Whew! It’s Sunday evening, and it really wants to snow, and I just got back from a skills camp in Nathrop, CO. I just hosed down the bikes and plugged in the memory card. Here we go:
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“Do as I say, not as I do …” Let’s start with a little philosophy. Photos by Rip Ripley.
Who: Me, Keith Darner and seven avid mountain bike riders. Assistance from Young Master Matt Ripley. Filming and checking-out by Scott Wilson.
What: A two-day skills camp.
When: We rocked it 10-4 yesterday and 10-12 today. Yesterday was cool but clear. Today — rain flirting with snow. Yucky but still lovely.
Where: Keith Darner’s ranch in Nathrop, CO. The ranch spreads below Mt. Princeton in a big, beautiful valley. Hidden a few miles from Highway 285 is The Sickest Square Mile On Earth — two fast 4X tracks, a flowy dual slalom course and a buttery jump line.
How: We rocked the patented Lee Likes Bikes Teaching Method, a series of progressive drills that teach you how to use your entire cockpit with ease and power. Once we got the Attack Position down, we did some braking, a lot of pumping, a little jumping and tons of cornering. Today’s moist dirt gave us full-on hero traction. Yum!
Why: To build skills. To gain confidence. To get fast. To have fun.
Thanks again Keith!