Loppet TRAIL KIDS

Wirth 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 in link below: Mountain Bike Ability Registration Guide

Spring and summer registration will open February 1, 2021

Wirth Location

For TRAIL KIDS registration refund policy click here

Monday/Wednesday Wirth Session 1

  • Dates: May 10 – June 16 (no session Memorial Day)
  • Session Days/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $215 or $235 after April 10
  • Scholarships Available: Fee reductions available for those in financial need. Please inquire by email at trailkids@loppet.org.

Tuesday/Thursday Wirth Session 1

  • Dates: May 11 – June 17
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 10
  • Scholarships Available: Fee reductions available for those in financial need. Please inquire by email at trailkids@loppet.org.

Mondays/Wednesday Wirth Session 2

  • Dates: June 28 – August 4
  • Session Days/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after May 28
  • Scholarships Available: Fee reductions available for those in financial need. Please inquire by email at trailkids@loppet.org.

Tuesday/Thursday Wirth Session 2

  • Dates: June 29 – August 5
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 10
  • Scholarships Available: Fee reductions available for those in financial need. Please inquire by email at trailkids@loppet.org.

Monday/Wednesday Wirth Session 3

  • Dates: August 23 – September 30 (no session Labor Day)
  • Session Days/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of Trailhead building).
  • Cost: $215 or $235 after July 23
  • Scholarships Available: Fee reductions available for those in financial need. Please inquire by email at trailkids@loppet.org.

Tuesday/Thursday Wirth Session 3

  • Dates: August 24 – October 1 
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $215 or $235 after July 24
  • Scholarships Available: Fee reductions available for those in financial need. Please inquire by email at trailkids@loppet.org.