Shepherd MTB Club Basics:
All new riders are requested to bring or email a signed waiver for Shepherd Church. You may get yours from the Church's website: Shepherd Sports Mountain Bike Club (http://www.shepherdsports.org/page/679)
By riding with the Shepherd Church Mountain Bike Club I understand and accept the following:
► I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death.
► I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on.
► I understand that ride schedulers accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride, and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride.
We ride together to start but typically divide shortly after the start into three primary groups:
Genesis: our entry-level group. Everyone was new to mountain biking once, so don't fret, we'll have you Gospel-ready in no time. Genesis is a NO DROP group, but baseline skills and fitness are still required. See Newcomer Recommendations below.
Gospels: Intermediates to more casual advanced riders in this group. If you're on a Most-Wanted list, avoid this group as they will take and post online an average of 50 pictures a ride. The Gospels are a NO DROP group and usually go the same route as Revelations but at a more leisurely pace.
Revelations: our A group. Fire, fury, and mayhem. Most of these guys and gals are either on competitive teams, or were, and riding with them will be a sweat-pouring, cardio-pushing, speed & tech fest that will leave advanced riders grinning ear to ear. Revelations is a DROP group, meaning you have to keep up AND not get lost if you can't.
IMPORTANT: All riders should be aware that mountain biking can be extremely physically demanding. Each rider should be conscious of their own limitations and to WALK any section of the trail you are not comfortable riding.
Shepherd Church MTB welcomes new riders but baseline fitness is required.
What to Bring:
• Helmet (mandatory)
• Water (in bike cage and/or in your back pack)
• Snacks for energy
• Extra bike tube and patch kit
• Bike Pump
• Apparel appropriate for trail riding
• Protective eye ware
• Sun screen lotion
• Multi-tools, etc. for mechanical issues
• 2-way radio if you have one (will select channel before ride)
– Please post comments or contact the ride hosts if you have any other questions or concerns about this ride.
Although some posted rides are considered intermediate to advanced, a strong beginner-level rider should be able to stay with the group.
Training with runs, rides, and core exercises through the week will quickly build up strength for riding.
If you are completely new to mountain biking, we strongly recommend that you first attend a training class. An excellent one is hosted by CORBA (The Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association), Free Mountain Bike Skills Clinics, held the 1st Saturday of each month;
Shepherd MTB Club is part of Shepherd Sports, the sports ministry of Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch. Our mission is to lift up Jesus so that the world may believe.
All are welcome to join us for weekend services. Just let us know you’re coming so we can roll out the fat tire-treaded red carpet? Times, address, and more info:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.-- Psalm 121: 1-2