BIKE SCHOOL

WAY MORE THAN JUST A RIDE

Instructional weekly class

PMBI certified coaches

Women only group

Mechanical clinics, night rides, fat bike rides, trail days

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Bike School is your mountain bike instruction and ride all in one. Each Tuesday, we focus on one aspect of mountain bike life and structure the class all around it - could be finding the 'right' gear, conquering wood bridges, or cornering using your body.  Explore Edmonton's incredible trail system and river valley and get better on your bike with rad women. 

LESSONS + PRACTICE

 That's the design we follow in our weekly ride - take one topic in mountain biking (like braking or cornering), have certified coaches talk about why it's important and break down how to do it. Then we show you some demos and then its time for you to practice gradually until we're feeling good. Afterwards, we take it to the trail, where we choose ability-appropriate trails and identify and practice those topics right on the trails you know and love. 

Our COVID-19 protocols have modified our approach slightly. For our bike school, we have smaller groups and still break down mountain biking by topics, but instead of hitting the trails, we set up thoughtful and challenging drills in open air fields, adjusting drills based on individual progression.

 

We aren't going for distances or your next Strava PB, but provide quality instruction on how to improve on your mountain bike, no matter where you start.  

CALENDAR

We meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 (find our Calendar here).  Locations change weekly and are spread out all over Edmonton & area depending on ability group - learn your local trails and some new ones.

 

New for 2020 - we've added monthly rides and mechanical clinics into the winter! 

ABILITIES

Bike School is a beginner and intermediate level program. If you are a kick-ass advanced rider, contact us and we can hook you up with private lessons, our Golden Mountain retreat or direct you to another awesome group. 

 

Due to COVID-19, ability groups start at different locations. Coaches stay with their small group week to week and all groups will have the same topic. Lessons build upon each other, so be sure to attend regularly. 

A special kind of magic happens in the forest with a bunch of women. If you identify as female, know that you are welcome. From year to year, we occasionally have fantastic male coaches (not for 2020), but the dynamic of cheering each other on and trying new things is always front and centre. 

If your hanging with SheShreds in the river valley, we want you to have a blast! To make sure you have the best experience, we have to get to know you better. Pick the description below that suits you best so that we can pair you with a group with similar skillsets. 

 

Consider your fitness level as well. As always, speak with your physician about starting any new physical activity. A health-based questionnaire is required by all SheShred Bike School and clinics participants. 

NINJAS

Ninjas are new to ‘single-track’ mountain biking and is looking to build confidence and techniques focusing on balance, gearing, braking and foundational skills.

 

A Ninja rider has ridden on gravel paths and firm, wider trails and is comfortable on a bike, but is more intimidated when it comes to riding over roots & small logs, unknown trails and descending.

 

Ninja group rides spend more time working on developing skills (bring bug spray!) but still make time for a fun ride.  This group ride stops and re-groups often to rest, hydrate and look at and practice trail features. No one is left behind and we stay on green and simple blue trails.

COVID-19 modifications: This groups spends more time developing and building foundational skills. Post-lesson, coaches will suggest beginner trails in the immediate area suited for Ninjas: green and simple blue trails. 

 

Ninjas are strongly encouraged to only participate in the beginners group for a maximum of 2 seasons, to let others have the opportunity to join and learn. 

ROCK STARS

Rock Stars are in-between Ninjas and Hot Shots. They are building skills but confidence wanes when on a more challenging trails with technical features like steeper descents, wood features and rooty climbs.

 

Rock Stars spend more time sessioning (riding a tricky part of the trail multiple times) than HotShots, but are expected to move through features more quickly than Ninjas.

 

No one is left behind and we stay on green and blue trails (technical and flow). Expect a fairly fast pace when riding.  

COVID-19 modifications: This groups spends time developing and building foundational skills, but challenges these skills with additional experimentation and analysis. Post-lesson, coaches will suggest blue/intermediate trails in the immediate area suited for Rock Stars. 

HOT SHOTS

Hot Shots loves single-track riding, has a good foundation of skills and is comfortable on descents and long rides. 

