Biking

Our group mountain biking lessons on Calgary's best trails give you the skills and experience to ride rocks, roots and singletrack.


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Introduction to Fat Biking

You've seen the giant tires trucking over snowy landscapes—come try fat biking on some easy, fun terrain on Nose Hill Park. Your ride guide will show you techniques for maximum traction and fun. Whether you're curious about fat bikes, or just looking for a new way to experience the beauty of winter, there is no denying the fun. Prerequisite: none. Includes: guide, fat bike rental.

Snow Slayer Series (Fat Biking)

If you love to mountain bike, and skinny skis aren't really your thing, come carve up some snow in this fat biking multi-ride series. We bring the bike and a ride-guide, you discover favourite inner-city and Kananaskis trails in a whole new way with a group of adventurous bike-loving people. Fat biking delivers the biggest snow-eating grin you'll have this winter. Prerequisite: strong beginner mountain biking ability. Includes: instructor, fat bike rental.

Open Mountain Biking Series

Designed for the experienced beginner who has some cycling fitness, this 5-week series helps to develop more confidence on technical terrain. Using a new trail each week, emphasis will be on cornering, descending and technical riding, as well as achieving individual goals and skill development. Prerequisite: ability to ride most West Bragg XC loops in 2-3 hours. Includes: instructor, free registration in Mountain Bike Maintenance & Tech Tutorial.

Women's Mountain Biking Series

Confidently tackle the terrain you dream of riding. This 5-week series starts with 3 fun evenings of bike-handling fundamentals, including braking, shifting, climbing, descending and cornering. Put it all together in the last 2 rides in Kananaskis. A bonus maintenance/tech tutorial night is included. Participants will be divided into groups based on skill and experience. There will be no make-up days, so come prepared to ride in any weather. No experience necessary. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor.

Mountain Biking Core Skills 2

Learn to manual, hop, jump and navigate steep terrain more confidently, and find more grip and speed in corners. Progress your skills to perfect your balance and timing to keep the wheels moving in technical terrain. Put it all together in an afternoon ride. Come find the fun in every hill, bump and inch of dirt. Prerequisite: Core Skills 1 or 1+ years experience mountain biking.

Mountain Biking Core Skills 1

Join us for the day and learn to ride swooping singletrack corners, dirty downhills and challenging mountain biking climbs. We'll practice shifting, braking and body positioning techniques that get you ready for roots, rocks, climbs and descents. In the afternoon, progress your new skills on great nearby trails. Bike fitting, equipment selection and minor trail-side repairs are also covered. Our instructors will get you hooked on mountain biking! No mountain biking experience necessary. Includes: instructor.

Mountain Biking Expedition: Teen Program

Kananaskis has some of the best mountain bike terrain in the world! Whether you’re new to the sport or keen to develop your skills, you’ll have the time of your life. Through a combination of cross-country and freeride skill development, you’ll learn about and practice body positioning, gearing, cornering and maneuvering on trails. Trail selection, bike maintenance and outdoor skills are also introduced. This expedition is operated out of a base campsite which riders return to each night.
Prerequisite: you must be very comfortable riding a bike and eager for off-road surfaces.
Required: mountain bike in good condition (with gears and suspension), helmet that fits properly, spare tube.
Please note: we cannot accommodate bikes that are not in good working condition
Includes: instruction, mountain biking instructors, all group gear, and transportation (food is not included).
Parent and participant pre-trip meeting: August 13 at 6:30 pm.

Expeditions are activity-based, multi-day overnight trips. Please review the list of required items in the details below that you will be expected to bring. Each expedition also has a pre-trip meeting that you must attend with a parent. In that meeting, guides will discuss the required items and cover meal planning (food is not included).

