Mountain Bike Clinics and Lessons in Anchorage, Alaska

Private MTB Skills Clinics with Local Experts

Are you looking to improve your riding ability with mountain bike skills clinics and lessons from expert local riders?

At Alaska Trail Guides, the coaches leading our mountain bike classes are local Alaskans 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.

 

For more information or to book a progression session or private lesson, call us at (907) 317-5707 or send us a message.

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Mountain Bike Skills Clinics & Sessions

Beginning Singletrack Mountain Biking Clinic

Availability : June & July 2022
Min Age : 16

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.

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Intermediate Singletrack Clinic: Technical Trails

Availability : July & August 2022
Min Age : 16+

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.

Progression Session Skill Days

Availability : June - July
Min Age : 16+

Learn the skills needed to tackle technical trails like drops, jumps, and banks. Small groups ensures individual attention.

Private Mountain Bike Lessons

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Private Mountain Bike Lessons

2 hours
Availability : May - September
Min Age : 5+

Lessons are designed around your skills and goals! Once you reserve your lesson(s) a coach will reach out to you to discuss what you would like to work on and build a plan tailored to you. 

Mountain Bike Clinics and Lessons — Our Instructors

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.

 

Gear Needed for MTB Skills Clinics

  • Required Gear
  • A reliable, well-maintained mountain or fat tire bike with hand brakes and gears.
  • Bike helmet
  • Closed-toe shoes with laces or velcro ~ No slipons or sandals!
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Extra inner tube
  • Additional equipment/gear required for Bikepacking. See Bikepacking clinic page for details.
  • Recommended Gear
  • Biking gloves
  • Sunglasses or eye protection
  • Bug repellent

Mountain Bike Skills Clinics & Lessons — FAQ

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. 

Important Information for Mountain Bike Clinics and Lessons

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. 

  • Cancellations for an entire mountain bike clinic that are given at least 7 days before the 1st scheduled session of the clinic will receive a full refund. 
  • Cancellations for an entire clinic that are given within 2 – 6 days before the 1st scheduled session of the clinic will receive a 50% refund. Exception: if we are able to fill your spot with another participant, you’ll receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations for an entire clinic that are given within 48 hours before the 1st scheduled session of the clinic will not receive a refund. Exception: if we are able to fill your spot with another participant, you’ll receive a full refund.
  • Weather can be a real thriller too! Your safety is our priority, on or off the bike, so if the weather is dangerous we may call, text or email you to reschedule. Example of weather considered too dangerous: winds of 30+ mph. 
  • As Alaska Trail Guides, we hold the right to reschedule lessons at any time when the safety of participants is compromised due to dangerous outdoor conditions or for any other circumstances which are outside of our control. We will always try to reschedule first or a full refund will be given in these circumstances.

 

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.