TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike Program Registration Guide
All TRAIL KIDS locations (Wirth, Elm Creek and Lebanon) offer mixed-gender mountain bike coaching groups. We have a specific Girls Rock Mountain Bike Program that is offered only at the Wirth location. All non-binary and trans youth are welcome in TRAIL KIDS mountain bike programs. All TRAIL KIDS who attend the program must be able to ride their bikes safely on paved paths.
Coaching groups are assigned based on mountain bike ability, age and friend requests (we cannot grant all friend requests and note that youth must be of similar mountain bike ability and experience) for all our mountain bike programs.
Mountain Bike Ability Levels
Below are descriptions of the TRAIL KIDS mountain bike ability levels that youth can progress through in the program. Youth who are completely new to mountain biking should attend one of the TRAIL KIDS beginner clinics before registering for our evening six-week sessions. The bike clinics are offered a few weeks before each session launches and will provide instruction on the fundamental skills of mountain biking.
Youth who are new to TRAIL KIDS mountain biking program and also have prior mountain biking experience can register for one of our six-week sessions, but they will need to attend a skill assessment two weeks prior to the session start date. When you register online, please indicate the ability level in which your child currently falls (Novice Green, Intermediate Blue, Advanced Black or Expert Red). When registering your child, make sure to indicate their ability level as described below. For a full description of our mountain bike skill level progression click here: TRAIL KIDS MTB Skill Level Guide
TRAIL KIDS Six Week Mountain Bike Session Program Progression Levels
Beginner Level (White) : Youth who are brand new to mountain biking should register for one of the Wirth mountain bike clinics offered a few weeks before each session. These clinics are focused on teaching the fundamental mountain bike skills that are needed before riding the single track trails safely. Most of the instruction will be done on the grass and our beginner skills single track course. For more information on our beginner clinics click here: TRAIL KIDS MTB Clinics
Novice Level (Green): Participant has attended a beginner TRAIL KIDS clinic or has experience mountain biking outside of TRAIL KIDS programs. This ability level will expand on the fundamental bike skills while on the single track trails, along with learning more intermediate bike skill progressions.
Intermediate Level (Blue): Participant has been through at least two seasons of TRAIL KIDS mountain bike programs or similar experience outside of TRAIL KIDS programs. Riders in this level have progressed in both skill and speed on cornering, climbing, and descending on a variety of intermediate single track trails. Youth in this group have passed all of the blue level skills and will continue to progress in bike handling skills.
Advanced Level (Black): Participant has been through at least three seasons of TRAIL KIDS mountain bike programs and has passed all blue level mountain bike skills. Youth are 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 ability group have a desire to improve both their fitness and technical riding skills.
Expert Level (Red): Participants in this ability group have passed all of the black mountain bike skills and have a desire to race and improve both their fitness and technical riding skills. Youth will be challenged to ride a variety of expert level mountain bike trails with extreme descents, raised skinny logs, large obstacles, and difficult climbs.
Summer Camp Registration Guide
This year we will be offering nine weeks of mountain bike camps. Some weeks will be dedicated for the Novice mountain bike rider and other camps will be designed for the more intermediate and advanced riders.
Beginner/Novice Camp Description: For youth who have attended one of our TRAIL KIDS mountain bike clinics or have taken one of the six week mountain bike evening sessions. The beginner camps will work on using the fundamental mountain bike skills on a variety of beginner mountain bike trails at Wirth Park.
Intermediate/Advanced Camp Description: For youth who have taken a past TRAIL KIDS beginner camp or six week evening program and have passed either the blue, black or red bike levels. Youth will ride most of the single track track intermediate to advanced trails along with learning more technical bike handling skills.