Mountain bike skills clinics in Squamish, Whistler and North Vancouver designed and focused to get the most out of your riding.
Build the strongest riding platform…
The RideHub Foundations Skills Clinics are designed to breakthrough the barriers in your riding to allow you to progress to the next level. This focused skills clinic has been optimized to produce the maximum rider development. These group coaching clinics are an affordable way for working professionals and parents with limited spare time to progress their riding as we divide the curriculum over four consecutive weeks (two hour session per week) or consolidate it into a single weekend day. Pair that with the fact there is no better place to learn than three of the best places for mountain biking in the world, Squamish, Whistler, or North Vancouver’s North Shore!
In these Skills Camps, riders will work on advancing their mountain bike skills with each consecutive session, building on a strengthened riding platform. By focusing on and breaking down the core fundamental elements, we are able to rapidly improve a riders overall performance. If you feel as though your riding has plateaued and you are having a hard time advancing to the next level, this is the perfect fit for you.
This course is designed for experienced riders. If you are brand new to the sport, we suggest you try our Intro To Mountain Bike experience or book a private lesson to get yourself started on the right foot.
Our Foundations – Green Clinics are designed for Technical Level 1 & Level 2 riders looking to be able to master trail features on Green & Blue trails. Our Foundations – Blue Clinics are tailored towards Technical Level 2 & 3 riders who want to master features on Blue and Black trails. The cirriculum and progression within the courses is designed so that a rider can take the same level clinic repeatedly and continue to develop and improve their skill set. These are great clinics to dust off the cobwebs from your winter hibernation! Choosing the correct course will ensure you are teamed up with riders of a similar skill set with similar expectations. If you have questions relating to which course you should sign up for, please give us a call!
RideHub Foundations – Green Skill Clinics are suitable for Beginner to Intermediate riders with varying Endurance abilities. Trails are chosen based on the curriculum for the lesson
RideHub Foundations – Blue Skill Clinics are suitable for Intermediate & Advanced riders with moderate Endurance abilities. Trails are chosen based on the curriculum for the lesson
- Weekly Sessions run from 6pm until 8pm – Public Holidays are skipped
- Full Day sessions start at 9am and finish at 3:30pm
- Book by selecting the first day of your course in our booking tool
Let’s solve the problem!
We want to put the fun back into mountain biking for you. It wasn’t supposed to be this difficult was it? The truth is, most of us weren’t taught how to ride a bike. We somehow managed to figure it out on our own. If you are stuck where you are and aren’t progressing, give our skills clinic an opportunity to find out why! Here are some of the key areas we will focus on that are likely holding you back.
Position & Balance
Operations of Controls
Timing & Coordination
Our Foundations Clinics are designed to drive your Mountain Bike Skills Development
Breaking Skills Down, To Build Them Back Up
RideHub Mountain Bike Skills Instruction is guaranteed to improve your riding, or you don’t have to pay.
”I invested a few days into some private skills coaching with the RideHub team and I just want to say thank you for the tremendous support with my riding. I look forward to shredding the trails all season and coming for a refresher before the start of next season. Thank you!Jessica R.Private Instruction
”Being pretty new to mountain biking, I found the skills camp to be very helpful. The instructors helped me understand how to build stronger core riding skills which have helped me be more confident on the bike.Paul A.Foundations Skills Camp
What Do I Need To Bring?
If you require a rental bike as part of your Skills Camp lesson (due to equipment failure), please contact the office to coordinate your equipment rental. We have everything you will need!
Your mountain bike should be in good working order and should have been recently serviced. Our mountain bike coaches and instructors will perform a safety check on your bike prior to the start of any mountain biking lessons. While we will assist with any minor issues that are identified, participants are ultimately responsible for the condition of their own bicycle. Participants with unsafe bicycles will not be allowed to participate in our Mountain Bike Skills Camps.
Your bicycle should have the following minimum equipment spec:
- 2″ or wider knobby tires
- Front Suspension (with 4″ of travel minimum)
- At least 10 Gears
- Disc Brakes
If your bicycle does not meet the minimum specifications, rental bicycles are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Depending on the skill set that your lesson will be focusing on, you may be asked by your cycling coach or instructor to use flat pedals (no clips or clipless) for both safety and development reasons. Flat pedals force a rider to use correct pedal position while performing maneuvers. We have a limited stock of Flat Pedals so let us know as early as possible if you need to borrow some.
As equally important as pedals are your shoes. A good quality flat soled Mountain Biking shoe should be used with flat pedals. Flat pedal shoes can be purchased from your local bike shop and are a great piece of kit to invest in.
If you are renting a bike and want to use your own pedals and shoes, please bring them to your lesson and we will get them switched over for you.
Helmets are mandatory for all participants in any cycling activity. There are no exceptions to this rule.
