School of Dirt
Registration Opens Aug 1 for Fall Schools
Are you a new mountain biker struggling to figure out what to do on the trails, leaving you feeling frustrated, fearful, and walking your bike?
The School of Dirt is a mountain biking school and community designed for beginner-level mountain bikers to build their confidence on the trails, ride safer and meet other like-minded riders.
6 Week Learn-to-MTB Program
When you graduate from the School of Dirt, you will:
✓ Be more relaxed and comfortable on the trails
✓ Walk your bike less and experience less frustration
✓ Ride safer
✓ Increase your confidence
✓ Have a strong foundation on the bike
✓ Have new people to connect and ride with
✓ Have a new way that you enjoy improving your fitness and health
The School of Dirt was created for those who are:
+ New to mountain biking, either in your first, second or maybe your third year of trail riding. Someone recently introduced you to the trails, or maybe COVID helped motivate you to get outdoors.
+ Struggling with putting the pieces together and still unsure of what you're doing on the trails.
+ Wanting to ride comfortably and confidently. You don't want to be fearful anymore.
+ Frustrated with not being able to ride sections of the trail and are tired of walking your bike a lot, crashing, and maybe even injuring yourself.
+ Looking for people to ride with and a community to be a part of.
+ Looking for an outdoor hobby that you enjoy and will improve fitness and health.
What you will learn in the School of Dirt:
✓ Bike Setup and maintenance. We'll show you how to prepare your bike for riding, how to do a safety check, and how to set up your bike for you.
✓ Body positioning balance - Learn a variety of body positions that will help you stay relaxed and mobile through various terrain.
✓ Braking - Confidently control your speed and learn how to safely use both brakes (yes, the front brake too!)
✓ Gearing & Shifting - Learn how to select the appropriate gear to pedal efficiently in various terrain and avoid unnecessary fatigue.
✓ Trail scanning & Line selection - How to better read the trail and become a proactive rider instead of getting caught off guard by obstacles.
✓ Climbing - Climb hills with efficiency and avoid unnecessary fatigue.
✓ Descending - Ride down hills with confidence with the correct body position and proper braking techniques.
✓ Cornering - Learn the basics to help you navigate tight and twisty trails.
✓ Front-Wheel Lifts - Learn how to lighten up the front wheel over small obstacles (up to 6") to help smoothen out your ride.
✓ Mounting & Dismounting Your Bike - Comfortably and safely get on and off our bike in various terrain.
Our professional, knowledgeable and inspiring instructors break down the above fundamental skills into simple and actionable steps that are easy to remember. Utilizing drills, we’ll practice them first in a safe and controlled environment before taking our newly learnt skills to the trails! By the end of the School of Dirt, you will be comfortably, confidently and consistently executing the above fundamental skills.
Build confidence. Ride safer. Meet other riders.
Have more fun on the trails.
✓ 6 x 2 Hour sessions with expert instruction
✓ Personalized Feedback & Video Analysis
✓ Weekly individualized Practice-Makes-Progress Reports for ongoing success
✓ Graduation Party on the final night
+ Learn from expert professional mountain bike instructors: JF (the Don Valley) & Arshad (Durham Forest)
+ Small Group Sizes: To ensure an effective, safe and personal learning experience.
+ Timing & Dates:
Classes run at both Durham Forest & the Don Valley
Tuesdays | 5:00 - 7:00 pm | September 7 - October 12
Thursdays | 5:00 - 7:00 pm | September 9 - October 14
Don Valley (E.T. Seton Park) | Durham Forest (Main Parking Lot)
+ Skill Level: Donut Holes | Glazed | Crueller
+ Available for: Men & women ages 19+
+ Investment: $349 + HST
+ Extra: The final two classes will require riding lights
If you have any questions, please drop us a line below, or book a discovery call with us to find out if this is the right program for you.
We look forward to riding with you!
I really enjoyed this course a lot! Being a long time roadie, I wasn’t sure how much I would learn. Figured I was probably saving myself years of trying to learn what I was taught by Charlotte in just a few weeks...without the bad habits!
Charlotte is very positive, very well versed in the technical aspects of riding, and really inspired confidence in our group. You could not find a more cycling passionate instructor who loves what she does. Well done Charlotte. Looking forward to more classes next year!
Charlotte is an excellent instructor! This program is well thought out and the progression of sessions allowed me to build a lot of confidence in my riding as my skills developed.
I really appreciate how she was very tuned in to the needs of the individuals in the group and was able to respond with technical advice and encouragement when it was needed. I highly recommend her as an instructor and look forward to more opportunities to learn from her!