Here are some of the West's best schools.

ASPEN, CO. Timberline Mountain Bike School. Beginner toadvanced classes. Jun-Sep. From $150 per half-day for two people.(800) 842-2453 or www.timberlinebike.com.

FAIRFAX, CA. Women's Mountain Bike & Tea Society(WOMBATS). One-day skills clinics led by former national championmountain-biker Jacquie Phelan. From $100 a day. (415) 459-0980 or www.wombats.org.

MOAB, UT. Dreamride. From $595 for a three-day vacationpackage including a one-day skills clinic (lodging not included).59 E. Center St.; (435) 259-6419 or www.dreamride.com.

SEATTLE. Singletrack Ranch. Multiday skills clinics taughtby ultramarathon mountain-bike racer John Stamstad. From $925 forthree days (lodging included). (888) 310-1212 or www.singletrackranch.com.

WEST REDDING, CT. Dirt Camp. One-day and multiday classes.Through mid-Oct. From $90 a day. (800) 711-3478 or www.dirtcamp.com.

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