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Shiny lightweight bike parts make your rig glimmer under the midday sun, but will they make you a better rider? Get more out of your riding by investing in yourself. By taking the time to review fundamentals and work on your technique, you’ll bring your riding to the next level so you can conquer the trails with more confidence and control. Dirt Gypsy Adventures now offers a variety of ride instruction and coaching clinics featuring our most qualified coaches & guides, designed for the mountain biker that demands more out of their riding.

 

Why attend a skills clinic? Perhaps you've gotten yourself a new bike and are just getting started riding on dirt. Or perhaps you’re a handful of years deep in the sport looking to advance your established skill set in order to tackle terrain without second guessing your ability. Regardless of your experience level, our clinics work to help you generate a thorough understanding of the elements at play when you swing your leg over your steed and set off into the woods.

 

Single day and multi-day curriculums are available with specific content and goals in mind. Have a look at what's available, find a date, book your spot and get ready to conquer what challenges you!

one-day

Choose your one-day clinic:​

one day clinics: core fundamentals

 

OVERVIEW:

Our single day clinics provide riders with the framework and instruction to establish and advance the foundational skills needed to mountain bike with confidence. You'll learn the vocabulary and dissect the physics and pedaling dynamics that leads to proficiency and progression. The core fundamentals of mountain biking are often overlooked by even the most experienced riders, making this one day clinic a valuable addition to anyone who wants to add structure to their cycling technique.

CURRICULUM:

Meet your instructor at 9am at the clinic location prepared to ride. You'll spend the first part of the morning going over bike setup, balance, braking, gear selection, body positioning and cornering. Our clinics feature a limited number of participants to provide ample time for one-on-one instruction and rider analysis. With progression being the core tenet of this curriculum, you'll repeat drills in order to apply, demonstrate and master the core fundamentals covered in this clinic.

Utilizing a mix of spacious flat areas and real trail settings, our 'classroom' will serve as a perfect setting to review core fundamentals and to demonstrate them on dirt throughout the day. A short ride will cap off the clinic so you can apply your newly-learned skills on some great stretches of trail. Clinics typically start at 9am and end at 3:30pm, with the included 1 hour guided ride taking place from 4-5pm. The post-clinic ride is optional.

Our clinics feature a limited number of participants to provide ample time for one-on-one instruction and rider analysis as well as to maximize the health and safety of our students with regards to the ongoing pandemic. With each clinic capped at 6 riders, you’ll feel safe, relaxed and have the time and bandwidth to connect with coaches and classmates alike. ​

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS:

You'll receive guided instruction from a certified coach throughout the day, lunch, mid-day beverages (water, soda & coffee), and ride snacks. Each participant will also receive a pair of Dirt Gypsy Adventures socks!

Not included is your bike or helmet, transportation to the clinic venue, or gratuities for your instructor. Bikes can be rented for the clinic HERE. If you find that your experience was valuable, we invite you to show your appreciation by tipping your instructor.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

 May 15, 2021 - Prosser OHV Staging Area

June 26, 2021 - Lower Carpenter Valley Trail

July 24, 2021 - Jackass Trail

August 21, 2021 - Sawtooth Trail

September 18, 2021 - Jackass Trail

PRICING:

$289/person or $279/person when booking two or more spots

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

·       This curriculum is specifically designed for adult riders. We suggest that riders under 16 years old attend with their parent or adult and the minimum age for this clinic is 12 years old.

·       You will receive a detailed email after booking your clinic with information that is specific to your dates and location, including lodging recommendations, directions to the clinic and timing.

·       We require a minimum of 2 participants in order to run our Core Fundamentals clinic. We will inform you at the time of your registration if that minimum has been met or not for your requested date. In the event that the minimum headcount has not been met at 30 days before the clinic, we will contact you by phone to discuss rescheduling you to a different date or to process a cancellation or credit for future use.

