More kung fu skills in Illinois!

My August trip to Peoria, IL was so successful, I’m coming back!

Kung fu skills clinics Oct. 17-20.

LEVEL 2 session on Saturday!

Friday, Sunday and Monday are sold out.

Plus available private sessions.

Your teacher

Lee McCormack is a world renowned MTB skills instructor. He wrote the books Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, Teaching Mountain Bike Skills, Pro BMX Skills, Welcome to Pump Track Nation, Pump Up the Base and Prepare to Pin It. Lee is the skills development director for NICA, the national high school mountain bike league. He works with riders of all styles and levels, from beginners to world champions.

No matter what you want to accomplish on your bike, Lee will help you.

Lee has been working with 7X XTERRA world champion Conrad Stoltz for two years, and Conrad keeps getting faster (and having more fun). Check this out:

Conrad Stoltz and Lee McCormack, Hall Ranch June 24, 2014 from UFUSE on Vimeo.


Farmdale Reservoir near Peoria, IL

It has everything we need:

• Fun, flowy trails
• Drop/jump/skills area
• An “IL” downhill run!

Rad! Learn more about Farmdale >>>

Tom applies kung fu on Schrolls Trail.

The plan
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’ll tweak the program to suit the riders who attend. Here’s the basic plan.

In the morning we’ll hit core skills:

• Position
• Braking
• Cornering
• Going up and down things
• Pumping terrain

Learn more about skills clinics with Lee.

We’ll take a quick lunch break (BYOL) then we’ll apply our new skills on the sick Farmdale terrain.

Saturday’s Level 2 session is designed for people who have already taken the Level 1 class, or who are otherwise familiar with the LLB riding style. In the Level 2 class we will:

• Revisit the core skills. Make sure you’re dialed.
• Push your cornering and bumps to the next level. Hopping logs!
• Fly safely and land smoothly.
• Climb technical features with utmost smoothness. Get the most from the power you have.
• Advanced trail craft (clever lines and sine waves of love)
• Whatever else the group is ready for!
•• We might change to a more technical venue elsewhere in Peoria.

Note: This is a rad but long day. Show up rested and hydrated. If you’re not in shape, I suggest starting the F6: Six Moves to Build Your Foundation and Pump Up the Base training programs right away.

Matt flies. Check out his report:

$300 per rider. Six riders per day. See policies below.

A portion of your fee will be donated to the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association.

If you have a group and want to reserve an entire day for $1,800, email

Sign up for public classes
Use these Paypal links to pay with Paypal balance, credit card or bank account. You do not need a Paypal account. See Policies below.

Friday, Oct. 17 SOLD OUT

Sign up for Saturday, Oct. 18 LEVEL 2 >>>

Sunday, Oct. 19 SOLD OUT

Monday, Oct. 20 SOLD OUT

If you want to pay over the phone with a credit card, email

Do you want a private session?

I can work with you or your group in the central Illinois/Chicago area. To set up a date, email

From the last trip to Peoria:

The Aug. 15-18 sessions were awesome. Great trails, fun people and lots of shredding!

Lee’s report: Four days of Awesome in Peoria

Matthew Jarrett’s report:

“By day’s end I was extremely happy with my progress and what I had learned. Lee is a seriously fast and talented rider. He is a great teacher and is very easy to work with. He can explain and translate theory to you with demonstrations on your local terrain. That was huge for me. He evaluates your ability to safely and successfully attempt new skills which providing confidence. I’d highly recommend working with Lee if you have the opportunity. For me after today, it’s not a matter of if but when I’ll be signing up for more.”
Matthew Jarrett

Greetings, and I hope all is well.
I have been practicing the techniques you taught me several weeks ago, and HOLY COW!!!! This stuff actually works, and guess what, I am not only having a BLAST on the bike, my endurance (mental & physical) has about doubled! And, I know you shall find this hard to believe, I haven’t done a single face plant since that day. I have learned to use both butt cheeks, corner, descend like a “pro” and make angles everywhere. I cannot believe how fast I am now, compared to several weeks ago. I am riding low on the bike, dropped the seat another inch, put a 60mm stem on vs. 140mm, and WOW!!!!
I have been SMOKING the regulars on the training rides just from your techniques! Like I said, you have a friend in Central Illinois if you ever need something, a place to stay, whetever, call my cell below.
Thanks again!!!!!”
Steve Driscoll

“Thanks man! I learned a ton. Went out Sunday and destroyed all I rode with! I had a blast riding the Peoria area trails. Next time your in Illinois it would be great to get you up in the Chicagoland area.”

“This is Kim from Monday’s clinic in Peoria. I want to first say thanks again for making the trip and opening up that extra session for us. It was an incredible day and I walked away feeling like I already have some new tools in my box that I can use and practice with to continuously improve.”

“The skills clinic was badass! I had a great time, learned a lot, and also enjoyed the opportunity to see some real ripping.”

Quotes from stoked students

“I’ve been a coach, instructor, and lecturer for some 20+ years now, and have worked alongside some of the best. I can definitively say I know what great coaching and teaching looks like. I’ve also been riding and racing a bike since I was 7. After 38 years of practice, I thought I had it all figured out. Lee’s personality, teaching style, and step by step technical breakdown of the finer details of mountain biking elevated my riding skill in just a few short hours. No matter just how good you think you are, Lee’s instruction will take you to another level.”
James Herrera, USA Cycling National Team BMX Coach

“I can’t thank Lee Likes Bikes enough for the skills coaching this past weekend in Arizona!! Little by little, I’m learning how to shred!”
Chloe Woodruff, top American XC racer

“If any of you ever get a chance to do a skills clinic (MTB) with Lee McCormack, do yourself a favor and sign up. The guy rocks. I don’t care what your level is, beginner through seasoned pro, he will help you. And he’ll give you about 200 “Braaaaps!” throughout the course of the day, because he rocks! (Yah, he REALLY likes bikes too!)
I’m no DHer, very far from it.. just a roadie XC wannabe. But I’ve PRed every freakin’ local DH segment I’ve hit since Lee’s clinic a few weeks ago. By a decent margin too. Comfortably. Safely! And, I have lots more drilling to go, to really retrain my brain to do the right things instinctively (instead of constantly “thinking”). Stoked!”

I just wanted to say thanks for the clinic on Friday. I had so much fun and learned so much. You do a terrific job of teaching things in a simple digestible fashion.
A dropper has been ordered, I swapped out my [Ergon] grips to keep my hands light, and I am trying to talk my wife into a pump track in the yard (that may take some time).
I hope you enjoyed your time in AZ. Keep spreading the Fu gospel. Braaaaaappppp!


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 we believe your bike is not safe, we will spend clinic time making it safe. If we need to adjust anything — brakes, gears, suspension — we will use clinic time.

Changes and cancellations: If you want to change your appointment, you must notify me by phone or email within 24 hours. After that time, there will be no change or refund.

Weather: Bad weather does not cancel sessions. 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 Lee’s discretion, and he 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 you 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 in LLB-authorized activities. If you are interested in becoming an LLB-certified instructor, please contact Lee McCormack at

Number of riders: While we believe in high instructor-to-student ratios, we reserve the right to allow additional riders. These might be media, sponsors, family members of attendees or people with special needs. We will make sure everyone is taken care of.

Level 2: If the Level 2 class doesn’t fill up, I will open it to Level 1 riders. Don’t worry: Everyone will be challenged appropriately.

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