GCMTB | Dirt Groms
Junior Mountain Bike Coaching Program
Start Date: Term 3, Starting 2nd August, 2020.
Day: Every second Sunday
Time: 7.30am – 9.00am
Where: Nerang National Park
Ages: 5-12 years
Participation: Riders will be graded and placed into groups of 8 with their own coach.
Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club will be running their progressive mountain bike coaching program for kids ages 5-12 years. Special consideration will be given to children outside these age brackets. Come along and join ‘Nellie the Gnome’ for some fun and skills.
During the first week, riders will be graded into groups based on ability. Each week, each group will spend 40 minutes practicing a skill, then stop for a 10 minute break, then finish with a 40 minute ride to practice our new skill on trails.
We will be following on from the very successful Coo-tha kids model which gives us the opportunity for inter-club races and challenges later in the year and early next year.The club is hoping to continue this program each term and riders will progress up the groups each term.
Parents helpers are welcomed (even needed) to help during the sessions.
Registration is via MTBA and each fortnight is a separate registration.
https://online.mtba.org.au/ERegister.aspx?E=8221 (2nd August)
https://online.mtba.org.au/ERegister.aspx?E=8222 (16th August)
https://online.mtba.org.au/ERegister.aspx?E=8223 (30th August)
https://online.mtba.org.au/ERegister.aspx?E=8224 (13th September)
- Riders will require their own bike (preferably with gears)
(5 year olds on balance bikes will be catered for)
- Offroad tyres
- Helmet that meets Australian Safety Standards
- Safety and Bike Setup
- Position and Balance
- Controlling the Bike
- Railing Corners
- Climbing and Descending
- Tackling Obstacles
- GCMTB members – $12 per lesson (email the club for discount code)
- Non members – $15 per lesson
You can become a GCMTB member by joining MTBA for 3 months ($25) or 12 months ($49) and then nominating GCMTB as your local club (+$15)
After joining, you can request the discount code from GCMTB and then register for the Dirt Groms.
Tip: Its actually cheaper to become a member than choose the non-members option 😉
Bad Weather or Cancellations:
In the event of bad weather we will move under cover or you may pick your child up.
Qualification and Insurance:
All instructors are trained and recognised by the national body (MTBA), hold current first aid certificates and QLD blue cards.
Corey Edwards or Liz Mulconry
Ph 0414 986 868 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Week Example Program
Safety – Checking our helmet and our bike
Body Balance – Freeing ourselves up on the bike, forwards and backwards, side to side.
Ready Position – Make ourselves ready for any bumps and attack ‘the ramp’ for the first time.
Start/Stop – Getting on and off safely on trails, those hills can be tricky.
Cornering – Moving side to side. Flat pedals, pedal down cornering.
Braking – How to brake efficiently.
Climbing/Descending – Where should our weight be and what is the right gear.
Advanced Ramp – Attack the ramp on its biggest setting.
Crashing – How to roll properly when you come off.
Ratcheting – How to avoid that rock or tree.
Track Stands – Stop at the obstacle without putting your feet down.
Wheel lifts – Front and rear, building to a good bunny hop. Use the ‘Manual machine’.
The Wheelies and Skids Ride Party!