This page is to give some helpful information to new and returning Young Riders parents. Below you will find a checklist of items your child will need, as well as something that will insure your child has a fun, safe, successful ride.
What program is best for my child’s age and ability?
- Each child’s ability depends on several factors (these are in order)
- Physical strength (development)
- Technical merit
- Equipments (having a 40lb. bike for a 60lb kid can be debilitating)
- What size bike your child rides often helps dictate which group he/she should register for. (see What program should I put my child in based on his/her different sized bike wheels. (16″, 20″, 24″, 26″)?
- We use age as a guideline for what program your child should be scheduled. Below is a breakdown:
- Pee Wee: 5 – 7 years old
- Beginner: 7 – 9 years old
- Intermediate: 8 – 11 years old
- Advanced: 9 – 12 years old
- Adventure: 11 – 14 years old
- Downhill: 10 – 16 years old
What program should I put my child in based on his/her different sized bike wheels (16″, 20″, 24″, 26″)?
- Youth bikes are sized by the size of the wheels or rims they use. You can find bikes with 12″ (usually with training wheels), 16″, 20″, 24″, or 26″ (adult bikes)
- 16″ & 20″ bikes include the following well known brands or models and are good for kids in the PEE WEE and BEGINNER PROGRAMS. Beginner and up levels must have GEARS, no single speed bikes for example: BMX with one gear.
- TREK: Jet 20, Mystic 20, MT 60
- GARY FISHER: PreCaliber 20
- SCOTT: Spark 20, Scale 20. Voltage 20, Contessa 20
- 24″ bikes include the following well known brands or models and are good for kids in the INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED AND CAMP PROGRAMS
- TREK: MT 220
- TRAILCRAFT: Pineridge
- GARY FISHER: PreCaliber 24, Opie 24
- SCOTT: Spark 24, Scale 24, Voltage 24
- 26″ bikes include the following well known brands or models and are good for kids in the ADVENTURE and DOWNHILL PROGRAMS
- There are a myriad of makes and models available.
What equipment does my child need?
- Bike (in good working condition)
- Shoes and Socks (no open-toe sandals)
- Athletic clothing (shorts, t-shirt….Try to avoid cotton. Bike jersey is best.)
- Protective eye wear (sunglasses are best)
- Cycling gloves
What should my child bring to each ride?
- Camelbak, water bottles, some sort of hydration device.
- Food, sports bar, energy food, gels, anything that will give your kid energy.
- Extra tube and tire iron (coaches will have pumps)
- Bike in good working condition
- Positive attitude
How can my child be prepared?
- Wear sun block.
- Eat a good breakfast and get a good nights rest.
- Bring any medicine or inhaler if needed.
- Practice riding with family
What information is vital to keep on hand to ensure that I am informed?
- Check Head Coach’s weekly emails, Website or Facebook for changes, phone numbers, directions to drop-off and pick-up.
- Review the Trailhead map available on the website
- Check the ride schedule for any other information such as: bring swimsuit and towel, or day at the lifts.
- Have coaches phone numbers available in case of traffic or other issues.
- Be on time… It is not fair to others when you are late.
- Parents, if you have problems and or issues, please contact and communicate with your coach. Please put them cell phone into your cell phone. In addition, please make sure they have YOUR cell phone numbers. Communication is the key for a safe and successful program.
Providing a safe riding environment is a top priority for Young Riders.
If weather related incidents such as snow, heavy rain, extreme temperatures and/or any lightning occurs within a half hour prior to class, your Coach will contact you of any changes, including the likely cancellation of the class.
If inclement weather happens during a class and a safe/suitable location cannot be found so as to provide shelter, Parents may be required to pick up their children.
Young Riders does not have specific contingency plans should rides be impacted by inclement weather. Young Riders does not have dedicated access to indoor facilities, such as a field house to allow for instruction.
If a class is canceled due to weather, we do not provide refunds or make up classes.
In the event you cancel your class or camp program reservation, refunds are defined below:
- Notice of cancellation must be submitted via email to Julie.Minahan@gmail.com with your mailing address and the name of the child and the program registered.
- Refund will be issued in a check.
- 100% of tuition minus the processing fee will be refunded if written notice is received 10 days before the program start date.
- 50% of tuition minus the processing fee will be forfeited if email notice is received less than 10 days before program start date.
- Request for cancellation due to an illness or injury requiring a doctor visit, hospitalization or death in the family requires documentation. Upon receipt of documentation, a full refund minus the processing fee will be issued. Verification must be received no later than 30 days after the scheduled class or camp start date. Similar refund requests made while a class or camp is in session will be prorated.
- Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your refund.
- Participants who request a refund once a class or camp has begun for reasons not identified above are ineligible to receive a refund
Non riding activities
The Young Riders cover all extra curricular activity expenses, such as swimming, riding the lifts, etc. unless noted on the schedule or in an email prior to class.
If you have any questions please email Julie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your understanding