TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike Session 1

Mon May 10 - Thu July 8 Minneapolis, MN 55422 US
Sessions
Race Website

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Place
1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN US 55422
Description

TRAIL KIDS offers three sessions of six week mountain bike programs for the beginner to advanced rider. Boys and girls ages 7-13 will explore the single-track trails at Wirth Park while gaining skills they can use for a lifetime! The focus of the mountain bike program is to have fun, meet new friends and build confidence riding the single track trails. The programs offer mixed gender coaching groups based on riding ability level. Girls seeking to ride only with other girls can sign up for our Girls Rock Mountain Bike Program.  Non-binary and trans youth are welcome to join any group in which they feel most comfortable. Youth ages 13 – 18 can start the Loppet Cycle Works Juniors program.

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

Mountain Bike Skills and Ability Levels


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. 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 different bike skills and will be able to move up in levels if they progress through additional sessions throughout the season. For a full description of our mountain bike skill level progression click here: TRAIL KIDS MTB Skill Level Guide

  • Equipment Needed: Participants will need their own mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier to participate. We only provide mountain bike rentals for our beginner Wirth clinics. 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. For more on mountain bike equipment click here: TRAIL KIDS MTB Equipment Guide
  • Ages/Ability: Ages 7 – 13, beginner to advanced abilities welcome (we split into different coaching groups based on ability, fitness, age and friend request( friends who are different riding abilities may not be placed together). 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
  • TRAIL KIDS Adventure Mountain Bike Series: 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. There will be one race scheduled for each of the three sessions scheduled during the normal practice session. Youth will race in their coaching groups at different start times throughout the evening. For more information on the mountain bike series go to: Summer Adventure Mountain Bike Series
Registration Guide


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


Wirth Dates and Registration


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

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

Lebanon Hills Dates and Registration


Tuesday/Thursday Lebanon Hills Session 1
  • Dates: May 18 – June 24
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: Ridge cliff Park ( next to Lebanon Hills)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 18

Elm Creek Dates and Registration


Monday/Wednesday Elm Creek Session 1
  • Dates: May 17 – June 23
  • Session Days/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: Elm Creek single track
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 17

Monarch (Carver Park) Dates and Registration

Monarch Session 1

Girls Rock - Wirth Dates and Registration


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
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

A Note About the Data We Collect

Scholarships and Sibling Discounts

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.

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