July 17 Webinar on Bunny Hops & Manuals

On Monday, July 17, I’m hosting two live webinars on Bunny Hops & Manuals in which you’ll learn:

  • What they are and are not
  • Why they’re helpful & fun on the trail
  • Why they’re hard to learn on your own
  • How you can learn them via Ryan Leech’s online courses and do it with me and a group of fellow students

Register here for the webinar at 12 PM CDT on Monday, July 17.

Register here for the webinar at 9PM CDT on Monday, July 17.

July 18 Webinar on Cornering

On Tuesday, July 18, I’m hosting two live webinars on cornering in which you’ll learn:

  • Why cornering is arguably the most important skill set for mountain bikers
  • Why there isn’t just one right way to ride corners
  • The 5 Corner Controlled Continuums
  • The 9 Rider Technique Continuums
  • How you can learn via Ryan Leech’s online course and do it with me and a group of fellow students

Register here for the webinar at 12 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 18.

Register here for the webinar at 9PM CDT on Tuesday, July 18.

Top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop: Episode 4 of MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio

Episode #4 of my MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio is now available.

See the show notes and links on the MBR page for Episode #4.

Main topic: Top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop

TRANSCRIPT

Introduction:

Hey everyone! Welcome to Episode #4 of the Mountain Bike Skills Network podcast. My name is Griff Wigley, also known as the mountain bike geezer. I’m am the guy behind the Mountain Bike Skills Network blog and I’m the founder and host of the Mountain Bike Skills Network Community, currently a group on Facebook.

My intent is to have all three – the blog, the online community and this show — help recreational mountain bikers like you, have more fun while upping your skills. Why? So you can ride the stuff you want that challenges you. I think of it as a Goldilocks Zone. Not too scary or hard; not too easy or boring but juuuuuust right. That middle is where the fun is and one of the most reliable ways to stay in that Goldilocks Zone is to continually increase your skills.

You can learn more about the Mountain Bike Skills Network at mtbskills.net where you’ll also see links to my various social media accounts.

Today’s show is about the bunny hop, what some people refer to as the most difficult skill in mountain biking.

I learned to bunny hop recently and was surprised at how challenging it was just to get to the beginner level that I’m now at.

With help from members of the MTBSN community, I’ve put together what I think are the:

Top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop

 

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Photo album: testing Welch Village’s new lift-served gravity flow trails

Last week, Welch Village General Manager Peter Zotalis hosted two test sessions for two of their lift-served gravity flow trails (total four to be built). I was there for both days, and got to ride with two experienced local guys, Clay Haglund (MAMB) and Jason Decoux (CROCT).

Grand Opening is July 29. They expect to be open one or two weekends prior. I’ll be teaching beginner-level downhill clinics (for experienced XC riders who are new to bike parks) there soon.  Watch for details on the Welch Village Facebook Page and on General Manager Peter Zotalis’ blog.

See the album of 20 photos:

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Archived Facebook Live videos from my recent MTB trip

I used Facebook Live to punctuate my mountain biking trip to three different destinations in northern Minnesota last week: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Cuyuna Lake Mountain Bike Trail System, and the vast network of COGGS MTB trails in Duluth.

I’ve archived four of them here:

 

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Putting my newbie bunny hop and manual skills to use on the trails

On my recent MTB trip to northern Minnesota last week, my main goal was to put some of my beginner-level bunny hop and manual skills to use on the trails at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Cuyuna Lake Mountain Bike Trail System, and the vast network of COGGS MTB trails in Duluth.

I also wanted to A) experiment with cornering, primarily on bigger bermed corners since I’ll be instructing riders on those at Welch Village’s new MTB park in a few weeks; and B) ride lots of drops and gnarly stuff to see what it’s like on my new full-suspension Kona Process 134 Supreme from Michael’s Cycles.

Here are several videos from the trip, with some commentary on each:

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