Loppet TRAIL KIDS

Mountain Bike Programs


The Mountain Bike Programs are part of the Loppet Foundation’s TRAIL KIDS year-round programming

TRAIL KIDS offers three sessions of six-week mountain bike programs for beginner to advanced riders. Youth ages 7-13 will explore the single-track trails at Theodore Wirth Park while gaining skills they can use for a lifetime! The focus of the mountain bike program is to have fun, meet new friends, and build confidence riding the single track trails. The programs offer mixed gender coaching groups based on riding ability level.

Those who identify as female seeking to ride only with others identifying as female can sign up for our Girls Rock Mountain Bike Program. Non-binary and trans youth are welcome to join any group in which they feel most comfortable. Youth ages 13 – 18 years old can join the Loppet Cycle Works Juniors program.

What can your child expect at a TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike Program? Watch the TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike News Video to learn more.

During practice sessions, youth will be coached by trained Loppet coaches on a variety of mountain bike skills so they can become safe and confident riders. Fundamental Skills include:

  • Ready/neutral position for descending hills
  • Side/Side bike body separation
  • Pedaling/shifting efficiently
  • Controlling speed and braking safely
  • Cornering confidently
  • Handling obstacles and rocky terrain
  • Riding with vision
  • Ratcheting

Participants will be tested at the end of the session on different bike skills and will be able to move up in levels if they progress through additional tests throughout the season. For a full description of our mountain bike skill level progression, view the TRAIL KIDS MTB Skill Level Guide.

  • Equipment Needed: Participants will need their own mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier to participate. We only provide mountain bike rentals for our beginner Wirth clinics. Bikes need to have front and back wheel brakes on the handle bars (no peddle brakes or kickstands allowed). Tires must have tread and be wide enough to ride safely on mountain bike trails. For more on mountain bike equipment, view the TRAIL KIDS MTB Equipment Guide.
  • Ages/Ability: Ages 7 – 13, beginner to advanced abilities welcome (we split into different coaching groups based on ability, fitness, age, and friend request – friends who are of different riding abilities may not be placed together). We do not have programs for kids 6 years of age and under, so please do not register them until they turn seven years old. If your child has good biking skills and is mature enough we may consider them to start early, but you must contact the program director first at trailkids@loppet.org.
  • Contact: For more information or questions about our summer programs contact the program director at trailkids@loppet.org.
  • TRAIL KIDS Adventure Mountain Bike Race Series: Youth will get a chance to participate in one of the adventure mountain bike races that are offered as part of our TRAIL KIDS program. There will be one race scheduled for each of the three sessions scheduled during the normal practice session. Youth will race in their coaching groups at different start times throughout the evening. For more information on the mountain bike series go to the Summer Adventure Mountain Bike Race Series webpage.

Registration Guide

Registration based on ability: All TRAIL KIDS who attend the program must be able to ride their bikes safely on paved paths. When registering your child make sure to indicate their ability level as described in the Mountain Bike Ability Registration Guide.

Monday/Wednesday Wirth Session 1

  • Dates: May 10 – June 16 (no session Memorial Day)
  • Session Days/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of The Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $215 or $235 after April 10

Tuesday/Thursday Wirth Session 1

  • Dates: May 11 – June 17
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of The Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 10

Mondays/Wednesday Wirth Session 2

  • Dates: June 28 – August 9 *No practice July 5th
  • Session Days/Time: Choice of afternoon or evening sessions
    • Mondays/Wednesdays Evening Session 6PM – 7:30PM
    • Monday/Wednesday Afternoon Session 4PM -5:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of The Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after May 28

Tuesday/Thursday Wirth Session 2

  • Dates: June 29 – August 5
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of The Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 10

Monday/Wednesday Wirth Session 3 – Registration Full

  • Dates: August 23 – September 29 (no session Labor Day)
  • Session Days/Time: Monday/Wednesday 5:30PM – 7PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of The Trailhead building).
  • Cost: $215 or $235 after July 23
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Tuesday/Thursday Wirth Session 3 – Registration Full

  • Dates: August 24 – October 1 
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:30PM – 7PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of The Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after July 24
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Sunday Wirth Session 3 – Registration Full

  • Dates: September 12 – October 17
  • Session Days/Time: Choice of early or late afternoon
    • Sunday afternoons 2:00 – 3:30 p.m
    • Sunday afternoons 4:00 – 5:30 p.m
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags in front of The Trailhead building)
  • Cost: $115 or $145 after August 20
Registration Full - Join our waitlist!

Tuesday/Thursday Lebanon Hills Session 1

  • Dates: May 18 – June 24
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: Ridge cliff Park (next to Lebanon Hills)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 18

Tuesday/Thursday Lebanon Hills Session 2

  • Dates: July 6 – August 12
  • Session Days/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: Ridge cliff Park (next to Lebanon Hills)
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after June 6

Monday/Wednesday Elm Creek Session 1

  • Dates: May 17 – June 23
  • Session Days/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: Elm Creek single track
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after April 17

Monday/Wednesday Elm Creek Session 2

  • Dates: July 5 – August 16 *No practice July 5th
  • Session Days/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays 6PM – 7:30PM
  • Where: Elm Creek single track
  • Cost: $220 or $250 after June 5

Monarch Session 1

Monarch Session 2

Scholarships and Sibling Discounts

Scholarships: Need-based registration partial scholarships are available. For information about TRAIL KIDS Program scholarships email trailkids@loppet.org.

Sibling Discount: For those families who have three or more kids in the program we will given a fifteen percent discount code. Please email trailkids@loppet.org for more information.

Refund Policy

The Loppet will issue a full refund of the program fee minus a $40.00 processing fee up until one month before the program starts. There are no refunds for any cancellations within one month of the start of a program. During the program, if your child has a medical issue that makes it impossible to participate, we will issue a prorated refund minus $40.00 processing fee. If the Loppet cancels a program, a full refund will be issued.

A Note About the Data We Collect

Our Trail Adults program was developed around our TRAIL KIDS program, but it is for adults only. This program is offered at the same time and location as our TRAIL KIDS programs, so you can drop off your child then go and join your Trail Adults team. We will teach you the same skills and games your kids are learning in TRAILS KIDS. This program is not limited to those of you with kids in TRAIL KIDS.

Registration opens on March 15. All registered TRAIL KIDS families will receive a 15 percent discount code to be used for the adult mountain bike skills session. A code will be emailed to all parents following the session registration. Click here for more information on these Trail Adult Programs!