Top Five Mountain Biking Trails in the Roaring Fork Valley

Mountain Biking Camp

I did it. I signed up for a mountain biking clinic through and am looking forward to heading over to Winter Park in August to hone my skills on the single track. Care to join me?
Photo Courtesy of BetterRide

[su_heading size=”18″]Mountain Biking Camp[/su_heading]

I knew it was coming around the corner. I was feeling strong, my usual fear of climbing up single tracks subsiding. But the obstacles still got my heart pounding. I mentally prepared for it chanting, up and over, up and over, up and over, trying not to think about the consequences of not making it over the tree stump in the middle of the trail. Turning the corner I clicked up a gear and pedaled faster. Putting on the tiger I roared over it and reached the top. Success!

We were standing on the trail, my friends all giving me high fives when a couple cruised by, jumped over the stump, gave out a loud whoop and continued on the trail.

Running into them again further on down the trail I shared with them my frustrations and my fears, I just want to have that same level of comfort on my bike that I have on my skis. That was when they suggested I take a clinic with telling me that it was the best thing that they have ever done for their relationship. Now they spend their days bonding on the trails.

BetterRide claims that they will, teach you how to conquer the trails, ride with more control, descend and climb the technical sections with more confidence, and have more fun, I signed up.

Gene Hamilton founded BetterRide in 1999 and is a licensed USA Cycling Expert Coach with over 20 years of coaching experience. In 16 seasons as a pro racer he has won a Silver and two Bronze medals at the UCI World Masters Championships. Impressive, but what really convinced me to sign up is the other pro racers who have signed up for the camp. Clearly Gene is admired and trusted in the sport.

After enrolling I received a questionnaire to decipher what kind of rider I am. I also received links to mental training articles, videos to watch, and bullet points on ways I can maximize my time at the camp. It was suggested to practice ride routine imagery (picture a ski racer with closed eyes running through the course with her hands). Gene also suggests to work on getting in shape before the clinic but to not work on skills that may create bad habits.

Bad habits? Thats me! Throwing myself onto the trail and learning through experience, not by reading pamphlets or standing around a tree stump analyzing the many ways to approach it. I carry the misconception that it is better to not know what is ahead, hence ending in numerous crashes. I need the skills drilled into me both audibly and visibly.

Since I signed up I have been getting out there as often as I can. My legs burn less and my fear is getting diluted through my ability to power through things more efficiently but I am still petrified when attempting to conquer steep hills and corner sharp switchbacks as well as tricky obstacles. The problem is, as my confidence grows I am getting thrown off of my bike more and my legs are covered in road rash. Sexy? Probably not.

In August I head over to Winter Park to partake in the camp and to sharpen my skills. My goal? To ride with vigor, passion and determination, with little fear and to do it all with an enormous smile on my face! Join me? There is still room!

To find out more about the camps click here.

About BetterRide
BetterRide provides structured skills coaching, designed to get you riding at your best. Coaching sessions range from two hour clinics to three day camps across the US and abroad. BetterRide was founded by pro racer and USA Cycling Expert Coach Gene Hamilton who has over 20 years of coaching experience including 12 years coaching mountain biking skills. BetterRides coaching highlights include coaching many top pro racers (Chris Van Dine, Brian Buell, Mitch Ropelato, Joey Schusler, Graeme Pitts,) and over 1,900 riders who just want to get better. Gene and his certified coaches are passionate about coaching, riding and helping others reach their goals. All mountain bike clinics, camps and private lessons are guaranteed to improve your riding or your money back.

Related posts:

  1. Learning Mountain Bike Skills at BetterRide Camp
  2. Getting Ready for the BetterRide MTB Skills Camp
  3. BetterRide Core Skills 1 Camp: Why Everyone Should Take MTBing Lessons
  4. Mountain bike skills training
  5. Womens MTB Skills Camp Teaches Serious Technique





Sharing is Caring 💙

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

4 thoughts on “Mountain Biking Camp”

  1. How exciting! This sounds like a great opportunity. Going down steep downhills and cornering hairpin turns is tough for me too. I can’t wait to hear how it goes in Winter Park. Then maybe I’ll sign up for a Fruita camp!

    Ride on!


Leave a Comment

Check us Out on Instagram

Check us Out on Facebook

3 days ago

Aspen Real Life

Who is getting spooky over Halloween? Tell us your plans. Our readers are asking what’s going on! ...

View on Facebook

3 days ago

Aspen Real Life

Give Theo Williams some love. He could use it right now. Follow him on instagram: @theowilliams25

Day 5 ✅ Torrey - Panguitch UT
Today: 73 miles.
Total: 433 miles.

I thought yesterday was bad.... today started with forgetting water bottles. Then a wind storm. Happens to be trash day here, wind blew a trash can which hit my front wheel and knocked me off. I then fell into a ditch from the wind. 2nd fall. At a construction stop a family offered me a ride in a different direction. We went north for 40 miles. Still the same mileage for the day from the drop point.

In the afternoon, I got a puncture and a broken spoke. Thank you to the gentleman who stopped to help me fix it.

This is insanely difficult. Way underestimated this trip. Will finish though.
#dontgethitbytrashcans #MentalHealth #DepressionAwareness #BreakTheStigma

View on Facebook

4 days ago

Aspen Real Life

WED, 10/28, Noon

・・・ CEO Heath Padgett is one of six participants pitching for capital & other resources at this year's Mountain Pitch Summit! ⁠

Camping should be simple, so why isn't the reservation process? Campground Booking takes all the leg work out of reserving a site, giving all parties involved more time to actually enjoy what it's all about. 🏕️☺️🔥⁠

Campground Booking helps campgrounds save time and boost occupancy through the campground management software and powerful booking engine.⁠

Health Padgettt, the founder, CEO, and camping enthusiast will be pitching at COVENTURE Mountain Pitch Summit 2020.⁠

Sign up to get the link when the event goes LIVE, Wednesday, October 28 @ Noon! ⭐ Link in bio 👉 at⁠

#pitchnight #investors #smallbusiness #aspenentrepreneurs #supportingsmallbusiness #supportingcommunity #strategicpartners

📸: @dominik_jirovsky

View on Facebook

4 days ago

Aspen Real Life

Dangerously soft!

#Repost Aspen Dream
Good night, sleep tight.
Get cozy in our softest pajamas.
More prints ready for pre order online at

#goodnight #sleepy #cozy #cozyvibes #pajamas #pj #pajamatime #pjset #pjs #sharkprint #nightnight #sleepwear #loungewear #loungewearchic #aspendream #aspendreamco @aliinwonderlandd @davidcliffordphotography

View on Facebook