Mountain Bike Skills Coaching Primarily in the Southeast

I have provided mountain bike skills instruction over the years on some pretty incredible trail systems across fifteen 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 the two features above are double-black features 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 them.  Never underestimate executing the basics correctly.

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Please contact me before you sign up a minor for my skills camps because I primarily work only with adults or very advanced minors. Thanks!

 

Birm. "Boulder Ridge Clinic", Dec. 3, 2022
100.00 USD

Oak Mountain, "Boulder Ridge Clinic." Please click on the camp descriptions tab at the top of this page for more info on this advanced camp. It will be the fourth camp described on that page. GC1 & GC2 are prerequisites. 3 spots left.

clockwise Boulders
Birm. "G.C. 1" Jan. 7, 2023
180.00 USD

Oak Mtn., Birm./Pelham, AL, "Ground Control, part 1." I've taught more than 80 of these camps at Oak Mountain State Park. Many of them have sold out. ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT.

Birm ground control 1
Birm. “G.C. 2" Feb. 11, 2023
180.00 USD

Oak Mtn State Park, "Ground Control, part 2" will be covered. I've taught more than 40 of these camps here. Many in the past have sold out.

Ground Control 2
Drops & jumps at Ride Bhm, Mar 11, 2023
100.00 USD

Each registrant must buy a day pass from Ride Bhm (link above) AND register here. Half day clinic w/ intro to drops and basic jumping. Clinic ends before late lunchtime; then all may continue to ride the park on their own until park closes. Intermediate and above only.

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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!!

March 31-April 2, 2023.  M​ulberry Gap, Ellijay, GA, Ground Control 1 & 2. Information, registration, and pricing can be found at Mulberry Gap Adventure Base Camp This will be the 11th camp I've led at MG.

Birm. "Storyteller,” April 15, 2023
75.00 USD

Oak Mountain, Birm./Pelham, AL, "Storyteller” trail clinic. GC1 & GC2 are prerequisites for this clinic. We will work through each feature on this double black trail. This is the best preparation for riding Windrock and more technical enduro stages.

Storyteller
Bentonville area, spring, tbd, 2023
180.00 USD

Ground Control 1, see camp descriptions tab for curriculum. This will be my 9th clinic in Arkansas. Mojo Cycling is my bike shop choice when I'm in Bentonville! I won't cancel if it rains.

Bentonville 1
Bentonville area, spring, tbd, 2023
180.00 USD

Ground Control 2, see camp descriptions tab for curriculum. Many of these have sold out. This will be my 10th clinic in Arkansas. Mojo Cycling is my bike shop choice when I'm in Bentonville! I won't cancel if it rains.

Bentonville 2
Bentonville area, spring, tbd, 2023
180.00 USD

"Launches", see camp descriptions tab for curriculum. Many have sold out. This will be my 11th clinic in Arkansas. Mojo Cycling is my bike shop choice when I'm in Bentonville!

Bentonville 3

August 31-September 2, 2023. 2nd annual, Southern Utah Epic Experience: GC1 & GC2 are prerequisites.  This is for strong intermediate riders and above (in terms of skill-not just fitness).  Will post link for registration when registration opens.

5th annual skills clinic. Knock out most, if not all, of GC1 on Fri, Oct. 20, 2023, 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. Will post registration link when registration opens. 

So many good things come to mind when I think of Randy Kerr.  But the first thing from a skills coaching perspective is his humility.  This is not his first national championship. He has numerous national championships and major race wins all across the USA.  But even with all those successes over the years, he sought me out again to work on his riding when the trail gets difficult.  Randy said the time we spent training together definitely paid off as he won the 2022 Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship (men’s 65-69) on the most technical race course he had ever raced. Huge congratulations to Randy for earning those stars and strips another year.  Everyone who knows him knows how much he, as a veteran, loves his country, which makes it even more special.

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.

For a 6 rider minimum, I can travel to your home trail system and teach "Ground Control 1 & 2."
One of my students, Karen, using the skills she learned in GC 1 to ride down a section of trail named "Blood Rock."
"Cigar Drop", on "Boulder Ridge," Oak Mtn State Park, AL. Tools used to conquer it are taught in GC 2.
Same drop and same speed as my buddy below, but this "Lunge drop" is taught in "Launches."
Same drop and same speed as me in the picture two above, but this is the "Pop drop" I teach in "Ground Control 2." Knowing when to use which is crucial, especially in steep terrain.

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