Mountain Bike Courses

SOLD OUT! Beginners' Mountain Bike Course 26-27th August 2017

SOLD OUT! - IF INTERESTED CONTACT US  TO WAIT LIST IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS

This course is designed to introduce beginners to the basics of Mountain Biking, in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Day 1 will be based out of Wheel Life Cyclery  and the trails in Okotoks. We will be focusing on building rider confidence and basic bike handling skills such as body positioning,  braking, cadence/gear changing, slow speed handling, climbing hills, cornering, and terrain awareness. Additionally, we will be covering basic bike set-up and maintenance.

Day 2 will be a guided group trail ride in Fish Creek Park. Here everyone will get to take their new skills from Day 1 to the trails, and put them into practice. 

While both days will contain reasonable amounts of physical activity, the emphasis is really on just getting out, learning new skills, becoming more comfortable on your bike, and most importantly, having fun! Our goal is that everyone smiles so much that their cheeks will be the muscles that ache the most!

Please see the “More Info” section below for further details.

Price $200.00 per person

Early Bird discount of 15% on or before 31st July!

We will also acknowledge our 1st Responders and Armed Services' personnel with a 15% discount.

Bikes & Beers! What?? Intermediate Skills Day Clinic! 9th September 2017


This course is designed to develop your mountain bike skills further! We are proud to be partnering once again with Wheel Life Cyclery and having some support from a local craft brewing company! Also anyone who signs up can get a 20% discount for the Grizzly MTB marathon hosted by Grizzly Mountain Events! 

We will be based out of Wheel Life Cyclery and using  the awesome trails  in Okotoks. We will be focusing on building riders competence and bike handling skills and taking these skills straight to the trails! Skills  such as proper body position, angulating the bike,  braking, cadence/gear changing, slow speed handling, climbing hills, cornering and navigating obstacles will all be covered. Additionally, we will be covering basic bike set-up, repair  and maintenance.

You should be able to comfortably ride green and some blue single track trails. You may have entered a few races or looking to start entering races, and wanting to better equip yourself to do so!

This day will contain a reasonable amount of physical activity,  but generally the emphasis is really on just getting out, learning more skills, becoming more confident and competent on your bike! Most importantly, having fun! 


Please see the “More Info” section below for further details.

Regular Price $110 

EARLY BIRD price $95 (registration on or before August 31st)

Other services

We also offer one to one and small group lessons,  as well as guided rides for intermediate riders in the Okotoks and Fish Creek areas. 

We will also be offering Fatbiking during the winter months.


Please contact us for details and pricing.

Events

No upcoming events.

Beginners' Mountain Bike Course 26-27 Aug 2017

CA$200.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation 10 days or more prior to the program will receive a full refund with an administration fee of $40. Cancellation in writing less then 10 days prior to the program start date will not be refunded or credited.


Bikes & Beers! WHAT? Intermediate Skills Day Clinic 9 September 2017

CA$95.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Early Bird discount price of $95 for registrations on or prior to 31st August. Regular price $110

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation 10 days or more prior to the program will receive a full refund with an administration fee of $40. Cancellation in writing less then 10 days prior to the program start date will not be refunded or credited.


More info

Official Partners

http://wheellife.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/wheellifecyclery/


We have partnered with Chris and Mark at Wheellife Cyclery who will be able to help with all things mechanical, advice on bikes, parts, repairs, equipment, and accessories as well as allowing us to use the shop as a base for the parts of the course held in Okotoks.

They are also very generously offering FREE pre course bike safety checks, as well as providing an expert input on bike maintenance and trail repairs.

Great guys who want to help you keep riding safely and on fantastic bikes!


We are also proud to be supporting Grizzly Mountain Events. All participants for our courses will be eligible for a 20% discount for entry to the Grizzly MTB Marathon on 7th October 2017!


http://www.grizzlyevents.ca/home.html

What you'll need

What do I bring?

1.A well-tuned mountain bike  This is very important.  Please visit  Wheel Life Cyclery bike shop (or any other shop, but obviously we recommend WLC) and have a mechanic take a look just to make sure everything is tuned and running smoothly. For more info on the best bike to bring, see below.

2.Pedals Please bring pedals that you are comfortable on. If you usually use flat pedals, bring flat pedals. If you usually use clipless (clipped in) pedals, but are unsure about learning new skills while you are clipped into your pedals, please bring a pair of flat pedals (these are not clipless pedals with a platform, they are made specifically for use with flat-soled shoes).  In most cases flat pedals will make it easier to learn and practice during the skills sessions.  If you prefer to be clipped in, you are free to use whatever pedals you are comfortable with.  

3.Shoes that are compatible with the pedals you’ll be using. Clipless pedals require shoes with cleats.  Flat pedals require flat shoes without cleats (such as tennis shoes or skate shoes). Note: shoes with tons of traction and lots of cushioning are not suggested. If you have questions about this please contact us before the course.  It’s very important that your pedals and shoes work together when you arrive at the course.

4.Check the weather prior to your clinic and pack accordingly. We will be riding rain or shine!  

5.Helmet (mandatory!) Must meet Canadian Standards!

6.Cycling gloves and sunglasses are advisable.

7.Padded shorts  If you do not have a pair please consider getting some, your under carriage (male or female) will thank you. Also, chamois cream is also very useful. If you’re not used to spending long periods on your bike, and have never experienced blistering/chafing on your nether regions – this course is not the time to start!

