Simsbury Culture, Parks and Recreation Department
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Mountain Bike Fundamentals - For Kids!

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man and woman mountain biking on wooded trail
This new program will cover the fundamental skills that all riders need to have to be safe and have fun on the trails.  We all know that kids do not always listen when their parents try to teach them, so why not give our Pros a shot?

Our instructors will use a progressive approach to safely teach riding position, bike/body movement, braking and shifting just to name a few.  Our goal is to make your child a more confident rider wherever they may be, on the trails or in the neighborhood.

Skills to be taught include:
Ready/Neutral Position, Bike/Body movement, Braking/Shifting, Climbing/Descending, Reading the Trail, Intro to Turning, Wheel Lifts

A safe and working mountain bike with hand brakes (not coaster brakes). We highly recommend having a local bike shop do a safety inspection if you are not sure.

All participants must have a properly fitting bike helmet - No helmets meant for other sports like skiing or hockey

About our instructors:
About Justin Olewnik:
Coach Justin Olewnik is a 10 year Simsbury resident and is an avid cyclist who enjoys both road and mountain biking. He has been mountain biking for over 20 years and is excited to share his passion for bikes and trail riding with kids and adults alike. From his experience as a lifelong athlete, Justin values the importance of focusing on fundamentals to improve your skills. Whether you just picked up a bike or have many miles under your tires, Justin believes all riders can benefit from focused coaching to improve bike handling, confidence, and performance so that your next ride is your best ride.

About Patrick Howell:
"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike"- John F. Kennedy
Patrick has been enjoying that simple pleasure of riding a bike his entire life; from racing on BMX bikes in his youth, to mountain and road bike racing as an adult. As a certified professional mountain bike instructor (PMBI) and a Level 2 USA Cycling Coach Patrick now shares his passion with other cyclists of all skills and fitness levels. "For me creating and sharing a memorable riding experience is a day well spent in the saddle" Patrick can now be found instructing and guiding all over New England//East Coast..…...and enjoying the simple pleasure of riding a bike.

- Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBIa)
- USA Cycling Level 2 Instructor (Road riding)
- Wilderness First Aid certified
- Certified Spinning Instructor
- Lead Instructor Ninja Mountain Bike Performance

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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