Learn to mountain biking with the new skills course from Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Photo courtesy Irvine Ranch Conservancy

HFounded by volunteers from the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, the Mountain Bike Clinic offers enthusiasts the opportunity to learn and develop basic skills in a controlled, artificial environment. Experts will walk you through proper form and technique as you perform exercises over modular structures like dirt ramps, rock climbs, A-frames, and caterpillars that model different types of terrain that you may encounter on a trail.

In addition to teaching the basic aspects of mountain biking, the course is also about proper safety and preparation.

“The really important part is that you prepare yourself and the bike,” says Christian Lutkemeyer, a resident of Irvine and volunteer lecturer who has been running clinics since 2011. “For example, if you go to Saddleback, that’s a 14 mile climb from Modjeska Canyon. It is possible that you will experience mechanical problems and flat tires are quite common so you will want to bring replacement tubes with you to inflate the tires. You should also bring a tool kit with you in case a screw is loose and spare chain links. … We talk about these things so that they are aware of the danger that is out there. ”

The course is aimed at both those new to mountain biking and those looking to progress in this sport.

Photo courtesy Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Photo courtesy Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Registration!
Look out for the next course on letsgooutside.org. A pre-registration is neccessary.

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