Learn to Race Program  •  Spin Sisters Race Team  •  Mountain Maiden XC Race

Never entered a mountain bike race but want to give it a try?

Looking for a fun, non-intimidating environment in which to learn more about mountain bike racing?

Then our Learn to Race program is for you!

Through a progressive series of sessions, we will go through a number of racing-related topics that are important to know for the new & aspiring racer inducing:

  • what happens at a race 
  • how to prepare
  • race etiquette  
  • techniques and strategies to use in a race

After learning the basics, the course will concluse with a "mock race" scenario, where we will have the chance to apply our newly acquired knowledge and skills and get a feeling for what it is like to be in a race situation.

Through this program, we hope to alleviate any fears or anxieties that might hold a person back from racing. Our "graduates" will be ready for their first ABA-sanctioned race which such as the Mountain Maiden, the 24 Hours of Adrenaline, or other events. 

 (To see a list of ABA-sancioned events visit the Alberta Cycling Association events page.)

Spin Sisters mountain bikers of any riding level who are comfortable on a bike can participate in this program.

For 2017, we are hoping to recruit approximately 24 racers for the Intro to Racing Program and grow the number of veteran racers out at the mountain bike events! For more information on joining the Spin Sisters Race team visit the Spin Sisters Race Team page. 

What you get:

  • great coaching sessions by club racers and seasoned riders

  • learn basic race skills and tactics in a fun and non-theatening environment

  • Your Mountain Maiden XC race fee reimbursed, this is a super fun Spin Sister hosted race!

What we want from you:

  • race at the Mountain Maiden (or another ABA XC race if you already know you can't make this event for pre-determined reasons)
  • wear an SS jersey at the race (if you plan to buy, it is advised you order your jersey as early as possible through ...)
  • 1 Spin Sister volunteer requirement such as: lead 1 SS ride in May, June, or July; volunteer for the Mountain Maiden race (when you are not racing); participate in 1 trail builiding day

Note: You MUST complete all the requirements in order to receive your race fee reimbursement (cheques will be mailed).

Course Registration:

2017 Registration for L2R will open on Zone 4 in mid-April. There will be a limited number of spots so stay tuned for more details and sign up early!        

  • Cost: $50
  • Maximum Participants: 24
*Participants should be comfortable on their bikes (i.e. have at least 1 season of mountain biking experience)

Course Dates: 

  • Session #1: Wednesday May 10, 2017 @ 6:30pm (Location TBA)
  • Session #2: Wednesday May 17, 2017 @ 6:30pm  (Location TBA)
  • Session #3: Wednesday May 24, 2017 @ 6:30pm  (Location TBA)
  • Mountain Maiden Pre-Ride Session: Friday June 2, 2017 @ the Canmore Nordic Centre after 6:00pm
NOTE: There will be a tentative "rain out" date schedule for Wednesday May 31st in the event that one of the sessions needs to get cancelled. 

Sessions will last for about 2 hours, and will run unless the weather turns horrible so make sure you dress for the weather and bring extra layers as it cools down over the evening.

Sessions will last for about 2 hours.                                                    


Interested in participating or want to learn more about the Learn 2 Race program?

Email: learn2race@spinsisters.ca

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