Five BetterRiders Selected for U.S. Team for MTB Worlds!

Congratulations to the following BetterRide athletes who have made the US Team for the World MTB Championships!

In the pro downhill Jackie Harmony (who is BetterRide athlete and coach!) earned her automatic nomination by virtue of being ranked 11th in the UCI rankings! Mitch Ropelato was chosen for the team for his high placings at many of the World Cup races in his first year as a pro!

In the Jr. Cat 1 Downhill Trevor Trinkino was the fastest among a qualified pool of athletes at Colorado Crankworx to earn his automatic nomination. Christian Wright was selected to the team for his overall performances so fa this season.

In 4 cross, Lear Miller was selected as one of three men to represent the US.

Making the US Team is quite an honor, congratulations! Create a great World Championship and we will be cheering for you! For the whole story click on this link: http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=6910

BetterRiders Rock Crankworx MTB Competition! Video!

While I was busy enjoying a social life that all my racing and coaching doesn’t allow BetterRiders were tearing it up at Crankworx!

What a weekend for Jackie Harmony! She won the Air Downhill, the unchained downhill and the UCI C1 downhill! She was definitely the queen of the event!

Brian Buell had a great week, second in slalom, third in the Air Downhill, fourth in the UCI C1 downhill!

Jen Hanks, BetterRide MTB Student of the Month

BetterRider of the Month! A new feature I am adding to introduce you to some our students that I am inspired by!

The July 2011 BetterRider of the Month is Jen Hanks. Jen took a camp from us last October in Fruita and her life has changed a lot in the last 9 months. A few months after the camp Jen faced a huge challenge and overcame it in stride. Her courage, passion and dedication to the sport inspire me.
I am very proud of my cycling achievements, my career, and most recently my blog about my story as an athlete with cancer.

I also hope to show that a return to high-level athletic performance is possible after breast cancer treatment. Look for my return in 2012!

I will be checking her blog for updates and look forward to hearing of her continued successes both on and off the bike!

Our Mountain Bike Camp Students Love Us on Facebook!

Lots of thank you posts on our facebook page! www.facebook.com/BetterRide

Dana Hantel This turned out to be one of the best weekends of my life. Jackie and Dante are amazing coaches

Michael Takahashi Gene, I keep telling everyone I learned more in your 3 day camp than I’ve learned in 20yrs of riding a mountain bike! Much better investment for your riding – instead of buying that new fork, wheelset etc. that we all think we need to be faster!

How to Get Hurt Mountain Biking!

There are two main causes for getting injured mountain biking, lack of skill to do what you are doing and lapses in focus.

95% of mountain bikers, certainly me for the first 12-14 years that I rode, are not riding in balance and in control and this is often the cause of their crashes.
Now that I understand how to ride in balance and in control and have been racing professionally for 16 years (the first 4 of those still out of balance and out of control) I still manage to crash once or twice a year but now the reason for the crash is different. Now most of my crashes come when I lose focus.
There is an old saying, “Never say “last run”or “just one more”", and for 12 years now I have explained that it isn’t superstition, it is true.
So to stay safe:
1. Learn to ride in control and in balance in all situations
2. Progress with baby steps
3. When tired call it a day
4. Always ride with a purpose
5. Never say “one more” or “last run”