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A word on Lon Cullen's certification, training, and continued professional development: 
 
My Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association's (PMBIA) level one certification required 3 full days of training.  This is the equivalent to the International Mountain Bike Association's (IMBA) level two certification. 
 
In addition to my certification, I have invested in continued education through PMBIA ( Zep Techniques)  This continued education required a second trip to Whistler where I spent 4 more full days in private lessons.  In these private lessons I worked on how to teach advanced maneuvers on both expert level cross country and all mountain trails, as well as on expert level downhill trails.
 
Because I believe a good instructor should never stop learning, I'm registered for 4 more days of mountain bike skills training in June on the trails in Pisgah.
 
I have also invested in Backcountry Lifeline Training.
 
 

My Story:

I have been riding just about anything with two wheels now for over 40 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 to improve safety and control in my riding.  I have since then invested myself in developing techniques to ride skillfully and 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--the thrill of riding both safely and skillfully. 

A Word On Coaching Women:  I actually fell in love with coaching when I coached a kid's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club.  I noticed how the girls had more of a tendency to listen to what I had to say than the boys.  That became even more evident when the girls started to "tap out" the boys.  I have found the same thing to be true as I have coached mountain biking.  Often times women pay more attention to the details than do men because most of them know they can't always just "muscle it."  Coaching girls and women in the sport of mountain biking has been rewarding for me because most women really care about getting the technique perfect.

A Word on Racing:  While I do not have an extensive racing pedigree, I have raced; and I do understand the pressures and concerns associated with different types of racing.  I have podiumed in regional BMX, Super D, Air Downhill, and Enduro races.  I have never podiumed in any Cross Country races.  I've only raced at the sport or master's sport level--never at the pro level, so I'm no racing expert, by any means.  As for expert or pro level technical terrain, with me approaching 50, I've retired from the bigger lines that have a high risk factor.  But I'm still able to coach or instruct riders who are wanting to increase their technical abilities on or off the race course.  I have been successfully doing this now for quite some time.  As we are reminded every time we watch ESPN, division one NCAA football or basketball coaches can't run and catch as well as their players, but they can still coach their players to be better than what they already are.

circa 1980
35 years later
Oh yes, and I've made my fair share of mistakes, like this one when I was reminded the hard way that I forgot to un-lock my suspension before I hit the jump drop.
Yeah I know; Strava never tells the full story, for we are never as fast as it says we are or as slow; but it is a fun way to race your buddies on days when the trails are almost empty.

The techniques I've learned in bike school apply both to cross country and downhill trails.

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