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School of Dirt 

Are you new to the world of mountain biking or have been pulled in by partners or friends who are advanced riders and want to develop your MTB basics so you can confidently tackle and ride obstacles, keep up with the group and enjoy every ride?

 

The School of Dirt is a mountain biking school and community designed for beginner mountain bikers to build their confidence on the trails, ride safer and meet other like-minded riders.

2023 Class dates are live!

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6 Week Learn-to-MTB   Program

When you graduate from the School of Dirt, you will:

Feel more stable and in control while on the trails

 Have a keen understanding of bike handling do’s and don’ts

Tackle obstacles safer and with less fear

✓ Have the tips and tricks to progress your riding faster

Make smart trail choices that keep you in the driver’s seat

✓ Have new riding partners that are at the same level as you

 Be able to actually enjoy this new form of exercise and get outside more.

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The School of Dirt was created for those who are

> Newer to mountain biking. You've been introduced to the world of MTB and trail riding by friends, partners or have just always wanted to try it!

 

> Getting out on the trails but never quite feel confident on trails where it gets too steep, too rocky or too bumpy.

 

> Wanting to make smart riding choices that will help keep you safe while progressing your riding faster.

 

> 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.

 

> Aspiring to meet and ride with others at your level. 

 

> Passionate about being in nature, out on the trails and exercising in an adventurous way.

What you will Learn in the School of Dirt

Our professional, knowledgeable and inspiring instructors break down the below 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 below fundamental skills.

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/ Trail Scanning & Line Selection

How to better read the trail and become a proactive rider instead of getting caught off guard by obstacles.

/ 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.

/ Braking

Confidently control your speed and learn how to safely use both brakes (yes, the front brake too!)

/ Body Positioning & Balance

Learn a variety of body positions that will help you stay relaxed and mobile through various terrain.

/ Gearing & Shifting

Learn how to select the appropriate gear to pedal efficiently in various terrain and avoid unnecessary fatigue.

/ Front-Wheel Lifts

Learn how to lighten up the front wheel over small obstacles (up to 6") to help smoothen out your ride.

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/ 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.

/ Mounting & Dismounting Your Bike

Comfortably and safely get on and off our bike in various terrain.

Build confidence. Ride safer. Meet other riders.

Have more fun on the trails. 

Package Highlights

6 x 2 Hour sessions learning from  professional mountain bike instructors.

Small Group Sizes to ensure an effective, safe and personal learning experience.

Personalized Feedback & Video Analysis

Weekly individualized Practice-Makes-Progress Reports for ongoing success.

A private online platform to connect with your fellow students and coach.

Graduation Party on the final night.

The Details 

Location | Time | Dates

Classes run weekly at both Durham Forest (Main Parking Lot) and the Don Valley (E.T. Seton Park)

Durham

Tuesdays | May 2 - June 6 | 5:30 - 7:30pm 

Tuesdays | Aug 22 - Sept 26 | 5:30 - 7:30pm 

Don Valley 

Tuesdays | May 2 - June 6 | 5:30 - 7:30pm 

Tuesdays | Aug 22 - Sept 26 | 5:30 - 7:30pm 

Subscribe to the Weekly Send to be the first in line when registration opens March 1!

Skill Level

Glazed | Chocolate Dipped

Available for

Men & women ages 19+

Investment

$449 + HST 

What past Riders   have to say.... 

From the first class of School of Dirt I was made to feel comfortable with the new to me sport of Mountain Biking. I was taught the necessary essential beginner skills to get me out riding the trails and loving every moment of it. By enrolling in subsequent training sessions I was given the confidence to take my riding to the next level.

 

Always kind, positive and personable attention to all riders young and old. Considerable attention to details such as inclement weather and alternate plans that make the sessions run smoothly - a pleasure for all. Can't wait to partake in my next session.

Karen

Took part in the School of Dirt, our coach Tessa was absolutely brilliant that challenged and pushed us but never let us feel down when we couldn't do something! I cannot recommend these folks enough, get out there and ride!

Tommy

We can't wait to ride with you!

 

If you have any questions, please check out our FAQ Page, or drop us a line below.

 

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