I have provided mountain bike skills instruction over the years on some pretty incredible trail systems across eleven states, and Alabama is hard to beat.
Most of my camps and private lessons are held at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, which is south of Birmingham. The trails at Oak Mountain handle moisture so much better than many trail systems, should the weather turn unfavorable. Oak Mountain can be ridden year around. What is more, Oak was an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Hall of Fame Epic Trail System. Many of my customers have traveled to Oak Mountain for a skills camp and then stayed on extra day(s) to continue to explore these awesome trails and/or the fun trails at Coldwater, which is an IMBA bronze level ride center and is little over an hour away from Oak. Plus, when it comes to private lessons, terrain at Oak can be found that is perfect for everyone from beginner to pro level riders. Directions to Oak Mountain For a video highlighting some of the trails at Oak Mountain, Coldwater, and Chewalca, go here (Oak Mtn highlighted at 7:45)
While "Squamish-ish" is a double-black feature that won't be ridden in the "Ground Control 1" camp at Oak Mountain State Park, the basic skills taught in that one-day camp are the only ones being used to conquer it. Never underestimate executing the basics correctly.
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Mulberry Gap, Sept 19-20, 2020. 2nd annual ADVANCED camp covering many important aspects from the "Launches" curriculum. These trails really handle moisture well, should the weather turn unfavorable. The food and atmosphere at this venue are second to none!! Register and information here.
Third annual skills clinic. Knock out all of GC1 on Fri, Oct. 23, 2020, from noon-5pm as part of the Coldwater Fat Tire Fest, & then stay on through the rest of the weekend to practice your skills on the trails. Registration here.
If you invest in this camp at Mulberry Gap, you will also get to check another great IMBA Epic Hall of Fame trail system off your bucket list. These trails really handle moisture well also, should the weather turn unfavorable. The food and atmosphere at this venue are second to none!!
TBD, 2021. Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way, Ellijay, GA, Ground Control 1 & 2. Information, registration, and pricing can be found at Mulberry Gap. This will be the 10th camp I've led at MG.
This was definitely the most advanced group I've taught thus far. It was in Golden, Colorado; and I was always the last one on the ascents as well as the descents. The rewarding thing from this experience is that every one of these riders left the two day camp better riders than when they started.