JEFFERSON — 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 - 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 August 21, “Trail Preparedness” will address issues such as what would happen if a biker got a flat while out on a backcountry 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 September 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!, according to the Conservancy, in a news release. 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. - 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.
HVNC is a 1,000 acre preserve with cabins and yurts for 365-day-a-year camping, all-season outdoor recreation gear rentals, and a low-impact forestry program. Workshops, guided walks, music events and a fall Race Through the Woods are all part of the year-round programs offered there. To learn more, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/preserve/hidden-valley-nature-center/.