·       Click here for information on our cancellation policy

...or call to book and save on processing fees

one day clinics: PRIVATE CLINICS

 

OVERVIEW & CURRICULUM:

Our single day private clinics mirror the framework of our core fundamentals course, but are customized for you in a more intimate setting. Taking the group dynamic out of the equation results in a more focused coach-rider workflow, which often times amounts to more rapid progressions where adopting skills is accelerated. These private clinics can be tailored to include focusing on areas that our clients seek to improve - wheelies, drops, technical climbing...you name it. Like our core fundamentals course, these private clinics run from 9am to 3:30pm.

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS:

You'll receive guided instruction from a certified coach throughout the day, lunch, mid-day beverages (water, soda & coffee), and ride snacks. Each participant will also receive a pair of Dirt Gypsy Adventures socks!

Not included is your bike or helmet, transportation to the clinic venue, or gratuities for your instructor. Bikes can be rented for the clinic HERE. If you find that your experience was valuable, we invite you to show your appreciation by tipping your instructor.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

Inquire via email or phone for your custom dates and locations. We offer private clinics throughout Northern California and western Nevada.

 

PRICING:

Starting at $329/person

one day clinics: SUSPENSION SETUP

 

OVERVIEW:

The most expensive components on your mountain bike are the suspension bits. These shiny, colorful items are there to take energy and impacts from the trail so that your body doesn’t have to. There are some key customizations everyone should be making to their own suspension, based on a multitude of factors. Learn the ins and outs of setting up YOUR suspension for YOU. If you’re looking to get an in-depth understanding of how suspension works, on proper setup, and how it can be tuned for different conditions and terrain types, join this clinic and nerd out with us.​

CURRICULUM:

Meet your suspension guru at 9am at the clinic location prepared to ride. Be sure you bring along everything it is you ride with, including helmet, hydration pack or hip pack, and shock pump. You'll spend the first hour going over bike setup and how it might vary based on different riding conditions. We’ll then advance into setting a baseline for sag on both air and coil suspension systems and finding balance between your front fork and rear shock. Next up is getting a thorough understanding of rebound and compression adjustments, taking the time to dial in your own bike to be best suited for your weight and riding style. Finally we will systematically ride a series of laps on a short section of trail to further fine-tune your bike in order to maximize performance, speed and control. Suspension setup clinics run from 9am to 12pm.

 

Our suspension setup clinics are designed as private offerings for individual riders or for private groups. 

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS:

You'll receive guided suspension setup assistance from one of our seasoned shock doctors and each participant will also receive a pair of Dirt Gypsy Adventures socks!

Not included in our core fundamentals clinic is a bike or helmet, transportation to the clinic venue, or gratuities for your instructor. Given that this clinic is intended for individuals looking to hone in the suspension setup on their personal bikes, we typically don’t offer rentals for these courses. If you find that your experience was valuable, we invite you to show your appreciation by tipping your suspension wiz.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

Inquire via email or phone for your custom dates and locations. By default we utilize the Jackass trail network for these offerings, given the diversity of the terrain and shortness of the laps, both of which allow the fine tuning of your suspension with efficiency and relative ease.

 

PRICING:

$99/person, or $89/person when booking two or more spots

TWO-day

Choose your two-day clinic:​

  • HIGHER SHREDUCATION

TWO day clinics: HIGHER SHREDUCATION

 

OVERVIEW:

Our Higher Shreducation clinic further advances our mantra of Develop. Refine. Progress. Building on our Core Fundamentals curriculum, we add an extra day to further refine and apply the essential ride skills covered in the previous session. If you are a new or seasoned rider looking maximize your ability to handle whatever the trail dishes out, you’ll want to join this clinic!  With this Core & More approach, you’ll get exposed to the basics as well as wheel lifts, cornering techniques, and jumping skills. Two information-rich days with plenty of time to apply and advance a great deal of techniques so that you can conquer what challenges you.

CURRICULUM:

Day 1: Meet your instructor at 9am at the clinic location prepared to ride. You'll spend the first part of the morning on introductions and going over bike setup. We then advance on to reviewing the essentials - balance, braking, gear selection, body positioning and cornering. With progression being the core tenet of this curriculum, you'll repeat drills throughout the day in order to apply, demonstrate and master the core fundamentals covered in this clinic. Utilizing a mix of terrain throughout the day, our 'classroom' will serve as a perfect setting to review core fundamentals and to apply them on dirt. A short ride will cap off the clinic so you can apply your newly learned skills on some great stretches of trail.

