3-Day Camp for Advanced Riders!
Lon has been riding anything with two wheels since he was a kid--from BMX, to moto hare scrambles, to mountain bikes. After a major mountain bike accident that damaged the vertebrae in his neck and blew out his knee, he realized the need to improve safety and control in his riding.
He has since invested himself in developing techniques to ride skillfully and safely without sacrificing any of the joy of the sport. He believes that good riding should be accomplished with technique, confidence, and skill--not just luck.
Lon has already helped more than 300 people in different parts of the US over the past 4 years become much better riders. He has studied with numerous instructors over the years and has applied their combined wisdom to his own riding and teaching. Lon’s certification and continued professional development:
(2014) Invested in a day of private lessons from an instructor from Colorado. Emphasis was on technical climbing and descending, and on body positioning on all-mountain trails near Birmingham, Alabama.
(2015) Earned certification as a Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (IMBA level 2 equivalent). Required 3 days of training on cross country trails in Whistler, British Columbia.
(2016) Invested in 4 days of private lessons on how to teach and ride better. Emphasis was on jumps, drops, cornering, steep rock rolls, and other advanced maneuvers on intermediate and expert level downhill trails at Whistler Bike Park.
(2017) Invested in 4 days of learning how to teach and ride better. Emphasis was on cornering, bunny hops, manuals, wheelies, stoppies, and other advanced maneuvers on cross country trails near Brevard, North Carolina.
(2017) Earned Ninja Mountain Bike Performance Instructor's Certification. Emphasis was on high speed cornering, pre-turns, jumps, drops, steep transitions, and other maneuvers on cross country trails near Ellijay, Georgia.
(2017) Invested in 3 days of how to teach and ride better. Emphasis was on advanced jumps, advanced drops, and cornering on enduro trails near Boone, North Carolina.
(2018-9) Three private lessons with Neko Mulally, the 2018 National Downhill Champion. Neko also placed fourth in the world even after breaking a chain at the 2014 World Championship. Emphasis of lessons was on advanced drops, selective braking and bermed corners on some of the steepest descents in the US.
Cory Rimmer grew up in the area around Knoxville, TN and has been riding and racing bikes for nearly twelve years. His passion for riding started at an early age and over the years, has brought him an endless supply of great memories and lifelong friends.
After some notable success at the collegiate level (‘12 Collegiate D2 Cyclocross National Champion, ‘15 D2 Cross Country, Short Track and Omnium National Champion), Cory turned his racing focus from XC and short track to longer, more technical events.
These days, you’ll find Cory traveling around the country racing Enduro. In addition to racing and coaching for Singletrack Skills & Ninja Mountain Bike Performance, Cory is busy fostering young riders as the Head Fitness and Skills Coach for Knoxville’s local NICA composite team. The team is made up of over forty kids, so needless to say, Cory has his hands full.
Cory is a PMBI and NICA certified coach passionate about helping riders who are looking for tips and tricks to take their riding to the next level. When not riding, Cory enjoys spending time with my wife Anna and his 2 year old daughter Waverley, who lucky for him, usually just wants to ride her bike.
Is this camp right for you?
There are several reasons why this is considered an advanced camp.
1. The skills and maneuvers taught in Ground Control 1 and 2 must be consolidated well enough to use them in control on remote trails while riding at a strong intermediate pace all day.
2. These skills and maneuvers must be consolidated in order to be prepared to learn jumping and the advanced drop.
3. All who participate must be able to maintain their own equipment, changing their own flats, carrying their own tools, lunch, water, etc.
4. There will be a substantial amount of climbing and mileage each day (even with shuttles). All the participants need to be riding regularly, and not doing this camp “off the couch,” so that the group is not having to wait on anyone for a long time.
This camp has the potential for being the most fun camp of any that we have led! If you have any questions, please contact Lon at FurtherYourRide@gmail.com.
This is a three-day camp for those who have completed Ground Control 1 & 2 Camps or the equivalent.
There will be a lot more riding in this camp than what is done in the Ground Control 1 & 2 camps. A focus of this camp will also be on riding trails that are more secret.
The schedule will be similar to this:
3:00 - 5:30pm: Check-In
7:00pm: Meet & Greet
11:00am: Pick up sack lunch and shuttle to "Mountaintown Creek" and experience a remote side of mountain biking, knee-deep in stoke through several creek crossings while taking in the scenery on a trail that reminds some of the classic McKenzie River Trail in Oregon.
Estimated mileage and elevation: Shuttle to Mountaintown, descend Mountaintown and then ride Pinhoti 1 and Pinhoti 2 (skipping the hike-a-bike to Bear Creek). 19.3 miles, 1,800' of climbing, and 3,500' of descending.
9:30am: Jumping clinic on Mulberry Gap’s awesome jump line trail.
Pack up sack lunches and shuttle to “Windy Gap;” polish our rock garden and jumping skills on that trail.
6:00pm: Dinner - followed by a camp fire and/or a clinic on advanced suspension set-up.
Estimated mileage and elevation not including jumping clinic: Descend Windy Gap and climb back to MG via Old CCC Camp Road: 12.2 miles: 958' of climbing; 2,594' of descending.
At the end of the day on Friday or Saturday, those who have the legs for it are welcome to do an out and back on Pinhoti 3 on their own.
9:30am: Advanced drops clinic, possibly utilizing Mulberry Gap’s new trail gap feature.
Pack up, check-out of MG, grab our sack lunches and everyone drive on their own to “Ridgeway."
Once we finish sessioning Ridgeway, this will mark the official end of the camp.
Mountaintown Creek is one of the most pristine, scenic, and remote backcountry rides around. It contains 5.7+ miles of pure downhill bliss through some of the most beautiful singletrack around. It is rife with creek crossings, thick rhododendron, and new growth hemlocks, waterfalls, and of course, adrenaline pumping singletrack.
Windy Gap offers steep climbs, technical rock gardens, and loose, rocky downhills on the singletrack. You'll end the ride with huge rollers and banked turns. The variety of options offer lots of opportunities for learning and skill development.
Ridgeway was revamped during the spring of 2018 and offered everything from fun and flowy trails to technical descents, jumps, berms and cornering. This short trail system has something for everyone.
Clinic ONLY Rate:
Includes clinic, 3 lunches, shuttles, taxes and fees.
Regular Pricing: $395 / per person
Clinic, Lodging & Meal Rates:
Cabin or Campsite Lodging, 9 meals, shuttles, taxes, and fees.
Private Cabin - fees vary based on cabin choice (average $815)
Shared Bunk Cabin - fees vary based on cabin choice (average $755)
Camping - fees vary based on campsite choice (average $570)