Mountain Biking for Oldies Courses

Choose the course that covers the skill you want to work on, or do all three throughout the year. 30 years old is “old” for jumps, drops and bike park but no one will be checking ID, everyone is welcome! 🙂
Geared towards experienced riders who may have attempted some jumping and drops before, and are now ready to understand the fundamentals so skill development can happen safely.
Each course has a specific schedule, look through the details of each course for specifics. Each course has focused instruction covering body movements, anatomy of a features and merciless practice with individual and video feedback (and more practice).

Jumping For Oldies

About Coach Erika

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 and Bike Park riding.

Rider Level and requirements

JFO is geared towards experienced riders who can trail ride well, has maybe attempted jumps before and now looking to understand the fundamentals so you can develop your air time and control.
-Bring a well maintained modern mountain bike. hardtails are ok, a full suspension with disc brakes is reccomended.
-Either a full face or open face helmet is ok, knee and elbow pads are reccomended
-Must be willing to push your bike back to the top of the Phils jumps or Lair jumps repeatedly
-Meet at the class start time ready to ride with your bike ready to go

Terrain & Trails

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

2024 Dates, 5 to 7 PM

  • May 7 and 9
  • May 21 and 23
  • June 4 and 6
  • September 17 and 19 (4:30 PM to 6:30 PM due to shorter days)

The class meets at Phil’s Trailhead on Day 1. On Day 2 meet at Cog Wild to ride to the Lair.

  • $175 for two days of jump progression

Drops for Oldies

About Erika

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.

Rider Level and Requirements

-DFO is geared towards experienced riders who can trail ride well, has maybe attempted drops before and now looking to dial in the fundamentals to progress safely.
-Bring a well maintained bike with disc brakes and at least a 120mm of full suspension travel.
-Wear a helmet and knee pads, elbow and other body armor is reccomended. All are available to rent at Mt Bachelor.
-Meet at class starting time at the Seventh Mountain Resort Skills Area

Terrain & Trails

The class will take place at a skills park at the Seventh Mountain Resort just outside of Bend. The coach will mercilessly drill in safe fundamental technique on drops. Deep Dive into the body movements, speed and timing of drop technique. Start with Rolling drops and progress from 1 to 3 foot drops depending on readiness

2024 Drops classes

  • June 13, Thursday 5 – 7pm
  • June 27, Thursday 5 – 7pm
  • August 17, Saturday, 10am-Noon

Choose ONE session. This is not an all day course or designed as progression.

The class meets at the Skills Park at the Seventh mountain Resort. Park in any spot and find the skills park to the north near the tennis courts

  • $95 for a two hour drop progression course

Bike Park For Oldies

About Coach Erika

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 and bike park riding.

Rider Level and Requirements

-BPO is geared towards experienced riders who can ride blue and some black trail but have little to no bike park experience
-Bring a well maintained bike with disc brakes and at least a 120mm of full suspension travel.
-Wear a full face helmet and knee pads, elbow and other body armor is reccomended. All are available to rent at Mt Bachelor.
-Must be willing to push your bike up the Magic Carpet repeatedly
-Meet at class starting time ready with lift pass, bike, and equipment
-Purchase at least a Little Pine lift ticket on day one, a full bike park ticket for day two

Topics Covered

-Bike Park bike set-up
-Loading bikes onto lifts
-Bike park etiquette
-Body Positioning
-Braking 
-Rolling Drops
-Cornering & Berms
-Steeps
-Pumping and pressure control

Terrain & Trails

Two days at the Bachelor Bike Park. Day 1 will use the Little Pine lift to develop the fundamentals needed to have a fun and safe bike park experience. On day two the class will progress to the Pine marten lift for the Big mountain experience.

2024 course, Two days, 10am-1pm both days

  • August 10th and 11th

The class meets on the West Village deck at Mt Bachelor

  • $190 for two days of bike park coaching

Mountain Bike Skills Instruction in Oakridge

Cog Wild’s professional mountain bike coaches are trained to help you become a more confident and skilled rider. Oakridge has great terrain for skill building: switchbacks, flow trails and steep tech trails. Whether you are looking for fundamentals, downhill specific lessons or flow skills, we have the coaches and terrain for you.

Private lessons are available daily for individuals and small groups. Come for the day or make a skills clinic part of your trip.

