I have been riding just about anything with two wheels now for over 45 years--from BMX, to moto hare scrambles to mountain bikes. However, in 2011, despite many years of experience, I suffered a major mountain bike accident that damaged the vertebrae in my neck and blew out my knee. This opened my eyes to the need of improving control in my riding. I have since then invested myself in developing techniques to ride safely without sacrificing any of the joy of the sport. I believe that good riding should be accomplished with technique, confidence and skill--not just luck.
Having an earned doctorate, I have served as an instructor in both youth athletics and adult academics. I have applied my instruction skills to a sport that I am passionate about…mountain biking. I have been riding the classic mountain bike trails from the old growth forests in Oregon, to the deserts of Nevada and Arizona, to the ski lift trails in California, Utah, Colorado, and West Virginia, to the Adirondacks Mountains in New York, to the mountainous coffee plantations in Costa Rica, and the hundreds, no, thousands of miles between. I have studied with numerous instructors over the years and have applied their combined wisdom to my own riding and teaching. I am eager to share what I have had to learn the hard way.
My Strava calculated I was going 33 mph when I hit this step-down the first time. If I did not go that fast, I likely would not have cleared the knuckle, which was about 32' out. Not making the transition would have been catastrophic, as this scenario has been demonstrated by other riders. I know that hardly any of my clients are interested in checking this feature off their list, but just about all my clients want to learn how to execute drops and step-downs safely.
The techniques I've learned in bike school apply both to cross country and downhill trails.