Downhill/Enduro Skills Coaching
Dirt Magazine to 2009 Pro 4x and Jr. Cat 1 Downhill US National Champion Mitch Ropelato in a interview in the Oct. 2009 issue:
Dirt Magazine: “You seem to be able to turn amazingly, what do you put that down to? Got any special tires on there?
Mitch Ropelato: “Ya, Gene Hamilton is to thank for that, I took is clinic last December in Bootleg Canyon and he was able to show me the correct technique I needed to pull them off.”
Learn the Skills to Get Faster. Guaranteed.
I have to thank you again for everything that you did for me. In a matter of three days your clinic had a profound effect on my riding! And I assure you that I am going to practice my drills as I have no intention of loosing any of what you have taught me. I am so eager for the race at Bootleg on the 23rd of this month. I have never in the 5 times that I have ridden Bootleg been so relaxed and not fearing for my life and yes I think I know exactly why. You will definitely see me at another clinic this season as I want to keep learning as much as I can and practice makes a Better Rider (no more by the seat of my pants stuff).
With over 28 years of coaching experience including 19 years coaching downhill mountain biking, BetterRide founder and coach, Gene Hamilton knows how to get you riding at your best!
He has coached many of the best US racers (National Champions Mitch Ropelato, and Jackie Harmony, EWS stars Cody Kelly, Shawn Neer, and McKay Vezina, Olympic BMX
Gene was a pretty good racer too, in 16 seasons as a pro downhill racer he has won a Silver (2002) and two Bronze Medals (2006, 1999) at the UCI World Masters Championships. He also won the 2019 US National Championships.
CORE MTB SKILLS LEARNED IN CAMP
In all of the BetterRide Camps you will be taught the core skills as well as drills that you can take home to help you master the skills and end the frustration of not riding to your full potential:
- Correct Body Position, so you can ride smoother, faster and with more control
- Vision – How to Look Ahead Correctly! We all know to look ahead but few racers do it as well and consistently as Greg Minnaar, we will teach you how your vision works, how to look ahead and give you vision drills to master your vision
- Bike Set up for Optimal Riding and Control
- How to Corner
likea Pro! With TakeHome Drills to Master your cornering
- Advanced Cornering Technique
- How to Brake to Go Faster!
- How to Use Your Brakes for Speed
- Correct Technique for Downhill Switchbacks
- How to Clear Large Obstacles
- How to Interpret the Trail to Ride Fast and Smooth
- How to Pump the Trail for Free Speed
- How to Clear Obstacles and Smooth out the Trail with Bump Jumps
This is the most effective and informative Downhill/Enduro Skills coaching you will ever attend!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Starting in a safe learning environment I EXPLAIN the skill, DEMONSTRATE the skill and have you PRACTICE the skill utilizing drills that you will continue to use long after the camp.
You will learn the core, fundamental skills of downhill mountain bike riding and racing.
These core skills are not
Few US racers know the core skills and even fewer can do them well.
I, BetterRide Founder, Gene Hamilton did not learn many of these skills until my sixth through tenth seasons as a pro racer. I really get the rider to understand these techniques with EXPLANATIONS, DEMONSTRATIONS, DRILLS and then ON TRAIL APPLICATION of the skills. You will also learn the drills that you will take home with you for further practice to master these skills.
Here at BetterRide we really enjoy helping others and would love to share these techniques and the drills for practicing, getting good at it and eventually mastering these techniques with you.
I have designed my Downhill and Enduro Mountain Bike Camps to help you with both the mental and physical sides of downhill mountain biking.
My goal is to help you reach your potential whether you are
You will be taught the core skills of mountain biking and the drills to master these skills.
Once you understand the skills we then apply them on the trail.
Learning and becoming proficient at these skills will allow you to ride in BALANCE and in CONTROL making you a more EFFICIENT and CONFIDENT rider.
A typical day runs from:
until 3:00 to 3:30 pm.
Each day starts with 3-4 hours of skills instruction and drills in a local park followed by 2-3 hours of on trail practicing and riding on
Starting in a safe learning environment we:
- EXPLAIN the skill,
- DEMONSTRATE the skill and have you
PRACTISEthe 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 with you so you can master the core skills!
REVIEWS FROM PASSIONATE RIDERS
Wow, after years of racing professionally in the US and on the World Cup you really improved my understanding of cornering. I am cornering faster and with more confidence.
Chris van Dine
Cannondale Cut Factory Team
I now know just what I need to do to go to the
2009 Pro 4x and Jr. Cat 1 Downhill National Champion
Thanks so much! Me, my dad, Cole, and Chase had so much fun! I’m so much more ready to tackle the race season and put all my new techniques to use on the courses up here! Defiantly the best coach I’ve ever had in any sport and the most I’ve ever learned in 3 days.
March 12, 2012
June 15, 2010
I just wanted to thank you again for the camp.
My friend used to race world cups before he got old and started a family,
My first race is coming up in a
I hope things are doing good for you, thanks again!
March 30, 2010
I have to thank you again for everything that you did for me. In a matter of three
I’ve worked on and off with Gene my entire career. In fact, it was partly on his urging, ten years ago, that I commit to racing
2002 National Champion
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
Canfield Brothers Bikes
World Cup Racer
I have been riding Mountain Bikes for over 25 years, started racing Downhill 3 years ago, and thought I was doing well with 12 Podiums in 19 races to date, BUT, after spending just 3-Days with you and the crew at Northstar for that DH Camp, I learned more about how to
Just an update from the Utah/Idaho crew: It turned out to be a great season for all. Randy improved to get the 2nd overall in the Utah State Series DH (40+ sport). Clint finished a close third, after missing a race, and with his new
We all owe a great thanks. Several times during the weekend Chris and Mary mentioned how much the
2006 US Open Champion, 2002 Collegiate National Downhill Champion
I just wanted to thank you for a great camp this past weekend – I really learned a ton, and a bunch of my questions since the last camp
My goals have changed over the past few months – I’ll be racing Cat 2 this year and I’m hoping to move up to Cat 1 if it looks realistic. I plan to qualify for and race at Masters Nationals next year – the highest level I can compete at!