Downieville Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

The first thing that comes to our minds when you utter the words “Wild West” is freedom. Not just plain ole freedom. As the 1st word “Wild” so eloquently puts it, it means letting loose. To go hog wild. Get after it in the wilderness! With that being said, there’s no better place for two-wheeled wild-ness than Downieville mountain biking. So, with lots of planning & due diligence, we’re hosting a weekend clinic of epic shuttle riding AND hanging out in front of a bonfire on June 27th-28th.

A Place Built For Mountain Biking… Before It Existed

Photo by: Patrick Cavender, @pjcavender

For those unaware, Downieville was the beating heart of California Gold Rush towns. After gold deposits were discovered in 1848, the town boomed to over 5,000 inhabitants by 1851. Why is this important from a mountain biking perspective? Well, many of the Downieville mountain biking trails that are ridden today are the same ones built to get miners into the gold fields surrounding the peaks back then.

Shuttle Service Pedals Interest To Downieville

Although mountain biking originators like Gary Fischer, owner of Fischer Bikes, have been riding the area since the 70’s, when the Coyote Adventure Company, now known as Yuba Expeditions, began offering shuttle service in ‘91, that helped put this place on the radar. And it was merely the first stepping-stone.

The Downieville Classic Revolutionizes Mountain Biking

The big leap, not just in Downieville but the entire mountain biking industry, was when Greg Williams combined the two-day separate races into one event. The first one being cross country and second exclusively downhill. He mandated that you needed to ride BOTH events with the same mountain bike. A novel concept at the time. An all mountain bike that you could ride uphill AND downhill. That could survive the severe beating Downieville puts on your equipment. And Voila… an all mountain bike event that put Downieville on the map!

What To Expect During The Downieville Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Wheelie on a downieville trail

Photo by: Patrick Cavender, @pjcavender

Now that we’ve got you excited about coming to Downieville, here’s what to expect. If you feel like arriving on Friday night, we’ll begin with a social distanced gathering in front of a bonfire at LURE resort. Prior to each day’s activities, you can take in a complimentary yoga session to get your body warmed up for the day of fun. On both Saturday AND Sunday, the mornings will focus on covering the solid fundamental skills, and how they will apply to the technical terrain and the gambit of Downieville mountain biking trails. From there, you’ll hop on a shuttle to the top of the trailhead & apply those skills on its challenging terrain.

For more about the skills clinic and lodging opportunities check out our page here.

Who Is This Clinic Perfect For

Downieville mountain biking is no joke. This skills clinic will be geared towards intermediate and advanced riders. It’s the perfect clinic to get your technique dialed and skills honed so that you’re ready for a summer of technical riding and the varied terrain Downieville trails offer.

COVID-19 & the CLINIC

As we all know, the COVID-19 crisis is still the dark cloud looming over the horizon, but we have to look forward in optimism. We are approaching each clinic with additional safety measures to make your experience optimal. Please reach out to us with any concerns.