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2021 Spring REC Mountain Bike Schedule
We are finalizing our 2021 Spring program details. Registration and program dates TBA, please check back soon for updated information. Click here to be added to the program email list
REC Mountain Bike Program:
We are offering the mountain bike program 1 night/week, either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday with an optional free club ride on Thursday 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 Thursday evenings as well. The optional free club ride on Thursday evenings will have volunteer coaches, but parents are required to ride with their children (no drop offs allowed).
Program group sizes will be approximately 6-8 kids per group.
All registrants must be at least 6 years of age by May 1 of the registration year.
Thursday night group ride for XCBC members:
Parent supervised, no drop offs allowed – this allows all children to ride with other kids, even those that were not able to register in a Mon/Tues/Wed program night. All riders including parents must have a valid XC Bragg Creek club membership.
Programs for children 6-10 yrs:
Will focus 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.
Programs 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 & Group Placement:
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.
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.
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.
-Registration for XCBC memberships are on zone 4 along with the program registration. (Annual fee for an XC Bragg Creek membership is $5 for an individual or $17 for a family which runs April to April of each year).
XC Bragg Creek Ski & Bike Society:
XC Bragg Creek is about to start its 8th mountain bike season. We have grown significantly from that first season when we started with 25 kids. We currently run a recreational spring & fall mountain bike program and an seasonal competitive mountain bike 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.