clinic fee goes straight to the park. For children’s programs check out fellow Valmont Bike Park Official Adventure Provider Avid4Adventure.

What will you learn?


No matter what you want to do on your bike, we’ll teach you the skills to do it safely. Pro racer Erin Huck with perfect flight.

We know you’re busy, so we’re going to deliver two hours of fun, applicable learning. We will focus on the most important safety/control skills:

• Lee Likes Bikes kung fu riding philosophy
• Balanced, effective riding position
• Safe, controlled braking
• Confident, quick cornering
• Riding up and down obstacles

These core skills will help you ride everywhere, whether you are cruising on local singletrack or ripping the ski resorts. Once you get these fundamentals, it’s a series of simple steps to more advanced stuff like:

• Pumping bumps
• Pumping turns
• Dropping
• Jumping
• Flat-out ripping!

IMPORTANT: We do not skip steps, and we will not let you do something unless we know you’re ready.

We use our teaching method with riders of all styles and levels, from kids to retirees, from XC riders to downhillers, from beginners to pros. This stuff works—and it’s fun!

Learn more about the Lee Likes Bikes teaching method, and check out options for private clinics.


Fly safely and land smoothly.

Sign up!

Cost per rider: $75. 20% of your fee goes to support Valmont Bike Park.

Riders per session: 7 maximum, 3 minimum

To grab your session(s), click the links below. You can pay with Paypal balance, credit card or bank account. You do not need a Paypal account.

To pay with a credit card over the phone, email lee@leelikesbikes.com.

When you sign up for one of these classes, you agree to the policies for LLB skills instruction.

2016 DATES:

April

Tuesday, April 12 : 5-7 p.m. : SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 16 : 9-11 a.m. : SOLD OUT

May

Tuesday, May 3 : 5-7 p.m. : SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 7 : 9-11 a.m. : SOLD OUT
Tuesday, May 17 : 5-7 p.m. : SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 21 : 9-11 a.m. : SOLD OUT
Tuesday, May 31 : 5-7 p.m. : SOLD OUT

June

Saturday, June 4 : 9-11 a.m. : SOLD OUT
Tuesday, June 7 : 5-7 p.m. : SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 11 : 9-11 a.m. : SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 11 : 1-3 p.m. :
Tuesday, June 14 : 5-7 p.m. :
Saturday, June 18 : 8-10 a.m. :
Tuesday, June 21 : 5-7 p.m. :
Saturday, June 25 : 9-11 a.m. : SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 25 : 1-3 p.m. :
Tuesday, June 28 : 5-7 p.m. :

July

Saturday, July 2 : 9-11 a.m. :
Tuesday, July 5 : 5-7 p.m. : SOLD OUT
Saturday, July 9 : 9-11 a.m. :
Saturday, July 9 : 1-3 p.m. :
Tuesday, July 12 : 5-7 p.m. :
Saturday, July 16 : 9-11 a.m. :
Tuesday, July 19 : 5-7 p.m. :
Saturday, July 23 : 9-11 a.m. :
Saturday, July 30 : 1-3 p.m. :
Tuesday, July 26 : 5-7 p.m. :
Saturday, July 30 : 9-11 a.m. :

August

Tuesday, Aug. 2 : 5-7 p.m. :
Saturday, Aug. 6 : 9-11 a.m. :
Saturday, Aug. 6 : 1-3 p.m. :
Tuesday, Aug. 9 : 5-7 p.m. :
Saturday, Aug. 13 : 9-11 a.m. :
Tuesday, Aug. 16 : 5-7 p.m. :
Saturday, Aug. 20 : 9-11 a.m. :
Saturday, Aug. 20 : 4-6 p.m. :
Tuesday, Aug. 23 : 5-7 p.m. :
Saturday, Aug. 27 : 9-11 a.m. :
Tuesday, Aug. 30 : 5-7 p.m. : SIGN UP >>>

September

Tuesday, Sept. 6 : 5-7 p.m. : SIGN UP >>>
Saturday, Sept. 10 : 9-11 a.m. : SIGN UP >>>
Tuesday, Sept. 20 : 5-7 p.m. : SIGN UP >>>
Saturday, Sept. 24 : 9-11 a.m. : SIGN UP >>>

>>> We teach private and small-group lessons all fall and winter. To ride better and safer—and have more fun—check out our private rates and email lee@leelikesbikes.com.

If you want a lesson at a time that’s not listed above, email Lee to set up a private or semi-private session. Learn about private and semi-private sessions.


Your coaches

Most public sessions will be led by LLB coach Kevin Stiffler, Lee McCormack or another Lee Likes Bikes instructor. All LLB instructors follow the same curriculum, employ the same methods and are great teachers.

We are professionals who love bikes and love to teach. We are, quite simply, the best in the business.

About Lee Likes Bikes

Hi, my name is Lee McCormack, and I like bikes. I’m considered one of the world’s top authorities on riding technique. I wrote and illustrated the bibles of MTB and BMX riding: Mastering Mountain Bike Skills 2nd Edition and Pro BMX Skills. MMBSii is the best-selling MTB technique book in history, and it’s available in seven languages. PBS is used as the coaching manual for the U.S. and Australian national BMX programs. They’re both pretty good books.

