ARU Skills Clinics

A series of mountain bike skills clinics built to build confidence out on the trails and connect our riding community. Welcome to the Arbutus Routes University.

    Arbutus Routes University (ARU) skills clinics are offered every week in May through August. Our sessions are 2 hours in length and you will need your bike and gear ready to roll. Each session includes group instruction from any one of our experienced coaches. Meet at our bike shop in the Upper Village where you meet the coaches and the rest of the group.

    These clinics take aim at introducing what we believe to be the key ingredients for enjoying your riding more. Choose to sign up for the clinics one by one through the season and learn at your own pace, or jump into our set schedule and make the most of your summer.

    Fundamentals 101
    We offer our Fundamental 101 mountain bike skills lessons for FREE where our goal is to get you riding better and having more fun than ever. These 101 lessons introduce you to fundamental mountain biking skills in a group setting.

    Progression Sessions (201-401 Levels)
    All our progression session clinics are $49 per session. Take a deeper dive into those particular skills as our coaches work closely with you to foster skill progression.

    Who are these skills clinics suited for?

    We have designed these mountain bike skills clinics to support the progression of the beginner to intermediate level riders in a fun and safe environment. These clinics are also great to meet more riding partners.

    Choose your lesson type

    Tech + Trail
    Focuses on all core elements found in technical and trail riding, up and down from beginners to those experienced riders looking to improve.

    Air + Flair
    Looks to develop key skills in Jumping, Drops and Flow. For beginners to those experienced riders looking to improve.

    Your Curriculum

    Tech + Trail 101: Tech & Trail Core Skills.
    Who: For beginner or intermediate riders whose body position isn’t stable on descents. Helps anyone also looking for key skills to ride a bike park.
    We cover: Body positioning, Braking and Cornering while descending.

    T&T 201: Cornering (Has knowledge of and practise using basic descending techniques)
    Who: For riders looking to corner with more consistency and flow by improving their stability and traction.
    We Cover: Cornering progression through body positioning and vision.

    T&T 301: Rolls, Roots and Rocks (req. Rider can clear green climbs and most non technical blue descents)
    Who: Riders wanting to learn how to manage natural features. Looking to move through technical terrain up and down more smoothly.
    We cover: Braking variations, Body positioning.

    T&T 401: Steep Trail (req. Comfortable in steep terrain, stopping and starting in tech, has experience in a black trail)
    Who: Intermediate riders finding it difficult to balance on steeper trails who may struggle to control speed on steeper sections of trail or skid under heavy braking in technical terrain.
    We Cover: Advanced Braking, Technical Climbing.

    Air & Flair

    A&F 101: Core Skills ( req. Ability to ride in a centered position while descending on green to blue trails )
    Who: For riders looking to get off the ground or to become more dynamic on the bike allowing more enjoyment on every trail
    We Cover: The components of getting air and adding flow through exercises in pressure and timing,

    A&F 201: Drop ( req. Riders able to ride around a pump track without pedalling, can ride blue trails)
    Who: Riders wanting to learn the different techniques for executing drops consistently.
    We Cover: The components of riding drops.

    A&F 301: Air ( req. Riders able to ride around a pump track without pedalling and can ride blue trails proficiently)
    Who: For any rider wanting to develop a consistent approach to getting air and understanding how to control shape and amplitude.
    We Cover: The formula for jumping and having more fun.

    A&F 401: Trail Flair ( req. Riders who know the correct basic techniques for drops and jumps. Can get down black trails)
    Who- For riders looking to add Jumps and drop techniques into your favorite trails.
    We Cover: Maneuvers, line choice and timing to increase flow, style and fun in trail.

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