Leaping Lizards After School MTB Camp – Gateway Green (Thursdays)

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Leaping Lizards After School MTB Camp – Gateway Green (Thursdays)

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September 29 @ 4:30 pm 6:15 pm

Thursday After School Mountain Bike Skills Camps for Intermediate level 8-10 & 11-14 year olds

About this event

After school mtb skills camp for Intermediate Level riders ages 8 – 10 & 11-14 year olds.

Registration for this camp is for 4 Thursdays (from 9/15-10/06). Please be ready to commit to having your rider attend class each week.

In partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation & Elaine B Bikes, NWTA is excited to offer kids after-school mountain bike skills camps. Cost: $40 donation to NWTA (scholarships available email [email protected])

Drop off & Pick up location: Gateway Fred Meyer Parking Lot, Corner of NE 99th & NE Pacific 

Event Location: Gateway Green 

Required Gear: 

– A mountain bike in good working condition. We have a limited amount of Trek bikes to loan. Please add your rider’s height information when registering.

– A properly fitting helmet in good condition and is less than 5 years old* (Loaners available)

– Water bottle and snacks

– Clothing appropriate for the weather

– Pack to carry layers, snacks, and water

Recommended Gear:

– Full Fingered Gloves

– Knee and elbow protection

– Eye protection

Participants should have their own water, wear layers appropriate for the weather, and have a backpack to take with them to the park. No items will stay at the drop-off site. 

We will ride if it is lightly raining but may cancel if it is heavy rain. Watch your emails by noon the day of the class.

Rider Experience: Intermediate with at least 2 years of riding on dirt trails


These riders are already comfortable riding a bike on “Green” and may be riding parts of moderately technical “Blue” trails, and down features, 4-8 inches high. They can stand and coast confidently on even pedals for longer sections of trail, and they can shift gears and corner comfortably. They are interested in dropping features up to 12-14” high, learning to jump, manual, and riding pump tracks or rolling terrain faster, without pedaling. They can ride 2-4 miles or more on a trail or bike path.

During this class: these riders will continue to improve their balance over varying and more technical terrain, brake and corner even quicker, with more exaggerated body movements, and they can shift gears before it’s too late. They’ll learn to climb, descend and ride both faster and more slowly with confidence. They’ll and have fun riding technical roll downs and drops 8-10” high – if they want to. The wheels may leave the ground in this class, after all, Leapin’ Lizards want to learn how to jump! 

Bike: A Leapin’ Lizard’s bike has platform pedals, two hand brakes, a seat that can move up and down, and is in good working condition. Single speeds are OK but a bike with gears will be more fun on the climbs. No coaster brakes, kickstands, baskets, or fenders. A Lizard’s helmet fits properly, is in good condition, and is less than 5 years old.

Questions? Email [email protected]

COVID – 19 & Waiver: 

NWTA follows the current state-mandated protocols. The most current information can be found here: State of Oregon COVID mandates

Once registered, please sign the waiver for your MINOR Child HERE

Thank you to our partners & sponsors:

Portland Parks & Recreation

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Lolo Racks

Trek Bicycles

REI

Fred Meyer

Trimet

Elaine B. Bikes