For those looking to grow their mountain biking skills, Midcoast Conservancy is offering a three-part Mountain Bike skills course. Each class will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. and the cost is $10, including a rental bike if needed.
On July 24, “Basics of Mountain Biking” will focus on the very basics of riding a mountain bike. The course will begin on level ground, practicing the fundamentals before hitting the trails. Instructors will cover rider position, seat adjustments, braking, climbing, and descending. This workshop is geared for beginners and intermediates.
On Aug. 21, “Trail Preparedness” will address issues such as what would happen if a biker got a flat while out on a back country adventure, and leave participants prepared with the skills they need to ride confidently. This course will cover flat repair, necessary tools and equipment, safety gear, and how to read digital maps such as Trail Forks.
The final class on Sept. 18 will focus on “Progression.” This workshop is for those looking to “level up” their MTB skills. It will cover how to corner properly, handling speed, how to make drops, and of course, wheelies! The guides will lead riders to the “Hidden Gems” at HVNC that will challenge their skills and help them progress!
To register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/explore/events/
In addition, Midcoast Conservancy’s summer fat tire bike rental program runs Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Anyone looking to explore the 30 miles of trails at HVNC can rent a bike (and helmet, or bring their own) and get suggestions from staff about a route that is tailored to their ability.