Introduction to Mountain Biking


Rider Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Newbie? No Problem! Learn the basic techniques of mountain biking in a safe, controlled environment. This course covers bike set-up, balanced bikes stance, gearing and braking, basic cornering, trail observation and trail etiquette.

Mountain Biking Fundamentals


Rider Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Whether you are new to mountain biking or looking to make your riding smoother, this clinic will give you all the skills you need. We work in a safe, controlled environment and focus on building confidence while learning fundamental skills. This clinic will run for two days, with three hours each day. Throughout this course we will cover all the fundamentals such as bike balance, gearing, shifting, braking, climbing, descending, cornering and wheel lifts.

Mountain Biking Progressions


Rider Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Recommended to have completed Fundamentals clinic.

This two day course takes all the fundamentals and puts them to work to help you tackle obstacles and structures such as bridges and skinnies, step ups, roll downs, track stands, and pressure control dynamics.

Tune Up Sessions


Rider Level: Any and all

Time: 2 hours

These tune-up sessions are perfect for mountain bikers that want to work on a specific skill to improve their riding. Each session will focus on one skill from the Fundamentals or Progressions programs and give you the opportunity to practice and perfect a specific technique.

  • Bridges and skinnies
  • Cornering and switchbacks
  • Wheel lifts
  • Technical climbing and step-ups
  • Roll downs and drops

Please visit our registration page for the next scheduled session. If you are unable to attend the dates scheduled, you are welcome to get a group of riders together and set up dates that work for you. All clinics are held in Nanaimo, BC.

Private Sessions

$50 hour/single person

$40 hour/per rider in a group session

$30 hour/per rider in a group session of 6 or more riders

Private sessions are available to help mountain bikers progress at their own speed on a flexible schedule that suits the rider’s needs. You can book as an individual for one on one instruction or as a private group. Please feel free to call for more information or about private group rates.

Gals, Gears and Grub


Rider Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Not your average mountain bike camp! This will be a two day women’s camp that includes mountain bike skills instruction, guided trail rides, stand-up paddle boarding, tasty meals from local restaurants, and a yoga session customized to help riders’ bodies. You will also get your bike setup suited to your individual needs by professional bike mechanics from Arrowsmith Bikes.

Girls, Grease and the Grotto


Rider Level: Any and all

Prerequisite: Girls who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and a swimsuit.

Time: 6 hours total

Learn how to rock a wrench like a pro! In this three hour mechanics class, we will practice trailside repairs as well as learn about your essential toolkit and how to use it. Flat tubes, broken chains, slashed tires? No problem! Never be stranded or have to walk your bike out again.

An important, but overlooked, aspect of mountain biking is proper suspension setup.  Making sure your ride is custom for you makes every trail so much more enjoyable, so you will also get learn how to check your suspension and adjust it to suit your body and riding style.

It is not necessary to bring your own bike as we will have plenty of bikes to work on at the shop in Parksville, however, if you would like to learn on your own bike, please make sure that you have a safe and secure vehicle to lock it in while we head to the spa.

After our class, we head over to the Grotto Spa @ Tigh-Na-Mara to relax in the mineral pool and indulge in tasty, endless tapas. Bring your appetite and a swimsuit!