Mini-Camps

Core Skills in a 2 Day Camp

If you can’t take a day off work to make it to one of our signature three day camps, then our 2-Day Mini-Camps are the best way to improve your mountain bike skills. These camps are offered around the US and Coached by BetterRide Certified Coaches, hand selected and trained by Gene Hamilton to teach the BetterRide Curriculum effectively.

What You Will Learn

In our 2 day Mini Camp you will learn the correct, in balance and in control way to ride a bike. You will leave with a much greater understanding of how to mountain bike, efficiently, fast and smooth. You will also leave with a set of drills to help you master these skills. Please, do yourself a favor and end the frustration of not riding up to your potential. For less than upgrading a wheelset you can upgrade your skills and start riding with more confidence.

Core Mountain Biking Skills Learned In Camp

  • Correct Body Position
  • Balanced Weight Placement
  • Vision – How to Look Ahead Correctly
  • Bike Set Up for Optimal Riding and Control
  • Cornering Technique with Take Home Drills
  • Advanced Cornering Technique
  • How to Brake Effectively
  • How to Use Your Brakes for Speed
  • Correct Technique for Uphill and Downhill Switchbacks
  • How to Clear Large Obstacles
Camp Overview

This is the most fun and informative mountain bike school you will ever attendStarting in a safe learning environment we explain the skill, demonstrate the skill and have you practice the skill utilizing drills that you will continue to use long after the camp. Once you understand the skills we then apply them on the trail. Here at BetterRide we really enjoy helping others and would love to share these techniques and the drills for practicing, getting good at and eventually mastering these techniques with you.

Each day will start with 3-4 hours of skills instruction and drills in a local park followed by 2-3 hours of on trail practice and riding on trail.

Day 1

  • Quick overview of camp
  • How to ride in balance, in control and efficiently. Learn correct body position with balance and weight placement for climbing and descending
  • How to set-up your bike for optimal riding: tire pressure, tire type, stem length, bar height, seat height, brake level reach/adjustment, suspension set up to riders weight and riding style
  • How to look ahead correctly- Everyone one knows to look ahead but few actually do it! I will teach you where and how to look ahead, how this effects your riding and how to improve your vision skills.
  • How to wheelie over small obstacles, up and down. Efficient wheelies relying on technique, not upper body strength and how to use them over different obstacles
  • How to fall safer
  • Break for lunch and hit then trails to work on morning skills
  • Wrap up and reveiw of the days skills

Day 2

  • Review of day 1, go over any questions?
  • How bikes corner, how to corner in balance, using vision to corner faster, easier and with more control
  • Advanced cornering with drills
  • How to brake effectively (no skidding!), how to use your brakes to go faster
  • How to start/restart on an uphill
  • Break for lunch and hit the trails to work on morning skills
  • Wrap up and review
How to Register

Email us at: info@BetterRide.net to find out if we’ll be scheduling a Mini-Camp or Clinic Series in your area.

Coach Bios

BetterRide Coaches

Watch the Discovery Channel Feature on Mountain Bike Skills with Gene Hamilton

An 8 minute segment I did in 2004 with discovery channel Canada about the science of mountain biking.


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Rider Reviews

The reviews on this page are from riders of all levels that have completed BetterRide Mountain Bike Skills Coaching, Camps and Clinics.

Reviews from Passionate Riders

Hi Gene,

Thank you for creating what has been one of the best learning experiences of our lives.  We traveled all the way from Australia to attend your camp in Golden, Colorado and it was worth every penny! Andy was a fantastic teacher with great personal skills. He has our highest commendation for creating a safe, exciting and fun environment for learning.

It is refreshing to find someone who understands their field well enough to be able to deconstruct difficult and often hard to pinpoint concepts. This is a rare talent. We appreciate all of the careful thought that you and Andy have put into creating the mountain bike skills curriculum. The content was well-organized into different sections, and logically progressed from foundational skills (like body position and braking) to more difficult skills (like cornering). It is obvious that you have spent a lot of time not only thinking about how to mountain bike, but also how to teach it to others.

Learning these mountain biking skills has truly made us “betterriders”.  Thank you for the opportunity to attend your camp and we look forward to attending a core skills camp #2 !

Tracy and Mattfrom Canberra, Australia, September 28, 2010

XC Racer Reviews

I learned more today than in the last 10-11 years of just riding” (in a rushed 3.5 hour lesson, BetterRide camps are 19-22 hours over 3 days!)

Ross Schnell, Jan. 23rd 2010Singlespeed World Champion, 2008 Downieville Classic Winner, Team Trekhttp://rossschnell.com/updates.html

Downhill Racer Reviews

We have just gotten back from an awesome trip of downhill riding in Boulder City, Nevada. As a team, we had been talking about heading out there to do a skills camp with Gene Hamilton (www.betterride.net) for quite some time: over the New Year we got the chance to do just that. We arranged to meet up with Gene in Boulder on the 29th for a one-on-one, three-day, Go-Ride team coaching session… boy were we in for a surprise. In the past, when we had talked about doing this camp, we had no idea what to expect. It was a “Gene is a very smart guy and a damn good rider, but most of us already beat him at every race… what does he know that we don’t?” type thing.  And to tell the truth, he knows a lot that we don’t. The guy is genius; in just that one camp he completely revised all of our racing skills. From pumping to cornering, vision to breathing, course inspection to eating right… he didn’t miss a beat. Never have we learned so many applicable techniques to mountain biking than riding with Gene for that one three-day span. We here at Go-Ride would like to give Gene a big thank you; you don’t know how much you have helped us.

Go-Ride TeamGo-Ride.com