Private SkillsMeet our Coaches

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, technical trail riding with rocks, roots and switchbacks, rollers, jumps and cornering.

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

  • Solo rider: $240
  • 2 riders: $125 per person
  • 3 or more: $95 per person
  • For any group or individual looking to increase their skills and confidence. First timer to advanced rider, we can accomodate anyone.
  • Detailed, personalized feedback
  • 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.

  • Solo Rider: $320
  • 2 riders: $165 per person
  • 3 or more: $125 per person
  • For grops or individuals with some riding experience, from intermediate to advanced, a full day will give us time to deep dive into mountain biking skills
  • Skills will be introduced and developed through drills and games during trail riding and feature sessioning
  • Detailed, personalized feedback
  • Includes lunch, snacks, Cog Wild water bottle, transportation during the lesson and post lesson cold beverages.

Fundamental Skills Weekend

Join Cog Wild and coach Dennis Sibilia-Young for two days of Fundamental mountain bike skills. Camp at Moon Shadow Meadows in Westfir, Oregon.

July 13-14

Aug 31-Sept 1

$745 for 2 days of skills instruction and 2 nights camping

  • Instruction and guiding by certified mountain bike coaches on day 1
  • Shuttle and guiding with trail instruction on day 2
  • Bag Lunch for both days provided by Middle Fork Bistro
  • 2 days, 2 nights camping at Moon Shadow Meadows in Westfir, Oregon. 
  • Skills are introduced and developed through language, demonstration, drills and games – and actual trail riding. Learn through “sessioning” trail features. Expect all the fundamentals, plus cornering and pre-jumping/wheel lifts.
  • Detailed, personalized feedback

    Not Included:
  • Rental bikes (if needed, contact Willamette Mountain Mercantile in Oakridge)
  • Other meals besides lunch on day 2 are not included, visit other Oakridge businesses or bring your own camp kitchen

Oakridge Mountain Bike Coaches

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 Responder

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

Kenny Stone

Kenny is an Oakridge local who knows the trails well and loves to teach. A vetern, Kenny is a founder of Soldiers on Singletrack and travels the country coaching and supporting veterns to manage mental health through mountain biking.

Qualifications

  • PMBI Level 2 Instructor
  • First Aid Certified

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

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.

Mountain Bike Skills Instruction Bend, Oregon

Skills clinics mountain biking

Cog Wild offers a variety of mountain bike skills instruction from private instruction to multi-week group instruction, after school and summer camp skills for youth and advanced skill instruction at Mt. Bachelor’s Bike Park.

Our PMBIA certified coaches work with you to become a more confident and skilled rider. Everyone benefits from mastering the fundamentals, getting personalized feedback, and working with the coaches to enhance your skills!

Private Skills Lesson

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.

Private Skills Lesson INFO

Progression Sessions

Join like minded Bend locals for multiple levels of our crowd favorite Progression Sessions: three weeks of skills progression with the same cohort.

Progression Session Info

Mountain Biking for Oldies

For the experienced rider, age 30+, who didn’t get around to bigger manuevers when youth was on their side. Three Courses specifically for those who want to learn Jumps, Drops and Bike Park riding

oldies Courses

Mt. Bachelor Bike Park Lessons

For experienced riders, our PMBI certified skills coaches will guide you through a progessive skills course at the bike park. Bachelor is a great place to get some mileage and really advance your riding.

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 for Skills Instruction

Can I use my own bike?

Yes! Your own mountain bike is best because you are used to it and you’ll likely ride it after the lesson. If you’d like to try a different bike we 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 a one-day clinic

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

Mountain bike instruction for adults

Master the trails with Cog Wild’s Multi-Week Progression Sessions

Join one of Cog Wild’s multiple levels of progression sessions to improve your mountain bike skills with a cohort of like minded riders in Bend. Basically mountain bike skills instruction for adults.

All of Cog Wild’s coaches are certified through the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors’ Association (PMBIA) . If group skills sessions aren’t your thing, we also offer half and full day private skills sessions in both Bend and Oakridge and at Mt. Bachelor’s Bike Park.

Progression Session Level 1

For entry level riders who want to gain confidence and improve stability and balance on a mountain bike through an intentionally laid out series of lessons.

