Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Coach Alex!

Upon moving out West I began working at " Two Wheels One Planet" a local bike shop. One of their stipulations on hiring me was that I give skills clinics. I was stoked. Last weekend I coached my first ever advanced skills clinic on riding trail faster, having more fun, and giving more high fives. Here's some photos from Josh Witwer!

Just before dropping in!
"Why ride through the rough stuff when
you can jump it and "catch some sweet air"
A little discussion. faster corners equals more fun and more adrenaline
Then a little demonstration and it was the boys' turn

Riding fast is one thing, passing those skills on is completely different. I think I learned just as much from coaching as they did. I had to find what body motions and tips could exaggerate the skill I was attempting to teach. For instance...leaning the bike and not your body in corner......push on your inside hand, try to drop that side of the handle bar.
trying to stay early for the next corner!
no more flat corners! Lets work on some berms!
Getting them all excited to hit a drop they never had before,
"If you just set up for it two turns earlier it is so much easier!"
We worked on line choice here, it was really fun to here the
guys get excited and bounce ideas off each other
Bikes are fun, start smiling and you'll get better.
The Crew! Thanks guys for the opportunity
and I hope you learned some too!

It is extremely rewarding to see your advice progress someones riding. By the end of the day everyone was whooping and hollering and high-fives were passed around. Thanks Two wheels for the opportunity to do this and thanks guys for showing up! I hope I made a difference!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

So much roost!

As much as I love riding the desert like conditions out here, nothing beats fresh dark brown dirt and good corners. Fellow East Coaster/ Vermonter Dylan Conte invited Ella and I to join him on a Sunday trip a bit North with Walt and Lucas, two California locals. Although hesitant at first I was so stoked I went. It felt so good to be back on the DH bike on real brown dirt in and among the trees. There was no undergrowth, just green grass. It could have been from Lord of the Rings. Lots of high fives and many laps later it was well worth it.

It was so refreshing to ride in the trees and green grass again!
Dylan was remarking on how well kids from out here
commit to corners...I think he's got it pretty well dialed....

"Is that a huck-to-flat? OH hell yeah! Feels a bit like home!"

Walt is in his 50's and shreds like someone in
their 20's and get stoked on bikes like a teenager. This guy is rad.

Lucas is one of those kids who still sends it on
busted up clapped out stuff, and does it FAST.

Foot flat out!

Aaand he has style.

Ella is never one to be left out and thought this
 whole drifting thing looked pretty fun...."kinda like this guys?"

It felt so good to ride fresh dirt again!

It was so much fun to ride bikes with Dylan outside of racing!
 Dylan and I also realized that that our knowledge of hip hop was very limited. Have you ever heard of a dude called "WIZ"....but no one knew who Yonder Mountain String Band, or Trampled by Turtles were..so we called it and East Coast West Coast Tie.


the light was too good 

the ground was so soft you could ride a new trail in in a matter of minutes!

All smiles!

6 hrs of shuttling and everyone is stoked

Walt is great guy and has helped get a lot of kids off
and racing that otherwise would not have. Good on ya mate!