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Mountain bike professional offers skills classes

By  Unsigned,   Friday, 28 March 2008

A popular mountain biking professional in San Francisco has set up so-called skill clinics for adventurous and novice cyclists.

Celia Graterol, who is a cross country, super D and downhill racer, recently opened the Mountain Biking Marin, which offers mountain bike tours and training days. The skill clinics are there to help riders improve their technical abilities. Basic bike maintenance, trail etiquette and handling tricks are all part of the package.

Mountain Biking Marin offers bike tours to beginners and more experienced cyclists. Loma Alta, the Big Rock mountains, Lucas Valley, the Tennessee Valley Beach and Muir Beach form part of the trails led by Ms Graterol.

A cycling enthusiast from the UK who has just been on a bike tour in San Francisco said: "Having always wanted to ride the areas made famous by the Marin bike company this was a great day out.

"Celia can create a ride that will suit your level of riding and skill - from beginner through hardcore riders looking for technical and endurance riding,"

Ms Graterol is the 2006 Downhill US National Champion and has been responsible for organised mountain bike rides around San Francisco Bay for the past six years.