Wenzel Coaching Oregon Mountain Bike Clinic

What: Mountain Bike Skills Clinic with coaches Elaine Bothe, Martin Baker and Rhonda Morin

When & Where: 

  • March 23, 2014: Cascade Locks EasyCLIMB Trail System, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
  • April 12, 2014: Stub Stewart State Park, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Each clinic is from 10 am until 12:30 with breaks. Sandy Ridge may be longer. No lunch will be provided, please bring your own food and water. Trails will be open for riding that afternoon.

Price: $35 each for Cascade Locks or Stub Stewart clinic, or $60 for both clinics if preregistered. $45 for Sandy Ridge clinic (special conditions apply).

  • PLUS $5 for OBRA day license for non-members, per day OR you can buy a $20 annual OBRA license. No additional charge for OBRA members. Bring proof if you’re registering day-of.
  • PLUS $5 parking at Stub Stewart, paid at the gate. Bring cash and please carpool to save money!

Register: See individual registration links above.

The Details:

Get a jump on your mountain bike season! Whether or not you’re interested in racing, good basic skills lay a strong foundation for fun and safety. Join Wenzel Coaches Elaine BotheMartin Baker, and Rhonda Morin to improve your skills or learn new ones. The group will be divided into three sections, including beginner, intermediate and advanced intermediate.

If you’ve reached a plateau with your technical riding or just want to feel more comfortable on the trail, you will get a lot out of this clinic. We will practice good body positions and moving on the bike for flat and level ground, corners, descents and climbs, learn how to look ahead and be more relaxed. If you’re calm and confident, you’ll feel more comfortable and you’ll be able to go faster.

This year we will be back to Cascade Locks and Stub Stewart State Park. We are also adding Sandy Ridge as a new clinic location, limited to small groups, maximum 6 per coach. You must attend at least one of the other clinics at Cascade Locks or Stub Stewart with us this year or by special permission only. Priority will be given first come, first serve. We will maintain a wait list.

An IMIC (through IMBA) Certified MTB Instructor, Coach Elaine Bothe loves to help her clients improve, gain confidence and have fun. She’s passionate about teaching, and her past mentor-ees have gone on to win State Championships and Nationals medals in short track and cross-country. She races MTB locally with the Pro and Cat 1 women, and nationally in her age group, Cat 1.

Associate Coach Martin Baker has been mountain biking since 1990 and racing since 1994. He has won races both on the road and in the dirt and has competed in NORBA Nationals at Mount Snow in Vermont and at Sandpoint Idaho, and Cyclocross Nationals in Portland and Bend.

Associate Coach Rhonda Morin had successes on a mountain bike early in her career, and her natural bike handling instincts and skills serve her well as she podiums regularly in cyclocross. She also makes an occasional appearance at the local Short Track circuit, where in 2010 she won the Masters Women Cat 2 race easily on a borrowed bike, not once but three times.

Levels: beginners and intermediates, men and women, including an all-women beginners’ group. We will be working on basic skills drills: on-bike body position, braking, corners, visual skills and then progress the skills to climbing, descending, switchbacks, log techniques, skinnies and, weather permitting, riding in the mud. All riders progress at their own pace. We will discuss race preparation, training and answer questions at the end.

Gear: Bike in good condition and helmet are required. Mountain bikes are recommended, doesn’t matter if it’s full suspension, hardtail or rigid. Knobby tires are highly recommended. Dress according to the weather, it will be chilly and probably raining. Bring a change of clothing.

Optional but highly recommended: eye protection, hard knee pads, elbow pads and gloves. Grippy flat pedals are acceptable, even recommended if you are a beginner. The slick plastic pedals that come on some new bikes are not acceptable. If you are using flat pedals, shin protection is highly recommended.

Weather conditions: Clinic will be held rain or shine, though it may be cancelled or rescheduled if there is threat of snow or ice. Updates will be emailed to registrants.


Daily Details:

March 23, 2014: Cascade Locks
easyCLIMB Trails at Cascade Locks, Oregon
Meet at the main parking area.
Map: Cascade Locks

April 12, 2014: Stub Stewart State Park near Banks, OR
Meet at Hilltop Day Use Area parking lot

Map: Stub Stewart State Park
Map: Freeride Skill Area
More info Stub Stewart State Park

April 20, 2014: Sandy Ridge Trail System east of Sandy, Oregon, near Brightwood.
Meet at the main parking area. Map