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DORBA Women’s Intermediate Skills Clinic (Cornering & Tight Turns)

** NOTE: This clinic has been rescheduled from Dec. 10 to the rain date, Jan. 14**

This women's only intermediate skills clinic will focus on cornering and tight turns.

We apologize, we will not be able to do the optional deep stretch before the clinic. 

This is NOT a beginner clinic. You must meet the following skills and age requirement to participate:

Intermediate Rider Skills Assessment
You can ride for 1- 2 hours at 7-8 mph with limited stops. You have a strong/stable body position and your balance has improved in slow speed situations. You can easily ride up a curb. You are confident riding over bridges, skinnies, through rooty sections and over some rocks or rock gardens. You can ride down drops at least two feet tall. You can ride through tree gates, dips, and up most short, punchy climbs. 

Minimum riding experience of a year or more with possible fundamental skills clinic(s) or possible racing experience or NICA membership.  

Minimum age requirement is 16 as long as the prerequisites are met. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver for them.

Schedule of events:
9 to 9:30 AM: Check-in and intro to DORBA
9:30 AM to 12:30/1 PM: Cornering and tight turns clinic
12:30/1 PM to end: Learn and apply ride 

Clinic content description: 

Cornering & Tight Turns 3-3.5 hrs

  • Bike Safety Check and Intro
    (short fundamentals review and rider assessment )
  • Foot Stance Preference & Relevance to Bike Body Separation/Cornering
  • Anatomy of a Corner + Apex Discussion
  • 180-Degree Cornering Progression
  • 90-Degree Corner + Pre-Turn Discussion: 
    • Slalom/Pumping Corners & 90 Degree Progression 
  • Tight Turns/Maneuvers (rock dodge):
    • Ratcheting & Track Stands (slow speed stability & control
Learn and apply ride duration 1-1.5 hrs 

Cost: $30. Event is for active members only. Not a member? Become one today then come back to this page to register.

What to bring: 
Please bring helmet, working bike, pads (if you normally wear them), water and snacks. 

Meet your instructors! 

Chelle Tischler
I started cycling in 2008 on my first used mountain bike. The racing bug started in 2016 at a DORBA race at Rowlett Creek Preserve. I realized very quickly that I’d found my passion. In 2018 I attended Barnett Bicycle School in Colorado Springs to maintain my fleet, work in bike shops and teach bike maintenance. Later in 2018, I became a PMBIA Certified Instructor. I fell in love with teaching and giving back to the cycling community. I volunteer for DORBA trail work and at Bike Gangs of FTW to wrench on bikes. I’ve partnered with parks and rec departments, DORBA, FWMBA, IMBA, bike clubs and Spider Mountain to put on low-cost or free mountain biking skills and maintenance clinics. I’ve also become a personal mountain biking coach to those who have a desire for a deeper dive into XC and enduro racing. I love racing in multiple disciplines including enduro, downhill, gravel, cyclocross, road, XC and XC marathon. My list of titles includes 2nd in Amateur Women Southern Enduro Tour 2018, 1st USAC Texas State Marathon Championship 2019, 3rd Texas State Cyclocross Championship 2021, 3rd in Pan American Cyclocross Championship 2021, 3rd in USAC Texas State Cyclocross Championship 2021, 2nd USAC Texas State XC Championship 2022, 1st National XC Championship 2022 and 3rd Enduro National Championship 2022.  

Tiffany Ronan
I am a road cyclist who tried mountain biking and fell in love! I ride mountain, gravel and road bikes. After a rocky start learning to mountain bike, I developed a strong desire to share what I learned with others and became certified with PMBIA to teach MTB skills. I have a passion for helping others succeed and love watching the progress made after learning some skills. Mountain biking is an amazing way to experience the outdoors anywhere you travel! What started as a hobby has turned into a lifetime passion. I can't wait for the next adventure and I hope you'll feel the same way. 

Questions? Email [email protected]

Saturday, January 14, 2023, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Horseshoe Trail
Boathouse Drive
Grapevine, TX  76051
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