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Women’s Downhill Clinic

August 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am - August 22, 2015 @ 8:15 pm


Ladies!! Join us the weekend of August 22nd!  The talented, Caroline Westray will be offering plenty of opportunities for women to improve their skills!  On Friday, August 21st and Saturday August 22nd, she will host two clinics daily for beginner and intermediate riders.  On Saturday evening, she will host a FREE bike maintenance clinic in the Beech Mountain Brewing Co.

Caroline Westray, is a PMBIA (Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association) certified coach, professional downhill mountain bike racer, Liv Cycling ambassador and flow addict.


North Carolina Women’s Downhill Clinic at Beech Mountain: $60/person

Lift Ticket is not included! Lift tickets can be purchased in Ski Beech Sports for $35.

Registration is limited to 5 riders per clinic.

Register here.

Friday 8/21 & Saturday 8/22

Are you a beginner or intermediate rider who has always wanted to try lift-access downhill riding? Are there a few skills you have always wanted to master, but never felt comfortable attempting on your own? Do you want to compete in the Southeast Gravity Series Downhill Race at Beech Mountain? Now is your chance to accomplish your goals, have fun, and build biking skills that will transfer to all aspects of mountain biking.


Friday, 8/21          Beginner Clinic: 12 pm- 3 pm (Ages 13 and older)

Intermediate (Racer) Clinic: 4 pm- 7 pm


Saturday, 8/22     Intermediate (Racer) Clinic: 10 am- 1 pm (Ages 13 and older)

                                  Beginner Clinic: 3 pm- 6 pm

Register here.

Beginner Clinic

Three hours of instruction! Build skills and progress your riding ability at the base of the mountain with drills that will help build your confidence and make you more comfortable on the bike. We will take the skills we learned and put them to use as we ride down “Whole Lotta Love”, the green trail that starts at the top of Beech Mountain, 5506 feet up! This is a great opportunity to try out downhill for the first time, regain confidence or just have fun with your friends!


Intermediate/ Racer Clinic

Three hours of instruction! We will work on refining key skills that will be integral to riding a relaxed, clean race run by honing these techniques in at the top of the lift. We will put these skills to use and warm-up on “Whole Lotta Love”, the green trail at Beech Mountain. We will then progress to the race course, picking each section apart, analyzing lines and sessioning to build confidence on each feature! If you have ridden downhill before, but this is your first time racing or if you have done a few races, but you would like an opportunity to refine your skills, this clinic is for you!


Here are a few skills that everyone can look forward to learning:

  1. Bike/body separation
  2. Downhill Body Position
  3. Braking to Go Fast
  4. Line Selection
  5. Cornering
  6. Pumping
  7. Jumping
  8. How to Ride Drop-offs
  9. Navigate Steep Terrain
  10. Rocks, Roots, and Obstacles, Oh My!


Riders are required to bring their own downhill or trail bike (bikes available for rental at Magic Cycles), full-face helmet, appropriate shoes (stiff and grippy sole), and pads. Please note that all riders under the age of 18, need to bring a parent or legal guardian.




Saturday 8/22: 7:15 PM

Nothing goes together better than beer and bike maintenance! Join us for some brews and learn a few things about how to care for your mountain bike!

Topics of discussion and demonstration:

  • Parts of the bike!
  • The ABC bike safety check
  • Bolt check!
  • Disc brake maintenance and adjustment
  • A little talk about cleaning and lubing (your bike)
  • Suspension setup and maintenance
  • Tips for fixing flats and going tubeless

*Clinic does not include lift pass. Lift pass may be purchased upon arrival at Beech Mountain.


August 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am
August 22, 2015 @ 8:15 pm


Beech Mountain Resort
1007 Beech Mountain Parkway
banner elk, NC 28604 United States