Mountain Biking Skills Clinics

How ever you ride your bike, we’ll help you ride it better

How ever you ride your bike, we’ll help you ride it better

Mountain Biking Skills Clinics


To keep our volunteers and participants safe, clinics will be limited to 6 participants, face coverings and social distancing will be required at all times.

Be more confident and in control – and have more fun on the trail. Our mountain bike skills clinics give you the bike handling skills you need to take your riding ability to the next level.

NEW – Private Clinics!

We offer 2-3 hour private clinics for up to 6 people. $50/hour for the first two people. Add $25/hour for each additional participant. Request a Private Clinic.

MTB Foundations:

New to mountain biking? Our Foundations skills clinics will help make you a better rider and feel more comfortable on your bike. You’ll learn about, watch, and practice a range of basic skills.

Progression Sessions:

Are you an experienced rider wanting to improve your skills and a become a stronger rider? Each Progression clinic focuses on two to three skill areas in depth.

Our skills clinics are held at Valmont Bike Park unless otherwise specified. Ages 14 and up are welcome.

Upcoming Skills Clinics

Wed 08

SKILLS CLINIC: MTB Level 2 – Women

July 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed 15


July 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed 22


July 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Our Clinics

MTB Foundations: Level 1

Whether you’re just getting started with mountain biking or you would like to brush up on your skills, this clinic is for you. In this introductory, novice-level class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Ride with balance and body-bike separation.
  • Brake properly.
  • Climb and descend on trails.
  • Shift to the correct gear.
  • Steer and corner.
  • Performing basic front wheel lifts.
  • Roll down small drops.


Catering to the intermediate rider looking to further develop skills on more technical trails, this clinic takes a more advanced perspective on riding techniques. While the Level 1 class is a recommended prerequisite, experienced students are welcome to join this clinic. You’ll learn how to:

  • Brake effectively and clear obstacles.
  • Roll down drops of about a foot and hone other trail skills.
  • Approach jumps and drops.
  • Corner and ride berms.
  • Distribute your weight properly.
  • Perform basic wheel lift techniques.


Living in Colorado, it seems that we’re always going up or downhill. In this clinic for more experienced riders you will continue to find ways to improve your riding. Learn how to:

  • Navigate roots, logs, and rocks in both directions.
  • Perform wheel lifts for clearing obstacles.
  • Apply climbing and descending techniques.
  • Roll down large drops and land air-off drops.


You’ve mastered a lot of skills, but now you’re looking to clear that twisty trail. In this clinic designed for adept riders, you’ll discover how to corner with confidence at slow and fast speeds. You’ll learn how to:

  • Perform high-speed cornering.
  • Tackle berms.
  • Corner at low speeds for tight switchbacks.
  • Master track stands.
  • Develop vision to look through the turns.

Our Coaches

David Holshouser

David has been riding mountain bikes since 1993, and participating in long rides since 2005. He even celebrated his honeymoon by riding with his new bride for 8 days across Scotland. David has served BMA as an BICP Level 3 certified skills instructor since 2013, and has taught technical MTB skills to over 400 clinic participants. “I am very excited about the opportunity to give back to the community and help others get more enjoyment from their mountain biking. Since participating in my first MTB skills clinic in 2010, my passion for mountain biking has only grown stronger. Being able to pass on knowledge to others has brought a level of fulfillment to a sport that I consider to be an integral part of my life.”

David has raced the Bailey Hundito, Dakota Five-O, Firecracker 50, 24 Hours of Moab, 18 Hours of Fruita, PV Derby, Laramie Enduro, Breck 32 and 68, and ridden Boulder to Steamboat, the BMA Sufferfest, the Triple Bypass, and part of the Continental Divide route.

Art Schwadron

Art has been mountain biking for 25 years and working on other 2 wheel skills for even longer. He is still making progress and excited to help with yours. Art is an BICP Level 2 Certified Instructor.

Josh Boyd

Josh has actively participated in IMBA chapters as a ride leader, and volunteer for MORE in the Washington DC area as well as BMA in Boulder Colorado. He is a member of the Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol and a BMA Brute Squad rider. Josh is a BICP Level 2 Instructor and is in his 3rd year teaching skills courses with BMA.

Josh has raced his mountain bike sponsored and individually for the past 8 years. He has completed long endurance races such as the Lumberjack 100 and Shenandoah 100. He mostly enjoys stage racing and has completed Moab Rocks and Breck Epic races.

In the winter time you’ll find him spending time skiing in the resorts and in the backcountry.

Josh is passionate about mountain bike skills:  “A strong foundation in bike handling skills translates into confidence on the trails and will lead to a good time”.

Zane Wilson

Zane is a BICP Level 1 certified coach.


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