Weekend Full Bike Repair Course (A, B, C & D)

Spend the weekend learning from a professional mechanic how to 'tear it down and build it back up' using your own bike (mountain or road). You'll be led hands-on through a comprehensive tune up/overhaul—leaving no component untouched (fork and shock internals exempt). The content includes modules A, B, C and D which will give you the knowledge to improve the performance and longevity of every component on your bike. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, repair notes, and Basic Bike Mechanic certificate upon completion. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Basic Bike Repair (A & B)

Dive in for a full day and learn the essentials of a basic bike tune-up, including chain and tube repair, gear and brake adjustments, and lubrication for maximum performance. The content of modules A and B will be covered. Perfect for urban bikes or modern road bikes. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools & supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Krank Factory 101: Mountain Bike Camp

Get stoked and kick up some dust on awesome trails this mountain bike season! Krank Factory 101 will introduce you to the fundamentals of mountain biking, braking, balance, gearing, and basic obstacle riding. The first session will be spent on a local Calgary trail. The rest of the sessions will be spent on a variety of trails outside of the city.

Prerequisite: Riders must be very comfortable riding a bike and eager for off road surfaces.
Required: mountain bike in good condition (with gears), helmet that fits properly, spare tube.
Please note: we cannot accommodate bikes that are not in good working condition.
Includes: instruction and transportation.

Out-of-city camps spend almost every day outside of the city limits. This is your chance to explore new locations around Kananaskis, Canmore, Airdrie, Bragg Creek, and more with our experienced staff. Transportation is primarily provided by 15-passenger vans and qualified drivers, but occasionally camps take chartered buses and Calgary Transit. Because we’ll be outside most of the time—rain or shine—participants are expected to bring a water bottle, lunch, and weather appropriate clothing including a rain jacket and rain pants every day. Additional camp-specific required items are in the details below.

Tech Tuesday Bike Repair Series

Earn your stripes as a bike mechanic over 4 weeks*. Evening courses start at the beginning of each month and we will cover all content from modules A, B, C, D. Prerequisites: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased. *Also available as a weekend course.

Hops and Drops Refresher

Ever find yourself wanting more confidence on the natural jumps and drops you find on your favourite mountain biking trails? In this 2-hour evening lesson, hone your speed, timing and balance, and practice how to stay in control with your wheels off the ground. This course is a blast for anyone who never thought they could 'get air' — you can! Prerequisite: 1+ years experience mountain biking. Includes: instructor.

Urban/Road Biking Challenge Series

Active transportation on a bike - ride everywhere, comfortably and confidently! This 3-week course for cycling beginners gets you navigating the urban environment safely and efficiently. Learn how to hop curbs, avoid traffic hazards and stay safe in vehicle traffic. Learn how to ride in a group and plan great rides. Basic roadside repairs will also be covered. Prerequisite: must be able to ride a bike.

Basic Mountain Bike Maintenance and Tech Tutorial

Bring your bike, grab a wrench, and gain some technical prowess! Learn simple preventative maintenance, chain/tire repairs, and check set-up and adjustments on your suspension components. This course will give you the confidence to do it yourself, and get the most perfomance from your bike to make riding more fun. Knowing more about your bike really makes you a better rider. Free for registrants in Women's or Open Mountain Biking Series.

Steep Terrain Refresher

In this 2-hour lesson you'll learn and practice mountain biking techniques that will keep your tires biting the ground when things seem hairy. Wish you could ride down techical, steep terrain with more control and less fear? Want to clean that techincal climb that always makes you put a foot down? Never balk at steep decents or loose climbs again. You will soon be seeking out new technical challenges on every ride. Prerequisite: 1+ years experience mountain biking. Includes: instructor.

Bike Maintenance Essentials (A)

Savvy cyclists are self-sufficient and don’t shy away from roadside repairs and maintenance. Bring your favourite bike to our fully-equipped shop and practice flat tires, chain repair, and routine cleaning and lubing in this 3-hour evening course. A little DIY troubleshooting keeps your bike generating smiles for miles. No experience necessary. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Shifting and Braking Systems (B)

In this 3-hour bike repair course, get your shifting and braking systems working better-than-new by learning how to change cables/casing, accurately adjust derailleurs, and troubleshoot disc & rim brake systems. You'll be able to save your future tune-up dollars for coffee (or more bike parts). 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Hubs, Bottom Brackets and Headsets (C)

