I took up the sport of mountain biking in a serious way in June of 2011 after attending the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival Grand Opening. I bought a 2011 Trek Gary Fisher X- Caliber 29’er and joined IMBA upon my return. I’ve been hooked ever since.
I actually first began mountain biking back in 1990 when we bought bikes for my three teenage boys. We rode for a few years but riding on hiking trails grew old after a while and we gave it up. I refocused on riding mototrials (motorcycle trials) which I’d done since 1975. Once I discovered that mountain biking offered all the technical riding challenges of mototrials but with the addition of going fast on purpose-built flow trails and pumping/jumping in bike parks, I sold my trials motorcycle and haven’t looked back.
I served as a Minnesota Off Road Cyclists (MORC) board member for 2014 and stepped down when I co-founded Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT). I served on the board as Vice Chair until March, 2017:
In the summer of 2014, I began including blog posts related to my venture, Thick Skull Mountain Bike Skills.
In January of 2016, I stopped work on that and began collaborating with Ryan Leech at his membership website, Ryan Leech Connection \ Online MTN Bike Skills Coaching where I’m an online coach and a marketing affiliate:
In December of 2016, I created the Mountain Bike Skills Network Community, a Facebook Group for mountain bikers dedicated to helping one another develop our riding skills:
In April of 2017, I changed the name and URL of this website to MTBskills.net:
Also in April of 2017, I began the MTB Skills Network podcast on Mountain Bike Radio:
In the fall of 2017 I created a Patreon page to provide a way for people to support my efforts to expand the MTBSN online community:
In the spring of 2018, I started developing a new online community called Dyrt Nation.
In the fall of 2018, I renamed the MTBSN Community Facebook Group to Dyrt Nation: Mountain Biking Skills for the Rest of Us.
My wife Robbie and I live in Northfield, MN USA where we raised our four now-grown-and-gone kids. My Griff Wigley Facebook Profile has more about me than you want to know.