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Skillz Clinic With Tammy Donahugh

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.

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All Levels Welcome at the Bike Park and Skills Clinic with Tammy

Thanks Tammy! As a rider just begging this season, I really appreciated Tammy's patience, enthusiasm for the sport, and emphasis on detail to help us learn. I can see the opportunity to use the skills I learned today on all types of biking terrain. You should definitely try one of her clinics.

Someday I am going to totally shred

I know I look like a dork out there but I swear - a couple more skills clinics with Tammy and I am sooo going to rock that park, despite my lack of cool park threads or pimp bike. Of course Mark didn't post any photos of me ripping up the dual slolom course, but please take my word for it! Thanks for the permagrin Tammy!

Sorry to hear about your

Sorry to hear about your shins Mark! Looks like everyone was having a blast, and learning tons from the great Tammhy Donahugh. Jenny and I look forward to getting to work with her in the future sometime as well. Valmont rocks!!!!