Skills Clinic

Adult Beginner MTB Clinic Series Recap

Written by Tommy Tuite This August, I attended the four-part NWTA Adult Beginner MTB Clinics at Gateway Green in Portland, OR.   This series was expertly hosted by Elaine Bothe, teaching us the world of mountain bike fundamentals and practical skills.  Gateway Green Mountain Bike Park is a familiar spot for me but was new to a few … Read More

Gateway Green Group Session with River City Bicycles Recap

Written by Isabella Taylor The Gateway Green session on August 28th (p/b River City Bicycles and Northwest Trail Sisters) was a smashing success. It was a night filled with skills progression, connection, and too many “yews” to count in retrospect. The night began with getting everyone acquainted in a quick group huddle, and then we split … Read More

AntFarm Clinic Recap

Written by Nancy Stone, Education & Sustainability Director ([email protected]) On the heels of a successful Trail School at Sandy Ridge this spring, where NWTA and AntFarm Youth Services teamed up to offer their youth an immersion into trail maintenance (Trail School), both parties were looking forward to more opportunities for collaboration. This opportunity came in the … Read More

NWTA Kids Summer Camps Recap

Written by Elaine Bothe, NWTA Instructor Aug. 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 2022, at Gateway Green NWTA’s first ever Kids Camps by the numbers: 1 awesome bike park, three weeks, eight instructors and helpers, and 36 kids aged 8-13! Monday mornings are awesome! 8:45 am, August 8, 2022, we stood with clipboard in hand and big smiles … Read More

Ride Leader Training at Rocky Point Recap

Written by Elaine Bothe, NWTA Instructor “What should I carry in my pack?” was a question a student asked during the NWTA Intro to Ride Leader Training session held on August 7, 2022, at Rocky Point.  A sold-out group of six riders joined the class on a warm Sunday in August. Sticking to a particularly … Read More

NWTA Kids Class Recap

Written by Elaine Bothe, NWTA Instructor Warm weather didn’t keep these kids at home! The August temperatures rose as we set up for the “Green Geckos” Kid’s Class at Rocky Point but that didn’t keep these awesome kids indoors! A high of 100 was predicted in Portland, but a pleasant breeze, shady trails, plenty of … Read More

BIPOC Beginner Jump Clinic Recap

Written by Ruandy Albisurez, Community Director ([email protected]) August 4, 2022, was the first official NWTA BIPOC jump clinic (BIPOC stands for Black and Indigenous Peoples and People of Color). It was held at Gateway Green in Portland. The clinic was organized and led by Ruandy Albisurez, Myles Ridge, and Jason Van Horn. We had 15 … Read More

Kids Camps at Gateway Green

In partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation; NWTA & Elaine B, Bikes is excited to announce progressive mountain bike skills instruction for 8-12-year-olds at Gateway Green. We are also happy to announce that coaches Myles Ridge, Deidre Iwersen & Peter Melton will join head coach Elaine this season. These 4-day camps (Monday – Thursday 9 … Read More

BIPOC Beginner Mountain Bike Skills Clinic Recap

Written by Ruandy Albisurez, Community Director ([email protected]) The Northwest Trail Alliance’s first all Black and Indigenous Peoples and People of Color (BIPOC) beginner mountain bike clinic was held July 12, 2022, at Gateway Green Bike Park in Portland Oregon. The original 8 slots filled up in about an hour so a few more spots were … Read More

Trail Sisters Rocky Point Beginner-Level Ride Recap

Written by Nancy Stone, Education & Sustainability Director ([email protected]) The Trail Sisters are at it again at Rocky Point! This time a group of 11 folks joined the beginner-level ride on Monday evening. Before hitting the trails, we learned how to do a pre-ride bike safety check as well as a few quick exercises on bike/body separation.  … Read More