Loppet TRAIL KIDS

Beginner Mountain Bike Clinics


The TRAIL KIDS beginner mountain bike clinics are designed for youth who have no experience riding single track trails. If you are new to the TRAIL KIDS program these clinics are highly suggested before taking one of the 6 week evening sessions. Mountain bike skills will be held on grass areas and there will be some single track riding at the end of each session. During clinic sessions, youth will be coached by trained Loppet TRAIL KIDS 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 the fundamental bike skills and will be able to move up in levels if they progress through additional evening program sessions offered throughout the season. For a full description of our mountain bike skill level progression click here: TRAIL KIDS MTB Skill Level Guide

Equipment/Bike Rental Option

Participants who do not have a mountain bike can sign up for a TRAIL KIDS mountain bike rental for an additional cost. Participants will need their own mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier to participate. Bikes need to have both 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 click here: TRAIL KIDS MTB Equipment Guide

Beginner Clinic Session 1

  • Dates: April 22 – May 6 ( three sessions total)
  • Session Days/Time: Thursdays 5:30PM – 7:00PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of Trailhead building)
  • Cost: On or before March 22nd: $60 if you need rentals/$90 if you do not need rentals. After March 22nd: $75 if you need rentals/$105 if you do not need rentals.
Registration opens March 1 at 8AM

Thursday Beginner Clinic Session 2

  • Dates: June 10 – June 24
  • Session Days/Time: Thursdays 5:30PM – 7:00PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of Trailhead building)
  • Cost: On or before May 10th: $60 if you need rentals/$90 if you do not need rentals. After May 10th: $75 if you need rentals/$105 if you do not need rentals.
Registration opens March 1 at 8AM

Registration will open April 1, 2021 for Session 3

Thursday Beginner Clinic Session 3

  • Dates: August 5 – August 19
  • Session Days/Time: Thursdays 5:30PM – 7:00PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of Trailhead building)
  • Cost: On or before July 5th: $60 if you need rentals/$90 if you do not need rentals. After July 5th: $75 if you need rentals/$105 if you do not need rentals.

Registration Coming Soon

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.

Program Session Changes: Due to the high demand of our programs we cannot change registered participants into different sessions. Please keep this in mind when you register for our programs!

Scholarships: Need-based registration partial scholarships are available. 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 ten percent discount code. Please email trailkids@loppet.org for more information.