West Bragg Trail Head

10 mins west from Bragg Creek Hamlet.

Paddys Flats

15mins from Bragg Creek hamlet, west along Highway 66.

Recreational Mountain Biking Program (REC)

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Recreational Mountain Biking Program (REC) 2017-07-07T04:58:03+00:00

Mountain Biking – Recreational Program Information

Our 2017 Fall Mountain Bike Registration is now open. Scroll below to the registration the flip box .  If you wish to be added to the email distribution list for future programs, please email here

Fall 2017 Program: Sept 5 – Oct 12, 2017 (6 weeks) 

The full fall calendar is listed under “Calendar” at top menu bar of web page.

Monday – 6:00 – 7:30 pm – group ride for XCBC members (parents must ride with their children)

Tuesday – 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday – 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Thursday – 6:00 – 7:30 pm

We are offering the program three nights per week (Tues, Wed and Thurs) with an optional free club ride on Monday nights. We are limited by our guiding permit to the number of participants per paid evening so we request that you only register your child for one night per week but please come out and participate in the optional free group ride on Monday evenings as well.   The optional free club ride on Monday evenings will have volunteer coaches, but parents are required to ride with their children (no drop offs allowed).

Group sizes will be approximately 6-8 kids per group.

All registrants must be at least 6 years of age by May 1, 2017

Sessions for children 6-10 yrs. will focus mostly on developing the essential mountain bike skills.  Kids will receive a great deal of instruction on how to ride mountain bikes during the program however, regardless of age, Pre-requisite – children should come into the program with basic riding skills and feeling comfortable riding up and down trails with rough and uneven terrain and be able to ride for at least 15 minutes without stopping.  

Sessions for children 11 -17 yrs. will involve more advanced skills but will also involve much more continuous riding.  Riders in this group will also be exposed to different styles of riding and racing.  Pre-requisite -Participants in this group should be able to ride over rough terrain and be able to ride for at least 30 minutes without stopping

Assessment Week. The first week of the program will be used to assess each child’s skill, fitness and ability.  It is very important that all participants attend their first session to ensure that they get placed into the correct group.

Children will be placed into groups with other riders of similar abilities, regardless of age.

Example: it is possible for your 9 or 10-year-old child to be moved into the older age categories based on their skills and fitness.

Please note that due to the number of participants, that once registered you may not move your child to different nights. Also, we are not able to accommodate special requests that your child be in a specific group or with a particular child or coach.

Please ensure that mountain bikes are in working order and properly fitting helmets worn at all times – no exceptions. Don’t forget water and a water bottle.

XC Bragg Creek is in its 7th mountain bike season. We have grown significantly from that first season when we started with 25 kids. We currently run a spring & fall program.

XCBC Mission Statement:

The club is built on the beliefs that; every child can learn to ride skillfully (technical proficiency); riding fast is fun (physical fitness); riding is challenging (personal development). The big objectives are around creating a positive experience where kids can become skilled cross country riders and eventually handle any of our local terrain. Age range is from 6 – 17 years.

Club Membership:

We strongly encourage parents to join the club and participate in the lessons and rides.

For reasons of safety and liability we will require that ALL people (adults and children) participating any group activity become members of XC Bragg Creek- registration for this is on zone 4 along with program registration.

The annual fee for an XC Bragg Creek membership is $5 for an individual or $17 for a family.

Registration Process:

Because our programs are so popular and we are limited by both coach resources and AB Parks permits, we have a tiered registration process. This allows previous registrants to continue in the program and allows them to develop growth in this sport. We also open a Monday night group ride (parent supervised – no drop offs) to allow new members to join in the fun, ride with other youth, and become members of XCBC.
Please have a read over our program information & schedule listed on the calendar.

Days & Times

Information on class days and times.

Schedule

Fall Mountain Bike Program 2017
Sept 5 – Oct 12, 2017

Mon – 6:00 – 7:30pm – member group ride
Tues – 6:00 – 7:30pm
Wed – 6:00 – 7:30pm
Thurs – 6:00 – 7:30pm

Program Costs

Costs for season

Costs

Program fees $90
plus annual XCBC Membership Fee $5/person (required to ride with XCBC)

Insurance is included for REC riders this year

Join Our Club

To join our program!

Club Involvement

If you wish to join a program or become a parent volunteer
Contact Program Director: Program Director

Events Register

Zone 4 registration.

Information

2017 REC Fall Mountain Bike Registration is now open register here

If you wish to be put on our email list for future programs, please contact Nicole

Mountain Biking Further Information

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Equipment Requirements:

A functioning and well maintained mountain bike with hand brakes, properly fitting helmet are mandatory and you have the option to purchase a team jersey/shorts.

Required Memberships:

An annual XCBC club membership ($5 individual or $17 family membership) valid April – April annually.

First aid – each coach will carry a first aid kit with basic supplies. Each coach will create an emergency response plan to react to first aid situations.

Parent Roles – We need the help of parents to make the program happen. Parent volunteers on
bikes will assist coaches while on the trails. As there are many different levels of
bikers, we need every rider to be accounted for and stay safe on the trails.

