I have been mountain biking since 1993 and have been active in Mountain Bike Advocacy since 1997. I am a self-proclaimed MTB Junkie. I have been involved with MTB advocacy for over 14 years, 7 of those years on the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) Board in various positions, including President twice. I have helped to maintain and/or build and design portions of the trails at Fountainhead, Schaeffer, Rosaryville, Gambrill, Cabin John, Wakefield, Accotink, Colt's neck, Cedarville, Conway Robinson and Riverbend. All legal mountain bike venues within 100 miles of Washington DC. I am the current International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Representative for the DC Metro area. I also represents IMBA on the National Rivers and Trails Coalition Working Group. I am currently President of the Board of Directors for the local Trips for Kid’s Chapter. I was Race Director for their first 2 Charity Mountain Bike Races held the end of October I joined Potomac Velo Bike Racing Club in 1999 and have helped run their MTB and cross races for over 11 years performing various duties including course designer, assistant race director, announcer, course setup, registration, and awards. I have raced both MTB and Cyclocross since 1995 but have spent the past 7 years doing a few MTB races while I concentrate on the sport of Off-Road Triathlon, XTERRA . I am also a member of the Bike Lane Elite Racing team. I started racing XTERRA just a couple of years ago and was totally hooked from the beginning. I have competed in 31 XTERRA races including the 2005 and 2007 National Championships in Lake Tahoe finishing 5th in 2007 and ended up Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion in 2004 and 2009. I also competed in the 2007,2009 and 2010 XTERRA World Championships. I am also currently a staff member for EX2Adventures. They produce local off-road races that challenge competitors of varied interest and ability. From Trail running, mountain biking, adventure racing, off road triathlons they pretty much have an event for anyone. I have given MTB instruction clinics to the newbie’s before the 2004 VQ. I have competed in two VentureQuest races, the EX2 Off-Road Half Marathon, the Backyard Burn 10 mile Trail Runs, numerous Cranky Monkey MTB races, and the EX2 Off-Road Xterra Triathlon 5 times. I love mountain biking and all that it does for me. It is my passion and also my mid-life crisis.
Shawn Punga was the other member of the team that did the video. As an active member of MORE for over three years,his involvement with the club has included trail work, trail advocacy, and trail planning at Fairlands, Patapsco, Hoyles Mill, the Upper Rock Creek project, the Watershed, Schaeefer and Roseryville. He has organized and taught a variety of different skills clinics, for different levels of riders as well as leading dozens rides at nearly every venue in the area, His contributions were recognized in 2006 with a Silver Spoke award for Ride Leader of the Year.
How to Ride a Mountain Bike
Mountain biking expert Scott Scudamore demonstrates how to ride a mountain bike.
Scott Scudamore: Hi! My name is Scott Scudamore and today, we are going to show you how to ride a mountain bike with confidence. I have Shawn Punga with me today; we are both with the Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, the local affiliate of the International Mountain Bike Association, IMBA. We provide these clinics throughout the last five or six years for our members or prospective members. Today, we are going to give you an overview of the bike; how it operates; show you what a good fit is, things that you should do before you actually start to ride, some checks that you should do with your bike. We are going to show you proper techniques and how to go up a hill; how to properly and safely do what we call Control Descent, going down the hill; we will cover techniques of cornering and turning your bike and things that you should do from that perspective and then last thing we will talk a little bit about the art of falling. I will see, you want to have a good fitting bike; you should always have a helmet on, properly fitted to your head and a good pair of shoes. Shawn and I both use biking shoes that actually clip into the paddles for safety and one of the things that we teach our folks in all these clinics that we do is when in doubt, dismount. If you come up to an obstacle, you are not sure of it, you got to downhill that you are a little sketchy on, just stop your bike-get off your bike and walk over or walk down it, it is much, much safer way then going down and crashing. So, as we said I am with MORE and IMBA, the International Mountain Biking Association. I am the local rep for the Washington D.
C area. MORE and IMBA, we have been doing these clinics for about seven years now. They started with one of our members named, Tom Mathis and he call it the Mountain Bike Boot Camp and a lot of the techniques that we are going to show you today, have come out of his work and his knowledge. We have kind of refined his work over the years and took different techniques from different people, reading different books and stuff; but the idea is we try to come out here and give you the confidence and kind of break down the different steps in riding a mountain bike in the lowest common denominator and then it just becomes fun. Okay! With that we get started.