Your mountain bike clinic coaches are local Alaskan’s with years of experience and expertise. They have in-depth knowledge and the technical know-how to help you become the mountain biker you want to be.
This two-week course begins with the core fundamentals of mountain biking. Topics include bike-body separation, climbing positions, braking, descending positions, cornering, front, and rear-wheel lifts, ratcheting, and balance techniques.
This two-week mountain bike clinic will focus on the skills needed to ride the modern flow trails fast and in control. Each class we will session one of the one-way flow trails, rotating between Hillside and Kincaid.
Carl is a well-known Alaskan photographer, author, coach, and outdoor instructor. He began mountain biking in 1994 and has been active in Alaska’s cycling community since 2001. As a BICP certified skills instructor and trip leader, he started coaching and instructing in 2012.
His work and background also includes trail building, bike mechanic, and mountain biking guide. Carl enjoys old-school technical trails, rallying berms, and exploring wild places on bike, foot, and skis. In 2016, Carl led the first fat bike expedition to the Kobuk Sand Dunes, the northernmost sand dunes on Earth.
Can I create my own groups? – Our mountain bike clincs and lessons are either private with one-on-one instruction or semi-private if you have siblings or friends who want to learn as well. For semi-private lessons, we recommend all riders be around the same ability level.
What if I’m not ready to buy a package? – No problem! You can buy a single mountain bike lesson and if you want a package, we apply what you’ve already paid to your package.
Can I get bike lessons in the winter? – Yes! We offer winter fat biking lessons as well.
Is there a minimum age? – No minimum age for lessons! We can teach your tyke how to ride a bike! See individual clinics for age minimums.
What if I don’t have a mountain bike? – Contact a local bike shop for demo availability.
Cancellation Policy MTB Clinics (see lessons page for Private Lesson Cancellation Policy): We understand life can be unpredictable. If you are unable to make your scheduled session/clinic, please contact us as early as possible.
Day of: We suggest arriving 15 minutes before the start of your Mountain Bike Clinics, which gives you time to check in with your coach and get your bike and gear ready!
If you are not able to make the session please let Alaska Trail Guides know ASAP so we can notify the coach.
Bikes & Equipment: You must bring a functioning mountain bike that fits you and is capable of riding on dirt singletrack trails. All participants are required to wear a helmet that is certified to the MIPS standard. Helmets are required any time on a bike. We don’t require but recommend that participants also wear protective sunglasses, bike-specific gloves, and possibly knee and/or elbow pads. A hydration pack is great for storing extra clothing, snacks, water, and necessary bike tools and/or other equipment.
Waiver: A link to our online waiver will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your Mountain Bike Clinics. A completed and signed waiver is required to participate in a lesson with Alaska Trail Guides.