Intro to Mountain Biking

Leave the asphalt behind and gear up for the trails with Outdoor Chattanooga’s Intro to Mountain Biking Classes. Outdoor Chattanooga now offers two levels of Introduction to Mountain Biking courses to fit your individual needs!

Level 1: The level 1 course is designed for the complete novice or for those who wish to practice and reinforce skills in a controlled setting. The 2 hour course utilizes an open field with small features to prepare you for riding on single-track trails. Our PIMBA certified instructor will teach you using a format that can be structured to your pace and individual learning style. The level 1 course is appropriate for anyone over the age of 10 who already knows how to confidently ride a bike. Online reservations are required in advance and the cost is $10 per person. 

Level 2: The level 2 course is designed to take your mountain biking to the next level! This course will take the foundational skills taught in the level 1 class as well as additional instruction to get you on single-track trails with confidence. The 3-hour long class utilizes various Chattanooga area trails to introduce new riders to the awesome single-track riding available in our community. This course is open to anyone over the age of 10 who already knows how to confidently ride a bike. The level 1 course is recommended prior to level 2 participation but is not required. Online reservations are required in advance and the cost is $25 per person.

Both level classes will give you the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of mountain biking with our PIMBA certified instructors through skills demonstration and practice in a relaxed atmosphere. No experience necessary aside from being able to ride a bike. Mountain bikes, helmets, and instruction provided. Online Reservations can be made here. Contact Outdoor Chattanooga with any questions.

Intro to Mountain Biking

Get in gear for the trails

Intro to Mountain Biking

Get in gear for the trails

Intro to Mountain Biking

Get in gear for the trails

Intro to Mountain Biking

Get in gear for the trails

Intro to Mountain Biking

Get in gear for the trails

Intro to Mountain Biking

Get in gear for the trails

Intro to Mountain Biking

Get in gear for the trails

Intro to Mountain Biking

Get in gear for the trails

What You’ll Learn

  • Off-road bike fit
  • Shifting and braking while climbing/descending hills.
  • Correct body/pedal positioning for climbing/descending and turns
  • How to safely avoid or ride over obstacles
  • Advanced pedaling techniques
  • Techniques to avoid a crash
  • Safest crashing methods
  • How to change an inner tube
  • Trail etiquette
  • Trail difficulty designations
  • Other tips and tricks to successfully start mountain biking

FAQs

When and where are classes offered?

2022 Dates

Level 1:

September 18

October 8

Level 2:

September 18

 October 8

October 9

How much does it cost? Do I have to register in advance?

Registration in advance is required for both the level 1 and level 2 courses. Contact Outdoor Chattanooga if you have any questions. 

Level 1:

$10 per person per 2-hour session

Level 2:

$25 per person per 3-hour session

*Mountain Bikes and equipment are available for use at no additional charge.
Register Online Here.

Do I have to have my own mountain bike to participate?
No, we can provide you with a mountain to use during the class for free. This way you can try out the sport before making a large purchase. If you have your own bike, feel free to bring and use it for the class. The instructors will go over bike fit, and a quick bike safety check before starting the class.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes. Helmets are mandatory during the class. We recommend you always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
Do I need to know how to ride a bike to participate?
Yes. Participants need to be confident riders in order to learn advanced off-road riding techniques and skills.
What's the minimum age?
This program is most appropriate for ages 10+.
Who should take this class?
Classes are designed for true beginners that are curious about mountain biking but don’t know how to get started and for those interested in formal instruction to learn and improve the skills needed to get the most out of mountain biking. Classes are offered frequently for participants to learn and refresh basic mountain biking skills.

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Did You Know?

Chattanooga is a mountain biking mecca boasting over 100 miles of singletrack within 15 miles of downtown, thanks in large part to SORBA Chattanooga, whose volunteer efforts built and maintain the trails. Singletracks.com named  Chattanooga one of the top 10 best mountain biking destinations in North America in 2014 and ranked Chattanooga #5 of the 10 Best US Mountain Bike Towns with the Lowest cost of living in 2018.

Community Resources

Chattanooga Mtn. Bike Rentals

Battlefield Outdoors

Cycle Sports Concepts

Suck Creek Cycles

Trek Bicycle Store

Chattanooga Mtn. Bike Organizations

Chattanooga Bicycle Club

SORBA Chattanooga (IMBA)

TN Youth Mtn. Bike Racing Series

Velo Vixens Women’s Multisport Club

Cloudland Canyon Mtn. Bike Rentals

Cloudland Canyon State Park

Cherokee National Forest
Mtn. Bike Adventures + Rentals

Ocoee Adventure Center

Raft One

Scott’s Bicycle Centre

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