Wonder if one of EBG clinics is right for you? And if so, which one? Check out our rider classifications below and see for yourself.
Class 1 – Beginner: Class 1 riders have little to no riding experience and want to learn about their bikes and how to ride on entry level terrain such as double track fire roads, rail trails and basic single track. They can be completely new to mountain biking or simply lack solid experience. Class 1 riders are generally unfamiliar with the correct use of bike controls and basic bike handling skills. Class 2 – Beginner/Intermediate: Class 2 riders have some experience on a bike and have the ability to get out on the basic trails on their own. Class 2 riders are able to manage basic bike handling but often lack knowledge required to manage the bike and allow them to deal with challenges like roots, rocks, and narrow single track, confidently. Class 3 –Intermediate: Class 3 riders have experience with many of the basic skills but may have gaps in their skill set. They may have taken a course before or may have several years of riding experience. Class 3 riders can ride beginner trails and most intermediate trails comfortably while still occasionally being challenged. Class 3 riders are are looking to expand and refine their bike handling and riding technique to increase their ability to ride more technical trails, roots, and rocky sections with more speed and confidence. Class 4 – Intermediate/Expert: Class 4 riders can ride almost anywhere. Most have taken several lessons before and/or have been riding successfully for a number of years while making a conscious effort to improve their technical ability. They are able to ride on beginner and intermediate trails with confidence and can ride a number of advanced trails on a variety of terrain including roots, rocks, and some technical trail features. These riders have mastered flat pedals and are able to ride clip less relatively well in technical areas. Class 4 riders often want to get better at steeper more technical trails that may contain larger technical trail features, drops and high speed cornering. Class 4 riders are often good/experienced riders that want to focus on specific gaps in their skill set. Class 5 – Expert: Class 5 riders can ride anything from high speed single track to low speed technical downhills. Jumps, high demand technical lines, drops are familiar and preferred. Most have taken several lessons and/or have decades of technical riding and lift access riding experience. Is able to ride flat pedals or clipless as needed and can eject from clipless without any issues or forethought. They have a full understanding of body positioning and weight distribution as well has shifting, braking and pedaling technique.
These rider classifications, like all things in mountain biking, are not "set in stone". Riders are very rarely defined by one class and are often a mix of multiple classes. As such our clinics often reflect this and are appropriate to a mix of rider classes.