BetterRide Releases Expanded 2013 Summer Schedule for Skills Camps


Becoming a better mountain biker is something we all wish we could do, but seldom do anything about. But just stop for a minute and think how much more fun your weekend rides would be if you could hit that double you’ve had your eye on for months. Think how easy those big drops would be if you had the balls confidence. But hiring a coach is something only racers do, right?

Wrong. Gene Hamilton is a USA Cycling Expert Coach and has been running mountain bike skills camps for years. Due to the popularity if his camps, he has increased the number of events for 2013 and it is now easier than ever to find a camp near you and build up your skills…and fun!

BetterRide has just opened registration for coveted spots in more Core Skills Mountain Bike Camps 2013. These 3 day camps meet from 10am to 4pm each day to complete a curriculum of structured skills progression designed to help anyone looking to improve their mountain bike handling skills. Since each stop on the tour is limited to just 8 or 14 students, most camps sell out well in advance. The official registration page is linked HERE and camp dates are listed below as well. Camps are coached by either one or two BetterRide Certified Coaches and follow a standardized curriculum.

Many top racers are students at the same BetterRide Camps as other enthusiasts ranging from long time riders to “advanced beginners”. Because the camps focus on the core skills of mountain biking, the drills and concepts taught will help riders of any skill or experience level. Some racers are finding themselves on the waiting list for coveted spots at camp due to the popularity of the camps with people from all walks of life!

Already in January 2013, BetterRide has coached XC Racers including Factory Jamis racer Erica Tingey, endurance legend Lynda Wallenfels, as well as pro and amateur racers of all skill and experience levels. Read Lynda’s review of camp on her coaching blog Here

On the Downhill scene, BetterRide’s students dominated the podium across various ages/categories at the Nevada State Championships in Boulder City. BetterRide Coach, and defending National Champion Jackie Harmony repeated as Nevada State Champion in DH, won the “chainless” DH as well and took second in Super D. In the men’s SuperD on Saturday, Merrick Golz astounded the field by putting down the fastest time in his first ever Super D race! Specialized Gravity racer and BetterRide student Cody Kelly got onto the podium in his first ever pro race. Fresh off their team BetterRide camp, AFD racing took several podium spots including Kendall Mclean winning 14 and under and Kirby Mclean winning Cat 2 15-18. In the Cat 1 Men 17-18, BetterRide Student McKay Vezina won by 15 seconds and laid down a time that would have put him on the pro podium.

BetterRide Mountain Bike Core Skills Camps 2013:

February 1-3 Jacksonville, FL
February 1-3 Austin, TX SOLD OUT! email for wait list
February 8-10 Fairfax, CA
February 8-10 San Diego, CA
February 8-10 Scottsdale, AZ
February 22-24 San Dimas, CA

March 1-3 Charlotte, NC
March 1-3 Maui, HI
March 8-10 San Diego, CA Women Only Camp
March 8-10 Boulder City, NV Downhill Camp
March 15-17 Birmingham, AL
March 15-17 Miami, FL
March 22-24 Hurricane, UT
March 22-24 Dallas, TX
March 29-31 Asheville, NC Women Only Camp
March 29-31 Malibu, CA

April 5-7 Fairfax, CA
April 5-7 Fruita, CO M
April 5-7 Sedona, AZ
April 12-14 Albuquerque, NM
April 12-14 Ellijay, GA
April 19-21 Atlanta, GA Women Only Camp
April 19-21 Richmond, VA
April 19-21 Louisville, KY
April 26-28 Palo Alto, CA
April 26-28 Chattanooga, TN
April 26-28 Moab, UT

May 3-5 Golden, CO

May 10-12 San Diego, CA
May 10-12 Raleigh, NC
May 10-12 Des Moines, IA
May 17-19 Fairfax, VA
May 17-19 Madison, WI
May 17-19 Moab, UT
May 24-26 Pittsburgh, PA
May 24-26 Fruita, CO Women Only Camp
May 24-26 Austin, TX XC Race Camp
May 31-June 2 Golden, CO

June 7-9 Baltimore, MD
June 7-9 San Dimas, CA
June 14-16 Boston, MA
June 14-16 Salida, CO
June 21-23 Bend, OR
June 21-23 Fairfax, CA
June 21-23 Franklin Township, NJ
June 28-30 Santa Fe, NM
June 28-30 Philadelphia, PA
June 28-30 Crested Butte, CO

July 5-7 North East (location TBD) Downhill Camp
July 5-7 Cincinnati, OH
July 5-7 Asheville, NC
July 12-14 Pontiac, MI
July 12-14 Tulsa, OK
July 12-14 San Diego, CA
July 19-21 Seattle, WA
July 19-21 Crested Butte, CO Women Only Camp
July 19-21 Colorado (location TBD) Downhill Camp
July 26-28 Winter Park, CO
July 26-28 Boston, MA
July 26-28 Austin, TX

August 2-4 Chattanooga, TN
August 2-4 Park City, UT
August 2-4 East Coast (location TBD) Downhill Camp
August 9-11 Madison, WI
August 9-11 Fairfax, VA
August 16-18 Hood River, OR
August 16-18 Louisville, KY
August 23-25 Bellingham, WA
August 23-25 Santa Fe, NM
August 30-September 1 Golden, CO Women Only Camp

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About BetterRide:
BetterRide provides structured skills coaching, designed to get you riding at your best. Coaching sessions range from two 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 13 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, 2012 US National DH Champion Jackie Harmony, Sue Haywood…) and over 2,000 riders who just want to get better. All camps are instructed by coaches trained and certified by Gene to communicate his core skills curriculum effectively. 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

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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