IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE?
Our insurance policy covers 21 and over. Please contact us for special considerations.
BEGINNER OR INTERMEDIATE?
BEGINNER CLINICS are for true beginners to the sport. You must know how to ride a bike and be comfortable on your feet for a couple of hours at a time. We'll teach you the rest!
INTERMEDIATE CLINICS are for women who are confident on single track and eager to take their skills to the next level. If you can get your front wheel up, pump, manual, brake effectively, get some air and control the bike, then you are an intermediate rider. Although these clinics focus on skills and we stop frequently, riders must have the endurance to sustain a long day in the saddle.
DO I NEED TO BE ON TIME?
We have a strict policy for timeliness. We start promptly at 9:00 AM! This is for your safety and the safety of those around you. We cover essential topics all day long, and missing any part of the day forfeits your place in the clinic.
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE MY OWN BIKE?
WHAT IF MY BIKE IS OLDER THAN 2014?
We highly encourage a newer bike for all of clinic participants. A few of the upgrades to modern bikes are: dropper posts (this is essential), tubeless rims, wider tires, longer wheel base (very stabilizing), wider bars (also essential for cornering), shorter stems. Those changes to bikes make riding a lot easier. They also make the skills we teach much easier. We've had a few participants with older bikes and they aren't able to perform all of the skills. They still have fun with the group and if time allows, one of us will let them try riding our modern bike for a few minutes and then the light goes on for them why a modern bike makes a big difference. With all of that in mind, you are more than welcome to come with your older bike. You will have fun and likely renew your love of mountain biking!
SEAT DROPPER POSTS?
Seat dropper posts are extremely beneficial in riding! A lever at your fingertips moves your seat up and down effortlessly. For those riders without a seat dropper post, we highly recommend lowering your seat post to get your saddle about 3" out of your way while learning and practicing skills. You may want to familiarize yourself with the process of raising and lowering your seat. A quick release seat collar will allow you to quickly and easily raise and lower your seat. A bolt-on seat collar or clamp will require a multi-tool to raise and lower your seat.
WHAT IF MY BIKE NEEDS MAINTENANCE?
You must show up with a fully functional bike that has been maintained by a mechanic within the past 2 weeks. We are happy to help you fix a flat if it occurs during the clinic. We are also happy to do a minor adjustment if it is needed during the clinic. We like to spend our time teaching skills since we are not certified mechanics!
WHAT FITNESS LEVEL DO I NEED TO HAVE?
We welcome cyclists of all abilities. You must know how to ride a bike on pavement. A base level of fitness and some some biking (road or mountain) experience is helpful. You must be able to be on your feet for a couple of hours at a time as well as be outside in the elements, whatever they may be. Mountain biking is somewhat demanding and dynamic sport. These clinics are for beginner to intermediate riders. If you have questions if this is right for you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IF I AM NOT COMFORTABLE RIDING SOMETHING?
Safety is our number one priority. We will not require you to participate in anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or is above your skill level. If at anytime you are uncomfortable participating, you can watch and jump in when you feel ready again. All participation is voluntary. If a coach feels that a rider is not experienced enough, they have the right to ask clinic participants to sit out for particular skills practice.
SHOULD I USE CLIPLESS OR FLAT PEDALS?
Clipless pedals require specific mountain bike shoes with cleats that allow you to clip into your pedals. Flat pedals do not require specific mountain bike shoes - athletic shoes, running shoes or even skate shoes will work. Flat pedals are preferred for our clinics as they make learning certain skills and techniques easier and allow you to get on and off your bike quickly. However, for those riders more comfortable riding clipless, we will not require you to bring flat pedals!
WHAT IS A CHAMOIS PAD? WHAT SHORTS SHOULD I WEAR?
Chamois are padded cycling shorts, meant to offer support and protection to the groin from bike saddles. For mountain biking, chamois pads are most often worn under baggy shorts or "baggies" to offer more protection in addition to comfort and style. We would recommend wearing "baggies" or a mountain bike specific short rather than wearing a chamois pad alone.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN BIKE TOOLS?
Consider bringing basic bike tools if you have them - spare tube, tire levers, multi-tool, hand pump, patch kit, etc. If you don't have basic bike tools you can always rely on our coaches, they always carry bike tools! As you take your skills to the trails you will want to visit your local bike shop and purchase some basic bike tools.
Refunds will be not typically be provided for group clinics cancellations unless your spot can be filled. In the event of unforeseen circumstances (such as crazy weather) which hinder the clinic, we will refund your entrance fees.
Any other questions? Feel free to email: info@WomenintheMountains.com