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

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This new program is for all types of riders, those who are new to mountain biking or are experienced riders looking to kick bad habits.  Our instructors will take you back to the basics with a progressive approach to teaching bike/body position, operation of controls, and navigating the trail.  Our goal is to have you dancing down the trail and having more fun on your bike!

Skills to be taught include:
Ready Position, Bike/Body Movements, Braking/Shifting, Climbing/Descending, Reading The Trail, Wheel Lifts, and Introduction to Turning.

Everyone needs to have their own safe and working mountain bike.  If you are not sure about your bike's condition, we highly recommend having a local bike shop do an inspection.  No road bikes, hybrids, or cruisers. 
All participants must have a properly fitting bike helmet 

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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