An introduction to mountain biking will be offered at North Bend State Park on Sept. 1 and 2. Instructor Kim Coram will cover the basics any beginner needs to know to get started in mountain biking. There are four classes over the two-day period. Attendees can attend one or all of the classes.
"Attending all is the best plan," advised North Bend State Park Superintendent Steve Jones. "The classes cover all aspects of biking to help beginners understand the activity as recreation as well as exercise. They will learn all aspects of bikes, trails, and safety."
Space is limited and registration is required. There is a course fee of $30 to cover classes and materials. Weekend classes include:
Mountain Biking - Class 1: Introduction to biking
Sept. 1, 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
This four-hour session will teach the basics, fit your bike to you, take you through a basic tune-up and then off to North Bend Rail Trail to ride and learn to use your gears, set your cadence, apply brakes properly, and enjoy a great trail.
Mountain Biking Class 2: Introduction to mountain biking skills
Sept. 1, 2 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Using the curriculum of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, students will learn the basics of mountain biking to include drills for "heavy feet, light hands," learning the "attack position" while maneuvering over obstacles, weight distribution, and much more. This class will be conducted in a field with "drill stations" for skills development.
Mountain Biking - Class 3: Beginning mountain bike skills on the trail
Sept. 2, 9 a.m. - noon
This class will be conducted on the single-track mountain bike trails at the park. Students will ride the trails and stop to practice skills at designated locations.
Mountain Biking - Class 4: Introduction to trail building
Sept. 2, 1 2 p.m.
Many of West Virginia's trail systems thrive because of volunteer labor. This class will develop a section of mountain bike trail. The basic engineering of trail development will be taught.