8.Hydration Pack (or water bottles and a backpack) filled with lots of water for the day. Depending on where we ride (TBD), there may not be an option to fill water, so make sure you have enough for the day. 

9.Snacks (energy bars / gels / chews). 

10.Sunscreen!

11. A spare tube that fits your wheel size.

12. Basic riding tools (don't worry if you don't have them yet, our coaches will have them and you can buy what you need after the maintenance talk at the shop)

13. Mosquito spray

14. Lunch for day 1 & 2 

15. Elbow and knee pads are not mandatory but could be useful for building your confidence, especially for the beginners' course. 


What’s the best bike to bring to the course?

A good mountain bike can make a huge difference in learning new skills and feeling more confident on the trails.  Make sure your bike is the proper size for you and is well maintained (schedule a tune-up a few days prior to the camp).  We suggest a dual suspension cross country or all-mountain bike for a more comfortable ride, but front suspension only bikes work fine.  A quick release seat post is suggested so you can easily lower and raise your saddle when going down technical sections and learning new skills. If you don't have a quick release seat post, please carry a multi-tool so you can lower/raise your seat throughout the course.  Cross/hybrid bikes and road bikes are not suitable. If you have further questions, please contact us!


FAQs

If you have questions please get in touch and we'll do our utmost to get back to you with an answer but here's one or two we thought of.


Will we be riding downhill fast on difficult trails?

Not on the beginners course. It's all about getting confident on the bike. Intermediate riders will be able to try more challenging trails as their skills progress.


How fit do I need to be?

The beginners course will mostly concentrate on getting comfortable riding your bike offroad. Some fitness will be good but it's ok to push from time to time (we do!).

For the intermediate clinic you will need to be used to riding your bike for longer periods of time, and a reasonable level of fitness will help make your day more comfortable.


Who is the Beginners’ Course for?

Beginner-Intermediate mountain bikers ages 18+. You MUST be able to ride a bike. You may have ridden some double track/gravel trails, bike paths, some easy green single-track trails. The aim of this course is to teach you skills and manoeuvres to help your control and confidence on your bike and getting you onto single track trails. You may have done a skills clinic and looking to refresh and put things all together. 

We won’t be able to improve your fitness in the short time you’re with us, so it would be good if you get out on your bike in the meantime, familiarise yourself with the controls and get used to spending time in the saddle. 


Who is the Intermediates’ Day clinic for?

You can comfortably ride green and some easy blue single-track trails. The aim of this course is to teach you skills and manoeuvres to help your control and confidence on your bike, getting you more confident and competent on single track trails. You may have done a skills clinic or beginners’ course and looking to refresh and put things all together. 

You’ll need to be used to spending time on your bike as we’ll be learning and applying our skills on the trails. You may be looking to enter some races and want to better equip  yourself to do so!

We won’t be able to improve your fitness in the short time you’re with us, so it would be good if you get out on your bike in the meantime, familiarise yourself with the controls and get used to spending time in the saddle. 


Where are our courses held?

Saturday – meeting at Wheel Life Cyclery, Fisher Street, Okotoks and Okotoks Town trails

Sunday – meeting at Fish Creek Provincial Park


What is the beginners' course format?

The course is two days;

Day 1: We’ll start off arriving between 8.30-9 at WLC, then  introductions and form signing, then move into a bike maintenance session. Then we’ll be heading on our bikes to start working on our skills and bike handling, and heading to the trails. We’ll return to WLC for lunch, then more skills – applying them on the trails.

After riding, you’ll have time to shop at Wheel Life Cyclery, get any last minute tune ups done with their mechanics and ask any questions. Stretch and head off by 4.30pm.

Day 2: We’ll meet at Fish Creek Park (meeting point to be determined by instructors at end of day 1. We’ll be heading onto the trails and practising and applying the skills we learnt on day 1. We’ll break for a short lunch then more riding till about 2pm.  At end of day two we’ll have some tailgate refreshments, debrief and review and you can exchange contact information to help grow the community of mountain bikers! Stretch and go by about 2.30pm.

The schedule throughout both days will be flexible and adjusted accordingly to the needs of each group.





Our Instructors

Sally

Sally is a PMBIA qualified instructor and has been mountain biking for about 10 years Sally is also LEBA (Law Enforcement Bicycle Association) trained. She is also a qualified AFLCA fitness instructor, and has current first aid.

Sally has a passion for helping people, particularly ladies reach their full potential and loves pink bikes!

She is also an Ironman finisher, Xterra Athlete, MTB and Cyclocross Racer.

Jason

Jason is a PMBIA instructor and also LEBA trained. He's been riding mountain bikes since the mid 80's and before things like suspension were invented!

He's even recently expanded his love of baggy shorts to the sleekness of lycra, and admitting to liking the road riding!

He loves competing in events like Xterra and Cyclocross, and is great motivator and encourager to others getting into biking!

Gerry

Gerry is a PMBIA certified MTB instructor. We're not quite sure how long he's been riding mountain bikes but we think it's been a long time.

Gerry is also LEBA  trained and has a long background in coaching and development.   

He's a fantastic guy who will help and encourage you to build your skills and confidence. 

If you can tell Jason and Gerry apart - its by the colour of their bikes!