CANCELED // Ride Leader Training For Group Rides on 4/12

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CANCELED // Ride Leader Training For Group Rides on 4/12

April 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm 7:30 pm

Due to inclement weather and snowy conditions, we’re canceling the Ride Leader training scheduled for April 12 at Gateway Green. We will offer it again soon.

A class for those interested in learning how to lead mountain bike group rides – Gateway Green 4/12 5-7:30pm.

About this event

In partnership with Elaine B. Bikes, NWTA presents Ride Leader Training for those interested in leading mountain bike group rides.

Leading or helping with group rides is a fun way to find riding buddies and share enthusiasm for mountain biking by introducing ways to enjoy a ride more comfortably, safely, and confidently. Leading rides also helps grow the sport and increase trail stewardship by involving and inviting riders at any level, especially beginners to the sport or trail system and those new to the area.

Ride Leader Intro course is a basic introduction to leading rides and what tasks need to happen before, during & after a ride, and what to do if something goes wrong. This training is designed to increase the confidence of anyone interested in leading, co-leading, or sweeping (riding at the back) a ride at any level. 

While a person does not need to have advanced or even intermediate riding skills to be a ride leader, this is not a skills clinic. Ride leaders have a role in creating a safe and fun environment, not an instructor role. Ride leaders are happy to share their favorite trails at whatever level they are confident on — be it a winding gravel trail to more advanced runs. 

This 2.5-hour course will also help prepare a person to succeed in the BICP’s standalone Ride Leader Certification online course. This certification is not necessary to hold group rides for NWTA.

Topics covered:

-Preparing for a ride, including planning and communicating the ride, 

-Learning what goes in your backpack and what to bring along

-How to assess whether a rider is at a level to enjoy the ride you’re planning

-How to manage the group and what to do if something goes wrong

-How to describe upcoming trail features

-Practice leading and sweeping a ride

-Discussing liability: what is your exposure you need insurance or permits?

-Recommendations for additional education and resource

-and much more!

Want to know more? Read Nell Stamper’s article about the training she attended at Klootchy Creek in 2021:

This class is limited to 6 people. Pre-registration required.

Bring your helmet, bike in good working condition, clothing, layers, tools appropriate for the day, water, and snacks. 

Current First aid/CPR certification or a Wilderness First Aid certification is highly recommended for ride leaders but is not required for attendance in this course.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, Gateway Green 5:00 – 7:30 pm, 

Meet at the picnic tables area between the pump tracks or meet at 4:30 pm at The Lumberyard to ride bikes in with Elaine. Parking is available at The Lumberyard or the SW corner of the Fred Meyer parking lot.

COVID Protocols

Due to COVID-19 have a mask with you, you cannot maintain safe social distancing. We have also had to limit the number of participants. Please make sure to pre-register.

Once registered, please sign the waiver HERE

Have questions? Email [email protected]