As the skills development director for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, I create the curriculum used to teach high school mountain bike racers how to ride safer and faster, and I teach the coaches how to teach the riders. All of the instructors I hire to teach at Valmont Bike Park use the same proven methods used to train riders throughout the U.S.

Come on out: As great as mountain biking is now, it’s about to get way better!

Lee

Do you have questions or concerns? Email me at lee@leelikesbikes.com

Stoked riders!


Kevin Stiffler and Amy Shenton rock another 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
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“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


Randee, Holly, David, Joby and Chilly were stoked after their July 11, 2012 public clinic. Everyone was railing turns, ripping the pump track and riding right over a huge rock.


Pro XC racer Judy Freeman got in one last training session before heading to nationals.


Sarah, Ann, Kate, Amy, Ben and Lauren. See 2014 public clinic #1 was awesome!


Hey Lee,

I just want to thank you for an awesome clinic last night. You really excited me about the world of mountain biking. I’m brand new to the sport and kinda thought it was, ‘okay, just hang on and pray you make it over that stump…’ But, now, after learning about position and being “low and awesome” not “high and afraid” it is a whole new concept. I feel more balanced, more confident and a lot less afraid.

I can’t wait to go back to the park to practice in those bumps… Maybe some day I’ll be like Amy and Ben flying over those jumps… well, maybe not in the near future, but, it sure is inspiring. :)

Thanks again for such a great introduction to the sport.
Ann

PS: i went out and bought your Mastering Mountain Bike Skills book last night after the clinic.


Lee – your coaching was absolutely fantastic and so immediately applicable. It’s an amazing feeling to leave a 2hr session armed with so much more confidence in riding than at the start of the clinic. It was great to meet everyone and good luck with your riding!!

Lauren


Lee and Kevin,

My buddy Craig and I really enjoyed the clinic today. As experienced riders we were both looking for a way to take it to the next level, and I think we’ve planted that seed. We spent an hour or so after the clinic in the park and enjoyed putting our now perfect cornering and balance to work.

I wish I would have had this type of coaching when I was racing 10 yrs ago…better late than never.

Thanks,

Brian Glater




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January 14, 2012 : Posted In: : Comments (9)

9 Comments »

  1. 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.


  2. Gerri & Doug Says June 21, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

    We throughly enjoyed a great morning learning skills from Kevin & Dustin at Valmont Bike Park. These guys know their stuff and how to teach. We especially appreciated comparisons to other sports – such as skiing as it helped us to learn. Thank you!!


  3. leelikesbikes Says June 23, 2014 @ 5:54 am

    Thanks Gerri and Doug.

    Kevin and Dustin are doing a great job out there.


  4. leelikesbikes Says July 18, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    From Sean S:

    Just wanted to jump on and say Kevin and Dustin were fantastic last night. Totally forgot about the Wed night races but neither that nor the rain phased them. Somehow, it seemed to rain everywhere else in Boulder except Valmont. While everything they presented I knew in my head, they presented it in a way where it all finally clicked. Very happy with the outcome and I’m looking forward to putting it to use as well as another class or two.


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

    From Anne P:

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    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!


  6. Tori Petersen Says April 4, 2016 @ 9:27 am

    Hello,

    I am Tori Petersen, the volunteer coordinator with the Town of Superior. This summer I would really like to build up our bike park and to entice individuals to volunteer as well as use our park I would like to hold a workshop. If you are available to do riding workshops please let me know as soon as possible! Thank you very much!


  7. leelikesbikes Says April 4, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

    Tori,

    Thanks for reaching out.

    Heck yes! I’ve emailed you directly.

    Lee


  8. Bob Brown Says May 30, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

    I started mountain biking just last season after moving to Colorado and having ridden road bikes for many years. I really love shredding trails, but knew that if I wanted to up my game, I definitely needed to learn some key, basic skills. That’s exactly what I did by taking the Level 1 Clinic with Kevin. The skills I learned, above all, gave me the confidence I needed to trust my bike and know I could successfully negotiate the obstacles the trail presented. I feel much more comfortable on my bike and made my first trip to Angel Fire Bike Resort. As a relative beginner, I can tell you I did some very steep and very technical Black and Double Black runs which I probably wouldn’t have even attempted had it not been for the confidence and skills gained from the clinic. I was able to employ the proper body position and let the suspension handle the rocks, roots, drops, berms, and switchbacks and come out at the other end unscathed, but with even more confidence. Thank you Lee and Kevin for offering this invaluable clinic to help new guys like myself gain the skills to shred some serious knar whilst avoiding the ER.


  9. leelikesbikes Says June 7, 2016 @ 9:12 am

    Hi Kevin,

    We’d like to thank you for the great class. You did a great job of working with everyone in the class. It’s totally new thinking for me and my husband and will take some work to get comfortable with the the LLB system of riding. But we enjoyed the class and learning new techniques, even if at moments my face may not have given that impression. One comment is that I thought another 1/2 hour could have been beneficial. The two hours flew by way too quickly.

    Thanks,

    Cathy Sacco and Bruce Kranzberg


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