School of Tech
Are you a capable rider that feels like you are being held back from conquering harder trails or having more fun by your ability to navigate the more technical parts of the trail?
The School of Tech is a mountain biking school and community designed for intermediate-level mountain bikers to safely take their riding to the next level and meet other like-minded riders.
6 Week Better-Your-MTB Program
When you graduate from the School of Tech, you will:
✓ Feel more in control on the trails, even in the harder sections!
✓ Have the tips and tricks to progress your riding faster
✓ Confidently tackle more technical obstacles
✓ Make smart trail choices that keep you in the driver’s seat
✓ Correct bad habits that are holding you back
✓ Have new riding partners that are at the same level as you
✓ Be outside, exercising on the trails even more with your new found skills
The School of Tech was created for those who are
> Capable riders who've been on the trails for a couple of years but are still struggling to overcome the challenge of the technical parts.
> Looking to improve their riding efficiency and want to take their riding to the next level safely.
> Frustrated with not being able to ride sections of the trail and are tired of walking your bike around them, crashing, and maybe even injuring yourself.
> Wanting to ride obstacles such as logovers, rock gardens, rooty sections, rocky downhills/ uphills, and small drops with proper technique that makes it fun, safe and easier.
> Riding with or watching more advanced riders breeze through sections that trip you up or slow you down, and want to get the tips and tricks to handle these sections with ease.
> 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 Tech
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 Tech, you will be comfortably, confidently and consistently executing the below fundamental skills.
/ Line Selection
How to safely and successfully navigate through technical sections (i.e. rock gardens) of the trail.
/ 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 & Gearing
Refine and correct proper braking and gearing/shifting techniques.
/ Minii's Mountain Bike Recipe
How to self-assess and correct your own riding on the fly.
/ Body Positioning Balance
Refine and correct the fundamental body positions that will help you stay relaxed and mobile through more advanced terrain.
/ Better Bike Handling Skills
Drills specifically designed to challenge and better your balance and bike handling skills (i.e. trackstands).
Conquer technical (rooty and rocky) climbs with efficiency and avoid unnecessary fatigue.
Tackle technical descents (rooty and rocky) with confidence.
Learn the techniques to safely ride berms, switchbacks, and back-to-back corners.
/ Front & Back Wheel Lifts
Learn how to smooth out your riding by lifting both wheels over obstacles (up to 12"). If skill level permits, we will introduce bunnyhops.
/ Small Drops
Introduction to riding small drops (up to 12") and maybe even some airtime!
Build confidence. Ride safer. Meet other riders.
Have more fun on the trails.
✓ 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.
Location | Time | Dates
Classes run weekly at both Durham Forest (Main Parking Lot) and the Don Valley (E.T. Seton Park)
Tuesdays | May 9 - June 13 | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Tuesdays | Aug 22 - Sept 26 | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Thursdays | May 4 - June 8 | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Thursdays | Aug 24 - Sept 28 | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Subscribe to the Weekly Send to be the first in line when registration opens March 1!
What past Riders have to say....
I took a gamble and signed up for an intermediate clinic based on nothing more than a web search. I didn't have a single personal reference and so was prepared for this to be a miss. Well five weeks in and I can't wait to sign up for more.
It has been an excellent experience and my riding has stepped up a few notches. The folks that coach these clinics (I've worked with two) are extremely good riders (an obvious prerequisite) but also excellent teachers in that they are knowledgeable, patient, kind, non-judgmental and know when to motivate a rider to push their limits. Frankly - they are also just good humans to ride with.
I got everything I hoped for on the School of Tech course. I improved my riding skills, met some cool people, had a ton of fun. Since completing the 6 week course, I’m tackling more challenging trails with confidence, clearing obstacles that I used to bail on, and just generally enjoying my riding more. I hit a few Strava segments PRs too.