Signature Series

Jumping for Oldies

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

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

JFO is geared towards experienced riders who can trail ride well, has maybe attempted jumps before and now looking to push your air time and control

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

  • May 16th & 18th
  • June 6th & 8th
  • September 19th & 21st
  • September 26th & 28th

Sessions run from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

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

Mountain Bike Skills Instruction in Oakridge, Oregon

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.

Scheduled group clinics are great ways to learn fundamentals or push your flow and technical skills. Private lessons are available daily for individuals and small groups.

Find A Skills Session

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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. The content from our downhill, flow or e-bike clinics can be the focus of a private lesson.

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

  • Solo rider: $250
  • $185 per person for 2 or more people
  • 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: $345
  • $265 per person for 2 or more riders
  • Includes lunch, snacks, Cog Wild water bottle, transportation during the lesson and post lesson cold beverages.

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.
  • May 27, 2023
  • June 17, 2023
  • July 1, 2023
  • July 8, 2023
  • August 5, 2023

$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
  • 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.
  • 2023 dates
    • July 15
    • August 12
    • September 16
  • Available upon request as a private lesson May – October
  • $145 for one full day of group 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.
  • 2023 Dates:
    • July 22
    • August 19
    • September 30
  • Available upon request as a private lesson May – October
  • $145 per person 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
  • 2023 dates
    • July 15
    • August 12
    • September 16
  • Available upon request as a private lesson May – October
  • $145 for one full day of instruction

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.

Mountain Bike Skills Instruction Bend, Oregon

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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
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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

Jumping for Oldies

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

Jumping for oldies 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 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.

Cog Wild’s coaches are certified through the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors’ Association (PMBIA)  

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 advanced 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 and on the subsequent two days we shuttle up and use the trails along the Cascade Lakes Highway 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.

2023 Dates, all sessions begin at 5 PM

  • Spring Tuesdays: May 9, 16 & 23
  • Summer Mondays: June 5, 12 & 19
  • Fall Mondays: Sept. 11, 18 & 25

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

  • $260 for three intentionally planned progression sessions

Progression Session Level 2

For intermediate riders who are ready to tackle drops, jumps and faster corners.

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.

2023 Dates, all sessions begin at 4 PM

Fall Mondays: October 2, 9 and 16

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

  • $260 for three intentionally planned progression sessions

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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.

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 ticket office at Mt. Bachelor. The skills session takes place at Mt. Bachelor’s Bike Park.

  • 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

  • This lesson does 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

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 break skills down into parts that you’ll practice on site before applying your new skills 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: $225
  • $165 per person for 2 or more people

Full Day Private Skills

  • Solo rider: $297
  • $225 per person for 2 or more people

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

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