Signature Series

Welcome to our Signature Series, where our coaches design a class based on their expertise! Their unique styles make every class engaging, educational, effective and lots of fun. Classes change with the season. For Fall 2022, the popular Jumping for Oldies is back along with the much requested Ladies Progression Rides.

Jumping for Oldies

For the experienced rider, age 30+, who didn’t get around to hitting jumps when youth was on their side.

Erika Schmid has been riding her mountain bike forever, and she continues to push herself with the more extreme parts of mountain biking as she gets older. Erika is a PMBI Level 2 certified instructor with a major in jumps and drops.

  • Session 1: Wednesdays September 21st and 28th, 5pm start SOLD OUT
  • Session 2: Wednesday October 5th and 12th 4pm start

Students will spend day #1 at Phil’s Trailhead mercilessly drilled in safe fundamental technique on jumps.

Day #2 has students applying their new skills at the The Lair

  • For older riders looking to push their comfort zones
  • Safety is a priority, Coach Erika might suggest a fundamental clinic like progression Sessions before day two of Jumping for Oldies
  • $150 for 2 days

Ladies Progression Rides

Join our talented lady coaches for fun, social pace rides where we stop to session trail features along the way.

Cog Wild’s many PMBI trained lady coaches, who regularly teach private skills sessions and coach for Cascadia Junior Cycling, will lead these supportive group rides.

Fall 2022: Thursdays in September: 8,15, 22, 29, and October 6

Join like minded ladies for a fun, social pace ride with skills sessions along the way. Try features in a low stress enviornment with coaching support. Each week the coach will take you to their favorite trail to session. Stay for post ride drinks and socializing around the Cog Wild fire.

  • beginner to intermediate
  • Come and enjoy the ride!
  • $45/day

Mountain Bike Skills Instruction in Oakridge

Cog Wild’s professional mountain bike coaches are trained to help you become a more confident, safer, and skilled rider. Oakridge has great terrain for skill building.

Our scheduled group clinics are great ways to learn fundamentals or push your flow and technical skills, while private lessons are also available daily for individuals or your own small group.

Find A Skills Session

Fundamental Skills ClinicFlow ClinicDownhill ClinicE-Bike ClinicPrivate SkillsMeet our Coaches

Fundamental Skills Clinic

Get down with the fundamentals of mountain biking from a PMBI certified instructor. Recent converts and long time mountain bikers can benefit from a skills clinic.

  • For new riders, seniors, families, and long time riders who want to build better riding habits 🙂
  • Skills will be introduced and developed through drills and games during trail riding
  • Meets at Cog Wild
  • 9:00 AM to 3 PM
  • Includes lunch, snack, Cog Wild water bottle, post clinic beverages and transportation during the clinic.
  • June 5, Sunday
  • July 2, Saturday
  • August 27, Saturday
  • September 11, Sunday
  • $145 per person for one full day of instruction

Flow Clinic

Flow trails are more fun when you feel confident in the corners, can carry momentum and know the fundamentals of riding berms, rollers and jumps.

  • For intermediate & experienced riders ready to improve flow with a focus on cornering technique and jumping.
  • Meets at Cog Wild
  • 9:00 AM to 3 PM
  • Includes lunch, snack, Cog Wild water bottle, post clinic beverages and transportation during the clinic.
  • May 8, Sunday
  • July 9, Saturday
  • August 28, Sunday
  • September 10, Saturday
  • $145 per person for one full day of instruction

Downhill Clinic

Dive into the nuances of riding with speed. Gain confidence to ride faster in technical situations, down fast flow trail and through tight switchbacks. 

  • For intermediate and advanced riders ready to progress their skill and confidence.
  • Session rock features, switchbacks and other obstacles on the way down the trail
  • Detailed, personalized feedback
  • Meet at Cog Wild
  • July 8th: 9 AM to 3 PM Lawler
  • August 12: 8:15 to 2:15 Moon Point
  • Includes lunch, snack, Cog Wild water bottle, post clinic beverages and transportation during the clinic.
  • July 8th, Friday Lawler
  • August 12th, Friday Moon Point
  • $145 for one full day of instruction

E Bike Skills Clinic

E-bikes are similar to regular bikes, but with their extra weight and some extra pedal power, they require unique techniques.