It is advised that you also bring any body armor that you are comfortable spending the day in. Most riders (including many of our mountain bike guides) will bring knee/shin protection and some will also bring elbow protection. If it helps your confidence and doesn’t hinder your endurance, consider bringing it.
Knee Protection and Helmets are available to rent.
Gloves & protective eyewear are also recommended.
Because we will be spending a good portion of the day pedalling and working on skills, it is your responsibility to keep yourself hydrated – and it’s easy to forget when you are having fun. Please bring a water bottle or hydration pack and make sure it is full of fresh water – Our mountain bike guides will be making sure you are drinking it!
Lunch will be provided for Full-Day mountain bike lessons, however for “high-output” individuals, please bring any additional snacks/bars that you will need to consume with you.
An understood & signed Liability Waiver is require from anyone who wishes to participate in a cycling related activity (Mountain Bike Skills Coaching) with the Archer Adventure Company Inc.
Please review our waiver here and if you have any questions regarding it, or the rights you are waiving by signing it, please contact us right away. You will be emailed a link to fill and sign your waiver digitally when you book your experience. Please follow the instructions in a timely manner to avoid delays on the day of your course. If you are booking a Private Mountain Biking lesson for more than one participant, please ensure that all participants in your group have completed their paperwork.
Absolutely, but we are going to teach you our way using our process – and a lot of that is going to happen somewhere with way less consequence than your bucket list feature. We take a drastically different approach to coaching than many of the other coaching businesses out there. It’s part of the reason we see so much success from our participants without needing to visit the hospital. Much of what we will teach you will improve your skill set broadly which will help with *ALL* of the features and trails that you ride and we will focus the development on the areas that will help drive to your goals.
Video is one of the best ways to see what you are doing, which is especially helpful for visual learners. On our Foundations Skills Camps we don’t shoot video as the time it takes to setup and review can limit the work we can complete during our time together. For private lessons we can shoot 240FPS High-Speed footage on trail to slow down what you are doing and to analyze what is happening. From there we can determine the proper correction to help improve your riding. When we are done with your lesson, we will upload your videos to a private shared folder where you can watch or download the videos for review later. If you really want video analysis, consider booking a private session.
Recognized globally, there are two Mountain Bike Skills Instructor certification paths. The PMBI is the Whistler Bike Park standard and has been adopted by many bike parks across Canada and throughout the world and is based in Whistler BC. The BICP was born from the original CMIC (Canadian Mountain Bike Instructor Certification) program. It is recognized worldwide with a heavy focus on trail riding and is now headquartered in Bellingham, WA. Both programs provide certifications that are recognized around the world for Mountain Bike instructors. The interesting thing about these programs is that they are *VERY* different but both are very valuable. Our head instructor is certified in *BOTH* of these certification programs. This experience has allowed RideHub to develop a coaching curriculum and protocol that is entirely unique and draws on the best parts of these two global certifications. The NCCP is a Coaching Certification program that is sport agnostic which focuses on how to be a coach, not specifically teaching Mountain Biking skills. Again a very valuable program and we have staff certified through this nationally recognized organization.
Do you like meeting new people? Do you like saving a bit of money? Are you OK sharing your instructor with a few other strangers? Booking a camp or clinic with other riders is a great way to get some focused skill development and it’s great bang for the buck. Our clinics are fun and people always leave with a smile on their face. Now if you are looking for the absolute best investment of your training dollar, Private Mountain Bike lessons are hard to beat. You get one-on-one time with an instructor and we can tailor the lesson to focus on the key areas you want to develop and we can skip the rest. Remember, you also get video feedback, something we can’t do with group sessions. All of the attention is on you and your riding.
But are they? Everyone’s perception of value is different and if you shop around for Mountain Bike Skills Clinics with some of our competition you will actually see that we are very competitively priced – but when you add all of the experience and certifications that we bring to our programs, our client reviews and our commitment to excellence, the choice is simple. Remember, we guarantee it. Now think about this – how much does it cost to have a shop change *ONE* of your tires and set it up tubeless for you. For about the same price, you can get signed up on a Skills Camp that will do more for your riding than one new tire ever will.
Unlike a lot of other riding areas, coastal British Columbia is actually a temperate rainforest, which means it rains – a lot. But alas, that also means many of our trails were designed to deal with the rain. Also thanks to an incredibly dense canopy even though it may be slashing rain outside, under the canopy is pretty well protected from the harshest of the elements. So do we ride mountain bikes in the rain? Yep. If the weather is going to be a safety risk (ie. Lightning, Windstorms), we will look to reschedule the mountain bike lesson (usually the following week). If you are a fair weather rider only (not that we are judging you!) and you want to cancel or reschedule our normal cancellation policies will apply. Remember, #itsalwayssunnyinsquamish