Level 1 (L1)
This is where it all starts. Level 1 riders are those who have little to no mountain biking experience here on the North Shore mountains and want to learn to ride more confidently. Level 1 focuses on the foundational skills of mountain biking, allowing riders to increase confidence, have more success on the trails as well as a fun future built from proper riding techniques. The skills learned are essential to tackling the North Shore trails and are taught in a safe and manageable pace, while riders are introduced to the North Shore trails gradually.
Level 2 (L2)
For riders who have at least a 2 years of mountain biking experience on the North Shore trails system and are ready to understand more effective skills and techniques to ride more confidently and efficiently. Great for riders who have ridden the North Shore trails, but still are challenged with some of the features, wanting to be able to tackle more challenging trails/features on the North Shore, break some bad habits, and essentially have more fun on the trails. Who doesn't want that? :)
Level 3 (L3)
For riders more advanced riders, who are able to ride the harder black trails on the North Shore, but want help with more advanced skills. Riders at this level are ready to be challenged by more advanced skill progressions, including: jumps, drops, manuals, steeper terrain and other advanced tactics. If you can ride most of the North Shore trails but could use a bit more confidence and technique, then this is the level for you. Level 3 is designed to give you added insight into mountain biking and take your riding to the next level by delivering an advanced application of skills, faster paced rides, faster paced teaching/ progressions as well as more ‘trail time’. Are you ready for the next step?
This is where it all begins! Intro level is for riders who have little to no trail riding experience and want to take their riding to the trails. Riders learn essential skills that will help them transition from pavement and gravel to riding on some of North Vancouver’s beginner mountain bike trails. Basic bike handling skills and fundamentals are taught to ensure a safe trail experience for these new mountain bikers. Recommended for those aged 6-9years of age.
Bike Requirements: Bikes with a minimum of 20" wheels, hand brakes and gears.
Level 1 (L1)
Level 1 is for riders who have some trail riding experience and are looking for more! Riders are excited to learn to ride more confidently with more skill and take on many new trails. Riders who want to be gradually introduced to more challenging terrain will find this level to be a perfect fit! Most riders in level 1 lessons have junior sized bikes with 24″ wheels, hand brakes and the appropriate range of gears to ride the trails for up to 2 hours at a time.
Level 2 (L2)
Level 2 riders are typically comfortable with the terrain seen on basic off-road trails, although are still growing as a rider and might not be ready to go full speed yet. They have some experience riding the North Shore trails but roots, drops and steeper terrain can still be pretty challenging. Level 2 riders are ready to learn more advanced bike handling skills and want to ride more confidently. This level is great for those that are keen discover new trails on the North Shore and develop their riding. At level 2 riders typically have full size mountain bikes with 26″ wheels and a good selection of gears and fitness to ride on the trails for 2 hours at a time.
Level 3 (L3)
Level 3 is for the rider who are comfortable with most of the trails on the North Shore, yet want to ride with more ease and speed! Riders in this level should not have too many problems with steep terrain, roots, rocks, and stunts, but are looking to fine tune the skills necessary to ride smoothly and with a flow. Riders will be introduced to harder trails with more challenging terrain and a faster pace. Riders in these programs typically ride full size mountain bikes with 26″ wheels and have the necessary equipment, gears and fitness to ride on the trails for at least 2 hours at a time, while maintaining a faster pace.