Year 3: Clinics with the CHOICE Program

Each year, students in the CHOICE program at Platt Middle School in Boulder take a class riding trip. This year they’re going to Cortez, CO, and I just helped them get ready. This was my third time with this group, and some of these kids are ripping!

Yesterday: First-timers. We did all the core skills: position, cornering, bumps, etc. We were having so much fun riding over a half-buried log I forgot braking — duh. I’m going back Thursday for a make-up.

Today: Kids from the previous years. Some of them are very good! We revisited the core skills and had fun with the obstacles we found on campus.

The teachers/guides tell me the instruction helps the kids ride safely and have more fun on the trail.

Saving the Youth of America, one bike ride at a time!

How cool is this?

Middle School Braaap!

If you can turn within the paint, you can handle most switchbacks. Interesting: The kids find this way easier than the same drill with cones.

School House Rock!

One man’s debris is another’s skill-building terrain. The goal was to ride over these ledges while keeping a level head.

Get low across the top and extend into the drop. Sweet!

Slalom practice: a gateway to flowing on sweet trails.

Heck yeah the kids get to rock my bikes. Thanks to the folks at Specialized, Fox, Gamut, Sun, Hayes, WTB, Intense BMX, Trail Head Cyclery and The Fix Bike Shop for spreading the love.

Two years ago:

Know more. Have more fun!

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