Great Review from one of Don’s students in Park City

Great to hear about my certified coaches doing an awesome job. This is an email from one of Don Bogardus’s  students:

Gene,

The clinics were awesome!  Everything made sense, implements well and I left a better rider.  I am continuing to work on the skills daily and seeing results.  Don said you are coming to Park City in July and that I could bump up my riding even further with a lesson from you.  Do you have any time to work with me?  If so, what is your going rate?  I could not be happier with the results so far and would love to see where this might take me.
Thanks so much, cause I am having so much fun on the trail with what I have learned from your clinics,

Ric

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Wow, more excited emails from students, then one about a blog post.

This blog post (the  number 1 thing holding you back post) could not have come at a better time! And it is so true. XC Ontario Cup #3 is on May 30 and I’ve been stressing myself out since my first preride on the weekend by telling myself that I’m not good enough to do this race. The race is combined as a Canada Cup race – so it is a lot harder than I’m used to for an Ontario Cup. I have one really weak skill in XC – log overs on a steepish climb (or on any climb depending how big the log/roots bit is). And the course is just littered with them. Steep climbs with big roots/logs. Even logs on flat ground trouble me if they are big enough (and there’s a few biggies on the course!). I constantly smack my cranks against them or have no momentum because I’m scared if I go faster, I’ll just crash harder (happened a few times before).  I spin out, stall without the momentum I need, or I just put my foot down in defeat. And to add to it – the Canada Cup start time schedule is different – so now the Senior Sport Men are in our start time too instead of later in the day. I’ve never had a pack of those fast guys on the course at the same time as me before! Combined with all the tough spots on the course…well….I’ve been telling myself all week that I can’t do this race. That I’m not good enough for a Canada Cup.

My Elite racing friend took me on a preride of the course and watched me conquer similar sections and spin out/stop on other sections. He gave me some advice on body positioning and technique but told me that my problem wasn’t the skill, it was psychological. I’m so used to telling myself that I can’t do it, that I’ve spent so much time NOT doing it. I went to the local forest yesterday for a 3 hour enduro ride where I started from scratch on the skill and worked my way up bigger and bigger logs/roots-on-hills. I can lift my front wheel better and I can now get up and over things I wasn’t getting before. It’s a start. But your blog really hit home this week! I do admit I am still nervous like heck for the race on Sunday and I’m still battling the voice of the mind!
More than my fitness or anything else! It really is true …”Fear is the mind killer” -Dune.

Thanks Gene!

Cheers
Laura

Check out this email! Andy Loves His Job Too!

It is emails like this that make me love what I do.  It feels great to have past down my coaching techniques to one of my long time riding buddies (and racing nemesis! Andy is faster and smoother than me).
Gene,
I’m still “coming down” from the excitement of attending your mountain bike skills camp. Exciting because I have been “winging it” on a mountain bike for the last 20 years. There are no more “gray areas”, it’s now black and white. I will be practicing and implementing the skills that I learned, for the rest of my mountain bike life.
I’m sure that you have heard this before, your head coach Andy W. is perfect. Besides his obvious experience he has the natural ability to pass on the essential material. His instruction was polished combined with his people skills and communication skills. When it comes to constructive criticism, I can’t think of anything that could have been improved on and have nothing to add.
This was a priceless experience that I will never forget.  I’m amazed at how much better of a rider I have already become. With your skills that I learned, I definitely accomplished my goal to become a better and safer mountain bike rider.
The camp location was a 8 hr. drive for me and well worth it.  For people that you have that might be “on the fence” about attending one of your camps, tell them that no matter what it takes (time and money), attend a skills camp ASAP. It will pay dividends every time they get on the bike.

Thanks, Rich Schmit.

Mountain Bikers Purposely Tear Up Desert and Injure Trees!

On the way home from Fruita filled with mixed emotions.  I have always thought mountain bikers were smart, environmentally friendly people. My friends that ride and students all seem to be great people but there are some selfish mountain bikers out there that seem to only care about themselves.  There are two spots on Rustlers Loop and one on Prime Cut where mountain bikers have gone out of there way to harm a 200 year old (on Prime Cut) and a couple of 100 year old trees (on Rustlers) just so they can ride a section with more ease!  Dumbing down trails is bad enough but harm trees and the desert to do so?! Wow! Please follow the IMBA rules of the trail and walk over (not around) sections of trail you cannot ride.

For the first 10-12 years of Prime Cut there was a rock you had to go over in the middle of the trail, it was a trail feature that greatly added to the fun and challenge of the trail.  Here is a photo of one of my students riding down it about 5 years ago:

Notice the rocks carefully piled to broke off the go around and protect the 200 year old Juniper Tree.  Sometime around 2005 a local rider went so far as too bailing wire in a huge pile of rocks, metal stakes and tree limbs to protect the tree.  It was a constant battle, locals putting rocks/sticks in to save the tree someone/s spending hours tearing out our work that very evening/morning so their precious ego isn’t damaged when they can’t ride the rock.

The shots above were taken yesterday.  In addition to breaking off a couple of limbs someone even sawed off a limb!  What a selfish and sad act.

Now look at that rock, it isn’t that hard, I had a 63 year old rider in my camp go up it on Saturday and Sunday. I watched a 67 year old man clean it in a camp 5 years ago and you know what he told me two years ago?  He walked up to me while I was teaching at Mary’s Loop parking lot and said, “hi Gene, I don’t know if you remember me but three years ago I took a camp from you and you said I was the oldest person you had witnessed ride over that rock on Prime Cut” to which I replied, “yeah! I remember! you were 67! that was so cool!”.  He then said, “well, I just wanted to tell you, I did it again yesterday”.  He did it at 70!  I can’t tell you how many studly guys I have seen not clear that rock, make excuses and decline instruction of how to do it! Too funny!  If you are under 40, in shape and call yourself a mountain biker you should be able to clear an obstacle that a 70 year old and clear.  If you can’t I would love to help as would many of my students.

I hate to post such a negative post but this is sad and must be stopped!