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Mountain bike skills in Santa Cruz, CA

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Mountain biking is the best sport ever

And the better you get, the better it gets.

For the past 10+ years I've coached thousands of riders like you — from beginners to pros — to ride safer, ride more confidently, ride faster and have more fun.

Please join me for a fantastic day of learning and shredding.

Here is the basic schedule for each day:

Morning: We'll meet at Trail Head Cyclery in Cupertino. Using the RipRow training tool, we'll hack the cheat codes of shredding directly into your subconscious. (Seriously: Your mind will be blown.) While we're at the shop, we'll make sure your bike setup is dialed for proper riding.

Afternoon: We'll eat lunch in our cars then plug your new skills into one of the Santa Cruz area's sweet trails. We'll pick the trail based on the group and conditions.

Class runs from 10 a.m. to about 4 p.m., but we often ride until dark.

This is always a fun, life-changing day. I'm stoked to ride with you!

Lee McCormack

This sweet video shows what it's like to work with Lee. Watch it on YouTube >>>

Sweet video

Improve on your own — and with our help

We believe the greatest improvement comes from a combination of individual learning and practice and in-person time with a qualified instructor.

Lots of riders all over the world—beginners to pros—are reaching new levels of shred with the LLBMTB online mountain bike school. When you combine the online learning with an in-person clinic or group ride, your skills — and fun — will skyrocket.

When you sign up for an in-person LLB experience, you’ll receive a one-year subscription to the LLBMTB online mountain bike school (value: $199). We'll send details after you register.

What you will learn

After 30 years as a rider and 15 years as a professional bike guy, Lee has learned some things, and the coolest thing he’s learned is the Grand Unified Theory of Shred (GUTS). Underlying all riding skills — climbing, cornering, pumping, hopping, jumping and basically ripping, not to mention most other sports — you'll find one simple, universal, archetypal movement pattern.

We call this pattern row/anti-row or, more simply, rip/row. We will use the RipRow training tool to hack the cheat codes of shredding into your subconscious, then we’ll show you how rip/row movement ties into your riding. Yes! It’s that simple. You only need to learn and refine one movement pattern, then plug it into all aspects of your mountain biking:

  • Riding dynamically
  • Climbing with utmost efficiency
  • Braking heavy to generate traction
  • Pumping corners to generate speed and traction
  • Pumping bumps to gain speed and control
  • Hopping smoothly and easily
  • Dropping smoothly
  • Jumping perfectly (and safely)
  • Envisioning and creating shapes on technical trails
  • Pro-level trail-reading

Our approach is simple, logical and powerful. You’ll see immediate, tremendous improvement in your riding. As you master the fundamentals, it’s a smooth progression to more advanced skills like hopping, dropping, jumping and technical climbing. We build your foundation of great riding — and we show you how to progress as high as you want.

All of our lessons use the same cognitive structure, but each clinic and group ride is unique to the individual riders and the local terrain. Depending on the local trails, you can expect to explore rock gardens, drops, jumps and technical climbs/descents.

NOTE: Any coach who promises to teach you hopping, dropping, jumping or other advanced (and potentially dangerous) skills in a public class is dangerously ignorant or willfully dishonest. We will elevate your riding as much as possible, but we prioritize safety and fun.

Learn to rip with RipRow™

When you take this class, you get a chance to use the revolutionary RipRow off-bike training device. Lee McCormack invented RipRow to simulate the essential movements of great riding, and there is no better tool to help you imprint perfect muscle memory.

In the past we've done hours of on-bike drills to instill the basics. In this class, we do a fun progression on the RipRow then, all of a sudden, you're a better rider. It's truly awesome. Enduro legend Curtis Keene says RipRow has made him faster. Imagine what it can do for you!

Outside Magazine says "The RipRow Will Make You a Better Mountain Biker ... It's the best thing to happen to mountain bike-specific training, perhaps ever. ... After testing the machine for one day, skeptical as I was at first, my descents felt smoother and faster." Check out Outside's review.

World champion Conrad Stoltz and Lee talk about kung fu and shred some Colorado trails. Watch the video on YouTube >>>


The crew at TrainerRoad made a great video showing some of the key aspects of Lee's instruction. Watch it on YouTube >>>


"I attended last weekend. Straight up amazing! Lee is the man. He’s tough but supportive. Class sizes are small so you get a lot of direct coaching from him. The free subscription to his online content is icing on the cake...if you like your icing piled super high."
- Brian

"Lee is the man. Took me, a roadie tri dork to having fun and feeling good. If you like mountain biking and want to start a journey to getting better this is it."
- Chuck

World BMX champion Jason Richardson attended a class at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, CA. He said:

Jonathan Lusk, a stoked beginner, took a class in San Jose, CA:

More stoked riders >>>

About Lee McCormack

Lee of Lee Likes Bikes is a world renowned mountain bike author and coach. He has writtten 10 books about mountain biking, including the bible Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, and he's taught riding skills to thousands of riders of all levels. Lee is widely considered one of the best mountain bike skills coaches in the world. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, Lee will help you reach your goals — then surpass them.

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