BetterRide Skills Camp


For Immediate Release

How do top pro and jr. Cat 1 racers ring in the new year? By honing their skills in a BetterRide Skills Camp!

Wow, what a great weekend of coaching and riding. After ending 2009 with a broken foot I started 2010 coaching one fast group of racers. Pro racers, Heikki Hall (E13), Jackie and Dante Harmony (All Mountain Cyclery), Will Collins (Jett MTB), Szymon Kowalski and jr. ex racers Trevor Trinkino (Mojo Wheels), Matt Orlando, Matt Branney, Cody Kelly and Evan Blackwell join me for a three day skills camp at Bootleg Canyon. Rookie World Cup racer Mitch Ropelato was also on hand for a skills tune up and to help me demonstrate skills if my foot wasn’t 100% yet.

What did they learn? Well on the second day of the camp Will Collins summed it up by saying, “this has completely changed the way I ride” and the other campers agreed. They learned how to use their vision skills to see the course better and go faster, how to ride in control and in balance, consistently rail corners and drop seconds off their race times. Look out for these racers in 2010 as many racers I have been fortunate enough to coach have worked hard enough to make to the World Championships*.

What does this mean to you? It means you could learn a lot and start riding much faster if you learned the same core skills of riding that I taught them. Then if you diligently do the drills I provide to master these skills you might even podium at a World Cup.

Lucky for you I have a couple of camps coming up that will get you riding and racing at your best.

Feb. 19-21 Boulder City, NV (Bootleg Canyon) Downhill Camp
Feb. 26-28 Boulder City, NV (Bootleg Canyon) Women’s Downhill Camp
April 2-4 Location TBA (So Cal/ Nor Cal or Bootleg) Downhill Camp

Also look for camps this summer at Northstar, in Colorado and possibly New England.

To sign up and for more information please visit

About BetterRide: Gene Hamilton founded BetterRide in 1998 to provide structured, professional mtb skills coaching to racers of all ages. Gene is a licensed USA Cycling Expert Coach and has over 17 years of coaching experience including 11 years coaching mountain biking. His coaching highlights include coaching many top pro racers (Chris Van Dine, Eli Krahenbuhl, Andrew Pierce, ..) top junior experts (Ben Hulse, Naish Ulmer, Parker Worthington, …). Gene is a pretty good racer too, in 14 seasons as a pro downhill racer he has won a Silver (2002) and two Bronze Medals (2006, 1999) at the UCI World Masters Championships.

* Racers that have attended a BetterRide skills coaching session and later made it to the World Championships: Pro: Mitch Ropelato 4x 2010 Jr. Cat 1: Mitch Ropelato, Shawn Neer (both 2010) Graeme Pitts, Joey Schusler, Naish Ulmer, Dustin Belcher, (all four 2009) Andrew Pierce (2008)

source: Gene Hamilton, BetterRide

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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