Loppet TRAIL KIDS

Girls Rock! Spring Mountain Bike Program


The Loppet TRAIL KIDS Girls Rock Mountain Bike Program aims to bring together girls ages 7 – 13 for a four week session to learn mountain bike skills. Non-binary and trans youth are welcome to join any group in which they feel most comfortable.

The focus of the mountain bike program is to have FUN, meet other girlfriends 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 girls into some age/ability groups depending on the size of registration. The main goal is for girls to get active outside through mountain biking! The summer program includes the summer TRAIL KIDS mountain bike series held at The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park.

The program is organized around the BICP mountain bike curriculum that builds upon previous skills learned. Girls will be broken up into groups based on age and ability. Youth will be able to ride the new mountain bike trails just built this past summer around The Trailhead building!

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 by trained Loppet BIC (Bike Instructor Certified) 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
  • 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.

May Session:

Spring Program Options: (Wirth location only)

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Monday/Wednesday Wirth Spring Session:

  • Dates:  June 1 -July 8
  • Session Days/Time: Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $200 or 230 after May 20 (includes 12 practice sessions along with TRAIL KIDS t-shirt).

Tuesday/Thursday Wirth Spring Session:

  • Dates:  June 2 – July 9
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $200 or 230 after May 20 (includes 12 practice sessions along with TRAIL KIDS t-shirt).
  • Scholarships Available: Fee reductions available for those in financial need. Please inquire by email trailkids@loppet.org.

Program Age limit: Ages 7 – 13 girls beginner to advanced abilities welcome (we split into different coaching groups based on ability, gender 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 but you would have to email director at trailkids@loppet.org before registering for full approval.

Equipment: Bikes must have both front and back brakes on handle bar (no back pedal brakes are allowed). Tires must have some aggressive tread in order to ride on dirt single track trails. When registering your child make sure to indicate their ability level as described below:

Registration based on ability: All TRAIL KIDS who attend the program must be able to ride their bikes safely on paved paths. Youth will be evaluated at the preseason mountain bike meeting April 27 at the Trailhead to make sure they are in correct ability group. 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.

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