  • For beginner and intermediate e-bike riders.
  • Learn the fundamentals of e-bike riding including bike setup, uphill riding, descending and cornering.
  • Meet at Cog Wild at 9:00am
  • Lunch, snack, a Cog Wild water bottle and post clinic beverages
  • May 14th, Saturday
  • July 3rd, Sunday
  • $145 for one full day of instruction

Private Skills Lessons

Mountain biking becomes more fun as skill improves; take a private lesson with one of our PMBI certified coaches. Choose from full or half day options for individuals and small private groups.

Our coaches have experience instructing all skill levels. Lessons focus on what the client needs, which typically includes fundamental skills or advanced skills such as technical trail riding, jumps and high speed cornering.

Choose 10:30 am or 12:30 pm start time. Typical duration is up to 3.5 hours.

  • 1 person – $200
  • 2 people – $150 per person
  • 3 people – $115 per person
  • 4+ people – $100 per person
  • Includes snacks, Cog Wild water bottle, transportation during the lesson and post lesson cold beverages.

9:00 start time with a duration of at least 5 hours.

  • 1 person – $275
  • 2 people – $200 per person
  • 3 people – $150 per person
  • 4+ people – $125 per person
  • Includes lunch, snacks, Cog Wild water bottle, transportation during the lesson and post lesson cold beverages.

Oakridge Mountain Bike Coaches

Eugene Cathcart

Eugene is a long time Oakridge rider and loves to ride all kinds of bikes from gravel to e-bikes. He is a talented rider and has competed in cross country, endurance events, enduro races and loves to share his passion for mountain biking with riders of all levels, including the Oakridge NICA composite team.

Qualifications

  • PMBI Level 1 Instructor
  • NICA Level 2 coach
  • Wilderness First Aid certified

Lev Stryker

Lev is Cog Wild’s head skills coach. Lev loves going fast downhill, and as a high level skills coach, he can break down the nitty gritty of becoming a faster/smoother rider.

Qualifications

  • PMBI Level 2 Instructor
  • PMBI Level 1 Coach Course Conductor
  • Wilderness First Aid certified

Dennis Sibilia Young

A major passion for Dennis is introducing people to mountain bike skills-and introducing them to the joy of riding Oakridge trails. His focus is on fundamentals and intermediate skills for new riders, families and seniors.

Qualifications

  • PMBI Level 1 Instructor
  • NICA Level 3 coach and National Trainer
  • Wilderness First Aid certified

Wade Beauchamp

Wade AKA Vulture is a legend in mountain biking. He is a kind and gentle individual who will help you discover a passion for riding bikes in beautiful places

Qualifications

  • PMBI Level 1 Instructor
  • Wilderness First Aid certified

FAQ

Can I use my own bike?

Yes! Your own mountain bike is best because you are used to it, but we can get you a mountain bike if needed.

I have been riding for a long time, what can you teach me?

Our coaches have lots of experience with all skill levels. For more advanced riders, we can work on technical trail riding, jumps and high speed cornering.

I would like more than a one-day clinic. Do you offer anything?

We recommend doing more than one skills clinic or add day tours to enhance your riding experience. If you are in town for a few weeks, check out our skills progression sessions.

MTB Skills Instruction in Bend

Are you new to mountain biking, or want to learn new skills? Or are you a regular rider and ready to take it to the next level?

Cog Wild has professional mountain bike coaches to help you become a more confident, safer, and skilled rider. Everyone benefits from mastering the fundamentals, getting personalized feedback, and working with the coaches to enhance your skills!

Signature Series

Group clinics & progression with various themes from our PMBI coaches.

Signature Series Info

Progression Sessions

Group skills progressions over several weeks make learning fun.

Progression Session Info

Private Skills Lessons

Our PMBI certified skills coaches are available for you, your family or small group for full or half day lessons. For riders of all abilities.

Skills Lesson INFO

Mt. Bachelor Bike Park Lessons

For experienced riders, our PMBI certified skills coaches are available for you or your small group to work on advanced skills at the bike park.

Bike Park Skills Info

Junior & Youth

Check out Cascadia Junior Cycling for junior-specific summer camps, mountain bike clubs & race teams.

Cascadia Junior Cycling

FAQ

Can I use my own bike?

Yes! Your own mountain bike is best because you are used to it, but we also have DEMO BIKES for rent.

If doing a downhill lesson at Mt. Bachelor, please contact Mt. Bachelor directly to reserve a rental.

What can you teach me?

