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!

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”

Top 4 Exercises for Better Body Position w/video

Great exercises from James Wilson!

Top 4 Exercises for Better Body Position

One of the most important movement skills for any mountain biker to posses is the basic “hip hinge”. This is your ability to bend at the hips and not at the lower back and it is directly related to your ability to get into good body position on the bike. Without this movement skill you will always struggle to find balance and flow on the trail.
No matter where you are on this exercise continuum, practicing the appropriate level of exercise for you will go a long way to helping you gain better command of this all important movement pattern. Without it you will struggle to apply all other techniques to your bike and quickly hit the ceiling on how fast you can go while maintaining balance and control. Add these exercises into your training routine and you’ll see a marked increase in your balance and flow on the trail.

Great Write Up on BetterRide MTB Camp!

Check out this short write up with photos from our San Diego camp with certified coach Dylan Renn!

Dylan has been getting great reviews and a lot of experience coaching this summer! In his third season with BetterRide he has aced all of our coaching courses, assisted me (Gene) at 5 camps, taught more than 10 mini-camps and now is only the 4th coach certified to coach our signature 3 day camps. Congratulations Dylan! I know it took a lot of work, practice and dedication on your part!