iRIDE CYCLING PROGRAM Overview
Building confidence through cycling
A 3-6 week after-school program for riders 6-16 years old, iRide After-School programs are designed to teach intermediate cycling skills, build confidence and connect local youth with one another through the challenges of cycling.
iRide instructors are trained by the National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) and undergo a background screening. Cycling BC’s iRide program subscribes to the Coaches Association of Canada’s Responsible Coaches Movement and follows the High Five: Healthy Child Development principles to help our instructors create an engaging and effective learning environment.
The program is designed for students who can already ride and exhibit level 3-5 abilities. Programs are designed and facilitated by local instructors, and often times numerous skill levels are welcome.
Participants are split into working groups based on ability. Each session is designed to include one intermediate skill, a 30-45 minute bike ride on green or easy blue trails and a fun cycling game to re-enforce the day’s focus. Fundamental concepts covered may include any of the following and will depend on the skill level of the group:
- Brake Modulation & Descending
- Riding features or in a group
- Terrain Management and/or traffic awareness
- Wheel lifts and hops
- Dismounting & Remounting at speed
- Bumping & Buzzing a partner
- Using gears to master terrain change
- Riding rollers and small drops
To help parents identify what program best fits their child’s needs, and provide support for riders wishing to practice on their own time, iRide uses 5 skill levels:
- Level 1 – 2 is designed to prepare riders for after-school activities
- Level 3-5 is designed to help riders grow towards the club level
- Level 6+ is for club riders
Riders of all abilities are welcome as the iRide In-School Program. Learn more about the iRide Levels.
Thrills & Skills YOUTH CLUB Overview
All programs are led by qualifies NCCP Mountain Bike Coaches and follow the LTAD youth development model
High-Performance Racing is focused on helping teenage racers reach the highest level of the sport they desire. Riders work with a comprehensive
support network to help them represent our province on the national and international stage.
- Yearly cycle program – Doumont / Westwood Trails
- 2021 Early Race season
- One to three days a week
STREET SMARTS WORKSHOP OVERVIEW
( This workshop is 4 hours in duration. )
Are you wanting to feel comfortable riding your bike on the roadways and understand your bike better??
Learn to become a Street-Smart cyclist and gain confidence riding in traffic. The day will start with introduction,
then move into rules and regs of the road, common cycling routes, rider visibility and safety, road positioning, traffic lights,
proper bike set up, effective bike handling, proper braking, understanding your gears. Gain confidence through cycling
activities and have fun. We will be inside for the first 2 hrs and outside for the remaining 2 hrs. We will be going on a 5-10 km ride
on the roads to help explain our roles as cyclists on them. All participants must have a certified biking helmet, full functioning bike with lights
and basic riding skills. Bring snacks, water and weather appropriate clothing. (This workshop will be done rain or shine)
CYCLOCROSS SKILLS TRAINING CLINICS
Clinics run 4-6 hours
Is the sport of Cyclocross something you love and enjoy or something you’ve always wanted to get into? Well this clinic may be for you! a typical clinic starts off with a bike check and setup. Spend the day having fun with friends and honing your CX racing skills. We start off covering the fundamental skills and clothing for Cyclocross. then move into demonstrating and practicing each of these skills: Shouldering, Dismount & Remount, Looking ahead, Carrying speed & Momentum, Bunny Hop, Sliding, Attacking the trail, Smooth riding, Line Choice, Climbing and Breathing. We will then put it all together on the trails and grass as well as a mini race, where we can really see everything in action. It is recommended to have some Cyclocross experience but not required.