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CMBC SKILL 
CLINICS

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CMBC Skill Clinics 2022

We’re looking forward to getting out on the trails with you to get your skills dialled!


This year, we have several great options for beginner and intermediate riders:
 

1/ Singletrack Foundations (Beginners)

This program is for riders who’d like to gain skills and confidence for riding beginner-level singletrack trails. After covering some of the basics, we will spend lots of time on the trails, working on skills like body position and balance, proper shifting and efficient gearing, climbing technique, smooth and controlled braking, descending, cornering, and rolling over obstacles. Most (or all) sessions will run on Grey Mountain and riders will need a reasonable fitness level to pedal from the bottom parking area to the trailheads.

Choose from these options:

 

  1. Mondays 6-8:30PM | May 16, 30, June 6
    (note: no session on May 23 holiday)

  2. Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30-8:30PM | June 13, 15, 27, 29
    (note: this group is twice a week, for two weeks, with a week in between)

2/ Spring Tune-Up (Intermediate)
 

This program is for solid riders who have several seasons' mountain biking experience and are confident on blue/intermediate level trails and on "light black"/advanced trails (like El Camino) and who have a good base level of fitness. We will do rides of at least 10km each session to refine and tune-up skills like body position, climbing, braking, descending, cornering, and achieving good flow & efficiency to get you all set for the season! This program will run on the Grey Mountain trails.

Choose from these options:

 

  1. Mondays 10:30AM-12:30PM  |  May 16 – June 13 
    (note: no session on May 23 holiday)

  2. Wednesdays 6-8:30PM  |  May 18, 25, June 1 (at Grey Mountain)

  3. Thursdays 6-8:30PM  | June 9, 16, 23 (at Mount Mac)

     

3/ Mileage Program (Intermediate)

This program is for riders with several seasons' mountain biking experience who are confident on blue/intermediate level trails and on "light black"/advanced trails (like El Camino) and who have a good base level of fitness. Each week, we will focus on making small changes that will result in big gains later on in your riding confidence. We will use a ride of at least 10km each session to give you lots of opportunity to think about and to apply these changes. Mileage is a great teacher (and so are your instructors)! Some of the areas of focus will include adjusting body position to create stability and control, “driving” the bike rather than being a “passenger” on board, reading the trail to be able to anticipate and execute your next move, advancing your braking skills in cornering and on descents, and gaining a variety of tools in your climbing toolkit!

 

DATES JUST ADDED!
Tuesdays 6-8:30PM  |  August 16, 23, 30
  (at Grey Mountain)

4/ Descending, Dialled! (Intermediate+)

This new program is for riders with several seasons' mountain biking experience who are quite confident on blue/intermediate level trails and confident on "light black"/advanced trails (like El Camino and El Guapo). We will focus on improving a variety of riding skills—including body position, braking, line choice, and pressure control—to lead to improved descending abilities and confidence, including on rock rolls, steeps, roll downs and corners. Please note: a full suspension bike with a dropper seat post is required for this clinic. Knee pads are encouraged.

 

NEW!
Tuesdays 6-8 PM  |  September 6, 13, 20
  (at Grey Mountain and Mount Mac)

 

Registration

Registration for May & June clinics opens May 2 at 4:00PM.
Registration for August & September clinics opens August 2 at 4:00PM – please register early as we anticipate the programs will fill quickly. If you already did a clinic in May or June, please wait until August 5 before trying to register to give those who haven’t done a clinic yet this year first chance to get a spot.  
 

If you know beforehand that you will not be able to attend a session, please do not register for the program. ​ Capacity is 6 riders per group. We are not be able to keep a waiting list.

Please note that the registration form includes a Skills Questionnaire about your experience, goals, and current skill level with climbing, descending, wheel lifts and other maneuvers, so we suggest to give this some thought before you register.

If these programs are not suited to you, or the dates don’t work for you, please reach out to our friends at Boréale Explorers or Terra Riders to set up some instruction suited to you.

Registration fee: $165

(Plus online processing charges. CMBC membership is also required)

 

For 2022 CMBC members, make sure you are logged in to CCN before registering for the clinics. If you don’t already have your $20 membership for the year, you will be prompted to purchase this when you register for the clinics.

Please note:

All participants require a mountain bike in good working condition and a helmet. Please ensure your bike is in good working order as it is not fair to the instructors or other participants to take time away from the session to be working on your bike. A full suspension bike is suggested – a suspension fork is required at minimum. A dropper seat post is also suggested but not required. The exception is "Desending, Dialled!" where a full suspension bike with dropper post is required. Bike gloves and eye protection are strongly recommended. In addition to some water and a snack (if you think you’ll want one), please pack a spare tube for your wheel size, a multi-tool, and hand sanitizer in your riding pack. Come prepared for all weather conditions, as we will not let the rain stop us!

All participants must follow the “Safe 6”.

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Your instructors

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Christine Prescott

Christine has lived in Whitehorse since 2017 and loves riding the amazing trails in Yukon’s backyard.  Before moving North of 60, she was Program Manager and Women’s MTB Program Head Coach for Rundle Mountain Cycling Club (RMCC) in Canmore and Banff, AB. During that time, she grew their women’s MTB program three-fold, making RMCC one of the biggest clubs in Western Canada with 70+ programs each year for 600+ riders of all ages and levels.

Christine also coaches for Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps and Sweet Skills. She is certified with Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Association, National Coaching Certification Program, and Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors. Christine is passionate about bikes and about the arts – she is a landscape painter and works for Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to raise funds that support arts and Indigenous leadership programs. She has two rad little boys – Maddox and Hazen – who also love to shred on skis and on bikes.

photo: Mystic Mountain Adventures

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Guillaume Levesque

An accomplished road biker who would often do 100km+ rides, Guillaume had a rough start to mountain biking when he borrowed a bike to enter into a 70km “easy” mountain bike race with a friend. If you can believe it, that is the day he fell in love with mountain biking. Still bruised and smiling he bought a knobby tired bike right away!

Soon after, he joined a mountain biking club and enjoyed group rides when he wasn’t learning to shred on his own. His love for dirt grew over time; it was not until he landed in Whitehorse in 2011 that his transformation into a full time mountain biker was complete.

Since then Guillaume has been an enthusiastic volunteer for all things biking. From taking part in organizing the 24 Hours of Light Mountain Biking Festival to sitting on the Board of Contagious Mountain Biking Club to founding the Whitehorse Urban Cycling Coalition, to leading skills clinics.

Now a certified Level 2 Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBIA), Guillaume believes that taking the time to learn and practice skills progressively is the way to really build the confidence to send it safely, regardless of your age, goals or skill level, from beginner to advanced.

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