I’m co-leading CROCT’s Monday night youth group ride again this summer. And now that I’ve got my MTB instructor certifications (IMBA ICP Level 2 and PMBI Level 1), I’m planning to add a little group instruction each week at the start of the ride.
At our first session, we did a quick braking assessment and I was surprised to see how much trouble the kids (approximate ages 6-13) had trying to come to a stop between a set of cones on a gentle slope.
For an assessment of their ability to select a gear for climbing, we had them pick their own ‘Goldilocks’ route up a grassy slope — not too easy, not too hard. Unsurprisingly, many of the kids were clueless about how to shift to an easier gear to get up the slope.
So in the coming weeks, we’ll add some instruction, drills and games that incorporate braking and gear choice. Some photos from week 1: