ABOUT THE BLC
Located at historic Skibowl on Mt. Hood just outside the Village of Government Camp, Oregon, the Bike Learning Center (BLC) is the only Bike Park-specific learning center in the Pacific Northwest. Our private instruction allows for one-on-one mountain bike training whether at our skills center or on the 20+ miles of trails on Mt. Hood—all of which are accessible by lift or shuttle bus. The BLC Experience takes place on the largest free ride zone in the country.
Our instructors undergo constant mountain bike training by riding together on team days to discuss new techniques and practice our what’s-working philosophy. All trained by world renowned instructor Simon Lawton, Founder of Fluidride.
Regardless of age, experience, gender or level of proficiency, the BLC offers top-level terrain-specific instruction. We also have the only carpet lift bike-assist conveyor in the nation. This helps keep legs fresh while focusing on learning how to ride.
Kevin has been riding bikes on dirt for over 35 years. He’s raced both downhill bikes and road bikes. Kevin spent 3 years as a bike messenger, is a UBI certified bicycle mechanic and a Fluidride certified coach. In addition to his riding and technical experience with bikes, Kevin has spent over 10 years building cross country and downhill mountain bike trails.
“Bicycling has always been a hugely important aspect of my life and has provided endless hrs of enjoyment and freedom. I hope to pass my knowledge of bicycling on so others can have the same experiences safely and efficiently.”
Bring on the gnar! Instructor Elaine Bothe of Portland, Oregon loves dirt, rocks, mud, corners, steeps, drops, air time and going fast — uphill and especially down. As a serious racer and passionate coach in mountain biking and cyclocross, her enthusiasm and skills-teaching experience builds confidence in her clients, helping them establish and meet goals for their skills, fitness or racing.
Elaine bolstered her natural teaching instincts with an International Mountain Bike Instructor Level 2 Certification as well as certification in Simon Lawton’s FLUIDRIDE Instructor Training (FIT) Level 2. Building fitness and strength alongside technical confidence, step by step, is Elaine’s approach for both racers and people who just want to enjoy the ride. She instills solid skills basics such as balance, body position and speed control as second nature in her clients. Aspects such as logs, muddy traverses, rock gardens, drops, cyclocross barriers, punchy hills, jumps, gaps, high speed corners, berms and tight switchbacks become fun playgrounds rather than scary obstacles.
Keith has been riding mountain bikes since 1985. He loves riding cross-country single-tracks and teaching/coaching others how to ride. He has been teaching mountain biking since 2015 he loves the mountains, and lives nearMount Hood. When he's not mountain biking, you can find him rock climbing, doing Whitewater , cross country or telemark skiing, stand up paddle boarding and other Adventures up around Mt Hood or beyond. He believes that a Life filled with compassion and outdoor adventures is a life well lived.
Nanne Heijenga grew up around bikes all his life. Being a native of The Netherlands he started biking at a young age, roaming the forest near his home town, building trails and enjoying being on his bike all the time whether it was for leisure, commuting to school or going to the grocery store.
Later in life he made a profession out of his love for bikes, first as a guide for a bicycle touring company and later as a bicycle mechanic and sales person for various stores in the Portland area for the last 20+ years.
He has been a mountain bike instructor for the last 8 years teaching beginners as well seasoned mountain bikers and always does it with a smile. In his free time he enjoys riding the trails in Oregon and Washington with friends and/or with his teenage sons whenever he can.
He is IMBA level 2 certified and CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified. He resides in Portland.