Tammy Donahugh works for IMBA as a trail specialist with the Trail Solutions team of professional trail builders. On top of her ability to design and build all manner of mountain bike facilities, she's also a top-notch instructor with Level 3 credentials from the International Mountain Bike Instructor Certification program.
She's a full-on shredder too, of course.
With all the work IMBA is doing these days on bike parks, we decided to have Tammy conduct a staff riding clinic at nearby Valmont Bike Park. (Use the link to find a video with Tammy, her husband Jimmy and some friends styling the advanced lines at Valmont).
The office has been decimated by a cold virus so our turnout was meager, but those of us who did ride with Tammy today had a blast working on skills like body position, lifting/jumping techniques, railing berms and riding pump tracks. For those of us not used to flat peddles there were some painful lessons related to maintaining foot contact while bunny hopping — and a newfound appreciation for shinguards.
Unless you've been hiding out on a remote cross-country trail for the past few years, you've probably noticed that IMBA has gotten heavily involved with bike parks. Today's instruction session reminded me that park skills and trail skills are really the same thing. Flying through turns with good balance, smart braking and a bit of body English feels great whether you're at a park or cruising down the side of a mountain.
Thanks for the great session Tammy! And sorry for bleeding on your shinguards.