Over the years we do our best to take feedback and develop the best client tailored teaching and learning experience for everyone who takes an ASDT Mountain Bike clinic. Each year we have modified our clinics as we go to improve the learning experience for new riders and experienced riders. We are continuing to do so this year and any feedback is much appreciated!
Mountain biking all starts with a great foundation. These are the basic skills used for all aspects of mountain biking and we build on those skills at every clinic. In the past if you couldn’t make it to the first couple of clinics you would miss out on those foundation skills which makes it harder to perfect the more advanced skills. To prevent that we are now incorporating our Foundation skills into each clinic. If you only want to work cornering or jumps, you will first get Foundation skills course to make sure you get all the information you need to work on dialing in the technique you are wanting to learn. Pick a course that works for you and your guaranteed to get the entire scope of skills you are looking for!
What are the Foundation skills?
These are vision, body position and braking. All three of these are essential to mastering more complicated techniques. For each clinic we will also go into more specialized uses of each of those for the different course. For example, body position on cornering is a little different than body position on steeps and we will talk about not just body position at each clinic, but how to really dial it in for the skills we are working on that day.
Every clinic we will do an in-depth section on using Vision, Body Position and Braking. Vision is more than just looking where you go, it is also about visualization and the techniques to use to developing your vision skills. Getting this right is the foundation of everything else. Body Position is another extremely important skill, going through this for each clinic will be a part of dialing in the more advanced techniques. Braking is one of the most underrated skills. Knowing how to optimize your braking will help smooth out your riding. The better your braking skills the faster you can go and take your skills to the next level.
Pushing your limits takes bravery and looking fear in the eye. On the mountain bike the best way to do this is in small increments. First learn the correct technique, build on them and then slowly push your skills after getting comfortable. For example, we don’t hit a 6 foot drop right off the bat. We learn how to do drops in an area that is safe with no risk so we can dial in the technique and get comfortable with how it feels to be in the air and experience the drop. Then we build on the technique by conquering small drops around a foot or two. As you get more comfortable on the small drops you can build to medium sized drops and then to big ones. It’s all about progressing safely and having fun at the same time.
Come join us at one of our clinics for 2020 and really learn how to master mountain biking techniques in a safe, stylish and fun experience!