Mountain Biking School
The mission of the ECP Mountain Biking School is to introduce students to the skills and knowledge necessary to ride mountain bikes on a variety of single-track trails including some technical maneuvers and promote appropriate MTB etiquette.
The ECP Mountain Biking School is an all volunteer program, taught by ECP members with a wide range of backgrounds. Some instructors are accomplished mountain biking racers while others just like to casually ride in the woods. We're looking to introduce more people to mountain biking and show you how approachable it can be for beginners!
If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2023 ECP Mountain Biking School schedule is now available!
The Bicycle Maintenance Class may be available to all ECP members, however prospective first-year students are encouraged to attend to prepare your bike for the school.
The student checkouts are available to any prospective students. Applicants who have missed the application deadline and are still interested will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may email the school directors directly for consideration. Only one of the student checkouts is necessary to attend.
Classes and outings are for accepted students only.
Applications are open. Click here to apply.
The ECP Mountain Biking School will introduce participants to the basic information and skills of mountain biking.
Mountain biking can be a frustrating and scary sport at first, but once confidence and experience is gained, it becomes an incredibly fun way to be physically active and outside. The amount of gear needed to be fully outfitted can be tuned to your expected level of commitment, and is usually a front-loaded expense (after a bike, accessories, clothes and gear are purchased, minimal amounts are needed to maintain the bike and gear). You will gain fitness through the fitness routine before the classes and outings start to ensure that you get the most out of our time-on-bike together. Be prepared to prioritize your time this summer to become fit on the bike and commit to the classes and outings to go from frustrating and scary to fun and engaging.
You will gain the most from this experience by committing to every class and outing. Be honest with yourself that you intend to ride before the school and more after the school while the training is fresh and a crucial time to lock in fundamental skills being honed in the class. Although this school doesn't take up much beyond 5 weeks in your calendar, committing to prepare your body and bike and to practicing what you learn is absolutely key to take your skills to the next level and really unlock trail bliss! Pittsburgh and the southwest PA region has an embarrassment of mountain biking riches that will keep you excited and coming back for more after you build your fitness and fundamental skills from this class.
You must be or become an ECP Member. Click HERE to apply
An assessment of your basic bike handling skills and physical fitness is required
Be committed! (See Expectations) The number of students accepted into the school
All students and instructors must maintain current membership in the ECP and sign a liability waiver.
The Mountain Biking School Fee is $80.00. If you are not accepted, your money will be returned. Note that you will also be responsible for all of your transportation costs for classes and outings.
The main text for the course is the free online book "Mastering Mountain Bike Skills" (2nd edition) by Brian Lopes and Lee McCormack. There will be reading assignments and quizzes based on the reading. Students will be expected to keep up with
Submit the following items no later than May 21 2023 at 11:59 PM.
Adopting the motto "Research, Education, and Adventure" in 1947, for three generations the ECP has provided the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends who share a willingness to accept the physical and mental challenges of outdoor exploration and adventure.
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