Our coaches have lots of experience with all skill levels: beginners and intermediate riders really learn a lot from our skills lessons and tours. For more advanced riders, our instructors ensure your fundamentals are solid, then move into more advanced skills like drops and jumps, and maneuvers on technical terrain like rock gardens and higher speed corners.

I would like more than one-day clinic

For locals, we recommend our Progression Sessions and Signature Series for multi-week clinics, otherwise we can schedule multiple private lessons or full day tours with a guide or skills instructor to enhance your riding abilities.

Bend Mountain Bike Shuttles

Cog Wild shuttles are a great way to maximize your time on the bike. With about 3,000′ of elevation gain between town and Mt. Bachelor, visitors and locals can take advantage of a shuttle ride to access higher elevation terrain and ride single track all the way back to Bend.

2022 shuttle season is over.

There is snow on the ground at our location in Bend, Oregon. Shuttles will resume in May, 2023.

Meet at Cog Wild on the edge of town. Jump on the shuttle, which travels up the Cascade Lakes Highway to Wanoga, Swampy or Dutchman Trailheads.

Shuttle riders need to be self sufficient: bring a map and have a route in mind, have a tool kit and first aid kit. Carry enough food, water and clothing to support your time in the woods.

Bend Trails and Trail Forks are great sites for researching trails and ride options. Maps are available to purchase at Cog Wild and we are happy to look at the map with you and suggest routes.
Please stay off middle Flagline until August 15 to give the elk ample time to raise their babies.

E-Bikes are Not Permitted on the Deschutes National Forest

The Deschutes National Forest does not allow e-bikes on the non-motorized trails. This includes the vast majority of mountain biking trails that we guide and shuttle.

Daily Bend Shuttles

Park at Cog Wild for a shuttle up Century Drive to these locations:

  • May 1 – October 31
  • Multiple runs each day
  • Park at Cog Wild, shuttle up and ride the trails all the way back to your car
  • Riders must be self-sufficient

Wanoga

Our first regular stop is at Wanoga trailhead. These blue and black trails can be challenging for newer or younger riders.

  • Access to: Funner, Tiddlywinks, Tyler’s Traverse & more
  • Average ride 13 – 20 miles
  • Minimum 1,700 feet of descending
  • $17 per person

Swampy Lakes

The middle stop is at Swampy Lakes trailhead. Generally less technical trails than Wanoga with fewer miles and less climbing than Dutchman.

  • Access to: South Fork, Swede Ridge, Upper Whoops, entire Phil’s Trail Network & more
  • Average ride 19 – 25 miles
  • Minimum 2,500 feet of descending
  • $17 per person
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Dutchman Flat

The last stop is across the road from Mt. Bachelor Ski Area and Bike Park. These high elevation trails usually open in July but Flagline remains closed until Aug 15 to protect the elk.

  • Access to: Metolius-Windigo, Bachelor Bike Park, Flagline (closed until Aug. 15) & more
  • Average ride 25 – 35 miles
  • Minimum 3,600 feet of descending; most routes have sustained climbs.
  • $22 per person

Private or Custom Shuttles

Private transportation for any outdoor endeavor! Book a van to transport your private group to the trailhead of your choice.

  • For your private group
  • Hourly service
Custom Shuttle Details

Newberry Crater / Paulina Peak Shuttle

Get a ride to the top of Paulina Peak for an adventurous ride back to Bend. Available mostly in the fall, or upon request for groups.

NEWBERRY SHUTTLE Details

Dutchman to Sisters Shuttle

Ride the high country trails on the east side of the Cascades from Dutchman Flat and end up in Sisters. Available when Trail 99 is fully clear, usually in the fall.

McKenzie River Trail Shuttle

Available upon request for larger groups in Bend. Small groups, please contact our friends at Horse Creek Lodge. They are based in McKenzie Bridge and run daily shuttles.

Horse creek lodge

Bend Season Pass

199 – 299

Ride with a Guide

Cog Wild offers full or half day guided rides for families and all levels of riders from beginner to expert. Let us manage the logistics so you can just show up and ride.

Guided Rides

Hone your Skills

Cog Wild’s professional, certified instructors will help you master the basics of mountain biking or get you to the next level of skill.

Skills instruction

Oakridge Private Mountain Bike Skills Lessons

Please see the COVID 19 guidelines that we are following to stay in compliance with the Oregon Health Authority.

