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Mountain biking is one of those things in life that is too good not to share. Almost everyone who falls in love with mountain biking works to convert the ones they are close to. A positive first experience mountain biking often leads to a lifelong passion for the sport. BetterRide Mountain Bike Skills Coaching is issuing a challenge to all of it's over 2,000 students to give back by finding ways to help facilitate healthy and sustainable growth of the sport.

BetterRide coaches do their part in different ways in their local communities. Head Coach Andy Winohradsky volunteers to teach a "Ride Leader Training Program" for the ride leaders of the local Trips for Kids chapter. Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder gives underserved, urban youth a chance to have adventures and learn about Colorado's natural environment from the seat of a mountain bike. Learning to enjoy nature in a positive, healthy, and exciting way can make a huge difference to child.

BetterRide Founder Gene Hamilton teaches clinics for COMBA (Colorado Mountain Bike Association) ride leaders. Ride leaders attend these clinics to learn how to effectively instruct beginner riders that they are introducing to the sport on their popular "beginner rides". COMBA works to educate riders to enjoy the sport in a way that is conducive to sustainable use of our public lands for riding. Gene helps COMBA ride leaders learn teaching techniques that will increase enthusiasm and safety for new riders.

In Caldwell, ID, BetterRide certified coach Joe Dondero operates the local BMX track, and spends his time helping kids (young and old) make progress on the bike and in life. In Marin County, BetterRide instructor Dylan Renn leads racing skills clinics for his local high school team, the Drake Pirates Mountain Bike Team.

An increase in Mountain Biker community outreach, education, advocacy, and volunteering is needed to help our growing sport. What can you do to spread the positive message of mountain biking in your community?

About Trips for Kids:
In 2010, 60 different Trips for Kids chapters around the US (and abroad) led 129 Rides with over 1175 kids! They need your help to do more in 2011. The best way to help is to volunteer your time and attend the rides. Go to to find your local chapter.

About COMBA:
COMBA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving mountain biking on the Colorado Front Range. The organization is committed to being an advocacy voice for all mountain bikers, building and maintaining trails, teaching proper trail use, and working with government on land management decisions.

For information about High School Racing in your area visit the
National Interscholastic Cycling Association:

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. BetterRide's coaching highlights include coaching many top pro racers (Chris Van Dine, Brian Buell, Mitch Ropelato, Joey Schusler, Graeme Pitts,...) and over 1,800 riders who just want to get better. Gene and his certified coaches are passionate about coaching, riding and helping others reach their goals. For complete camp schedules and rider reviews visit or email
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