 

These riders are looking to grow their skills by developing cornering, descending and technical climbing, ‘trick moves’ like wheel lifts, manuals and wood features.

 

Hot Shot group rides move at a faster pace, with a moderate amount of sessioning, focusing on developing skills. On alternating weeks, Hot Shots will be led by a SheShreds member for a "no sessioning" shred. No instructional component here, but expect a fast pace and plenty of Stoke! No one is left behind and this group focuses on technical blue trails. 

COVID-19 modifications: This groups spends time developing and building foundational skills, but challenges these skills with additional experimentation and analysis. Post-lesson, coaches will suggest blue/intermediate trails in the immediate area suited for Rock Stars. 

Please note that BikeSchool does not accept advanced riders. We got private lessons for that!

SHESHREDS RULES 

  •  Arrive prepared to ride, dressed for the weather with all mandatory equipment (6:15 is the sweet spot!) 

  • Observe all laws

  • Ride Responsibly - always be in control of your bike

  • Be courteous to other trail users, ring your bell when approaching

  • Leave no trace and take care of our trails: no littering and no skidding

  • Leave a distance of 2 bike lengths between you and the rider in front of you

  • When stopped on the trail or sidewalk, pull over to the side to let others pass easily

  • Communicate with your ride group about traffic and route/trail intersections​

  • You are responsible for the rider behind you

  • Inform your ride leader if you are hurt, need to stop, or are leaving the ride early. Riders who leave are no longer covered by SheShreds insurance and do so at their own risk

  • Carry your own tube, multi-tool and tire levers

  • Cheer on and bring up your fellow rider! We are all trying our best and facing our fears. Any mean spirited comments or actions will not be tolerated.

  • Cancellations will be posted on the website and emailed to members 2 hours prior to event start times. Bike School and Clinics will not run if lightning is present and cancelled immediately if lightning is sighted.   

WHAT TO BRING

REQUIRED: 

  • Helmet (ANSI, Snell or CSA compliant, most modern helmets comply)

  • Mountain Bike, in good working order*

  • Bell - its the law! 

  • Closed-toed shoes (stiff sole is best)

  • Water 

  • Weather/activity appropriate clothing

  • more recommended items here

  * hybrid, commuters or road bikes are not appropriate for single-track

MEMBERSHIP

If our past seasons are any indication, our Bike School memberships sell out very quickly. Like 12 hours quickly. To allow for a more fair playing field, we are accepting applications this season for 1 week, or until we're all full up! This allows us to get to know you and be sure we are the best fit for you. Don't worry - it's fun and silly, just like SheShreds.

Application forms are CLOSED for 2020 

 

With the support of Trek Bicycles, Bontrager Equipment, and United Sport & Cycle, SheShreds is proud to offer you this awesome membership for $300 + tax & fees.

Fees include:

 

  • Certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructors (PMBI) instructors guiding and coaching you every ride (over 50 hrs of small group instruction)

  • 21 rides & 5 events (~$14 per ride)

  • events include mechanical clinics and trail days​

  • free Demo bikes from United Sport & Cycle (deposit still required)

  • 10% off one bike purchase from United Sport & Cycle

  • 15% off parts & accessories from United Sport & Cycle

  • 10% off STOREWIDE from United Sport & Cycle

  • 40% off United Sport & Cycle branded items

  • Swag from Trek Bicycles and United Sport & Cycle 

  • 10% group discount (6 or more) for DirtSeries camps

  • Comprehensive insurance that covers instruction and all participants 

  • Optional: SheShreds jersey for $75 

WAY MORE THAN A JUST A RIDE

 

INSURANCE FOR MOUNTAIN BIKE INSTRUCTION

Our comprehensive insurance policy extends to include all instructional/coaching components of our program (including clinics and private lessons). We are not affiliated with Alberta Bicycling Association (ABA)'s group ride insurance and do not offer their "Try-It-Out" ride coverage or a secondary membership. 

 

Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport, even with instructors and practice, and we want to be sure that if something were to happen, we are all protected. 

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