Cog Wild has amazing, talentsed  PMBI certified coaches,  ready to take your riding to the next level.

Learn to shred Alpine like never before; make all the switchbacks on Lawler. Are you new to mountain biking, or want to learn new skills? Or are you a regular rider and ready to take it to the next level? Hiring a professional mountain bike coach can take your riding from “I’m just gonna try to hang on” to “I’ve so got this.” You’ll be ready to tackle that next obstacle in no time.

Cog Wild has professional mountain bike coaches to help you become a more confident and skilled rider. Signing up for a  private skills clinic by yourself or with friend will leave you ready for more challenges!

 

Our Mountain Bike Skills Lesson Includes:

  • Private one-on-one or small group skill building lesson, customized to your level
  • Professional mountain bike coach
  • Transportation from Cog Wild’s Oakridge headquarters to the lesson location
  • Half-day lesson includes on-trail snacks
  • Full-day lesson includes on-trail lunch and snacks
  • Complimentary post ride beverages

 

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Local Mountain Bike Skills Lesson

Ready to get back on your bike? Starting May 15th, we will be offering half day mountain bike skills clinics for locals and their household groups. Learn from one of Cog Wild’s PMBI certified mountain bike coaches while maintaining good social distancing practices.

We will meet outside of Cog Wild’s office and ride together from here. These lessons are designed for riders of all levels from novice to expert and everyone in between. If you have a specific trail or section  of trail that you want to conquer, let us know and we can help!

Please only include people from your household group in the lesson to minimize unnecessary contact with other people. These lessons will be private, meaning no other groups  will be joining your lesson.

Please see the COVID 19 guidelines that we are following to stay in compliance with the Oregon Health Authority.

Youth Rides & Junior Teams

Cascadia Junior Cycling

Check out the many great experiences for youth and juniors through Cascadia Junior Cycling, including:

  • Youth After School Mountain Biking
  • Summer Mountain Biking
  • Guided Rides & Shuttles
  • Junior Teams for All-Mountain, XC and Cyclocross
  • See the overview here

Field Trips & School Programs

We love helping schools take their students to the trails. Please let us know if we can help.

Community Outreach

Cog Wild is a proud sponsor of Boys & Girls Club’s Mountain Bike program. By providing bikes and guides we can help more kids gain access to the trails to ride with their friends in the summer.

Get in touch if you have an idea for how we can help get more kids on bikes.

Get downhill ready with a professional coach!

Ride Mt. Bachelor’s bike park with confidence after a lesson with a certified mountain bike coach. Cog Wild partners with Mt Bachelor to offer intermediate to advanced downhill mountain bike skills clinics for solo riders or private groups. Get berm shreddy and jump ready at Oregon’s premiere downhill park with Cog Wild’s finest guides and coaches. Please inquire for a Mt. Bachelor skills lesson. These lessons are for advanced riders. Coaches and dates are limited.

Private Mt. Bachelor downhill lesson includes: 

  • One-on-one or small group downhill skills building, the lessons will be determined by  your skill level and mountain biking goals.
  • Professional mountain bike coach
  • Lunch and snacks

Mt. Bachelor downhill lessons do not include: 

  • Bike rental (can be booked through Mt. Bachelor rentals)
  • Pads or helmet (can be obtained from Mt. Bachelor rentals)
  • Bike Park ticket (can be purchased at Mt. Bachelor)
  • Transportation to or from Mt. Bachelor

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Boost your Confidence With Private Mountain Bike Skills Lessons

Are you new to mountain biking and ready to learn new skills? Or are you a regular rider and eager to take it to the next level? Hiring a professional mountain bike coach can take your riding from “I’m just gonna try to hang on” to “I’ve got this!”

Cog Wild’s professional mountain bike coaches will help you become a more confident and skilled rider. Sign up for a full or half-day private skills clinic by yourself or with friend so that you are ready to tackle any challenge on the trail.

Interested in conquering Mt. Bachelor’s downhill park? Check out our Mt. Bachelor skills page here

Mountain Bike Skills Lessons Include:

  • Professional mountain bike coach
  • Private one-on-one or small group skill building lesson, customized to your level
  • Transportation from Cog Wild Headquarters to the trailhead.
  • Half-day lesson includes on-trail snacks
  • Full-day lesson includes on-trail lunch and snacks
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Polar Seltzer and Humm Kombucha. 

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