CMBC 4-Week Skills Clinic
NEW! Intermediate Mileage Program
3 Options to choose from:
1. Tuesdays 6:00PM-8:30PM June 23 - July 14
2. Thursdays 6:00PM-8:30PM June 25 - July 16
3. Tuesdays 10:00AM-12:30PM June 23 - July 14
We have been working hard behind the scenes this spring to be able to bring CMBC Skill Clinics to life for summer 2020. We are happy to say that we have received approval of our COVID-19 Operational Plan from YTG and can now announce our 2020 program!
To mitigate risks and to do our part to keep everyone as safe as possible, what we have in store for you this year is a bit different. Our 4-Week Skills Clinic in 2020 is for solid, intermediate level riders.
While we would love to offer skills clinics for all levels again this year, the “Intermediate Mileage Program” is what we are able to make work at this time.
Our 2020 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)
who are looking to dive deeper into fundamental skills in order to make gainers in their riding skills
who have a strong base fitness level and are happy with the "mileage" focus of the new program
Each week, we will focus on making small changes that will result in big gains later on in your riding confidence and control. We will use a ride of approx. 10-12 km 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 over the 4 weeks will include:
Adjusting body position to create stability and control
“Driving” the bike, rather than being a “passenger” on board
Using arms, hips, legs, and feet to intentionally move the bike (see point above!)
Building strategies for line selection
Reading the trail to be able to anticipate and execute your next move
Advance your braking skills in cornering and on descents
Please note: the intent is not to ride terrain that will really challenge you, but to ride intermediate level trails in a new way so that you can become a more skilled and confident rider. You will be able to take your new skills to more advanced terrain when you consolidate your learning, but that kind of terrain isn’t part of this program. The sessions will take place on Grey Mountain – trails you could expect to ride in the program include Upper & Lower Boogaloo, Southpaw, El Camino, Hilarious, and other blue trails.
We are reducing capacity to maximum 4 riders per group this year to ensure we can have adequate physical distancing and safety measures in place.
Registration will open June 17 at 9:00 AM - please register early as we anticipate the program will fill quickly.
We will not be keeping a waiting list, but we may be able to add more program dates later in the summer or in the fall if there is a lot of demand.
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.
Cost per 4 week program: $150/person* – sweet deal!
(Plus online processing charges. CMBC membership is also required)
For 2020 CMBC members, make sure you are logged in to CCN before registering for the clinics. If you don’t already have your $15 membership for the year, you will be prompted to purchase this when you register for the clinics.
We are working hard to offer skills clinics that align with Yukon’s COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. Therefore, please do not register for a clinic if you have travelled out of territory within 14 days prior to the program start, or if you plan to travel out of territory at any time during 4-week duration of the program. Additionally, we ask that you do not register if you have had close contact with a person with a recent travel history who was or is now symptomatic OR are a known close contact to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
We also require that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever/chills; sore throat; headache; runny nose or nasal congestion; vomitting; diarrhea; fatigue or muscle aches; or difficulty breathing) not attend. We will have screening questions at the start of each session to ensure we are diligent. CMBC will offer refunds if requested for sessions missed due to any “stay at home” measures being taken by an individual, however, the proceeds from these skill clinics directly enable CMBC to put funds toward building, maintaining, and advocating for our local network of singletrack, so we ask for your consideration in this regard when requesting any refunds.
All participants require a mountain bike in good working condition and a helmet. Please ensure your bike is in good working 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. 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!
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Christine recently relocated to Whitehorse, and is loving exploring the Yukon’s amazing trails. 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.
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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