An online course designed to boost your confidence & maneuverability on technical trails
42 progressive video lessons designed to quickly boost your confidence & maneuverability on technical trails. You’ll gain the ability to creatively and enjoyably solve these common trail riding traps:
Progressive video lessons to ensure your mastery of these skills
3 Corner Ratcheting
4. Dizzy Drill
5. A Momentary Pause
7. Gift of Gravity
8. Technical Trail Ratchets
9. Going Nowhere
10. Big & Small Movements
11. Breathe for Flow
13. Edge Support
14. Sit Down!
15. Four Positions
16. High Pressure Front
18. Bonus! – Riding Fakie
2. Phase 1 – Compression
3. Phase 2 – Launch
4. Bowl Concept
5. Phase 3 – Lift
6. Rhythm Hops to a Stop
7. Brake Hop
8. Proprioception Challenge
11. Slope Practice
1. Rocking Theory
2. Rolling Rear Rock Motion
3. Rolling Front Rock Motion
4. Rear Rock
5. Full Rock
6. Rocking Rhythm
7. Crank Levelling
8. Big & Small Rocks
9. Sideways Precision
10. Curbs Rock
11. Nudges & Creative Combos
12. Graduate Lesson: Ratchet Hop
13. Trail Integration Examples & Completion!
I’ve really benefited from Ryan’s structured lessons and practice. My riding had plateaued for a number of years, but Ryan’s courses have helped me develop core skills that are translating into advances on the trail.
Through practicing the lessons of the Baseline Balance course I can now track-stand with my nose downhill, rock to maintain my balance, and hop to navigate small ledges. Tomorrow, I’m going to practice hopping up a nearby flight of stairs! Ryan’s lessons are well thought out and provide a clear path for skill progression. If you have questions, he reads them carefully and responds with detailed feedback and encouragement. Invest in yourself and your riding skills like you do in your bike – it’s well worth the effort!
Taking the Baseline Balance Skills course has expanded the foundation of my slow speed bike handling skills, and has set me up for improved trail riding and enhanced fun. Ryan’s methods are very logical and progressive, and his responses to questions and comments on the lessons are incredibly insightful. I’ve taken both his 30 Day Wheelie Challenge and Baseline Balance skills courses, and his feedback has helped guide me through the sticking points I’ve faced. Highly recommended.
You have no idea how much I have anticipated this clinic. I am very nearly obsessing about the things I have learned from your teaching in the short time I have been following you. You are easily the best teacher I ever tried to learn from, and I mean that!
Become a member of Ryan Leech Connection and start practicing today!
An All-Access Pass
The Bunny Hop Master Class
The Manual Master Class
Mental Game Practices
The Cornering Continuum
The 30 Day Wheelie Challenge
Baseline Balance Skills
Jump with Confidence
Tight Switchback & Front Wheel Pivots
New content added weekly
New courses automatically added to your library (ie: you'll have first access to the jumping course coming out this Summer)
24/7 coaching service - ask a question & we'll respond within 48hrs
Unlmited video critiques - film your practice and share to gain feedback!
Access to the private Ryan Leech Connection Facebook group
No Contract - Cancel Anytime - 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Everything from monthly plan, plus:
Equivalent of two months free or a savings of $39/year.
BONUS: Custom t-shirt featuring illustrations from our courses
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Use your favorite practice hill, although if it’s grass, try to pick an area that is as smooth as possible (not too soft and bumpy), because this will delay you from experiencing the all-important roll back – aka the track stand gift of gravity!
The theory is that as you start ratcheting up hill, gravity wants you to roll backwards down the slope and it’s your pedal pressure forward that prevents that from happening. For this drill, we will actually indulge and use gravity’s force for our track standing advantage!
Roll across the slope and ratchet up the hill in your favorite turning direction before slowing to stop with your feet close to horizontal, just as you have been practicing.
But this time after you come to a momentary stop I want you to ease off the forward pedal pressure even more and just enough so you feel gravity pushing your foot back up which at the same time will mean you will roll backwards ever so slightly.
And it’s not just your feet that ratchet back, but your bike and your whole body will move just slightly back too. At first this may feel strange, but it’s the basis for maintaining a balanced track stand.
You may need to experiment with hill steepness, the steeper the slope the more pronounced and immediate the roll back feedback will be, but the more power and pressure you’ll need to hold you in place, and then start up again with your forward foot pressure.
Practice until this feels normal and natural!
Beginner through Advanced! For beginners who dedicate time for practice these skills are very attainable and safe to learn. They are also building block skills enabling a faster learning progression in many riding situations. Advanced riders often develop ‘hacked’ versions of these skills, so I recommend this course so they can experience the true power of these skills, especially when combined together.
Balance requires movement, and their are three fundamental balance movement patterns that make up these baseline balance skills.
require rolling back and forth with the front wheel turned – for example this is key for negotiating tight switchbacks.
I’m here for you! Consider me your on-demand coach – simply jot your questions in the comment section below each lesson and I’ll send you a reply.
This course is fully mobile responsive, so it will automatically format to any phone or tablet. Smooth video streaming requires a good cell or wifi connection. Please be mindful of your data-plan limits.
You bet! This is a powerful learning strategy and something I encourage. Simply upload the video link to a service like youtube and place the link in the comment field. Then await my reply!
I was tired of lacking the skills I needed to ride technical trails, and balance was one of those things that was always elusive. Ryan’s Baseline Balance course was my ticket to learn how to trackstand, ratchet, and negotiate technical moves in slow motion.
These skills are tough to master and there is always more to it than you think, but Ryan’s course makes it simple and a blast to learn. The benefit is HUGE, and will help your riding in so many exciting ways. It certainly helped mine! And the cost is less than a new front tire for your bike and unlike that tire, this investment will keep on giving.
Trust me, when the day comes that you clean a section and don’t dab while all your riding buddies are scratching their heads in disbelief, you can then tell them about your secret weapon: Ryan Leech’s Baseline Balance Course.
The Baseline Balance course, in my opinion, is a must for everyone. That course has helped me to clean obstacles that have plagued me since I started mountain biking. And of course the ability to do a perfect track stand is great!
When I saw the trials riding sequence in The Collective’s 2006 MTB video release entitled “Roam,” I was compelled to find out more about Ryan Leech. When I found his web site, I struck gold. He offered an instructional DVD entitled “Mastering the Art of Trials.”
And who constituted his target audience? He was reaching out to Mountain Bikers looking to gain a technical edge on the trail. The first skills he introduced were the baseline balance skills. Naturally, each had a brief section. Nine years later, he created a curriculum to teach those skills. I trusted Ryan, in that this wasn’t just a re-hash of what was portrayed in the DVD. It turns out there is way more that he reveals in this course. I am enjoying all of it, and am looking forward to the day that I can finesse my way up those technical climbs, without putting a foot down.
The real benefit for me was breaking the skills down into simple to follow steps with clear written and video explanations of each step. Not only did I learn new skills, I “unlearnt” some bad habits on skills I thought I had.
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