Colorado high school MTB skills clinic No. 1

On Saturday I taught a bunch of Colorado high school kids and their coaches how to ride safer/better/faster. This was the first official event of the Colorado High School Cycling League.

Yes: We are teaching high school athletes how to rip on bikes. The revolution is on, baby, ON!

Mission: Give a bunch of high school riders and coaches the keys to mountain bike braaapitude.

Attendees: We had 17 kids from throughout northern Colorado, the Lyons and Boulder coaches, and National Interscholastic Cycling Association founder/director Matt Fritzinger. I am the NICA skills development director, and Matt is my client/boss. The pressure was on!

Skills covered: Position, braking, cornering, pumping and riding up and down stuff. With those arrows in your quiver, you’re ready to start rocking.

Thanks to: The NICA crew, Colorado director Kate Rau, Lyons parks honcho Dave Cosgrove and especially Oscar Blues, who set us up with pizza.

Next: I’m teaching this Saturday in Breckenridge, this Sunday in Colorado Springs. Learn more and sign up at

Photos by Ben Boyer, Boulder High School mountain bike coach:

SMBA veteran Jack Dean goes for the braking world championship.

I talk some cornering physics.

I rock some cornering physics.

Lyndsey leads the slalom.

The Boulder High School team already has 22 kids! Here are half of them with coach Ben Boyer.

More photos from Matt Fritzinger:

After we dialed flat-ground braking, we practiced slowing down on a steep, loose slope.

It’s all about the angles. Lyndsey has also done some private coaching with me.

This is the future of mountain biking, and the future looks promising.

Interscholastic braaap!

Even more photos:

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