Midcoast Conservancy’s summer biking programs

Sat, 06/04/2022 - 7:30am

As the trails dry out and the black flies move on, thoughts turn to mountain biking, and Midcoast Conservancy has a summer full of opportunities for trail riding enthusiasts.

Running through Sept. 3, weekend bike rentals at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson will available 9 a.m. to  3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Midcoast Conservancy members get a 50% discount on rates. No reservations are required.

Wednesday group rides are 5:30-6:45 p.m. at HVNC. The program will run through the end of August. No registration is required; participants can bring their own gear or rent from Midcoast Conservancy.

For anyone looking to hone their mountain biking skills, last year’s very popular three-part clinic will be offered again. “Basics of Mountain Biking” on June 11 will focus on the very basics of riding a mountain bike. The course will begin on level ground, practicing the fundamentals before hitting the trails. Instructors will cover rider position, seat adjustments, braking, climbing, and descending. This workshop is geared for beginners and intermediates.

On July 9, “Trail Preparedness” will address issues such as what would happen if a biker got a flat while out on a back country adventure, and leave participants prepared with the skills they need to ride confidently. This course will cover flat repair, necessary tools and equipment, safety gear, and how to read digital maps such as Trail Forks.

“Progression” on Aug. 20 is a workshop for those looking to “level up” their mountain biking skills. It will cover how to corner properly, handling speed, how to make drops, and of course, wheelies! The guides will lead riders to the “Hidden Gems” at HVNC that will challenge their skills and help them progress.

Attendees have the option of signing up for one, two or all three classes. To learn more about the clinics and register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/newsfeed/2022-summer-biking.