Loppet TRAIL KIDS
Fall Mountain Bike Program
The Loppet TRAIL KIDS Fall Monday evening mountain bike program is for ages 7 – 13 for a four week session to learn mountain bike skills and ride the trails at Wirth Park! Youth ages 13 – 18 can start the Loppet Cycle Works Juniors program.
The focus of the mountain bike program is to have FUN learn some mountain bike skills, meet other kids who love to bike and build confidence riding the single track trails. This session welcomes the beginner to advanced mountain biker. Coaches will split the kids into age/ability groups depending on the size of registration. The main goal of program is for kids to get active outside through mountain biking!
The program is organized around the Loppet BICP mountain bike curriculum that builds upon previous skills learned.
What is TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike Program? Click following video clip and learn more: TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike News Video
During practice sessions the youth will be coached 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
- Racing/pacing skills
- Participants will be tested at the end of the session on different bike skills and will be able to move up in levels as they progress through the summer program.
- Where: The Trailhead, Wirth Park
- Dates: September 9 – Oct. 14
- Day/Time: Monday/Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
- Cost: $200 or $230 after August 20
- Cost includes TRAIL KIDS T-shirt
Registration based on ability: All TRAIL KIDS who attend the program must be able to ride their bikes safely on paved paths. Youth who have not been in our programs will be evaluated at the skills assessment the week prior to the program launch on Wednesday, September 2nd at the Trailhead to make sure they are in correct ability group. Youth who attended the spring or summer programs this past summer do NOT have to attend the skills evaluation since we already know their skill level based on prior coach evaluations. 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 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.
If your child would like to test drive one of the Trail Kids mountain bike sessions please fill out the below waiver form along with the name of your child, age and emergency contact cell phone and email firstname.lastname@example.org. If program fills before you have test drive then they may not be able to register for session.