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Site Requirements

Level 1

Facility requirements: A private conference room or classroom type facility that will accommodate up to 15 people with tables, chairs, adequate parking and restrooms.  The facility should be nearby to the outdoor site, or onsite (no more than a 15 minute drive away).  Classroom sessions typically run from 5-8pm on day 1 of the course.

Skills area requirements: A flat area roughly the size of a basketball court at minimum (40' x 80') that is grass, cement, or dirt - something that provides good traction as riders will be doing lots of circling and turning around in this area. Grass or artificial turf is preferred, with dirt being the least preferred surface. Bathroom facilities, parking, and a water source for filling water bottles and hydration packs are needed adjacent to or very close to the skills area. Skills area must offer shade via trees, covered areas, portable pop-up tents, etc, as students will be spending 8-10 hours outside on bikes each day.  Covered picnic tables are ideal for discussion and worksheet portions of the training.

Trail requirements: 1 to 2 miles of beginner level single or double track trail - wooded is preferred. Ideally the trail should have climbs, descents, and turns that enable the riders to go out of sight for short periods of time (2-5) seconds. Trail access must be within close proximity to the skills area as students will need to be moving from the skills area to the trail frequently and for very short durations.  Guided rides will only be 3-7 minutes long.

Ideally the site is centrally located in relation to an airport, lodging, and restaurants. Students will need options for purchasing lunch with only a 1 hour window for driving to and returning from lunch. Site should be no more than a 1 hour drive from the airport.

*A covered area or building that can accommodate participants and bikes must be available in the case of inclement weather.

Level 2

Facility Requirements: A private conference or classroom type facility that can be used during the evening session (day 1), an hour each morning (days 2-4), and for the final written test on day four.  The room should be able to accommodate up to 15 people with tables, chairs, adequate parking and restrooms.

If the indoor facility is not available for days 2-4 of the course or is not in the same location as the skills area and trails, an outdoor pavilion must be available these days instead.  Covered picnic tables are suggested.

Trail and feature requirements: A trail that offers roll down features such as logs, large flat rocks, and small drops no bigger than 24 inches.  Roll down feature must be ½ mile or less from the trailhead. If the nearby trail doesn’t offer this type of feature, a man-made structure (such as a 2x8 ft plywood covered box with a ramp) will need to be constructed. A materials list with construction guidelines can be provided prior to the course if needed.

Skills area requirements: A flat area roughly the size of a basketball court at minimum (40' x 80') that is grass, cement, or dirt - something that provides good traction as riders will be doing lots of circling and turning around in this area. Grass or artificial turf is preferred, with dirt being the least preferred surface. A small dirt or grass hill with a gradually increasing grade about 50 ft in length.

Bathroom facilities, parking, and a water source for filling water bottles and hydration packs are needed adjacent to or very close to the skills area. Skills area must offer shade via trees, covered areas, portable pop-up tents, etc, as students will be spending 8-10 hours outside on bikes each day.

Ideally the site is centrally located in relation to an airport, lodging, and restaurants since students will need options for purchasing lunch with only a 1 hour window for driving to and returning from lunch. Should be no more than a 1 hour drive from the airport.

*A covered area or building that can accommodate participants and bikes must be available in the case of inclement weather.

 

Level 3

Drop feature requirements: Minimum of two drops with one drop that is 1-2 feet in height and one that is 3-4 feet in height.  Run-in and run-out does not include any technicality and drop features must be at least 2 feet wide. Transitioned landings are preferred.

Skills area requirements: Steep terrain with an angle of 45 degrees or more for a length of at least 20 feet. A flat area roughly the size of a basketball court at minimum that is dirt, grass or cement.

Trail and feature requirements: A trail that offers features such as logs, roll downs, and drops.  Features need to be ½ mile or less from the trailhead.  A low to the ground flat log or deck 12-18” wide and 8-10’ in length and no more than 6” high from the ground.

Facility Requirements: A conference or classroom type facility that can be used during the evening session on day one of the course. The room should be able to accommodate up to 15 people and provide tables and chairs. Bathroom facilities, adequate parking and an area for short-term bike storage is also needed. If the course location requires a special use permit, additional fees may apply to participants.

If the indoor facility is not available for days 2-4 of the course or is not in the same location as the skills area and trails, an outdoor pavilion must be available.  Covered picnic tables are suggested.

Ideally the site is centrally located in relation to an airport, lodging, and restaurants since students will need options for purchasing lunch with only a 1 hour window for driving to and returning from lunch. Should be no more than a 1 hour drive from the airport.

*A covered area or building that can accommodate participants and bikes must be available in the case of inclement weather.

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