About Better Ride
It was 1997, my third season of racing downhill in the pro class and I spent hours and hours training harder but I wasn’t improving much at all! I was skipping social events and limiting time with loved ones just to make sure I got enough recovery. I changed my diet several times, changed my workout program and read all the info I could but was barely getting faster year after year.
It was this frustration that led me to start looking for people to teach me better riding skills in the late 1990′s. Unfortunately for me, there were no skills coaches at the time. Well, there were a few cross country pros teaching camps but I saw these racers walking sections that I could ride. They didn’t have good technique, they were just really fit.
What We Offer
Mountain Bike Camp
BetterRide Mountain Bike Skills Coaching, Camps, and Clinics have been designed to teach you how to ride faster, more efficient, balanced, in control and of course how to have more fun! Are you ready to create a BetterRide?
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Enjoy every ride more with the confidence you gain in my structured, drill based skills camps. Guaranteed to get you riding at your best since 1999.
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Latest Blog Posts
When Should You Practice like a Pro-Racer practices, and When Should You NOT. First, learn the correct techniques. You can not practice a skill you don’t understand. Just riding around practicing “cornering” when you don’t know; what the Goal...
How to Make the Most of Your MTB Practice Time You might not realize that some skills have a much bigger return on investment than others. Here are the MTB skills you should be practicing in order of how much each skill will improve your riding. With so...
This "Tool for MTB Progress", is a simple and quick guide to help you improve your riding. Are you paying attention? Are you getting stronger, faster, more skilled, more confident on the trail? Why? Or Why not? What went well on the trail today? What didn’t go well?...
Reviews From Our Riders
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 “
Tracy and Matt
from Canberra, Australia,
“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.”
“I learned more today than in the last 10-11 years of just riding” (in a rushed
Gene, The first thing I did was buy some cones. My drive way is pretty steep so can do switch backs there. My pedal wheelies are coming along. Yesterday I had a bit of a breakthrough ride with my vision. On a ride with some small drop offs I realized by using the vision technique I was more balanced, more comfortable and jumped further without trying.
That was the best clinic I have ever done. Thanks for the reading list. I’ve read a number of those books but I now have more to read.
Phenomenal coaching: obviously technical aspects of riding your bike but also holding each student accountable for their own success!
Gene is a tell it like it is kind of person with a very positive view on sports and life.
I did drills tonight after a crappy day at work and it helped center me and improve my track stand.
– Rachael Schiebler
A couple of years ago, I took a Mountain Bike Camp with Gene at my husband’s urging. I had some reservations about going because I was a very new rider and did not even know the correct terminology for things. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get the full benefit of the program, or would get pushed into things I was not ready for. I did not want to be the slow person holding everyone back either. I am happy to say that that was not my experience. Gene did a wonderful job teaching foundational riding skills in a way that was accessible to everyone.
I am so impressed with Gene’s coaching because I’ve had bad experiences before and this one was amazingly positive.
My riding has improved greatly because I am no longer trying to follow a series of mysterious cues with no understanding of the principles behind them. My confidence is higher, and I actually enjoy riding more!I would recommend Gene’s camps to anyone!
– Jami Bailey
Gene is a Legend… if you have the chance to be one of his students I highly recommend it.. safe and FAST riding everyone!
– Tim Tran
Best MTB skills camp ever!! Great instruction, drills and on trail practice. This camp lasts much longer than the three days you attend!!
– Tim Gagnon
I could not have been more pleased.
The camps are skills-progression by design — which makes all the sense in the world. There is no sink-or-swim goin on here. No attainment by luck. No pushing to your point of failure.
It’s about learning/re-learning core skills that really really help. SOME of the skills were opposed to what I’d been taught or had habituated on my own. NONE of the skills were out reach. ALL the skills resulted in immediate improvement and greater enjoyment of my riding. ALL the skills will require continued practice.
For me, this was an excellent and absolutely worth-my-time mtb camp. Highly recommended.