2022 Women's Skills Clinic

Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic in Nevada County, CA

2023 women's mountain bike clinic
Skill Level Guide


Here is how we define rider levels to ease the anxiety of knowing your level of riding and which clinic would best suit your needs:

New Rider!

The title says it ALL! You are new to riding!

Your pace is easy and cautious, with the goal of getting comfortable with your bike and want to learn the basics: body position, shifting, braking, easy cornering. You have either not ridden at all or mostly bike paths and mellow singletrack. You can meet fitness demands up to 2 hours and under 1000 ft of climbing. You are new to riding!

Beginner Mountain Biker!

You’ve got the basics! You know how to shift, you know which is your front and rear brake. You may still have a hard time with ready position or may not know what that means. However you’ve been riding some and have a little fitness under your belt. You are moving away from dirt roads and want to explore more single track. Rocky sections, climbing and descending are new skills you want to learn! You probably ride a few times a month, once a week when you’ve got time.

Advanced Beginner!

You are seeking out single track! Starting to ride some small obstacles, your hills are getting steeper and you don’t mind small rocks! Your hills are getting longer and you are good with it! You don’t need as many breaks and you are riding at least once a week and trying to figure out how to get more in.


You can manage a ride exclusively on single track. You are descending at a fast pace on flowy smoother single track and can handle steep descents, rutted fire roads and obstacles. You can climb steeper single track terrain and can make it over smaller rocks, roots and ruts. You are looking for ways to kick the intensity up. You’re starting to look for ways to be in the air. You know what a basic front wheel lift is and you’ve got it dialed! You can handle at least 15 miles and 2-3 hours in the saddle. You ride 2-3 times a week typically. You may even be hitting the gym to improve core strength and power.

Advanced Intermediate!

You are FAST! You are in the AIR! However you probably want to get better there. At the Bike Park your tires leave the ground all the time but may not find the transition yet. You land on top of the table with ease. A 2 to 3 foot drop is what you’re all about! Got a big root to get over or some rocks on the climb? Not a problem! You ride a lot and while you not be able to keep up with the pro, you’re on your way. You’re able to get down black runs and trails with lots of rocks, very steep descents and some drops. You ride at least 3 times a week and you’re hitting the gym, cuz you wouldn’t be able to ride the fun stuff if you didn’t! You can handle 3-4 hrs in the saddle and 3000 ft of climbing.


Catch me if you can! Once again, you are fast! Up and down. You know the transition of a jump and can’t get enough of it. No climb scares you. Drop at the bike park? 4-6 feet doesn’t scare you. You can handle pretty much whatever you come across. You seek out rough, technical downhills. 4-6 hrs in the saddle is a breeze.

Pro Rider!

You do EVERYTHING listed above but its gonna be faster and the intensity is CRAZY!

Requirements + Gear


  • Please fill out this -> Food Poll
  • Positive attitude!

Required Gear:

  • Bicycle in good working order (visit your local shop if in doubt)
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Water bottle/hydration pack


  • Cycling specific shorts (with padding and ride “cut” for comfort)
  • Warm clothes: base layer, insulating layer, jacket, tights, rain pants, plastic bags or booties for shoes
  • Glasses (for protection – corrective are great if you already use them)
  • Elbow/knee/hip padding are not necessary but if they make you feel comfortable, bring em!
  • Note book

Last, but not least, there is poison oak on the sides of the trail even in Fall without leaves.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Why do we have a cancellation policy?

We set event dates a year in advance (venue, permits, coaches, etc), and plan locations dependent on trails, weather, fire, etc. to create an exceptional experience for every participant, and set things up with the expectation that each day will be full.  Our cancellation policy reflects the fact that the closer it is to the clinic dates, the more challenging it is to adjust plans, and the less likely it is that someone can jump in to take an open spot. We are focused on hosting a great mountain bike skills clinic for women.

To cancel, contact us by email to: biken.nevadaco@gmail.com
We do not accept cancellations by cell phone, voicemail, text message, or Facebook Messenger.

  • Downpour rain or snow forecast will cancel event via email and IG@. Light rain = event is still on.
  • Should we cancel the event, you will receive a partial refund. $100 donation goes toward supporting Nevada County school bike clubs (100% of all funds go directly to kids).
  • If you are ill, come in contact with someone who tested positive CoVID and need to quarantine, or have an injury and cannot attend the event, we do allow transfer of your registration. Email us with individual’s name replacing your spot to the above email. We are 100% volunteer and are trying to keep the organization afloat through the pandemic and we greatly appreciate your understanding!

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