Dry bearings and contaminated grease can damage parts on your bike and slow you down. In this 3-hour repair course, learn how to inspect, adjust and repack or replace bearings before the damage is done. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools & supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Women's Series Extension

Commit to the challenge of riding the best Kananaskis trails in this Women's Series extension! Coaching will focus on strengthing cycling fitness and bike-handling skills, honing climbing and descending technuques, and enjoying great singletrack. Take it to the next level and practice with others in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Prerequisite: Women's Mountain Biking Series

Wheel Truing and Hydraulic Bleeding (D)

Get your battered bike wheels round, straight and equally tensioned, then learn the process to remove air from hydraulic systems on modern disc brakes. This 3-hour evening course lets you practice on a variety of components if your personal bike is already dialed. 14+. Prerequisite: modules A & B or equivalent. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Wheel Building

The balanced tension of a spoked bicycle wheel is a beautiful thing, especially when you've laced and tensioned it yourself. In this 3-hour course, you'll use a mix of measurement, formula, technology and good old-fashioned feel to build a strong, serviceable practice wheel. Prerequisite: ABCD course certificate or equivalent. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools, in-house practice components (hub, spokes, rim), course notes.

Tour de Calgary 101: Bike Camp

It’s like the Tour de France for kids, but way more fun—and in Calgary. We’ll spend the day biking along Calgary’s extensive pathways, visiting kid-friendly places, swimming, and playing games. Choose the program based on skill level. 101: young cyclists capable of 3–10km a day. If this program is not right for you, check out Tour de Calgary 201 and 301.

Prerequisite: you must be confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level.
Required: bike that fits camper and is ready to ride for the week (gears are required), helmet that fits properly, spare tube, swimsuit and towel (no swimming on day 1).
Please note: we cannot accommodate bikes that are not in good working condition. 
Includes: instruction and overnight bike storage for the week.

Urban Outdoor Camps leave the University Campus for most activities to explore what Calgary has to offer. There’s so much to do outside, right within the city limits! Because we’ll be outside most of the time— rain or shine—participants are expected to bring a water bottle, lunch and weather appropriate clothing including a rain jacket and rain pants every day. Additional camp-specific required items are in the details below. Transportation will depend on the camp but may include: cycling, Calgary Transit, walking, or chartered buses.

Tour de Calgary 201: Bike Camp

It’s like the Tour de France for kids, but way more fun—and in Calgary. We’ll spend the day biking along Calgary’s extensive pathways, visiting kid-friendly places, swimming, and playing games. Choose the program based on skill level. 201: competent cyclists who can ride 5-15km a day. If this program is not right for you, check out Tour de Calgary 201 and 301.

Prerequisite: you must be confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level.
Required: bike that fits camper and is ready to ride for the week (gears are required), helmet that fits properly, spare tube, swimsuit and towel (no swimming on day 1).
Please note: we cannot accommodate bikes that are not in good working condition.
Includes: instruction and overnight bike storage for the week.

Urban Outdoor Camps leave the University Campus for most activities to explore what Calgary has to offer. There’s so much to do outside, right within the city limits! Because we’ll be outside most of the time— rain or shine—participants are expected to bring a water bottle, lunch and weather appropriate clothing including a rain jacket and rain pants every day. Additional camp-specific required items are in the details below. Transportation will depend on the camp but may include: cycling, Calgary Transit, walking, or chartered buses.

KAN Adventure Race

On September 29 2018, mountain bike, lake canoe, and trail run in teams of two on designated trails in the Kananaskis Barrier Lake area. This adventure race is designed for varying abilities because you go as hard as you want to. This is not an A to B style of race—there are checkpoints scattered on a map and you strategize with your teammate on how to get as many points as possible. Trails are activity specific so you can play to your strengths and challenge is by choice. Your only limitations are time and mode of transportation. Come out just for race day, or stay for the entire weekend (campsite booked for Fri and Sat night). Prerequisites: able to safely maneuver a canoe on flat water, bike on intermediate trails. 14 yrs and up. Under 18 must race with adult. Includes: BBQ dinner, paddling equipment, camping fees, prizes. Race cost is per person. Ensure both partners register for the race.