Success in MTB racing is not just generating power or aiming for higher speed – success is understanding your personal threshold to generate maximal velocity through a specific course, a skill you need to practice.

Riding at MTB Race Speed is a skill that must be practiced and perfected.

Before races, the Elite Endurance MTB Academy produces pre-rides of the exact race course. Giant Northeast Off-Road team rider Dillon Van Wart is one of the top professional MTBers in the region and has won pro events on the terrain he teaches on. He has been racing MTBs more than half his life and has successful coaching experience.

Along with Dillon, head coach Kenneth Lundgren is the most dominant time trialist in region history. In his final year of racing, he concentrated on racing in the woods and won six Cat-1 MTB races. He is a licensed professional and coaches many of the region’s top MTB racers.

Race Day Reconnaissance rides are scheduled the week of the designated race. The sessions are designed for advanced beginner-intermediate+ and experienced riders, and Dillon will lead the front group, Ken and staff riders will lead the second group.

Race Day Reconnaissance sessions typically consist of two full laps of the Race Course. In the first lap, the coaches will show racers the exact pacing and race lines to be used in competition. The second lap is devoted to finding flow, understanding optimal speeds, and developing a MTB racer’s mindset.

Post-ride, Van Wart and Lundgren break down full race-day preparation for optimal performance, from Wake-Up to Start Time, and conclude the session with an open Q&A.

Race Day Reconnaissance is this Friday, 5/1, wheels down at 6pm from the main Wawayanda lot.

GPS Address: 885 warwick turnpike, hewitt, nj 07421, Wawayanda State Park, Hewitt, NJ 07421

Race Day Reconnaissance sessions are $25. Elite Endurance athletes gain entry for $5.

Please contact manager Mandi Pearl at to inquire about availability. Space is limited.