There's no doubt about it, riding a bike is fun, and learning how to mountain bike can boost your child's self-esteem and confidence as well as develop fundamental cycling skills to keep them rolling throughout life.

I'm happy to offer Private and Semi-Private mountain bike lessons for boys and girls, ages 6 - 17, in Fort McMurray, Alberta.


Private lessons are great for children who are shy or learn better by getting the undivided attention of the instructor.

Each lesson is 60 minutes. What I teach will depend on the current skill and fitness level of the participant, as well as their age.


Semi-private lessons are great for children who like the social aspect of learning with a group and don't require constant 1-on-1 attention from the instructor.

Each lesson is 60 minutes. What I teach will depend on the current skill and fitness level of the group.

There is a minimum of two youth required for semi-privates and a maximum of six.

Semi-privates can be mixed genders or one gender only (ie: an all girls lesson).  Participants also need to be close in age to accommodate their current physical and mental development stage.

I have divided up semi-privates as follows:

  • ages 6-8
  • ages 9-12
  • ages 13-17

Mountain bike coaching youth


What I teach during a lesson will depend a great deal on what the participant(s) can already do on a mountain bike. With that said, the first lesson will always begin with an assessment of skills and fitness in order to identity strengths and weaknesses.

Below is a general list of topics for mountain bike lessons:

  • Safety and trail etiquette
  • Body positioning and balance
  • Braking and gearing
  • Terrain awareness
  • Corning, climbing, and descending
  • Timing and coordination
  • Basic bike maintenance
  • MTB lingo and bike anatomy


  • Each lesson is 60 minutes.
  • There will be a short discussion followed by a warm up.
  • The main instruction will cover 1-2 major topics and your child(ren) will get lots of practice and feedback.
  • We will close the lesson with a recap of the practice and final Q & A.


  • Develop the fundamental skills of mountain biking
  • Achieve a better understanding of the sport
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Have a total blast riding bikes
  • Make new friends


Lessons are generally held on the Birchwood Trails. We meet by the Doug Barnes cabin.

If the student(s) has a higher skill level, we may meet at the Wood Buffalo Bike Park in Thickwood as there is more singletrack to ride in that area.


To ensure each child has a positive experience, all youth must be able to do the following:

  • Must currently ride a bicycle with no training wheels.
  • Get down and up off the ground without causing pain or discomfort or needing assistance.
  • Can be physically active for 1 hour.
  • Does not get dizzy or have any medical illnesses in which exercise can make worse.
  • Can play in the mud and dirt and does not have a phobia against bugs.
  • Children should not be recovering from a major surgery or illness, in severe chronic pain, or have very limited mobility.


  • A helmet that fits properly and is not cracked or dented. This is a MUST!
  • A clean mountain bike in good working order is important for safety and fun. I suggest taking the bike to Habitual Sports for a tune-up if the parents do not know how to do this at home.
  • Water bottle or camel back. Make sure the bike has a water bottle cage and a proper size water bottle fits within.  For those using a camel back, ensure it fits the child properly to avoid shoulder, neck, and back pain.
  • A backpack with extra clothes, water, snacks, etc.
  • I also recommend children have sunglasses, gloves, and bike shorts for comfort.
  • Proper footwear - either cycling shoes or sneakers. No sandals or open-toe shoes.
  • Dress properly for weather conditions.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray.


While I will do my absolute best to provide a safe environment and instruction for all my students, parents must be aware that there are risks, dangers, and hazards associated with mountain biking. All parents, on behalf of their child, must freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards and possible injury resulting from participating in the mountain bike lessons. With each registration, their is an Informed Consent and Liability Waiver that must be signed prior to any child to participating in any of my services.


I'm a PMBIA certified Mountain Bike Instructor with a successful history in the sport. I'm also a canfitpro certified Children’s Fitness Coach and hold a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University, Nova Scotia. I have an up-to-date certification in Standard First Aid and CPR.  I have 17+ years coaching in the health and fitness industry. Most important of all, I am a mom! To learn more about me and my other health and fitness credentials, CLICK HERE.


STEP 1: Check out the prices below and make sure my available times and dates work for your schedule.


STEP 2:  CLICK HERE to email me so we can discuss the needs of your child(ren) and the process to get him or her (or them) rolling.

STEP 3:  For the first session, I would like to meet and greet the child(ren) with their parents or guardian to discuss any concerns or questions they may have. This takes about 5 minutes. Then the child(ren) can be left with me for the lesson.

NOTE: I ask that appointment times are adhered to and children are dropped off and picked up on time. I coach many sessions in the run of a day and have only a short buffer time in between sessions.

If a child is not picked up on time, and the parent or guardian arrives so late that it causes me to cancel my next appointment, there will be a $50 charge.

BEFORE YOU BOOK:  Please know that once your child is enrolled into private or semi-private lessons, there are absolutely no refunds. Private lessons need a minimum of 24 hours notice to cancel or change a lesson date or time.  If 24 hours notice is NOT given, there is a charge at regular lesson rates. No exceptions! Please read my Terms and Conditions.


$50 per lesson


$30 pp per lesson