By Stefanie Gore, Mountain Bike Rider Development

Sorella Cycling held a mountain bike skills clinic on November 20. We were a bit worried that the cold would keep folks away and all the warnings about trails being closed due to forest fire smoke. Despite our fears, we had eight ladies participate.

This small number helped us give more individual instruction to each participant. Ladies who came out ranged from beginners to strong intermediate and everyone learned something new and left with more confidence in their abilities.

We started the clinic with a “where am I assessment”. Are you a novice or advanced rider? Then we discussed gearing, bike fit, safety and position on the bike (It’s all about balance).

We then did a few keys skills like cornering and climbing before hitting the trails for a fun ride. On one section the ride we the group worked on climbing, cornering, and riding skinnys. Ali Martinez and I coached the ladies around corners, down descents and over bridges. The ladies even rode a log ride that they never had done before! “Hey, people actually ride over those logs?” Yes!

And we did!

Note: New mountain bike riders are welcome to contact Stefanie with questions about getting started.