NorCal skills clinics May 30 and 31, 2014
We are rocking kung fu skills clinics at the world famous Soquel Demonstration Forest May 30 and 31.
The Demo is all about drops, and we’ll work up to them. Lee demonstrating at Keystone, CO.
Lars Thomsen: Owner of Trail Head Cyclery. All-around ripper and gentleman warrior. Gifted teacher. No one knows bikes better than this guy!
Lee McCormack: World renowned skills instructor. 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. Skills development director for NICA, the national high school mountain bike league. Works with riders of all styles and levels, from beginners to world champions. Similar sessions in California, Texas, Arizona and New York have sold out fast and been sweet!
Soquel Demonstration Forest
Let’s meet at the main entrance on Highland Way.
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:
• 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 Demo trails! Expect to tackle the drops, gaps and other technical treats in a whole new, sweeter way.
Note: This is a long but rad 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.
$300 per rider. Eight riders max per session. With two coaches, you get a great coach-to-student ratio.
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Friday, May 30, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
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. Get you bike dialed at Trail Head Cyclery in San Jose.
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:
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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.
Am very interested in the NorCal clinic in Soquel… is it appropriate for beginners?
The clinic is indeed good for beginners, but you’ll need to be in decent shape to have a good time. It’s a long day, and we will be climbing. No rush up the hills, but you want to feel good!
Thanks! Fitness should be fine, but in double checking calendar there are events at my kid’s school both days… am super bummed as I’ve been told not to miss your teaching. Hopefully will catch you again in the near future.
Are we going to drop down to the Epicenter pumptrack for some pumptrack foo after the clinic?
Maybe some Post Office instruction too?
That’s a cool idea. Not currently in the plans, but I suppose we can do that if everyone who signs up wants to.
Will we be seeing you?
When’s the next clinic in California? I just saw the site and was disappointed when the may 30-31 slots for the clinic were sold out.
So bummed you are sold out. I’m wondering about future dates in CA also.
Hey folks, I will set up another trip later this summer: most likely later in June or in July. Please stay tuned, and sign up for the newsletter on the right side of this page.
Last weekend in NorCal was awesome.
Clinics in SoCal on June 14 and 21:
NorCal clinics july 11-14!