-Ensure your children arrive on time and are picked up at the end of sessions on time

-Ensure that all necessary equipment comes with the rider & all equipment is in working order. No helmet, no ride, no exception

Sessions for children 6-10 yrs. will focus mostly on developing the essential mountain bike skills.  Kids will receive a great deal of instruction on how to ride mountain bikes during the program however, regardless of age, Pre-requisite – children should come into the program with basic riding skills and feeling comfortable riding up and down trails with rough and uneven terrain and be able to ride for at least 15 minutes without stopping.  

Sessions for children 11 -17 yrs. will involve more advanced skills but will also involve much more continuous riding.  Riders in this group will also be exposed to different styles of riding and racing.  Pre-requisite -Participants in this group should be able to ride over rough terrain and be able to ride for at least 30 minutes without stopping

Assessment Week. The first week of the program will be used to assess each child’s skill, fitness and ability.  It is very important that all participants attend their first session to ensure that they get placed into the correct group.

Children will be placed into groups with other riders of similar abilities, regardless of age.

Mountain Bike Safety

Safety Ground Rules

Pre and Post Ride
– Don’t ride on roads without a coach
– Stay well away from parked and moving cars
– Ride the stunts in a clockwise direction only
– Stay within site of the meeting place

Lead & Sweep Riders
– The lead rider (should be a coach parent or responsible child)
– Must stop at all trail junctions to regroup.
– Don’t proceed until the next adult has gotten to the junction
– This is very important to ensure that no riders get lost.
– When leading a group call out i.e. “Day O”around corners and blind spots to ensure that other trail users and animals are aware of your approach
– Always have an adult riding sweep -know who is in your group and how many kids – do regular head counts.
– Kids must not take short cuts and must stay with the group. No Exceptions.

Injury & Illness
– If you hurt yourself or don’t feel well tell your coach or an adult
– Drink water when you get a chance

Trail Etiquette

– Be aware of other cyclists and stay out of each other’s way
– Don’t block trails – don’t stop in blind spots, at bottom of hills, at the peak of a climb
– Never leave bikes laying on the trail
– Best place to stop is just past the top of a climb allowing enough room for other riders to group behind you
– Always yield to horses and pedestrians- slow right down or pull over and stop
– Be polite and respectful to other trail users
– Leave plenty of space between you and the rider in front of you. – at least 4 or 5 seconds gap
– Only pass when there is room and it is safe to do so.
– When approaching hikers and bikers from behind notify the riders – “passing on the left” (or right)
– When meeting riders ‘head on’ both riders should slow down and move to the right to allow space to pass. If not enough space then be prepared to stop and pull off of the trail and yield to the other rider
– Yield to riders going uphill. It is easy to remount your bike when descending as opposed to when you are climbing

Leave No Trace
– Stay on trails- don’t cut corners
– Don’t skid
– Don’t ride when it’s too muddy
– Don’t litter
– Don’t frighten or endanger wildlife
– Watch for Wildlife – Bear Safety

Be Good to Your Bike
– Keep your bike clean, lubricated and in good working order
– Never lay your bike down on the drive train side
– Leave other rider’s bikes alone

Enjoy the ride
– This is not a race.
– There are all levels of riders – Don’t be discouraged if you can’t keep up with everybody
– Challenge yourself – be confident and try things even if they are hard and scary
– You will be amazed at what you are capable of
– Team work – Be supportive and encouraging of other riders “good job” “you can do it”
– Ask questions
– Have fun and try hard

1. Assess the Situation: determine the nature of the emergency and what type of response is required (first aid, search for a lost person, etc.).

2. Develop a Response Plan: based on the nature of the emergency, develop an appropriate response plan (first aid treatment, initiate search, etc.)

3. Call for Assistance: use the two-way radio on channel 1 to call for assistance from one or more of the other XCBC groups.

4. Assume leadership of the group and delegate responsibility: group members should assist in patient care if needed, If needed designate one or two adults to go for help.

5. The group with the victim(s) should:
• Make the victim(s) as comfortable as possible, maintain his/her body temperature and protect the victim from the elements.
• A trained first aider should be with the victim at all times.
• Children should never be left unattended
• Give the other group members something to do to get their minds off the situation

If Emergency Medical Services is required designate one adult to call 911.

Provide the following details to emergency responders:

• Details of emergency
• Your location
• Assistance required

Designate one person to go to trail head to meet EMS.

If necessary use the Emergency Contact List to call the contact person of the injured person.

FAQs

  • Q: How to register? A: Registration is through zone 4 online. Email notifications can be sent for notifications.
  • Q: If a session is cancelled? A: An email will be sent out by 4pm the day of the lesson.

What Member’s Say

Highly recommended and enjoyable program for beginners to advanced bikers. Great community.

Anonymous

Thanks for another session of awesome mountain biking! Thank you for your organization, positive attitude and laughter. You run the program so well and your dedication is felt throughout the groups. It was a real pleasure to be part of it.

Thanks,

Tara

Coach Tara
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