 

Day 2: We want you to make your rides more exciting by getting Shreducated with us! Today is dedicated to reviewing and building on the first day’s material  and then by diving in to more advanced trail techniques. These include mastering wheel lifts and applying them to small drops and jumping as well as going over high speed cornering. A post-clinic trail ride will again be offered as an opportunity for you to demonstrate your confidence and control and to get dusty with your new friends!

 

Clinics run from 9am to 3:30pm, with the included 1-hour guided ride taking place from 4-5pm. Post-clinic rides are optional. Our clinics feature a limited number of participants to provide ample time for one-on-one instruction and rider analysis as well as to maximize the health and safety of our students with regards to the ongoing pandemic. With each clinic capped at 6 riders, you’ll feel safe, relaxed and have the time and bandwidth to connect with coaches and classmates alike. ​

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS:

You'll receive guided instruction from a certified coach throughout the day, lunch, mid-day beverages (water, soda & coffee), and ride snacks. Each participant will also receive a pair of Dirt Gypsy Adventures socks!

Not included is your bike or helmet, transportation to the clinic venue, or gratuities for your instructor. Bikes can be rented for the clinic HERE. If you find that your experience was valuable, we invite you to show your appreciation by tipping your instructor.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

June 26-27, 2021 - Lower Carpenter Valley Trail

July 24-25, 2021 - Jackass Trail

August 21-22, 2021 - Sawtooth Trail

September 18-19, 2021 - Jackass Trail

 

PRICING:

$550/person or $500/person when booking two or more

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

·       This curriculum is specifically designed for adult riders. We suggest that riders under 16 years old attend with their parent or adult and the minimum age for this clinic is 12 years old.

·       You will receive a detailed email after booking your clinic with information that is specific to your dates and location, including lodging recommendations, directions to the clinic and timing.

·       We require a minimum of 2 participants in order to run our Higher Shreducation clinic. We will inform you at the time of your registration if that minimum has been met or not for your requested date. In the event that the minimum headcount has not been met at 30 days before the clinic, we will contact you by phone to discuss rescheduling you to a different date or to process a cancellation or credit for future use.

·       Click here for information on our cancellation policy

...or call to book and save on processing fees

TWO day clinics: RIDE + WRENCH

 

OVERVIEW:

Our Ride + Wrench clinic gives you the knowledge to ride with confidence and the know-how to perform maintenance and trailside repairs so you aren’t left stranded in the woods. This course takes our Core Fundamentals material and adds bicycle wrenching basics (mechanics & repairs) so that you’ll no longer feel like a tool when it comes to using your own. One day you'll learn essential vocabulary and dissect the physics and pedaling dynamics encountered on the trail, applying on-bike progressions to see results. On day two you’ll dive in to getting your hands dirty with the nuts and bolts of the most common trailside and at-home repairs to ensure that your bike is running in tip-top shape each time your wheels hit the dirt..

CURRICULUM:

Day 1: Meet your instructor at 9am at the clinic location prepared to ride. You'll spend the first part of the morning on introductions and going over bike setup. We then advance on to reviewing the essentials - balance, braking, gear selection, body positioning and cornering. With progression being the core tenet of this curriculum, you'll repeat drills throughout the day in order to apply, demonstrate and master the core fundamentals covered in this clinic. Utilizing a mix of terrain throughout the day, our 'classroom' will serve as a perfect setting to review core fundamentals and to apply them on dirt. A short ride will cap off the clinic so you can apply your newly learned skills on some great stretches of trail.

