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Single Speed World Champion Ross Schnell, Sea Otter Super-D Champion Kelli Emmett, 2009 Downhill and 4-x National Champion Mitch Ropelato and former World Cup cross country star Sue Haywood all invested in BetterRide skills camps in 2010.

The mountain bike racing world is starting to realize that structured skills coaching is an important part of maximizing performance. No "skill" sports are mastered by just "doing" the sport. In ski racing, tennis, golf, martial arts, etc. the best athletes spend less than 20% of their training time actually doing the sport, the other 80% is spent doing structured drills to master the core, fundamental skills of the sport.

World Champion Greg Minnaar Demonstrating Cornering Technique, 2008 Bootleg Canyon Camp

The racing community aren't the only ones catching on that skills coaching can drastically improve their ability to ride and enjoy a mountain bike. Due to structured BetterRide coaching, over 1,800 enthusiasts are achieving long elusive goals every day whether it's learning to wheelie, riding a line they struggled with, or just becoming faster than their friends.

In 2010 many camps sold out months in advance, these camps are limited in size to ensure the optimal student/coach ratio early registration is recommended.

Will you ride your best in 2011?

2011 Camps

Jan. 14-16 Phoenix, AZ Mountain Bike Camp (co-ed)
Jan. 21-23 Phoenix, AZ Women’s Mountain Bike Camp
Jan. 28-30 Phoenix, AZ All-mountain/ Super D Camp

Feb. 5-7 Miami, FL Mountain Bike Camp
Feb. 12-14 San Dimas, CA Mountain Bike Camp
Feb 18-20 Boulder City, NV Downhill Race Camp
Feb. 25-27 Las Vegas, NV Mountain Bike Camp
Feb. 25-27 Phoenix, AZ Cross Country Race Mountain Bike Skills Camp

March 4-6 Boulder City, NV Women’s Downhill Mountain Bike Camp
March 11-13 Sedona, AZ Mountain Bike Camp
March 18-20 Austin, TX Mountain Bike Camp
March 18-20 Hurricane, UT Mountain Bike Camp
March 19-20 Fairfax, VA Mountain Bike Mini-Camp (Women’s Only) with Coach Sue Haywood
March 25-27 San Diego, CA Women’s Mountain Bike Camp
March 26-27 Richmond, VA Mountain Bike Mini-Camp (co-ed) with Coach Sue Haywood

April 1-3 Atlanta, GA Women’s Mountain Bike Camp
April 8-10 Atlanta, GA Mountain Bike Camp

For complete camp schedules and rider reviews visit or email

About BetterRide:  BetterRide is skills coaching, not fitness training. Coaching sessions range from two hour clinics to three day camps across the US and abroad. BetterRide was founded by Gene Hamilton. With over 20 years of coaching experience including 12 years coaching mountain biking skills, Gene and his certified coaches get you riding your best. Gene is a licensed USA Cycling Expert Coach whose career highlights include coaching many top pro racers (Ross Schnell, Lynda Wallenfels, Chris Van Dine, Mitch Ropelato, Sue Haywood...) and over 1,500 riders who just want to get better. He is passionate about coaching, riding and helping others reach their goals. A pretty good racer too, in 16 seasons as a pro racer he has won a Silver (2002) and two Bronze Medals (2006, 1999) at the UCI World Masters Championships. All mountain bike clinics, camps and private lessons are guaranteed to improve your riding or your money back.
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