Mountain Bike Skills Clinics

Skills Clinics with BMA

Boulder Mountainbike Alliance offers a MTB skills education program to improve the trail experience for all users by helping mountain bikers be safer, more confident, and in control while on their bike. They also provide more advanced riders with a set of bike handling skills to take their riding ability to the next level.

Email with questions, or go the BMA Calendar to sign up.


Our Classes

Our skills clinics are held at Valmont Bike Park unless otherwise specified.

Age: 14 and up
Cost: $40 BMA Members / $60 Non-Members
Time: 2 hours

MTB Foundations Level 1

Are you new to mountain biking? Or do you need to brush up on your skills? Start building your confidence on 2 wheels with MTB Foundations. No matter how you ride your bike, you're about to ride it better!

  • Centered body position, balance, and body-bike separation
  • Proper braking
  • Climbing and descending techniques
  • Gearing and shifting
  • Steering and cornering
  • Approaching obstacles / Basic front wheel lifts
  • Rolling down small drops (like a curb)
This is an introductory class at the novice level.

MTB Foundations Level 2

BMA's MTB Foundations level 2 caters to the intermediate rider looking to increase confidence on more technical trails. While Foundations Level 1 is a highly recommended prerequisite, experienced students are always welcome to join.

  • Review of body position, balance, and body-bike separation
  • Braking
  • Obstacle clearance
  • Trail skills including rolling down drops (about a foot)
  • Approaching jumps and drops
  • Cornering and berms
This is an intermediate class.

Progression Sessions

A ride series for experienced riders seeking to improve their skills and become stronger, more confident trail riders. Each class focuses on 2-3 skills - in depth.

Learn to navigate obstacles like roots, logs, and rocks.

  • Review body position, balance, and body-bike separation
  • Wheel lifts for clearing obstacles
  • Climbing and descending techniques
  • Rolling down large drops / Air off drops

Learn to corner with confidence at slow and fast speeds.

  • Review of body position, balance, body-bike separation
  • High speed cornering
    • at trail speeds
    • berms
  • Low speed cornering
    • switchbacks
    • trackstands
  • Vision
These classes are intermediate but expect you to have taken some kind of technical skills education before. Prior classes don't need to be from BMA.


Schedule of Clinics

Find individual clinic details and sign up on the BMA Calendar

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 MTB Foundations Level 1 - Women only
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Cancelled - MTB Foundations Level 1
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 MTB Foundations Level 2 - Women only
Monday, May 14, 2018 Brute Squad PRIVATE MTB Skills - Climbing & Descending
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 MTB Foundations Level 1 - Women only
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 MTB Foundations Level 2
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 MTB Foundations Level 1
Sunday, June 10, 2018 Full Day skills clinic
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 MTB Foundations Level 2
Location: Doudy Draw Trails
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Progression Session: Cornering
Location: Erie Singletrack Trails
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

MTB Foundations Level 2
Location: Doudy Draw Trails

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Progression Session: Climb/Descend
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Progression Session: Cornering
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Foundations: Level 2
Thursday, August 23, 2018 MTB Foundations Level 2 - Women only


Meet our Skills Instructors

David Holshouser

David Holshouser

David has been riding mountain bikes since 1993, and participating in long rides since 2005. He even celebrated his honeymoon by riding with his new bride for 8 days across Scotland.  David has served BMA as an IMBA Level 2 certified skills instructor since 2013, and has taught technical MTB skills to over 400 clinic participants.  "I am very excited about the opportunity to give back to the community and help others get more enjoyment from their mountain biking. Since participating in my first MTB skills clinic in 2010, my passion for mountain biking has only grown stronger.  Being able to pass on knowledge to others has brought a level of fulfillment to a sport that I consider to be an integral part of my life."

David has raced the Bailey Hundito, Dakota Five-O, Firecracker 50, 24 Hours of Moab, 18 Hours of Fruita, PV Derby, Laramie Enduro, Breck 32 and 68, and ridden Boulder to Steamboat, the BMA Sufferfest, the Triple Bypass, and part of the Continental Divide route.

David also coaches for BMA's Brute Squad.

Dawna Graham

Dawna Graham

Dawna has volunteered with BMA as an IMBA Level 2 certified skills instructor since 2013. She has also taught skills for the VIDA MTB series (formerly Beti Allride), and Naked Women's Racing. She also teaches strength training classes for mountain biking. Her favorite local ride is Walker Ranch.

Kristin Butcher

Kristin Butcher

Kristin has taught clinics across the country and you can read her column, Butcher Paper, in BIKE Magazine.

Art Schwadron

Art Schwadron

Art has been mountain biking for 25 years and working on other 2 wheel skills for even longer. He is still making progress and excited to help with yours. Art is an IMBA Level 1 Certified Instructor. (P.S. Art is also a really humble guy as evidenced by what he wrote above, and he's also a kick ass mountain biker!)

Elias Bachmann

Elias Bachmann

Elias taught mountain biking skills camps throughout the country with Dirt Camp. Hall Ranch is his favorite local ride - a little bit of everything.

Josh Boyd

Josh Boyd

Josh has actively participated in IMBA chapters as a ride leader, and volunteer for MORE in the Washington DC area as well as BMA in Boulder Colorado. He is a member of the Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol and a BMA Brute Squad rider. Josh is a BICP Level 1 Instructor and is in his 3rd year teaching skills courses with BMA.

Josh has raced his mountain bike sponsored and individually for the past 8 years. He has completed long endurance races such as the Lumberjack 100 and Shenandoah 100. He mostly enjoys stage racing and has completed Moab Rocks and Breck Epic races.

In the winter time you'll find him spending time skiing in the resorts and in the backcountry.

Josh is passionate about mountain bike skills:  "A strong foundation in bike handling skills translates into confidence on the trails and will lead to a good time."

Zane Wilson

Zane Wilson