Big Boy Clinic
Take your riding to the next level.
Thanks for another great year! Registration for 2023 will open in February 2023.
Welcome to the Copper Harbor Big Boy Clinic! The Big Boy clinic is open to sophisticated gentlemen, grizzled old farts, strapping young bucks, proverbial big boys, and anyone who identifies as a man. The clinic is designed for riders of all backgrounds, ages (over 18), and skill levels. Anyone who is interested in significantly improving their skills and enjoying three days of learning from the best coaches around on the Copper Harbor Trails will fit in. Proceeds from the event go back to help build and maintain awesome singletrack in Copper Harbor.
The clinic begins the morning of Friday, June 3rd and finishes the afternoon of Sunday June 5th (exact times subject to change). Each day will have a combination of drills at the Trails End Campground, Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, and East Bluff Bike Park, trail riding to reinforce those drills, and some free ride time with the coaches in a more free-form atmosphere. We will be in groups of 7-9 with at least two coaches per group (one head, one assistant). Coaches will rotate through the groups throughout the weekend so you get a variety of perspectives and teaching styles. On Sunday you get to pick which coach you ride with for dedicated training in a variety of fields, from jumps to drops to climbing and more. Lunch and snacks are included with the registration. We have clinic photographers, so dress to impress because you never know when your image might be chosen for a billboard, poster, or this page's cover shot!
Due to capacity restrictions, there will be no KAC shuttles again this year. Don't worry, riding uphill is good for you! We may integrate one shuttle ride up East Bluff, details TBD.
Cost for the clinic is $395. This includes 2.5 days of instruction with some of the best coaches in the business, lunches each day, bonus evening hangouts with coaches, swag, and more. A portion of the proceeds from the event help support the Copper Harbor Trails, making our system even better for your next visit.
Our lodging sponsor is the Bella Vista Motel. Please book there and tell them you are part of the clinic and you will get the spring season rates plus they will donate $15 for each room night we book. Stay there to help support the Copper Harbor Trails Club!
Bike Gear: You need a bike that can handle singletrack mountain bike trails and a helmet. Pads are never a bad idea but are not required. If you are deciding on pedals, go flat as this will help advance your skills faster than clipless. Full suspension bikes will be more comfortable, but by all means, if all you have is a hardtail then don't feel like you have to upgrade to join. Any bike from the past several years with front suspension will be more than plenty to get you through. Perhaps the most important piece of gear for your bike you can invest in is a dropper post. If you do not have one yet, consider upgrading to speed up your downhill transitions, stability, and all around comfort on the bike. At minimum, a quick release adjustable seat post is a must. Don't be that guy who needs five minutes before every hill to adjust your seat.
Watch the weather and be prepared: we ride rain or shine. In 2018 our weekend ended with the unimaginable Father's Day flood that struck the Keweenaw, dumping 5-7" of rain across the region in a matter of hours. The trails were very wet but we rode on. Our trails are built sustainably and are constructed on rock, meaning they never close.
Clinic or registration related questions can be directed to Nathan Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org