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 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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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.

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