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    Important information and updates for parents and riders

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    U13/15 Freeriders

    Hi Everyone,

    I hope your children are excited for next week’s U13 & U15 Freerider program. This advanced program will build on the basic skills of mountain biking. Rides will be a mixed bag of XC riding, DH riding and skill sessions.

    The first session U13/15 session will be on April 28th (next Tuesday) and we will meet at the at the Canmore Nordic Centre @ 5:30PM in the first parking lot under the big Canadian Flag. U18sessions start on April 29th (Next Wednesday) Pick up will be 7:30PM from the same location. We will develop the seasonal plan after an assessment of the first few sessions and will send you all a full calendar of the scheduled rides so you can plan.

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    Please ensure the following:

    Your Freerider has safe, age-appropriate gear. Ensure their bike has received a tune up and is in safe working condition. Ensure their helmet is free of any cracks and fits snugly.

    You’re on time when dropping off and picking up your Freerider. On time means ready to ride at the meeting time. If you know your Freerider is going to be absent, text or email me so we do not wait unnecessarily. Links to the group forum will be set and emailed to you prior to the 28th.

    If someone other than the child’s parent will be picking up your child at the end of a session or you have instructed them to ride home on their own, please make sure this has been communicated to the head coach in advance.

    Your Freerider must be dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. Layers are ideal. Eye wear, protective pads, a light weight shell or rain jacket and gloves are necessary. Don’t stress if you don’t have all of this gear at the moment. We will arrange a Freerider Shop purchase evening allowing participants requiring additional equipment a one time purchase discount at the Bicycle Cafe. Details should be confirmed and announced on the first evening.

    Your Freerider packs water and a healthy snack or two. We will be riding hard so pack accordingly.

    If your child has a medical condition/s please inform your coach regarding details prior to departure on the first day

    Weather and Cancellations: Hopefully Mother Nature is done bringing us snow. However if during the course of the program the coach deems the weather is unsuitable or unsafe we may have to cancel, shorten or modify sessions to make sure everyone has a fun cycling experience.

    I know there will be lots of other questions. Please feel free to introduce yourself to us on the first few ride sessions. At the beginning of the first session we will address the group with an introduction that will cover lots of details and Parents are encouraged to stick around and participate. During the season we love updating you on the progress and “homework” for your children, so feel free to chat before or after sessions to see how your child is progressing.

    Parental assistance – Depending on the ride location we may require parental assistance to shuttle children and bikes. I will send out a calendar to give you lots of time to coordinate your schedules. Parental assistance has been the key to keeping the program costs low and keeping the quality of rides high. Thank you in advance for your support. We have regular scheduled tail guides to assist on most sessions and will announce in advance if we we need additional coverage.

    We look forward to meeting everyone on Tuesday,


    Kevin Eaton
    Freeriders Coach
    Rundle Mountain Cycling Club

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