School of Tech
Are you ready to take your riding to the next level and tackle more advanced trails and obstacles with confidence?
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:
✓ Be more relaxed and comfortable on the trails
✓ Walk your bike less
✓ Experience less frustration with challenging obstacles & trails
✓ Ride safer
✓ Increase your confidence
✓ Have a strong foundation on the bike
✓ Have a better relationship with your bike
✓ Have new people to connect and ride with
✓ Have a new way that you enjoy improving your fitness & health
The School of Tech was created for those who are
> In your second, third, or maybe the fourth year of trail riding.
> Tired of riding the same green and easier blue level trails but are struggling to take your riding to the next level.
> 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 more difficult and challenging obstacles such as logovers, rock gardens, rooty/rocky downhills and uphills, and small drops comfortably and confidently.
> Seeing what other riders are conquering and can’t figure it out.
> 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 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)
Outdoor classes are closed for the season.
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What past Riders have to say....
Thanks, Charlotte! I really appreciate the things we learnt during the program. A few eye-opening changes to my rides from now on, and I am already experiencing more confidence on the trails.
An all-around excellent course. Charlotte certainly is technically very advanced. She quickly built up a skill set from week one through to our final week of being able to jump obstacles and do more technically advanced features.
The pace is solid and the learning is critical. You go from being somebody who rides a mountain bike to someone who knows how to position themselves appropriately given the terrain, braking strategies, how to take jumps and how to get over obstacles with relative ease.
After the program, you’ll be far more confident because you actually know what you are doing rather than guessing at most of it. I highly recommend the course and Charlotte!