Rider Level

Progression Session Level 1 is designed for beginner to intermediate riders who have some experience and are ready to short cut the learning curve with intentional instruction.

The Experience

  • The classes meet at Cog Wild’s location at LOGE Bend. On day 1 we use trails close to our location. On the subsequent two days we shuttle up and ride the trails for skill sessions.
  • Three 2+  hour mountain bike lessons led by certified skills coaches with the same cohort.
  • Each lesson builds upon skills learned during the prior session. Please plan to attend all three sessions.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Polar Seltzer or Humm Kombucha  to close up the final session.

2024 Dates, all sessions begin at 5 PM

  • Spring Mondays: April 1, 8 & 15
  • Summer Mondays: June 17, 24 & July 1
  • Fall Mondays: September 9, 16 & 23

Progression Sessions Level 1 meets at Cog Wild’s location at LOGE Bend.

  • $275 for three 2.5 hour sessions of intentionally planned mountain bike skills instruction for adults

Progression Session Level 2

For intermediate riders who are ready to tackle drops, jumps and faster corners. Dive into the details of higher level riding.

Rider Level

Progression Session Level 2 is designed for intermediate riders who want to get better at drops, jumps and advanced cornering.

The Experience

  • The classes meet at Cog Wild’s location at LOGE Bend. We’ll go to different trails west of Bend each week based on the focus of the lesson.
  • Three 2+  hour mountain bike lessons led by certified skills coaches with the same cohort.
  • Each lesson builds upon skills learned during the prior session. Please plan to attend all three sessions.
  • Complimentary Deschutes Brewery beer, Polar Seltzer or Humm Kombucha  to close up the final session.

2024 Dates:

Spring Mondays: May 6, 13 and 20 (5 PM start)

Fall Mondays: September 30, October 7 and 14 (4:30pm start)

Progression Sessions Level 2 meets at Cog Wild’s location at LOGE Bend.

  • $275 for three 2.5 hour sessions of intentionally planned mountain bike skills instruction for adults

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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 advanced downhill mountain bike skills clinics for solo riders or private groups. Please inquire for a Mt. Bachelor skills lesson.

Rider Level

Bike Park Skills Sessions are for experienced riders who can trail ride well, have maybe attempted jumps before and are now looking to push air time and control.

Terrain & Trails

The coach will select trails appropriate to the rider’s skill level and use the drop and jump skills area at the base of the mountain.

Dates are limited to when the Bike Park is open, approximately July 4 to Labor Day and weekends in September. Please inquire for dates.

Sessions begin at 10 AM, when the bike park opens, and end at approximately 1 PM.

Stay and ride the park after your lesson.

Meet your coach at the West Village Lodge Deck at Mt. Bachelor. The skills session takes place at Mt. Bachelor’s Bike Park.

Inlcuded:

  • This 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

Not Included:

  • 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
  • Solo rider: $290
  • 2 riders: $150 per person
  • 3 or more: $115 per person

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Boost your Confidence With Private Mountain Bike Skills Lessons

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 friends 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

The Private Mountain Bike Skills Lesson Experience

Meet your coach at Cog Wild where you’ll discuss your goals and intent for the session. The coach will assess your ability and you’ll practice skills on site before applying them to trails. The private one-on-one or small group lesson is customized for you. After the session, relax and debrief the experience with a complimentary beverage from  Deschutes Brewery, Polar Seltzer or Humm Kombucha. 

  • Half-day lesson range from 3-3.5 hours and include on-trail snacks. These are best for newer riders or individuals since it’s demanding to practice skills drills over and over.
  • Full-day lesson is about 5 hours long and includes on-trail lunch and snacks. The second half of the day is devoted to applying newly learned skills to the trail.

Private skills lessons meet at our Bend location at LOGE Hotel: 19221 SW Century Drive. Lessons take place at Cog Wild and on the adjacent Deschutes National Forest trails. Transportation from Cog Wild Headquarters to the trailhead.

Half Day Private Skills

  • Solo rider: $220
  • 2 riders: $115 per person
  • 3 or more: $90 per person

Full Day Private Skills

  • Solo rider: $290
  • 2 riders: $150 per person
  • 3 or more: $115 per person

Rental bikes from Santa Cruz and Ibis are available, add one to your reservation upon checkout.

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