Intermediate / Advanced Clinics

So you’re a competent mountain biker or XC racer and can ride most technical terrain with confidence. So why can’t you go as fast as your friends?


The answer is that you probably haven’t yet found your flow.  You’ve probably reached a plateau in your mountain biking and perhaps can’t ride faster on technical terrain without fear of crashing?  Or, maybe you’ve tried a few trails, but lacked the confidence to hit technical sections as hard as you would like?

While we don’t require it, we highly recommend you take our Fundamentals clinic before signing up for our Intermediate/Advanced clinic.  The Fundamentals clinics will not only teach you the core, “must-have” skills required to be a more advanced rider, but give our instructors an opportunity to access your riding.  We’ll point out any bad habits and recommend homework to best prepare you to take your riding to the next level.

The Int/Adv clinic builds upon your fundamentals and give you a full toolbox of mountain bike skills that you can apply to any terrain, in any location, and any in conditions; be it a gnarly back country trail or our local race course.  This full day clinic also looks closely at the key elements to finding your flow and builds upon your fundamentals to improve your trail speed and energy management.

Following training you will see an immediate improvement in your riding and a boost in your confidence on technical trails.  You will be able to tackle rougher terrain and trickier corners with greater control and negotiate bigger trail obstacles and moderate drops with confidence and commitment.  You will also gain a boost in speed and commitment on fast flowing single track, switchbacks, berms; all of which achieved with far less pedaling by using the topography of the trail to retain, and even, increase speed.

Here’s What We’ll Cover

The skills taught and practiced on the Intermediate/Advanced clinic include:

  • Mind skills
  • Mastering manual front-wheel lifts
  • Manual dropping roots & steps
  • Cornering with speed & confidence
  • Reading & breaking down the trail
  • Introduction to energy management & flow
  • Linking trail sections for flow
  • Attacking flat corners
  • Flat and cambered corners
  • Bermed corners; lines and pumping
  • Switchbacks
  • Maximizing grip and traction with pumping
  • Learning to pump for speed & air


The Schedule

Although the course is flexible it will usually keep to the following program:

  • 08:45-09:00 Arrival at course venue. equipment check
  • 9:00-9:30 Course commences.  Introductions.
  • 9:30-9:45 Warm-up ride to skills area
  • 9:45-11:00 Accelerated review of Fundamentals with Int/Advanced progressions
  • 11:00-12:00 Practice progression in practice area.
  • 12:15-1:30 Lunch Break (bring your own, or we’ll pick a place nearby).
  • 1:30-4:00 Hit the trails, practice everything you’ve learned on the trails.
  • 4:00-4:15 Recap, review of skills learned, questions.

Upcoming Intermediate / Advanced Clinics


24sep8:45 am- 4:15 pm Intermediate / Advanced Skills (SC0924)Santa Cruz, California


12nov8:45 am- 4:15 pmSold Out! Intermediate / Advanced Skills (OC1112)Orange County, California


3dec8:45 am- 4:15 pm Intermediate / Advanced Skills (SD1203)San Diego, California

17dec8:45 am- 4:15 pm Intermediate / Advanced Skills (SE1217)Sedona, Arizona


21jan8:45 am- 4:15 pm Intermediate / Advanced Skills (LA0121)Los Angeles, California

28jan8:45 am- 4:15 pm Intermediate / Advanced Skills (SD0128)San Diego, California


25feb8:45 am- 4:15 pm Intermediate / Advanced Skills (OC0225)Orange County, California

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JUMPING MINI-CLINICSLearn the Fundamentals of Jumping in a safe setting with top instructors.

FREE MTB EVENTSKids rides, workouts, team camps, parties!

MULTI-DAY EVENTSCamps, Adventures and Tours


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