Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Programs

This 6-week program will focus on mountain biking skills for the beginner to advanced ability. Boys and girls ages 7-13 will explore the single-track trails at Wirth Park while gaining skills they can use for a lifetime! Non-binary and trans youth are welcome to join any group in which they feel most comfortable.

What can your child expect at a TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike Program? Click following video clip and learn more: TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike News Video

Youth will get a chance to participate in one of the adventure mountain bike races that are offered as part of our TRAIL KIDS program. Those who do not want to race can still ride the course and will not be timed.

During practice sessions, youth will be coached by trained Loppet coaches on a variety of mountain bike skills so they can become safe and confident riders. Skills include:

  • Ready/neutral position for descending hills
  • Pedaling/shifting efficiently
  • Controlling speed and braking safely
  • Cornering confidently
  • Handling obstacles and rocky terrain
  • Riding with vision

Participants will be tested at the end of the session on different bike skills and will be able to move up in levels if they progress through additional sessions throughout the season. 

  • Equipment Needed: Participants will need their own mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier to participate. We do not provide mountain bike rentals. Bikes need to have front and back wheel brakes on the handle bars ( no peddle brakes or kickstands allowed). Tires must have tread and be wide enough to ride safely on mountain bike trails.
  • Ages/Ability: Ages 7 – 13, beginner to advanced abilities welcome (we split into different coaching groups based on ability and fitness. We do not have programs for kids 6 and under so please do not register them until they turn seven years old. If your child has good biking skills and is mature enough we may consider them to start early. Contact program director for questions at email below.
  • Contact: For more information or questions about our summer programs contact program director at: trailkids@loppet.org.

Registration based on ability: All TRAIL KIDS who attend the program must be able to ride their bikes safely on paved paths. When registering your child make sure to indicate their ability level as described below:

Beginner: New to mountain biking but can ride their bike safely on paved trails. We recommend all youth who have not gone through our program to try one of our mountain bike beginner clinics to learn the basics or start at this level to learn the fundamental skills of mountain biking. Youth who are more advanced riders but are new to TRAIL KIDS can be evaluated at our preseason meeting to move up into higher ability levels.

Intermediate: Participant has been through at least one season of TRAIL KIDS mountain bike program and has passed the beginner level TRAIL KIDS curriculum skills. Youth is able to ride up hills on single track and safely descend down hills off of seat in the ready position with pedals level.

Intermediate/Advanced: Participant has been through at least 2-3 seasons of TRAIL KIDS mountain bike program and has also progressed in speed on cornering, climbing and descending on a variety of intermediate single track trails. Riders in this group have intermediate bike skills along with fitness to ride at a good pace.

Advanced/Race Focused: Participant has been through at least 3 or more seasons of TRAIL KIDS mountain bike program and is able to safely ride all advanced trails at a fast pace along with riding over rock gardens and obstacles using correct bike/body positions. Youth in this age category desire to race and improve their fitness and technical riding skills.

Spring and summer registration will open February 1, 2021

Lebanon Hills Location

Tuesday/Thursday Lebanon Hills Session 1

  • Dates: May 18 – June 24
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where:
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 18
  • Scholarships Available: Fee reductions available for those in financial need. Please inquire by email at trailkids@loppet.org.

Tuesday/Thursday Lebanon Hills Session 2

  • Dates: July 6 – August 12
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where:
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after June 6
  • Scholarships Available: Fee reductions available for those in financial need. Please inquire by email at trailkids@loppet.org.