 

Day 2 Meeting again at 9am, today’s focus is on the machine, not man. We’ll review what you should have in your pack to perform the essential repairs while out on the trail and at home. Flat tires, bent wheels, broken spokes, loose headsets, funky shifting and broken chains are just a handful of the items we’ll address during today’s coursework. There are a wealth of parts that need to be operating smoothly in order for you to ride at your highest level. We’re not talking speed, necessarily, but efficiency. When your rig is running well you’ll waste less energy and cover more ground in the same amount of time. Not to mention that walking out of the woods sucks when your equipment has a malfunction, so we’ll arm you with the knowledge and time to perform repairs so you can stress less when disaster strikes.

 

Clinics run from 9am to 3:30pm, with the included 1-hour guided ride on day 1 taking place from 4-5pm. Post-clinic rides are optional. Our clinics feature a limited number of participants to provide ample time for one-on-one instruction and rider analysis as well as to maximize the health and safety of our students with regards to the ongoing pandemic. With each clinic capped at 6 riders, you’ll feel safe, relaxed and have the time and bandwidth to connect with coaches and classmates alike. ​

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS:

You'll receive guided instruction from a certified coach throughout the day, lunch, mid-day beverages (water, soda & coffee), and ride snacks. Each participant will also receive a pair of Dirt Gypsy Adventures socks!

Not included in our Ride + Wrench clinic is your bike or helmet, transportation to the clinic venue, or gratuities for your instructor. Bikes can be rented for the clinic HERE. If you find that your experience was valuable, we invite you to show your appreciation by tipping your instructor.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

May 15-16, 2021 - Prosser OHV Staging Area

July 24-25, 2021 - Jackass Trail

 

PRICING:

$450/person or $400/person when booking two or more spots 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

·       This curriculum is specifically designed for adult riders. We suggest that riders under 16 years old attend with their parent or adult and the minimum age for this clinic is 14 years old.

·       You will receive a detailed email after booking your clinic with information that is specific to your dates and location, including lodging recommendations, directions to the clinic and timing.

·       We require a minimum of 2 participants in order to run our Ride + Wrench clinic. We will inform you at the time of your registration if that minimum has been met or not for your requested date. In the event that the minimum headcount has not been met at 30 days before the clinic, we will contact you by phone to discuss rescheduling you to a different date or to process a cancellation or credit for future use.

·       Click here for information on our cancellation policy

...or call to book and save on processing fees

TWO day clinics: PRIVATE CLINICS

 

OVERVIEW & CURRICULUM:

Our two day private clinics mirror the framework of our higher shreducation course, but are customized for you in a more intimate setting. Taking the group dynamic out of the equation results in a more focused coach-rider workflow, which often times amounts to more rapid progressions where adopting skills is accelerated. These two-day private clinics are the best way to see gains in your riding skills and on-trail performance, hands down. They can be tailored to include focusing on areas that our clients seek to improve -with repetition and one-on-one feedback serving as cornerstones of the course. Like our higher shreducation course, these private clinics run from 9am to 3:30pm.

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS:

You'll receive guided instruction from a certified coach throughout both days, lunch, mid-day beverages (water, soda & coffee), and ride snacks. Each participant will also receive a pair of Dirt Gypsy Adventures socks!

Not included is your bike or helmet, transportation to the clinic venue, or gratuities for your instructor. Bikes can be rented for the clinic HERE. If you find that your experience was valuable, we invite you to show your appreciation by tipping your instructor.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

Inquire via email or phone for your custom dates and locations. We offer private clinics throughout Northern California and western Nevada.

 

PRICING:

Starting at $599/person

CANCELLATION POLICY

 

We understand that the unexpected and unwanted can happen to each and every one of us. While we will do our best to stay flexible and accommodate requests to reschedule or cancel your clinic registration, please understand that we are a small business and need to abide by the following policy.

COVID-19 Clinic Cancelation Policy

30+ Days to Clinic: $50 Cancellation Fee with 100% of Clinic Price as Future Clinic Credit

72 hours– 29 Days to Clinic: 50% of Clinic Price as Cancellation Fee with 100% of Clinic Price as Future Clinic Credit

Less than 72 hours to Clinic: 100% of Clinic Price as Cancellation Fee with No Future Clinic Credit

 

There is a non-refundable fee of $50 per person for each cancelled clinic, which covers our company’s administration fees.