Erin Quinn recaps one of our many clinics and one of the most popular with our team, the mountain bike clinic! Read all about here.
One of the things that the Naked Women’s Race Team is great at is providing all of it’s members the access to do clinics for the seasoned pro to people looking to find a place to jump in. For the mountain bike skills clinic we met at the top of Mt. Falcon and split into three groups: beginner led by Dawna, intermediate led by Nadia, and advanced led by Lisa. There were about four to seven of us per group. Still nursing a back injury I decided to hop in with the Beginner group, since any skill work is good skill work. There were about four of us in this group. Most of the women in the group hadn’t done much mountain biking before at all, so it was exciting for me as a mountain biker to be reintroducing myself to mountain bikes after being injured and to watch my teammates get to know the sport better!
We started off by working on moving on the bike, moving our weight behind the bike (helpful during steep descents/drops) moving our weight more towards the front of the bike (helpful for steep climbs) and side to side (helpful when cornering). We also worked on our ready position as well as our attack position. Once we got used to moving our body around our bikes we worked on breaking. Dawna had us do the stop box drill, so we would accelerate towards the box and try to stop within the box without any skidding. Moving the body behind the bike was emphasized and was very helpful in getting a quick and efficient stop.
As the day progressed under the watchful helpful teachings of Dawna we progressed from learning how to do wheel lifts over sticks to riding over water bars to riding off rocks that had about a foot drop. We even worked on descending some more technical rocky steep bits of trail that had a water bar as an exit. At the end of the day the beginner skills clinic had turned into an intermediate one, I was watching my teammates who were new to mountain biking riding things considered intermediate, flawlessly and fearlessly.
Every opportunity I get to work on skills I always am able to walk away with something new learned and more excitement about riding bikes. The team clinic was no different, I was reintroduced to riding my mountain bike again after taking a hiatus due to a back injury, which left me excited to get healthy. But more importantly I watched my teammates who had been timid beginners hours earlier fearlessly and flawlessly riding sections of trail that were deemed as “scary” just a little bit earlier. It is always amazing to see what a clinic can do and how a great teacher like Dawna can help people enjoy the dirt even more.