El Salvador Winter Shred Trip

Jan 22, 2014 at 15:00
Jan 22, 2014
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El Salvador Winter Shred Trips

When: March 2 to March 8, 2014 - Girl Edition
When: March 9 to March 15, 2014 - Coed Edition

Who: Intermediate to advanced DH riders wanting to improve.

Cost: $1895 USD

What: Jumps, drops and legit DH trails, all within an hour from the beach break. Add in quality coaching, ocean-front accommodations and an emerging, passionate mountain bike community and you have one sweet trip!

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Our bike program will be a mix of trail skill sessions and shuttled DH runs. Over the course of six riding days, we'll visit four distinct zones. The trails and terrain will be a mix of fast and rugged with loose technical to advanced, black diamond 'Dirt Merchant’ sized jump runs (not featured in our 2013 Girl Trip edit).

Photo by Solos Produtions - Mitch Cheek
We'll refine and advance your overall riding to make every trail, jump and nemesis move feel more effortless and smooth. SAG, body position, advanced braking, various cornering and technical terrain techniques, how to find trail speed as well as some jump and drop refinement will be the main skills covered.

Photo by Solos Productions - Mitch Cheek
We'll ride through various coffee fields, down different mountains and visit the volcanoes trails until we say, “mercy!” or until the sun sets.

Photo by Solos Produtions - Mitch Cheek
The trip will base out of Punta Elephante, an ocean-side guest home near the popular surf destination El Tunco. Herbert Baiza and his Salvadorian family's hospitality at Punta Elephante is genuine and from the heart. From our hearty local breakfast to our daily house ceviche, you will be amazed and feel right at home.

Photo by Solos Produtions - Mitch Cheek
Suni Apter, El Salvador National Surf and Fitness trainer will be around Punta Elephante for those in need of a post-ride massage.
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Photo by Solos Produtions - Mitch Cheek
Suni will also join the Girls Trip to lead our Core Yoga Class on the private beach below our home.

Photo by Solos Produtions - Mitch Cheek
If the Coed trip wants some morning core yoga, we can make that happen too. Maintaining joint mobility and a strong core will keep you shredding hard for many years to come.

Photo by Solos Produtions - Mitch Cheek
The mountain bike trip, the community, the place, and the adventure is truly a dream!

Trip Includes:
7 nights of ocean front accommodation - double occupancy
6 days of riding (including shuttles and MTB Park Passes)
Quality coaching and riding refinement
All main meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and a daily apres house ceviche! (except 2 dinners you have off to explore El Tunco.)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Girls DH Trip includes 3 Core Yoga Classes and complimentary bike build

Extra Costs:
Alcohol
2 dinners in El Tunco ($5 to $50 depending on your taste)
Massage - $40/hour by Suni at Punta Elephante
Family, friend and co-worker souvenirs to ease the excess smile and kick-ass tan when back
Visitor Visa - $10 USD paid on arrival to the country

Note - Giving back and leaving trails better than we found them is a huge part of how lbBikes.com rolls. Part of our trip costs go directly back into the local community living in or around coffee field trail. With permission from the local Coffee Field owners, we hire the locals who live on, or use the non traditional trail network we ride. Trip proceeds also help build and maintain El Salvador’s Bike Park in San Salvador.

Lorraine Blancher, aka LB is the coach for the trips. To meet her before you go, check her coaching bio, athlete rider bio or mini rider video clip. Gato our local El Salvador Guide and 2012 National DH Champion will also join you on some of the rides.

Contact LB at lbBikes.com if you want to secure your spot - these trips fill fast!

Many thanks to Race Face, Specialized Canada, FOX Racing Shox, Clif Bar, Troy Lee Design Helmets, Oakley and Toyota BC for making the above trip and other lbBikes experiences what they are. I appreciate the support and look forward to seeing what can be created next !!

Photo and Video - Solos Productions
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34 Comments

  • + 8
 I hope this really takes off, I was just in El Salvador and its an amazing place with some of the nicest people. Just wish I knew there was DH when I was in El Tunco last month!
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  • + 6
 Nice work, LB. One of these days I'll join you. Wink
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 If might need anything related to your visit to this country, and need some aid in the shredding aspect… feel free to contact me… me and my friends will be happily willing to show you around the trails, and the city… leave you my FB so you can contact me… Saludos amigos www.facebook.com/betoc
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  • + 2
 as having been a part of this fantastic El Salvadorian experience, I totally recommend it to all riders!!! You won't regret it!!
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  • + 1
 Gotta love that place.
Some footage about one of the best Salvadorians DH PRO riders sending the same trails.

www.pinkbike.com/video/299780
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  • + 1
 Great video....and really like you enjoy my country......Surf in the morning, DH in the afternoon, Party all night...for 7 days....hahahaha
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  • + 1
 Nice! My partner went on this trip last year and had an absolute blast! I was pretty jealous the whole time. Got a good thing going, Lorraine!
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  • + 2
 You would be amazed how good medical and dental is there! El Salvador has it all
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  • + 2
 that looks fun! my wife is Salvoradian. We may just have to visit there soon.
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  • - 1
 I would love to go there - more for the surf - but I'm afraid of the crime. My friends went and got robbed just walking back up the point by guys waiting for surfers, which is apparently a common occurrence.
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  • + 2
 Looks like a girls trip with girls in every picture.
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  • + 2
 Dh during day ,,,, women during night .... Gone to heaven !!!!
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  • + 2
 ps, I got sick there and had a great medical service!!!
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  • + 1
 I know a lot of great dudes from el Salvador living in the US. I would like to go there some day
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  • + 1
 This would get way more views if it was called the dirty girls of El Salvador.Smile
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  • + 1
 How to convince the wife to let me go? Hmmmm.....
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  • + 1
 I learned the most from Lorraine at the SGC - she's a great coach!
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  • + 1
 Ok this trip looks so awesome!
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  • + 1
 awesome i miss mi pulgarcito de america sonsonate aqui presente
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  • + 1
 nice trip superSmile
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  • + 1
 Looks pretty good Wink
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  • - 3
 Just don't hurt yourself, I bet the hospital looks a litlle diferent from that hotel
  • + 14
 Obviously no rider ever wants to get hurt, whether you’re at home of afar.

The emergency action plan for this trip includes the direct cell number to a General Surgeon and his private clinic in San Salvador. The surgeon and his professional team is my first call and they will arrange what we need, anything from an ambulance to MRIs (yes on the spot MRIs). Although some of the Country is below what we'd call poverty, there is a thriving professional and medical community. AND Unlike Canada or the US, his clinic rates are better that the local hospitals too.

I have a couple valid first aid tickets (advanced and wilderness) and have been a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides for over a decade (working in remote mountain zones mainly for a helicopter hiking / skiing company CMH – Canadian Mountain Holidays). The level of annual First Aid and training I need to have those tickets / jobs is enough to allow the Simpson Group (who partners with the ACMG) to extend my personal ACMG Trip and Medical Insurance to those coming on any of my trips. (For El Salvador, it’s about $35 and covers remote heli rescue.) They know what we do...

Again, no one ever wants to get hurt ... El Salvador has world class medical facilities and our trip EAP is well thought out.

lb
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