Team Member Summer Adventures: Gregory Dixon

Catch up with PSIA-AASI National Team members as they share their summer adventures and how it keeps them on their game for winter. Here’s how PSIA Telemark Team Coach Gregory Dixon is spending his summer.

What’s been your go-to summer activity?
During the summer months, I focus on mountain biking. Luckily, this often involves travel to some beautiful places.

Why is this one of your favorite activities in the offseason?
I run mountain bike camps and lessons at Mt. Bachelor’s bike park. I also guide and teach for a couple of mountain bike outfits around Oregon. It’s similar to my winter job, but just on a smaller scale.

During our downtime, my wife and I travel and ride bikes in other areas. We’re lucky to be surrounded by some amazing trails all around Oregon.

What did you learn?

I learn a lot trying to keep up with eight-year-olds in the skills park. Most of our lessons are downhill oriented, and most of my experience is with cross country mountain biking, so I’m constantly developing my downhill skills. This means better cornering, bigger jumps, and bigger drops. I’ve learned that body position is the cornerstone of good riding. Who knew?

How does this keep you physically and mentally engaged in the offseason?

As we like to say, we’re all lifelong learners! I love working to get better at activities. I like taking my knowledge of skiing and translating it into riding bikes. I feel like I’m constantly challenging myself to ride a little faster and go a little bigger.