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Chip MacClaren

Chip MacClaren – Certified Coach

I got my start in mountain biking when I got my first bicycle at the age of 5, (Of course mountain biking hadn’t been invented yet). Living in Miami, it was hard to find anything resembling a mountain, so I had to get a bike with a motor to get that go-fast feeling that I was craving. As an only child, my parents, who were both mechanics, had a plan to keep me away from the Miami drug scene, they decided I’d race motocross. They kept Me busy traveling all over the east coast racing my motorcycle. If we weren’t racing or riding, we were wrenching on bikes.

After a fun-filled and exciting amateur career in motocross which included a couple separated shoulders, a broken collar bone and a few other scars, my in racing career ended at the ripe ole age of 22 when I got a job that required I remain uninjured. That’s when my racing buddies and I started doing triathlons.  Triathlons were fun except the swimming and running. This is why cycling came back into my life. In 1991, I continued my career in Colorado. Then, I found mountains and mountain biking.
I’ve been riding for 25 years. I prefer riding mountain bikes, but I also ride road bikes as well. My vacations are generally road trips so I can travel with my bikes, my two lab mixes, Mogul and Cali and my wife.

I’ve taken my bikes and family to ride places like: Lake Tahoe, Mt Hood, San Diego, Fruita, Moab, and Whistler. My favorite place to ride is Bend, OR where I’d like to retire to as soon as possible. In the off season I ski, snowboard, teach skiing for the disabled and eat.

Reviews from Chip’s students:

Just finished a 3 day camp in San Diego with Chip. Absolutely the best coaching\instruction I’ve ever had.

Thank you Gene for what you do and for having Chip as part of your team.

The money spent on this camp with Chip is the best “up grade” I’ve ever invested in for my Mtn. Bike obsession.

Doug Williams on the BetterRide facebook page, May 20, 2012


I too just finished the San Diego camp. Big kudos to your boy Chip. He was motivating and made the learning fun. Money well spent. I look forward to practicing this new knowledge. First thing is to change my Facebook mtn biking pics, my chest is way too high.
Thanks Again.

Scott Cartwright, on the BetterRide facebook page, May 21, 2012

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