FREEWHEELER YOUTH PROGRAMS
FOUR PURCHASE OPTIONS (it is ok to register for multiple programs)
XC (age 5 ONLY) MAX 12 $100
XC (age 6-15 ONLY) Max 82 $100
Freeride at bootleg Max 24 (age 9-15) $100
Waitlist (XC or Freeride Choice) - If registration is sold out please click the WAIT LIST button.
Freewheeler Membership and KTS Trail Pass:
All Freewheeler youth program participants must also be club members. This membership is free - but please remember to go back and register your child(ren) as club members once you have successfully registered them in a program. Youth program participants must also purchase a Kimberley Trail Society Trail Pass (available on our site to access the trails.
The Kimberley Trail Society (KTS) is a volunteer trail organization that builds and maintains the safety of all trails in the Kimberley area. Upon request KTS will refund your child's trail pass fee if they take part in an organized trail maintenance night. The Freewheelers Youth program will be hosting a maintenance night in early spring.
Rider Jersey size: For the first time this year, all riders will get a club jersey (included in the program cost). At registration you will be asked to choose a jersey size. Men's, Women's and Youth size charts are shown below. If in doubt please follow the guidance shown on the Kazoom supplier website fit guide. Don’t stress too much as we will order a couple of extras in each size.
Kid's and Youth Sizing (5-12 yrs)
Women's Sizing (12+ yrs)
Men's Sizing (12+ yrs)
The Program: The Freewheelers Youth Mountain Bike Program is a seven week skills development program with a choice of a cross-country or downhill focus. This program provides a safe and fun atmosphere that will instill confidence in these young riders and incorporate the importance of trail stewardship. The program is instructed by over 50 volunteer coaches and many of our coaches have completed Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association training.
The seven week Cross Country program is open to children aged 5-15 for kids who wish to develop and master essential mountain bike skills. Riders MUST be able to ride a two-wheel bike independently on dirt trails. After an initial evaluation session Coaches will organize kids into small groups based on a combination of age and ability. The program is based at the Kimberley Nordic Centre, but other locations such as the Nature Park, Lois Creek and Mark Creek are often used. The program runs on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 from May 16-June 27th.
The seven week Freeride program is based at the Bootleg Mountain Recreation Site on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm from May 18- June 29th and offered to youth aged 9-15 and develops more free ride skills and techniques at Bootleg Recreation Site. A full face helmet, knee pads and gloves are mandatory, and body armour is highly recommended for all groups. There are 4 programs offered: beginner, intermediate, expert and advanced/race. Basic MTB competency is required, and a full suspension bike and ability to ride all black trails at Bootleg are a pre-requisite for the advanced group. Coaches will do their best to place riders in the appropriate group based on a combination of age and ability and group composition may change over the program. PARENTS ARE EXPECTED to help deliver the downhill program by providing a shuttle truck and driving shuttle service or other on-site support for AT LEAST TWO SESSIONS and for liability reasons are also required to be club members.
All youth program participants must complete the annual membership registration (free for youth, coaches and volunteer parents). The Kimberley Trails society has made the purchase of a Trails Pass ($40) mandatory for all participants as well, you will see this additional charge at checkout. You can have this fee refunded by participating in one of the trail build nights that KTS will organize through the year.
In addition to the satisfaction of seeing young riders improve over the seven week program, volunteer coaches get some sweet swag and priority registration for their own children into the program. Please contact us if your family is interested in the program but the financial commitment is a challenge, we may be able to offer some support. For more information about any aspect of the program and/or to volunteer for coaching please contact us with any questions at email@example.com.
All riders registered in the Youth Program get a KF jersey. If you would like one for your child you can purchase below from any new stock that we receive.