New: 2 Lap Intermediate Mountain Bike Class Begins July 19
How can a person learn to race mountain bikes?
We take FUN RACING seriously – OUR MISSION: Create a race for every level of mountain biker to experience the fun, competition and camaraderie of the OTH Family “Race” Experience. So…
…. introducing OTH Intermediate Class July 19
One of the biggest challenges in any sport is the entry. Surfing, skating, bike riding, snowboarding, skiing, lacrosse, and pole vaulting. We all watch, and most of us think it might be fun to play, too! Too many barriers to many peoples’ participation (lack of participation) are simply intimidating. It can be overwhelming to get your feet wet…that’s why we started Over the Hump – so everyone can race.
Problem: we’ve consistently heard “Over the Hump Beginners are not True Beginners” and from the people who choose to stay in the beginner classes, “the jump from Beginner’s 2 laps to Sport’s 3 laps is just too BIG for me”. Unfortunately the answer had alluded us till now.
Solution: We’ve created a class that is a BRIDGE between Beginner and Sport.
We’ve seen great increases in mountain bike riding, and industry growth in Southern California; we’ve even seen many interested and enthusiastic mountain bike “riders” try their hand at racing Over the Hump. However after a season, or even just a couple of races some become discouraged because they are either under-gunned or over-gunned for the men’s beginner class.
We are looking forward with enthusiasm and opportunity to bridge the gap and create a entry level opportunity and on-ramp for mountain bikers in California. The transition, as it’s been seen to be effective in any apprenticeship programs world-wide, is now complete and will be available to our riders. Participants progress from:
- Observers (Spectators) to
- Casually Interested (Beginners) to
- Experienced (*Intermediate) to
- Receiving Growth Opportunities to Become Proficient (Sport) to
- Mentors who Lead from their Passion and Experience (Super-Sport & Elite)
At Over the Hump we are excited to have seen a model of participation that works, within the Mountain Bike world….one that does not alienate the less experienced members of our family. We are excited to further the participation model with a full program that rounds out a clearer goal, fostering a Community where Passionate and Proficient members Enjoy Participating, while they Give Back to Enable the CYCLE to Refresh and Re-CYCLE.
Introduced in 2015, the Beginner Ride-A-Long was a great 1st step in understanding the journey of a Novice to Racer…the Intermediate Class is intended to more fully develop OTH’s offerings to people who might otherwise be left to wonder what awesome experience they are missing mid-week.