This course is designed to introduce students to the sport of mountain biking including the science and basic engineering of bike design, history of the sport, sustainable trail design, and its impact on our local and regional economies and communities.
- Instructor: Todd Uva
- The course approach combines group work, hands on projects (trail building/maintenance and bike repair), academic research, and appropriate use of technology.
- Students can expect to learn the basics of trail riding, bike maintenance, trail design, and the benefits mountain biking brings to their personal health and community.
- The Instructor has the discretion to change course placement of participants for safety reasons.
Intro Course: This course is not intended for participants who don’t already know how to ride a bike. All riders need to have basic riding skills such as shifting gears, braking, mounting/dismounting and riding over small obstacles such as roots. They will also need to have a fitness level to sustain a 2.5 hour activity and be able to ride or walk up steep hills. This course will allow for more frequent opportunities for breaks/rest. A proper fitting helmet, water bottle or hydration pack and snacks are required. A tuned mountain bike is recommended but not required (essential for rider safety).
Advanced Course: In addition to the above skills, participants should have prior experience riding single track mountain bike trails and expect to be riding at an increased pace with less breaks and rest. This group will likely cover more distance on our trail rides.