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Omaha, NE, 68106
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Mountain bike skills clinic in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Blog about R&R Outside mountain bike adventures.

 

Spring Recap

Ryan Feagan

R&R held three MTB Schools is spring. Two were local and one was in Des Moines, the first-ever MTB School road trip. One of our clinics was co-ed and the other two, including the Des Moines clinic, were women only. We continue to see more and more ladies on trails and that is a great thing! Women on bikes, research has shown, leads to families on bikes. We’re super stoked to be part of their journeys to better themselves.

For any rider, male or female, trail riding can be very intimidating and R&R must always remember this. We are so far removed from our beginner days and it’s our responsibility to always be aware that what comes so naturally to us could be absolutely foreign and scary to a new rider. This is the very reason why we break down all of our moves in small increments and build on each of them throughout the day. Still, it’s a lot of information and sometimes it’s fatiguing, especially when all you want to know is how do I not crash?! So, we’ll take all the feedback we’ve received this year and see how we can continue to improve and accommodate riders at all levels so everyone leaves stoked to ride!

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On a fun note and yes, we’re bragging here, a few of our students felt brave enough to try a mountain bike race. That is amazing!! Racing is not the end goal at R&R but we believe it’s a great tool. For students to find the courage to strap on a number plate and line up with seasoned racers is a big step, both mentally and physically. Racing puts you in situations where you will push beyond what you thought you were capable of doing. Clinics are a safe environment for practice and repetition. Race environments are stressful, uncontrollable sometimes and will force riders to make decisions in real time. I commend anyone who lines shows up on a start line. No matter how seasoned, the result is never guaranteed, and it takes moxie to believe you belong there! Congrats to our students for stretching their limits!

So what’s next for R&R? Clinic season is done (too hot) so it’s time to travel and see some new trails and also some oldies but goodies. Then in the fall, we’ll be working with the NICS (Nebraska Interscholastic Cycling Series) to keep pushing to expand youth cycling in our state.

Until then, thanks for reading and hope to see you on the trails. As always, ride inspired!

R&R in NZ

Ryan Feagan

Forest, hills and water. That’s NZ!

Forest, hills and water. That’s NZ!

In February 2019, R&R was able to check off a bucket list experience. We visited both islands of New Zealand. Every view was eye popping. It’s as if we were trapped in a national park the entire time. The coastal towns were busy with tourists and water activities and the middle of the country is mostly golden farm land for free range sheep, cattle or vineyards with a dose of the Southern Alps providing for a more rugged alpine experience.

We brought our helmets and shoes in hopes to get a ride in and luckily we were able to on pretty cool trails in North Island town of Rotorua (home of Crank Works Rotorua and enduro racing). The town is pretty sweet with a cool city center that’s kinda like a market with shops, cafes and stores not far from natural thermal pools and streams. The town sits on a volcano practically so warm thermal air shoots from the ground in random places like back yards, side walks and parks.

Rotorua bike stand

Rotorua bike stand

Thermal lake in a local park in Rotorua.

Thermal lake in a local park in Rotorua.

The area where we rode bikes is called Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest (pronounced Fah-kah-reh-wa-reh-wa; reduced version of Te Whakarewarewatanga O Te Ope Taua A Wahiao, meaning The gathering place for the war parties of Wahiao, often abbreviated to Whaka by locals). It’s best described as a system of trails that look like a plate of spaghetti on a map. Noteable features of this particular place have mountain bikers (and other trail enthusiasts) in mind: there is an outfitter at the the bottom with all that’s needed to rent, fix and set up bikes; there is a cafe with coffee, snacks and ice cream; clean bathrooms with showers; and the coolest shuttle system around - a guy drives riders in an old rickety bus up the mountain about 10 minutes on winding gravel roads to a drop off point where then the riders get off and either ride higher up or go down.

Basecamp!

Basecamp!

Enough room for all the trail users!

Enough room for all the trail users!

Our shuttle ride.

Our shuttle ride.

On our first run, we decided to ride higher while still fresh. Roxy was babying a knee injury so it was slow go but doable. Our rentals were full squish, heavy duty bikes and since we were so close to sea level, we didn’t have to deal with altitude! The trails were super fun. Pretty natural in the trees with roots and rocks. Oh, by the way, we were riding IN a rain forest where the trees shaded the trail so though it was a warm day, under the canopy of the bush, it was cool and dark. We had to take off our sun glasses in order to see! We did a few runs and on the last one opted to take a route that was new and not on the map. We got a bit turned around and ended up asking a couple of locals who happened to ride by how to get back. After a long day on the bike, in shorts, while our home trails were covered in a foot of snow, we sat in the sun sipping cold drinks and dreaming of never coming home.

A local saying hello (look closer at my helmet).

A local saying hello (look closer at my helmet).

The bush.

The bush.

Ryan making this steep exit look easy.

Ryan making this steep exit look easy.

Never a bad view in NZ!

Never a bad view in NZ!

INSPIRED BY WOMEN WHO RIDE

Ryan Feagan

This past weekend was R&R's first Women's Only Ride Right MTB School. We had all levels from never ever to seasoned racers. They all had their reasons for signing up.

There was one student who had a kid who rides but mom has only tagged along to keep her kid safe. Well now mom can do some of the same things her kid does and together they can progress and share the sport. That's awesome! Another student has let her speed be her guide. Once she allowed herself the time to slow down to learn the nuances of the skill, when she sped back up, it was like seeing art on a bike. Yet another was suffering from being married to a dare devil and felt by learning techniques she could ride better with her significant other. After the clinic when he arrived to pick her up and saw the elevated box we had the students ride off, he was like "She rode off that? Awesome!" And there was everything in between from riders trying to find their mojo after sever crashes or just getting back into it after life got in the way. Whatever it was, they were all brave and courageous students who took on each skill session with laughter, focus and a shared camaraderie that regardless of why they were there, each of them was missing something and hoped by taking the class they could tap into it.

It's amazing and fun to watch the skills that bubble up to the top when they're given the time and attention. I will never tire from seeing confidence replace frustration. Smiles for miles!

I really really enjoyed this class. I hope to do more women's only. I forget sometimes how scary it was just to go over a simple log many years ago because I didn't have the information to do it and how many times I crashed trying. I hope that through teaching women to ride better, they can go on to inspire others and show that it's never too late to be a badass. 

Congrats to the June 2018 grads of the first-ever Women's Ride Right School!

2018 Womens Ride Right Class