No 2022 event
2023 Dates TBD
Mountain Bike Fundamental Skills Clinic
1) hone your fundamental mountain bike skills,
2) get coached by the best coaches in MI,
3) have a great time riding bikes at Palmer Woods in Leelanau County with awesome people,
4) some or all of the above?
Then sign up for the Skills Clinic!
Mountain Bike Skills Clinic - coed June 20th
A team of top notch professional coaches will take you through a thorough mountain bike skills progression, based on your current skillset and goals. In the morning, your coach will start with fundamental skills and then progress you all the way to advanced level skills, so that you walk away with a thorough understanding of what you are capable of on the bike. In the afternoon, you'll head out to the trails in order to dial in technique in "real-life conditions."
Check in is at 9:30. Morning session runs from 10-1. Lunch from 1-2. Afternoon session 2-4.
Sunday's session is a fundamentals skills session open to male and female riders.
The clinic will take place at the Leelanau Conservancy's mountain bike trail at Palmer Woods. There is no fee to use the trail. The clinic fees go to paying our coaches.
A team of top notch professional coaches will take you through a thorough mountain bike skills progression, based on your current skill set and goals. In the morning, your coach will start with fundamental skills and then progress you all the way to advanced level skills, so that you walk away with a thorough understanding of what you are capable of on the bike. In the afternoon, you'll head out to the trails in order to dial in technique in "real life conditions."
Participants should bring snacks, water, bike, helmet, tools, etc.
The clinic is an all day clinic with:
Check in is at 9:30.
Morning session runs from 10-1.
Lunch from 1-2.
Afternoon session 2-4.
After signing up, we'll email a survey to you about your skills/experience on a mountain bike. Please take the time to fill out the survey!
Huge thanks to MI Market for providing lunches and Suttons Bay Bikes for sponsoring 1 attendee.
About the coaches
Lori has been a professional mountain bike instructor for over 15 years. Founder of the Copper Harbor Ladies Weekend and regular coach at clinics across the midwest, Lori loves to help others advance their riding skills so they feel more confident and comfortable on the trail. As a passionate advocate for trails, she gets to spend her days promoting and supporting the Noquemanon Trail Network in Marquette, Michigan as their Executive Director. A native "yooper", Lori's roots are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and can't remember a time that trails weren't part of everyday life. Lori covets rocky technical rides,adventuring with her furry kids, Meeko, Ryder and Harlow, and can be found exploring mountain bike trails from Utah to Florida during the off-season with her partner Nick.
Lianna is a recovered cross country and enduro racer (okay, some days still recovering) who now enjoys helping riders gain the confidence and skills to ride the way they dream they could. She got started coaching back in 2006 with the USA Cycling Junior National Selection camps in Colorado Springs, and now calls the promised land of Michigan’s UP home. She holds her PMBI Level 1 certification, coaching both ladies’ and coed camps. She also works with athletes and enthusiasts to improve their mental strength on and off the bike through her Bold Lianna alter-ego / business. In her regular life she is an engineer, and in the off-season, you can find her volunteering with the Ski Patrol or attempting to nordic ski.
Chad cut his teeth BMX racing in the late 70’s and early 80’s in Florida and Southeastern U.S. until he moved to Old Mission in the mid 80’s where he took-up, road racing, triathlons and mountain biking. He worked for 15 years as a conditioning coach and fitness instructor for elementary and varsity sports teams, as well as developing adult athletes to be their own personal best. Always choosing to steer people to a life on two-wheels he became certified through IMBA as Level 1 Rideguide in 2015 and Level 2 Skills Coach in 2016. Chad volunteers as the President of Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association and enjoys working in all the natural spaces owned by the Leelanau Conservancy as their Property and Trails Maintenance Specialist. When not building trails that embrace his foundational roots of BMX you will find him with his favorite adventurer and wife Heather, in the big mountains of the Pacific Northwest.