Mountain Biking Education in the U.S. Gets a Major (Affordable) Upgrade

REI launches biking classes for every skill level, to be taught across the country

When it comes to sports like mountain biking it can be tough to find affordable quality instruction. The sport that saw almost 40 million participants last year is attracting interest and looks to be growing, but a key component of widespread growth is proper education.

REI has been at the forefront of outdoors gear and education for years with the REI Outdoor School and their latest addition of programs is an extension of that expertise. This spring, REI is adding nine mountain biking classes, for beginners and seasoned riders alike. The classes will range from leisurely group rides to intensive skills training with potential for certification and they will be taught in select REI store communities across the U.S. Riders in the program have access to free rental gear from REI during their class, including access to Germany-based, high performance GHOST bikes.

“These programs are really going to make a difference for those interested in learning the essentials of mountain biking,” said REI Outdoor Programs Manager Rebecca Bear. “There is no other program in the US that reaches as many cities at the level of professionalism and depth of progression as the REI Outdoor School.”

Classes begin in March and will continue to open throughout the U.S. on a rolling basis. Here’s a sample of a few of the main classes.

·         Mountain Biking Trail Outings: Organized group rides in iconic destinations offer an entry-level experience for riders looking to begin mountain biking in a more relaxed setting.

·         Mountain Biking Skills Sessions: A set of five two-hour intensive skill development training sessions cover braking, climbing and descending, suspension tuning, tight turns and wheel lifts.

·         Mountain Biking Development Workshop: Designed for riders looking to refine a spectrum of biking techniques, the full-day Mountain Biking Development Workshop offers a curriculum based on the complete set of individual skill training sessions.

·         IMBA Instructor Certification Program (ICP): A multi-day course that teaches already proficient riders essential leadership skills and mountain biking expertise needed to safely and effectively lead group rides and clinics. The course begins with a three-hour evening session focused on preparing students for the following two days of outdoor field work. Upon completion, participants will receive ICP certification at the level that corresponds to class curriculum. The ICP is being offered in partnership with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

All classes are reasonably priced, with some sessions costing as little as $45 with a REI Membership. For more information, or to find a class in your area, visit