MTB Clinics: Levels 1 & 2

women's mountain biking clinics

Mountain Biking Clinic: Level 1

This a perfect class for those new to mountain biking or getting back into the sport. We will teach the 10 fundamental elements of mountain biking and practice drills in a safe, controlled environment with each participant getting personal attention. The skills learned in this class will elevate your riding ability and lay the foundation for continued improvement. The clinics are at Metropolitan Park and should last 3-4 hours. Please meet at 7:30 AM to be ready for the clinic to start at 8 AM.

Women-only MTB Clinic: Taught by women, for women. The next clinic will be on Saturday, December 7.
Co-ed MTB Clinic: The next clinic is Sunday, November 24.

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If there are no clinic dates available, or if you would prefer a private one-on-one session, you can follow this link to book: Private Level 1 MTB Session >

  • Neutral Position, Ready Position, & Ready State
  • Bike/Body Separation
  • Pedal Position
  • Eye Movement
  • Braking
  • Steering
  • Speed
  • Gearing and Cadence
  • Timing and Coordination
  • Pressure Control

mtb level 1 instructorBaily has been working at the Bicycle Sport Shop for three years and started riding and racing mountain bikes in high school. Her passion for riding was stoked "thanks to some super rad lady teachers." Now, as a Bicycle Instructor Certification Program Level 1 instructor, she's ready to pay it back and looks forward to teaching new riders and further spreading the love of mountain bikes!

mtb level 1 instructor teneTen'e is an Austin native and total trail slayer whose approachable nature encourages those around her to get out of their comfort zone to gain new skills. She found her love for mountain biking on the Texas trails and now frequently travels to mountain bike destinations all over the U.S. and Canada. Her favorite type of riding is split between technical and park flow, but enjoys it all. She is a Bicycle Instructor Certification Program Level 1 instructor who loves to empower others, especially new riders, along their mountain biking journey.

mtb level 1 instructor BobbyBobby Bobby is a Level 2 certified Ride Guide and Instructor and enjoys helping other riders become more confident on their bikes. Bobby enjoys riding all types of bikes from casual cruisers and BMX bikes to road and mountain bikes and can be found riding all of the great MTB trails that Austin has to offer.

Women's Mountain Biking Clinic: Level 2

Our Level 2 class is an advanced skills session for experienced riders. If you’re looking to gain skills necessary to participate in a local enduro series or just ride with more confidence on technical terrain, this class is for you. We encourage riders that are already confident with the topics covered in Level 1 to attend the Level 2 class.

New Level 2 clinic dates coming soon.

  • Shifting
  • Ratcheting
  • Riding Straight Lines
  • Tight Turns
  • Climbing (Seated, Standing, Crouched)
  • Climbing & Descending Dismounts
  • Restarting on a Climb
  • Descending
  • Trackstand
  • Basic Front Wheel-Lift
  • Basic Rear Wheel-Lift
  • Level Lift
  • Roll Down Lunge
  • Pedaling Front Wheel-Lift
  • High-Speed Cornering

mtb instructor level 2Cindy is a professional enduro mountain bike racer, Bicycle Instructor Certification Program Instructor Trainer, NICA high school mountain bike coach, private mountain bike coach, and lover of all things bike. She is a native Austinite who has been involved in the Austin mountain bike community for over a decade. Cindy is excited to share her passion for mountain biking via instructing for Bicycle Sport Shop’s mountain bike clinic series.

mtb level 1 instructor RachaelRachael is a Bicycle Instructor Certification Program Level 2 instructor who loves seeing riders gain confidence and progress their skills. After learning most of what she knows about riding mountain bikes via her own trial and error, she's happy to use what she's learned in the BICP instructor courses to help others become better riders in a safe and fun learning environment. Though her favorite trails include high mountain alpine, she can be found sessioning the gnarly rock drops of the Barton Creek Greenbelt or on the chair lift at Spider Mountain.

What to Bring:

  • A well-tuned mountain bike
  • Shoes & Pedals that you use on your bike
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Hydration Pack (or water bottles and a backpack) filled with lots of water for the day
  • Snacks like energy bars/gels/chews (We will have some but you should always ride with a well-stocked pack!)
  • Sunscreen!
  • A set of knee and/or elbow pads.

A good mountain bike can make all of the difference in learning new skills and feeling more confident on the trails. Make sure your bike is properly sized for you and is well-maintained. It may be good to schedule a tune-up a few days prior to the camp. We suggest a dual-suspension cross country or all-mountain bike for a more comfortable ride, but front suspension only bikes will be fine.

Seat information: To maximize your fun and safe learning during the camp, we highly recommend that you can lower your seat post to get your saddle at least 3" out of your way while learning certain skills. We think the best option for this is a dropper post (like a Rockshox Reverb) which can move up and down with a button or lever at your fingertips. Another acceptable option is to have a quick-release seat collar (as opposed to bolt-on) that allows you to easily and quickly drop and raise your seat. If you do not have a quick-release seat post, please carry a multi-tool so you can lower/raise your seat throughout the clinic.

Downhill bikes, cross bikes, e-bikes, and road bikes are not suitable for our clinics. No kickstands!

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