BIKE SCHOOL RIDES
These weekly rides are for Bike School members only. Details are available to members in the members section of the website or sent directly to member's inbox prior to each ride.
Events are all subject to the changing COVID-19 restrictions. Please review our COVID-19 Policies here.
WELCOME NIGHT - ATTENDANCE RECOMMENDED
EVENT: Spring Session: TUES APR 25TH Summer Session: TUES JULY 11TH
Join us for a meet and greet with your coaches, Ottalaus Bike staff and your fellow Bike Schoolmates! Comprehensive Bike Fit (Please bring your bike), Play some games, gear setup, (need new SheShreds merchandise?) and get pumped for the new season.
FUNDAMENTALS- ATTENDANCE RECOMMENDED
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES MAY 2ND Summer Session: TUES JULY 18TH
Meet in the parking lot of your ability level’s location and get ready to play on bikes!! We will learn all about how to be safe on the road and on the trails, as well as trail etiquette. We do a full bike check to make sure our steeds are ready to ride and our lesson focuses on our fundamentals of mountain biking! Baby steps y'all! Our lesson involves all the positions we use while riding: while riding along, doing something technical or climbing. We also chat about balance on your bike, get familiar with your limits so that you can find stability on the trail.
The aim of this recommended attendance is to have all participants instructed in the basics of mountain biking (foundations, positions, and balance) regardless of their attendance for the remainder of the program. This serves to increase the safety of all participants and time management of other Bike School attendees. If participants are unable to attend, a private group lesson can be organized to make up for these critical lessons, with the additional expense of the lesson the responsibility of the participant. This lesson must occur prior to May 31st 2023.This is outlined in the Cancelation policy, which is reviewed by all participants prior to the purchase of any SheShreds MTB services.
PEDAL TO THE METAL - ATTENDANCE RECOMMENDED
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES MAY 9TH Summer Session: TUES JULY 25TH
Today’s lesson focuses on gearing and pedalling techniques – managing our chain and knowing what gear to be for the trail ahead, as well as squeezing as much power & efficiency out of each precious pedal stroke.
The aim of this recommended attendance is to have all participants instructed in the basics of mountain biking (foundations, positions, and balance) regardless of their attendance for the remainder of the program. This serves to increase the safety of all participants and time management of other Bike School attendees. If participants are unable to attend, a private group lesson can be organized to make up for these critical lessons, with the additional expense of the lesson the responsibility of the participant. This lesson must occur prior to May 31st 2023. This is outlined in the Cancelation policy, which is reviewed by all participants prior to the purchase of any SheShreds MTB services.
ABORT, GIVE ME A BREAK!
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES MAY 16TH Summer Session: TUES AUG 1ST
We practice all things braking – how to dismount quickly, how much front and back brake to use (and when!), and how to use our brakes to manage our speed, not just to come to a complete stop.
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW!
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES MAY 23TH Summer Session: TUES AUG 8TH
Today’s lesson focuses on straight line riding and using your eyes to drive your bike. Nailing this is the key to avoiding the dreaded bike wobble and conquering features like bridges (even high ones!) and teeter-totters. Also focuses on where to look while we ride, allowing to prepare or help conquer those roots.
UP, UP & AWAY!
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES MAY 30TH Summer Session: TUES AUG 15TH
Edmonton has an amazing amount of cross-country (xc) trails for such an urban city. The river valley has bred a unique style of trails: lots of punchy, steep climbs and technical short descents. It's why some amazing riders come from the YEG! Let's learn how to tackle the uphills with proven techniques so you can enjoy the trails in town and even.... enjoy the challenge and find the flow! Our lesson focuses on the many body positions we can choose for climbs and how to attack those pesky uphill switchbacks.
FIND YOUR FLOW
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES JUNE 6TH Summer Session: TUES AUG 22ND
What goes up must come down! Our lesson focus on everything descending from those longer flow descents to tackling those technical short descents. Our lesson focuses on the many body positions we can choose for descents and how to stay in control and stable while enjoying the flow of going down.
THURSDAY TRAIL DAY!
TRAIL WORK: Spring Session: THURS JUNE 8TH Summer Session: THURS JULY 27TH
Take care of the trails that you love. SheShreds takes care of the Old Timer's cabin area as part of the Adopt-A-Trail program with EMBA. Trim back the overgrown leaves and clear debris and become awesome stewards of our amazing trail system in Edmonton's river valley. Friends and family are welcome, this event is open to the public!
No ride today (but here is the EMBA trail day FAQs) Bring garden tools (no power tools), protective clothing, eye protection and bug spray!) We can find a job that works for everyone.
We love supporting our local trail association: Edmonton Mountain Bike Association (EMBA)!
CORNERS WITH A SMILE
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES June 13TH Summer Session: TUES AUG 29TH
Today we're showing off all our new and improved moves cause its picture day! A local photographer is going to catch all our concerned eyebrows, happy smiles and excited faces! So let’s rip some trails and show 'em what we've learned so far! The lesson will focus on the biggest lesson in mountain biking: CORNERS! We introduce some strategies for cornering as well as descending techniques: body positions and speed management.
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES JUNE 20TH Summer Session: TUES SEPT 5TH
Our lesson continues on cornering - adding berms, flat corners, off-camber corners and the dreaded tight corners. Conquer them all!
PUMP IT UP
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES JUNE 27TH Summer Session: TUES SEPT 12TH
Our lesson focuses on the most fun place on earth: the bike park!! Here we learn about how to push into the bike and absorb when the bike pushes back. Sounds tricky but comes more naturally than you'd think. We also start to lift our wheels in the air (front, back and both at the same time!) and strong riders can begin working on drops.
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES JULY 4TH Summer Session: TUES SEPT 19TH
Time to play in some dirt! We focus on bridges, roll downs and dirt jumps! Trust us, it’s way more fun and less scary than it looks, and we have something to try for each skill level. Take it slow and build up your confidence with step-by-step progressions until you're flying through the air!
GOING DOWN WITH A BANG!
RIDE: Spring Session: TUES JULY 11TH Summer Session: TUES SEPT 26TH
We learned! We cheered! We iced some bruised parts! Time to celebrate the end of our time together with one last lesson: descending. Terrain management, speed control and body positions. We review the seasons lesson and talk about your lightbulb moments.
DRIVE TRAIN CLINIC
Drive trains – it’s what moves your bike forward when you push on the pedals and is an integral system on the bike. So let's learn how it works, how to troubleshoot on the trail when issues come up and how to take care of all the parts throughout the season.
Suspension is a huge (and expensive) component of our bicycles. Learn about how the different kinds of suspension work, how to adjust your suspension for the trails you are riding and how to maintain and care for your suspension to keep it smooth and plush.
We’ve learned how to use our brakes but learning the mechanics behind how they work and how to keep care of them is essential to having them functional. Learn all the bits and pieces, an overview on how to bleed them and replace the brake fluid and how to identify and correct common problems.