LIVE TO RIDE
Our Live to Ride program was the second program added to our mix back in 2009. With a number of changes made to the program over the years, we believe it is now one of the best programs available in the Valley to introduce someone to the sport of mountain biking.
With a maximum of 12 participants in the program [edit: 8 participants maximum during COVID] , we start on day one teaching the basics of how to mountain bike: peddling, braking, and body position all in a flat ground session so that each rider can get comfortable on the bike before even having to worry about going down a hill. Once the participants have these skills dialled in we advance through a progression of terrain and trail choices so that participants skills can progress each ride. With a lesson to start off each ride, delivered by a PMBI certified instructor, the skill sets required to ride more advanced terrain are built up over the program as each rider’s confidence increases.
Riders are exposed to a variety of trail types from cross country to lift assisted downhill riding (in some programs) with the ability break into smaller groups to ensure each rider is on terrain and moving at a pace they are comfortable with. This allows for a more comfortable learning environment as each rider will become comfortable with different terrain and pace on their own terms.
Included in the program we do our best to introduce the participants to an array of industry related jobs in an effort to expand the participants’ horizons. We have our PMBI instructor speak with the participants about the opportunities available as a mountain bike instructor in the area. We also have a day where a local bike shop provides one of their staff for a lesson on the basics of bike maintenance. The shop staff member also speaks about the types of roles available in the retail industry that supports mountain biking.
In an effort to make the sport even more accessible Elevation Outdoors provides transportation from 3 common meeting points in Kelowna and West Kelowna to make it easier for participants to join us.
Each program runs twice per week, for 7 weeks, as the frequency is key to the progression of the participants’ skills as it allows them to return and practice their skills and continue to improve as there is not enough time to regress between sessions.
Live to Ride 2022 will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting July 5th and ending August 18th. We will also aim to take youth to Big White twice during the program and will switch out 2 of the above dates for Big White days once logistics are finalized.
- Spots are available on scholarship for youth that meet our eligibility criteria. Scholarships cover 100% of the costs to participate. Click here (scroll down to 'Who We Serve') to see our scholarship eligibility requirements.
- Partial funding may be available for families that do not meet scholarship criteria but still face financial barriers
- Limited paid spots are available, at a cost of $500 per spot
If you are interested in volunteering for Live to Ride, please click here!
LIVE TO RIDE IS SUPPORTED BY:
Scholarship Seat Sponsors
Thank you to these great organizations for their support in helping us break down barriers to participation.
We are looking for up to 10 scholarship seat sponsors if you would like to get involved get in touch!
Morningside Rotary Club of Kelowna
A big THANK YOU to the following Organization Sponsors who contribute in a wide array of manners to help us have the impact we do in our community.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.