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Beginner Ride Skills - Burnaby Bike Park

We are starting a second series which will cover basic mountain bike riding skills.

This is a Beginner* ride that will introduce you to mountain biking on single track trails. Each week this month we will cover different mountain bike topics including:

Week 1. Stance and Balance

Week 2. Operations of Controls (gears, shifting, brakes) and Gravity Management  

Week 3. Cornering & Line Selection

Week 4. Wheel Lifts


We are moving the final three sessions over to the Burnaby Bike Park now that it is open. 

Route: After each session we'll head over and do a lap on "Hang your Hat" to reinforce that weeks skills session. 


You have limited experience with trail riding on a mountain biking.

You have reasonably decent general riding skills and good fitness.

You have done some road riding.



All organizer(s) are volunteers who do not accept responsibility for rider safety and health state before, during and at any time after this event.

Your Assumption Of Risk:

By agreeing to participate in this ride you acknowledge that mountain biking is considered a high risk activity and injuries are a common and ordinary occurrence of the sport. These risks include and are not limited to equipment failures, weather conditions, collisions with natural and man-made objects, including, but not limited to exposed rock, trees, snow, ice, earth stumps and man-made obstacles on or adjacent to the mountain bike terrain, collisions with other cyclists, pedestrians, animals, et al; becoming lost or separated from the group; failure to ride safely or within your own ability, and you accept these risks and the possibility of personal injury, death or property damage and the loss resulting therefrom due to any cause and without limitation. In the event of injury or loss, you and/or next of kin waive all future claims against the organizer(s), et al.

Organizer(s) reservations:

The organizer(s) shall reserve the right to turn away any participant who shows up without RSVP, unprepared and/or ill-equipped to handle this ride. A helmet, water, good sense of humour and a sense of fun are required no exceptions. Other required items are appropriate clothing, armor, food and a trail side repair kit.

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  • Dom16

    Many thanks for the sessions Richard. Lots of fun!

    1 · June 3, 2014

  • Geri

    Thank you Richard for an awesome session! Great job Paul & Warren.

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • Mehdi N.

    That was awesome. I enjoyed being with you Guys and special thanks to Richard and his assistants.

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • SarahK

    It was great to get out, get on my bike and see everyone again! I am always impressed by what a friendly, encouraging group this is. Came home and practised with my 6 year old son who finally have up his training wheels and I finally managed a couple of wheelies! Great day:)

    2 · June 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sad I can't join you folks tomorrow, Andrea and I are on vacation for a week. However I came across this video today and thought I would share it. It showcases awesome body positioning with the guy staying very "quiet" in the upper body and moving the bike around him to navigate the trail. Really shows you don't have to get back behind the seat on steeps. Let me tell you I have ridden some of those trails and they do get steep! Anyway, here is the link:

    1 · May 30, 2014

    • Arina

      He looks effortless

      1 · June 1, 2014

  • Richard

    Fabulous day at the bike park! Seeing lots of people getting the hang of the different skills - which is awesome!!!

    Big thanks to Paul and Warren for their demos!

    Thanks again to everyone who came out - whether today was your first time or you've been out for the series. Here is the GPS link for those who came on the ride.

    4 · May 31, 2014

    • Paul

      Great time out today. Was glad to help out when I could

      May 31, 2014

    • Warren

      Awesome day! Anything to help out! Thanks:)

      May 31, 2014

  • Barbie F.

    Again great instruction and patience from Richard... Thank you. And a great group to learn with and met new people to ride with.

    2 · May 31, 2014

  • Colleen

    I always feel so good when I get home from these meet ups. Great people, great instruction. Thanks Richard.

    3 · May 31, 2014

  • Heiko

    It was my first time with the meet up group. I learned a lot today. Thank you very much. Good group of people, really enjoined it.

    2 · May 31, 2014

  • James G.

    Aaaah! Running late, see you soon!

    May 31, 2014

  • Andrea

    Have a great ride everyone! :)

    May 31, 2014

  • carl w.


    I'm new to this group and therefor havent participated in previous sessions. Would really like to join though if that's ok despite that? Is it possible to rent bikes at the bike park? I'm getting my own but havent found the right one yet=)


    May 30, 2014

    • Richard

      Hi Carl... It's totally fine to join the session - they are individually delivered and I will do a quick review at the start of the 3 other weeks. There is no bike rental at the park. You might want to see if you can rent one from a bike shop near you...

      May 30, 2014

  • Kyle

    For the Ladies,

    Specialized is apparently doing a demo day out at the Sapperton (New West) Caps, both mountain and road bikes specifically for women.

    Might be a chance to try a full suspension or newer bike if you haven't had an opportunity yet.

    May 29, 2014

  • Gabor

    Doh...forgot that I will be camping that weekend. I promise I will practice my skills in Squamish.

    May 15, 2014

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