IRIDE/SPROCKIDS CYCLING PROGRAM Overview
Sprockids was originally developed in 1990 as a self-esteem/anger-management program to help students succeed in school.
Since then Sprockids has evolved into a multi-faceted program engaging thousands of young people in the life-long activity of
mountain biking while teaching them the skills, values, and strategies to succeed in life. In recent years Cycling BC has rolled
together the iRide program with Sprockids to bring a wealth of learning. iRide community programs vary in duration and frequency
but all sessions include skill development, bicycle rides and games appropriate to participant age and ability following the
Cycling Canada Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). Learn more here.
A lasting and enjoyable learning experience for students begins with skilled coaches. Only Nationally Certified Coaching Program
graduates are eligible to teach iRide programs, and each new iRide coaches completes an apprenticeship with experienced iRide head coaches.
This way our coaches understand how to best share their cycling expertise all four types of learning styles: auditory, visual, kinesthetic and tactile.
Our coach team includes aspiring youth racers, professional coaches with cycling accolades and passionate parents trained to teach.
As a result, our dynamic team brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to the sessions, creating fun and memorable experiences.
The iRide program teaches a total of 10 basic and 3 intermediate riding skills in accordance with the NCCP Basic Cycling Skills coaching course.
Our sessions are conducted within the safe confines of a traffic-free environment, utilizing school grounds, local parks, pump tracks, BMX and track cycling facilities and local trails.
- Starting & Braking
- Straight-Line Riding
- Scanning & Signaling
- Low-Speed Turns
- Medium-Speed Turns
- Ready Position & Limbo
- Front Wheel Lift
- Dismount & Remount
- Bumping & Buzzing
- Gearing & Cadence
- Riding up variable terrain
- Riding down variable terrain
- Riding off a curb or drop-off
These skills are taught at all our iRide events. Our coaches tailor the focus of each session to the age and ability level of their students.
Understanding where your child is on the development pathway can be a challenge. Luckily our iRide staff work with youth riders aged 6 – 16 every day!
To help identify what session best fits your child and at what point it is safe to advance to the next level, please review the below table.
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.
- Thrills & Skills Cycling Jersey-requirement
- Shorts or pants that won’t snag on bike
- Mountain bike with at least front suspension and disc brakes.
- Dropper post recommended
- Clipless pedals and shoes
- OR Mountain bike specific flat pedals and mountain bike specific flat shoes
- Knee/elbow pads suggested
- Knee/full shin pads mandatory if riding flat pedals
- Crack/shatter resistant Sunglasses encouraged
- Full fingered gloves
- Flat repair kit (tube, pump, tire levers, etc)
- Proper fitting helmet
- Yearly cycle program – Doumont / Westwood Trails
- 2020 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 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.