Mountain Biking Instruction for Youth and Adults in DC/MD/VA

You don’t have to go too far from the city to find some decent trails for mountain biking. From the easy off-road trail riding of Burke Lake Loop in Springfield, VA, to the challenging single-track thigh-burners of Patapsco Valley State Park, near Ellicott City, MD, mountain biking is easy to find near Washington, DC.

For novice riders and those with limited experience, our Introduction to Mountain Biking course will teach the basic skills to keep your rides safe and fun.

Designed for groups of 4 to 16 participants, Introduction to Mountain Biking consists of the following:

Level 1 – Introduction to Mountain Biking
We’ll meet your group at Schaeffer Farms, in Darnestown, MD, and outfit participants with a bike and helmet. If you have your own ride, we’ll make sure it is trail-ready before we get into a few skill-builders.

Once you have practiced these essentials, we will head out and hit the trails with an easier ride. On the initial ride, you’ll work on the “front-end lift” which will help you get up over smaller logs without having to get off your bike. Then, after lunch, we’ll head out for the more advanced trail, and work on hill climbs and descents. Great fun, on challenging terrain.

This course will introduce riders to “single-track” mountain biking. Participants will be negotiating tight turns, over uneven terrain, with obstacles, hills and curves. Due to the technical nature of the terrain, participants should be very comfortable riding a bike, and preferably one with handlebar brakes (not a coaster brake). In addition, riders should have a reasonable level of fitness and be 10 years-old or older.
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