Mountain Bike Clinics

2020 Mountain Bike Clinics

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!

Foundation Skills &
Front Wheel Lifts

June 20th 9AM - 2:30PM
Trailside Mountain Bike Park, Park City UT

Front wheel lift covers Manuals and Wheelies. A “Manual” is all about getting the front wheel up using the “Manual” technique. This skill is important when you are going fast descending and you are in a pinch and need to lift the front wheel. This is a fun and key skill to learn on the bike! The quarter punch is a fun name for what your feet are doing on the pedals to lift the front wheel. The “quarter punch” is the BEST way to start a wheelie! It is also key when climbing up technical terrain. The quarter punch makes it a lot easier to get up the stair steps and big rocks on those techy Moab trails. This clinic will have every gal doing wheelies by the end! Rock gardens can be intimidating, knowing how to maneuver through them and picks lines along with the skills to do them is what we will cover in this clinic. 

Foundation Skills & Cornering/Pumping

June 6th 9AM - 2:30PM
Trailside Mountain Bike Park, Park City UT

Cornering is by far the hardest skill on a mountain bike. It is also one of the most fun once done correctly. The cornering clinic will cover all the ins and outs of how to corner. We will break down how to corner from the simplest body position and build on it. It all starts with a straight line drill, some more drills and soon you will have that bike leaned over like a Pro! Switchbacks can be frustrating, learning how to do them correctly makes life so much easier! Switchbacks are not the same technique as cornering, but it is close so the two together are a good match. Those pesky tight switch backs will soon be a thing of the past. Riding a pump track really hones the body position skill! Learning to pump takes a lot of practice. Pumping the bike teaches the rider how to move the bike with the terrain and begins the “bike dance”. This is not necessarily an easy one to learn, but it is a key skill on the bike. The clinic will be at a pump track so the rider can really learn how to accelerate your bike without EVER pedaling. It is a lot of fun and a great workout!  

Foundation Skills & Jumps,Drops & Steep Descents

June 13th 9AM - 2:30PM
Trailside Mountain Bike Park, Park City UT

Jumping is a blast and best learned on tabletops with no risk! Learning to get comfortable in the air along with specific body position skills makes jumping a lot of fun. Dropping on a bike is probably the easiest maneuver to master but takes some courage to get over the initial push. Steep Descents are tricky on your brain. It can be difficult to get your brain to push that “Override” button on what seems to be too steep to conquer. Body position, vision, and braking skills are all key to successful steep descents. Starting the day getting our Zen on foundation skills will have our mojo ready to conquer some new skills!

ASDT Wasatch MTB Director & Coach

Joy Patten

Joy started mountain biking in 1995 in the glorious California coastal region of San Luis Obispo, where they have some of the best riding on earth. She started racing cross country in 1999 for Cal Poly Wheelmen. Joy enjoyed the hard work and satisfaction of cross country riding for many years. The fun of riding up the hill was knowing that the sweetest single track was waiting at the top.  

After a while her bike handling skills improved and the descents became a roller coaster ride. Instead of fear she was inspired by challenging terrain. The adrenaline just took over. She gained self confidence knowing there was a gnarly trail out there that she could conquer. The self confidence Joy gained transferred to her everyday life. The confidence helped her realize she could do what she put her mind to.  

Joy started racing downhill in 2005 and has found that to be her calling. The techniques she learned riding cross country for so many years is what made her a solid downhill biker. She took a two-year break from racing to have her son and get him through his first year. In November 2007 Joy started racing again at the expert level. She moved up to PRO in the winter of 2009. Over the years, she has developed many more skills to pass on. It all starts with the right foundation. Joy is PMBIA Level 1 certified and First Aid certified.

  • FAQs

What should I bring?

Your bike, helmet, gloves, water (hydration pack), light jacket, sunscreen, and a smile! We are going to have fun!

How do I know what my riding level is?

Beginner has little to no mountain biking experience; the rider is not comfortable on blue level runs. Blues are steeper, require knowledge of braking, steering and bike handling. If a rider can’t pump, manual, brake without skidding, front wheel lift, corner quickly, or ride technical terrain, the rider is classified as a beginner.

Intermediate is a wide range, but you are comfortable on terrain where you have to maneuver the bike. If you’re able to get off the ground with the bike, consider yourself intermediate. This means getting your front wheel up, pumping, using manual, braking effectively, getting air, and controlling the bike.

Advanced is comfortable with everything listed above and likes to ride steep, loose, and gnarly trails.  

Why a clinic?

MTB clinics focus on learning bike handling skills. The skills build on one another; a solid foundation of the basics is important. By learning the foundational skills one at time, a rider can feel comfortable and safe on unfamiliar, challenging terrain.

Is bike set up going to be reviewed?

Yes, for the first three clinics, bike setup and fit will be reviewed.  

Are the coaches certified?  

Yes. Coaches are PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) certified and are certified in First Aid.

What if there is something I am not comfortable with riding?  

Participation for everything is voluntary. Riders are NOT required to do anything that makes them uncomfortable or is above their skill level. If the coach feels the rider isn't experienced to be in the clinic she signed up for, the coach has the right for the safety of the rider to send them home.

Should I bring tools?

If you have a multi-tool, spare tubes, and tire irons, please bring them. Coaches will have tools also.

Should I use flat pedals or clip ins?

Flat pedals are preferred if you have them.  

What is the refund policy if I can't attend?

You are able to receive a full refund if you cancel 14 days before the scheduled clinic. If you cancel within the 7 days prior to the clinic, you will only receive 50% of your ticket, No refund will be given if you cancel in the 24 hours leading up to the clinic. You may switch to another clinic date if there are spots available and, a clinic that is your ability level