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About Beech Mountain - Beginner Women's Downhill Mountain Bike Clinic 8/14
SUNDAY, 8/14 BEGINNER CLINIC: 11AM - 5PM
Are you a beginner rider who has always wanted to try lift-access downhill riding? Are there a few skills you have always wanted to master, but never felt comfortable attempting on your own? Now is your chance to accomplish your goals, have fun, and build biking skills that will transfer to all aspects of mountain biking.
Riders are required to bring their own downhill or trail bike (bikes available for rental at Magic Cycles), full-face helmet, appropriate shoes (stiff and grippy sole), and pads. Riders age 14-17 must be accompanied to Beech Mountain by legal guardian. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time of your clinic.*
Six hour clinic includes instruction, lift ticket and lunch! Build skills and progress your riding ability at the base of the mountain with drills that will help build your confidence and make you more comfortable on the bike. We will take the skills we learned and put them to use as we ride down “Whole Lotta Love”, the green trail that starts at the top of Beech Mountain, 5506 feet up! This trail offers skills practice on loose terrain, rocks, off camber trail, drops and rollers. Your instructor will progress you based on the assessment of the group. This is a great opportunity to try out downhill for the first time, regain confidence or just have fun with your friends!
Here are a few skills that everyone can look forward to learning:
- Bike/body separation
- Downhill Body Position
- Braking Skills
- Line Selection
- Front Wheel Lifts
- Navigate Off Camber Terrain
- Rider should be comfortable in a standing position on the bike (out of the saddle)
- Rider should have previous mountain biking experience
- Full suspension bike is required (front and rear shocks)
- Full-face helmet is required
- Elbow pads, knee pads and gloves are strongly suggested
- Flat pedals and stiff-soled shoes are strongly suggested
CAROLINE WASHAM is a professional downhill, slalom and enduro racer and the owner of Spoked, LLC. She has been coaching across the country for the past three years and is a PMBIA certified coach.
CHRISTINA FAUST is a Cat 1 downhill racer who has been racing and riding at Beech Mountain for years. She is a PMBIA certified coach and founder of the Southern Gravity Sisterhood group!
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time of your clinic.
Beech Mountain is a full service resort in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. 7 ski lifts and 16 trails rests on 95 acres of land at Beech Mountain, with 830 feet of vertical. Terrain parks are well laid out and keep it simple. Something you must check out at Beech Mountain Resort is the base lodge village. The village has a rustic, old time feel and gives the entire resort a nice ambiance. 100% snowmaking coverage, dining, lodging, tubing, night skiing, lift serviced mountain biking are all available at Beech Mountain. Beech Mountain is the total winter experience with panoramic views and a quad highspeed lift. Beech Mountain is a must see, especially if you are in the area....Read more