NW Oregon MTB Clinics – Advanced Intermediates Series – April 9


This clinic is for advanced intermediate riders, men and women, wanting to get even faster. Throughout the series, Associate Coach Elaine Bothe will help you fine tune your body position, cornering including switchbacks and berms, braking techniques, advanced visual skills, line choice and trail reading, negotiating technical terrain, drops, jumps, pumping, race strategy, and much more.

Regardless of your riding goals, Elaine’s approach to teaching is step by step, guaranteed to help you improve your confidence and speed. And, you’ll leave each session with fun drills you can practice at home!

Limited to just 10 riders per class. Sign up early!

April 9, 2017
Clinic Location:

Sandy Ridge Trail System, Brightwood, Oregon

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9:00 am-12:00 pm Sandy Ridge Trail System
  • Sunday, April 16, 2017, 9:00 am-12:00 pm Sandy Ridge Trail System


$65 per class or $110 for the two class series.

Limited to 10 riders per class.

Registration Info:

Registration below.


Elaine Bothe, elainebothe@wenzelcoaching.com or 503-260-4637

Wenzel Coach Elaine Bothe flies on her mountain bike down an enduro mtb course.

“Elaine has a natural teaching ability that makes learning a positive experience. She will break things down into steps rather than try to explain everything at once and overwhelm me. … Elaine is also one of those people who makes you feel comfortable asking any kind of question no matter how simple the answer may seem to someone with more experience. To me, that’s what makes the learning process enjoyable!”


“Yesterday I raced in my first MTB event, Bear Sprint XC. A couple of different coaches advised me not to do this one because it is pretty technical for a beginning mountain biker. I did it anyway, figuring it would be good experience and there would be no pressure since I had a few perfect excuses ready for doing poorly. I ended up coming in first overall in cat 3 by almost 2 minutes. There was only one rock drop that I had to walk. It was technical but I felt much faster and more confident after taking the Wenzel clinic with Elaine. Thanks!”
– Ben



Clinic Details

Associate Coach Elaine Bothe reviews a rock garden drill for the mountain bikeEach clinic will build on the previous session. Based on the level of the attendees, weather and trail conditions, we will make use of just some of the fun and unique features of each trail system. We’ll review each skill during each session, so while it would be ideal to attend the series in sequence, you may sign up for just one.

Unless the weather is dangerous or trail conditions are un-ridable, we will hold this clinic. The trails will be open to other riders during our sessions.


Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Sandy Ridge 9am – 12 pm

Cornering skills:

  • Reviewing body position and cockpit fit
  • Visual skills
  • Weighting and footwork drills
  • Switchbacks
  • Intro to berms

Associate Coach Elaine Bothe rides a berm at Vernonia Springs Outdoor Park

Technical skills:

  • Speed control
  • Ratcheting
  • Line choice and trail reading
  • Rocks, roots and rolling
  • Pumping for momentum and speed
  • Intro to rock gardens

Race strategy Q&A


Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Sandy Ridge 9am – 12pm

Fine tuning corners, switchbacks and berms

  • Reviewing body position and cockpit fit
  • Visual skills
  • Weighting and footwork drills

Technical skills

  • Speed control
  • Ratcheting
  • Line choice and trail reading
  • Rocks, roots and rolling
  • Pumping for momentum and speed
  • Intro to jumping and drops
  • Intro to rock gardens


Coach Elaine is the 2015 Enduro National Champion in her age group, and also holds National Championship age group medals in Downhill (silver) and Cross Country (5th). She is an IMBA certified Level 2 Instructor and has completed Simon Lawton’s Level 2 FLUIDRIDE Instructor Training (FIT) program. She is also a guest instructor at The Lumberyard Bike Park in Portland, Oregon.

Join us! We can’t wait help you reach your riding goals!


Is This Clinic For You?:

This clinic series is for experienced riders at a plateau who want to find more speed on the trail, build confidence, refine their skills, push their boundaries or conquer particular trouble spots. Men or women, especially newer Cat 1 racers and Cat 2s looking to upgrade in MTB cross country or short track, and advanced intermediates or fit riders with several years’ experience. At Sandy Ridge come prepared to climb. Not sure this clinic is for you? Ask us!


Dress for a variety of weather, it might be chilly in the mornings and the trails may be damp.

Helmets are required. Eye protection, gloves, knee pads and elbow pads recommended. Any mountain bike in good repair will work, though the Sandy Ridge courses may favor full suspension bikes, it’s not required. Bring a tool to lower your saddle for some of the drills and exercises if you don’t have a dropper post. For this course, no cyclocross bikes.

Bring a lunch, snacks and water! Prepare for 3 hours of class time, with breaks.

Location Details:

Sandy Ridge, meet in the main parking lot. As always, don’t leave valuables in your car. There have been break-ins at trailheads. There are outhouses at the parking lot but no running water. Bring a clean bike, as the BLM is concerned about spreading non-native weeds in the area.



Directions to Sandy Ridge Trail System: Drive east from Portland through Sandy. From Hwy 26, approx. 11 miles east of Sandy, turn north on Sleepy Hollow Drive just east of Windells. Look for a brown sign for Sandy Ridge Trailhead, as Sleepy Hollow is a loop that intersects Hwy 26 twice. The turn you want is the second, which is east of the first. After .3 miles, turn right on E. Barlow Trail Road. Look for the large Sandy Ridge sign on the left, in approx. 1 mile. No parking permit is required.