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School of Dirt 

New to mountain biking? Welcome! We're so glad you're here!

 

Whether your journey to the trails began by exploring alone or playing catch-up with a spouse or friends who ride like they've got jetpacks, we promise you that your trail time doesn't need to feel difficult or discouraging.

 

In the School of Dirt, we aim to set you on the right path and transform newbie riders into trail masters. Think of us as more than a school – we're like your bike-riding pep-squad, here to boost your confidence while making sure you don't just ride but ROCK those trails with fellow riders who are just as stoked as you are!

 

It's time to stop chasing dust clouds and get onto the right path. See you in Class!

 Registration is Open! 

6 Week Learn-to-MTB   Program

After Graduating From The School of Dirt, Get Ready To:

Ride with more stability and control on trails.

 Progress in your riding skills faster with insider knowledge from experienced coaches.

Make informed decisions while on the trails.

✓ Approach obstacles with confidence instead of fear.

Understand the ins and outs of your bike and necessary riding gear. 

✓ Connect with fellow riders at your level and form a crew of riding buddies.

 Actually enjoy this opportunity to get outdoors and exercise.

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The School of Dirt was created for riders who are:

> New to mountain biking. Whether you're using hand-me-downs or brand-new shiny gear, found the trails on your own, chased your spouse, or have always wanted to try it.

 

> Feeling shaky on steep, rocky trails or sweating over tiny obstacles.

 

> Not standing up when needed, using only your rear brake, unsure why you have this lever that moves your seat up and down, terrified of the downhills, yet the climbs are far too exhausting.

 

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

 

> Frustrated with being unable to ride sections of the trail. Tired of walking your bike a lot and maybe even falling over just a little too often.

 

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

> Passionate about being in nature, out on the trails and exercising adventurously.

What you will Learn in the School of Dirt

We've all been there and want to spare you from learning the hard way! Our professional, knowledgeable, and inspiring instructors break down the fundamental skills below into simple and actionable steps that are fun to learn and easy to remember. 

 

Each week has a new focus and utilizing specific drills, you'll practice them first in a safe and controlled environment before taking your newly learned skills to the trails! By the end of the School of Dirt, you will be comfortably, confidently, and consistently executing the fundamental skills below.

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/ 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.

/ Trail Scanning & Line Selection

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

/ 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.

/ Climbing

Climb hills with efficiency and avoid feeling gassed at the top.

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/ Descending

Ride confidently down hills with the correct body position, proper braking techniques and why that dropper post is there.

/ Cornering

Learn the basics to help you navigate tight and twisty trails.

/ Mounting & Dismounting Your Bike

How to comfortably and safely get on and off our bike in various terrain.

/ Intro to Wheel Lifts

Learn how to lighten your wheels over obstacles for a smoother ride and even start to lift them off the ground for bigger obstacles. 

Build confidence. Ride safer. Meet other riders.

Have more fun on the trails. 

Class 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 7 - June 11 SOLD OUT

Tuesdays | Aug 20 - Sept 24 | 5:30-7:30 PM

Don Valley

Tuesdays | May 7 - June 11 | 5:30-7:30 PM

Tuesdays | Aug 13-27 & Sept 17-Oct 1 | 5:30-7:30 PM

Skill Level

Glazed | Chocolate Dipped

Available for

Riders 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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