Bikeskills NorCal offers Mountain Bike Skills Coaching for riders in the Bay Area looking to develop their riding skills. Our main trail riding series takes place at the Camp Tamarancho trail system in Fairfax, California.
Tamarancho is unique to Marin county in that the trails are on private land owned by the Boy Scouts of America. The trail system contains intermediate to advanced level single track designed and constructed specifically for mountain bikers by mountain bikers, and offers an experience unlike any other in Marin. Diverse terrain features await you, perfect for practicing and mastering riding technique. Whether you want to brush up on your switchback climbing or descending skills, high speed cornering, or build up your comfort level on rock gardens, you’ll have the opportunity to do it safely under the helpful supervision of our coaches.
Meet the team
Mikey Haderer – Instructor
|If you’re familiar with gravity racing, you’re likely to have seen Mikey around, as his smiling face is a staple on the U.S. mountain bike race circuit. (click here for an interview with Mikey on VitalMTB.com)|
Ian Massey – Instructor
Jason Van Horn: Location manager, Web Manager, Instructor
In addition to being our website manager, Jason comes to us with a broad range of experiences under his belt. He has years of experience wrenching and selling mountain bikes, and is a freelance photographer and writer that contributes to a number of cycling publications.
During a stint traveling and teaching Trail Building Schools and Workshops as an instructor for the International Mountain Biking Association, he traveled the greater part of the west with Inga Beck, teaching sustainable trail building and riding some of the most choice trails from Texas to Saskatoon along the way. A trail rider at heart, on the rare occasion he lines up at the starting line, he competes at the expert level, but would rather ride jumpy flow trails in the woods with his buddies any day.
During the week he works as the Photography manager, and bike to work advocate for a local Bay Area clothing company start-up and continues to volunteer with various non-profit mountain bike groups in the Bay Area and Oregon.
Inga Beck – Marketing Coordinator, Assistant Instructor
Inga lives for the weekend when she is free to explore new technical trails, park and shuttle runs, and urban riding. During the week she works as a Data Analyst for several non-profits. In addition to her addiction to bikes, she loves traveling, road trips, yoga, rock climbing, and fashion.
She is a certified Personal Trainer and understands the value of exercise, nutrition and alternative medicine. She also volunteers with the BTCEB as their Membership Coordinator and helps lead the monthly women’s only “Ride Like a Girl” group ride. Inga’s thrilled on how much her riding and technical skills have progressed over the last year. She’s progressed so much that she now assists with teaching clinics and was asked to join the local branch of the Luna Chix. She’s excited to share her knowledge and help get more people psyched, but most of all comfortable and confident on their bikes.
Basic Clinic Itinerary
9-9:15 – Greetings, sign waivers, introductions
9:15-9:30 – The Do’s and Dont’s
9:30 – 10:00 Suspension and bike check
9:45-10:30 – Parking lot drills (trackstands, manuals, etc.)
10:30- 1:00 – Trail time, drills, techniques, demos, and application of parking lot drills.
Basic Map of Tamarancho