Loppet Trail Kids

Girls Rock! Mountain Bike Program


The Girls Rock! Mountain Bike Program is part of the Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids year-round programming

This 6-week program will focus on mountain biking skills for novice to advanced riders. “Girls Rock!” was designed specifically for the purpose of allowing female-identifying participants to feel more comfortable learning mountain bike skills with those who identify as female. The focus of the “Girls Rock!” mountain bike program is to have fun, meet new friends, and build confidence riding the single track trails at Theodore Wirth Park. Non-binary and trans participants are welcome to join any group in which they feel most comfortable.

Trail Kids also offers mixed gender mountain bike programs at Theodore Wirth Regional Park, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Elm Creek Park Reserve, and Carver Park Reserve (Monarch) . Participants ages 13 – 18 can join the Loppet Cycle Works Juniors program.

Those who have no experience mountain biking on singletrack trails should take one of our Beginner Mountain Bike Clinics before taking one of the six-week evening sessions

What can your child expect at a Trail Kids Mountain Bike Program? Watch the Trail Kids Mountain Bike News Video to learn more.

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 in the Mountain Bike Ability Registration Guide.

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

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

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 tests throughout the season. For a full description of our mountain bike skill level progression, view the Trail Kids MTB Skill Level Guide.

Ages/Ability: Ages 7–13, beginner to advanced abilities welcome; we split into different coaching groups based on ability, fitness, and age (for programming for 13 and older, check out LCW Juniors programs). We do not have programs for kids 6 years of age 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, but you must contact the program director first at trailkids@loppet.org.

Equipment Needed: Participants will need their own mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier to participate. We do not provide rental bikes for our six week sessions. 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. For more on mountain bike equipment, view the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide.

Trail Kids Adventure Mountain Bike Race Series: Participants will get a chance to partake in one of the Adventure Mountain Bike Races that are offered as part of our Trail Kids program. There will be one race scheduled for each of the three sessions scheduled during a normally scheduled practice. Participants will race in their coaching groups at different start times throughout the evening.

Mountain Bike Session 1 – Monday/Wednesday – Registration Full

  • Dates: May 9 – June 15, 2022 (no practice Memorial Day)
  • Days/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide
Join the Waitlist!

Mountain Bike Session 1 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Full

  • Dates: May 10 – June 16, 2022
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide
Join the Waitlist!

Mountain Bike Session 2 – Monday/Wednesday

  • Dates: June 27 – August 10, 2022 (no practice the week of July 4-8)
  • Days/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide
Join the Waitlist!

Mountain Bike Session 2 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Full

  • Dates: June 28 – August 11, 2022 (no practice the week of July 4-8)
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide
Join the Waitlist!

Registration for our 2022 Session 3 offerings will open July 1 at 8 AM

Mountain Bike Session 3 – Monday/Wednesday

  • Dates: August 22 – September 28, 2022 (no practice on Labor Day)
  • Days/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 3 – Tuesday/Thursday

  • Dates: August 23 – September 29, 2022
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Financial Assistance and Sibling Discounts

Financial Assistance: Trail Kids provides financial assistance for those in need, up to 100% of the registration cost. To apply, please fill out our Trail Kids Financial Assistance Application Form. We will follow up with you with instructions on how to register at a price that is manageable for your family. For information about Trail Kids Program scholarships email trailkids@loppet.org

Sibling Discount: For those families who have three or more kids in the program we will given a fifteen percent discount code. Please email trailkids@loppet.org for more information.

Refund Policy

The Loppet will issue a full refund of the program fee minus a $40.00 processing fee up until one month before the program starts. There are no refunds for any cancellations within one month of the start of a program. During the program, if your child has a medical issue that makes it impossible to participate, we will issue a prorated refund minus $40.00 processing fee. If the Loppet cancels a program, a full refund will be issued.

The Trail Kids Adventure Mountain Bike Race Series is part of the Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids year-round programming. The race series is included in the program registration fee

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For more information or questions about our summer programs contact the program director at trailkids@loppet.org.