For the 3rd consecutive summer, CROCT is collaborating with Northfield Public Schools Community Services (NCS) to offer mountain biking experiences for area youth.
In 2015, we hosted weekly Monday night group rides, plus an overnight trip to the Cuyuna Lakes MTB Trail System:
In 2016 we added mini-clinics at the start of the weekly Monday night group rides:
For 2017, we’re hosting three Youth Mountain Bike Camps (3-hour clinics each day for a week). I’ll be the lead instructor for these camps, with assistance from CROCT volunteers. (I received my IMBA ICP and PMBI certifications last summer. )
Description: Learn the basics of mountain biking from the IMBA certified mountain bike instructors at Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT). The camp will consist of lessons on the operation of the bike (brakes, shifting), basic body position, skills (cornering, climbing, descents, ratcheting, front and rear wheel lifts), and terrain challenges (logovers, skinnies, switchbacks, bermed & flat corners). A variety of group games, some bike maintenance tips, and open riding in the Sechler skills park will be included.
The camps run Mon-Thur, either 9-noon or 1-4, with a rain make-up day on Fridays. If the Sechler trail is closed due to flooding, other city or school district parks in Northfield or Dundas will be used.
A mountain bike safety check is required a week or more prior to a camp, performed at no-charge by Downtown Bikes in Northfield. (A limited number of mountain bikes will be available to rent for the week.) Participants must wear a helmet, and carry their own water (bottle cage or pack) and a snack.
Location: Sechler Park MTB Trail, Northfield
Cost: $160/pair; $90/single, registration required
June 12-16: 9 am-noon, ages 9-13
July 24-28: 1-4 pm, ages 14-18
July 31-Aug 3: 1-4 pm, ages 9-13
Online registration opens on Friday, April 14 at the NCS website.
Here’s a draft PDF of the page describing the camps. It will appear in the summer 2017 NCS brochure that will be sent to all households in the school district: