Shave Minutes off Your Race Times

“Learned a lot today about riding bikes faster and more efficiently, uphill and downhill. So psyched to get back to the basics and get faster!” Ross Schnell – Trek Factory Rider

Ready to race faster, ride with more confidence, ride more efficiently, and shave minutes off your race times? The best athletes in the world across all sports disciplines spend less than 20% of their training time actually doing the sport, the other 80% of their time is spent on structured drills to master the core, fundamental skills of the sport.

What You Will Learn

Spend a three day weekend in our Cross Country Race Camp you will be taught the proper riding technique, core skills of mountain biking, and given drills to take home that will allow you to eventually master these skills. Your mental skills will also improve and you will leave with a much greater understanding of how to mountain bike efficiently, race faster and smoother. Please, do yourself a favor and end the frustration of not riding up to your potential.

 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
  • How to Interpret the Trail to Ride Fast and Smooth
Camp Overview

This is the most fun and informative mountain bike school you will ever attend!

Starting 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 Better Ride we really enjoy helping others and would love to share these techniques and the drills for practicing, so you can eventually mastering these techniques.

Day 1

  • How to ride in balance, in control and efficiently. Learn correct body position, 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! No matter how rough and rocky the trail you need to be looking ahead with both the trail and your goal in focus. This is easier said than done! We 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, two 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 the trails to work on morning skills
  • Wrap up and reveiw of the days skills

Day 2

  • Review of day 1, questions?
  • How bikes corner, how to corner in balance, using vision to corner faster, easier 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 reveiw

Day 3

  • Review of both days and questions, review drills
  • How to balance on a bike, how to improve your balance, how to trackstand
  • How to do switch backs (up and down) in balance and in control with my 100% technique (as opposed to the popular momentum method that works well 50-60% of the time)
  • How to clear larger obstacles, lift your rear wheel correctly and easily (not yanking up with your cleats), clearing logs/log piles, doing drop offs safely and smoothly
  • Campers’ choice, skills the campers want further work on
  • Break for lunch and hit the trails to work on morning skills
  • Wrap up and reveiw
Camp Goals

Our goal is to teach you the core skills of mountain biking and apply them directly to cross country racing. You will also be taught drills for each skill so you can continue to master the core skills of mountain biking long after camp is over.

With this goal in mind the Better Ride Coaches along with Guest coaches Greg Minnaar, Marla Streb, Ross Schnell, Sue Haywood and many other profesional in the sport have designed a progressive Three Day Skills Camp to teach you the core skills of mountain biking and cross country racing. You will also be taught the mental side of mountain bike racing throughout camp to help you over come fear and eliminate barriers to improvement and get you riding confidently.

Pro Racers Review

Ross Schnell: 2009 Singlespeed World Champion, 2008 Downieville Classic Winner and Trek Factory Rider

“I learned more today than in the last 10-11 years of just riding” he also posted this to his twitter page “Learned a lot today about riding bikes faster and more efficiently, uphill and downhill. So psyched to get back to the basics and get faster!” This was after a extremely condensed 3.5 hour private lesson with Gene Hamilton