What's a typical day at a RipStoke clinic?
Coaches and athletes meet at the predetermined rendezvous location. Riders should arrive fueled up for a full day of activity.
Our group will train in the morning in an open park or field, where new techniques will be introduced based on the needs and abilities of the particular group. Repetition of the exercises is stressed to integrate the skills into muscle memory where the controlled environment allows for total concentration on the skill, without being sidetracked by the fear of falling off the side of a trail, hitting rocks, or encountering other riders.
We plan a hour long lunch where the group is encouraged to eat together and discuss the morning and all things mountain biking. This is a great time to meet others with similar interest, similar goals, and create mountain bike friendships that last a lifetime. After all there are no better people on the planet than a group of mountain bikers. Note: Daily and weekend camps do not include food as part of the cost. Week long camps include all meals and amenities.
The group reconvenes and recaps many of the skills from the morning session before heading out on a trail ride for the afternoon session. The afternoon session will use the morning skills and apply them to actual trail obstacles. This is where the "rubber hits the trail" and it is time to start to talk about trail reading, obstacle avoidance vs. obstacle clearance, setting yourself up for success, and using your new found skills to master the trail you have before you!
We usually wrap things up around 4 o'clock. Afterwards your teachers will be available to plan future clinics, answer any questions about skills learned, share info about trails and other things of interest to mountain bikers, and generally call it after a fun day on the bikes.
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for personal one-on-one sessions or get a group of friends together and enjoy learning new skills with the crew.