Mountain Biking

Beginner Mountain Biking

(18+, 14+ with an adult) This program will start with what to check on your bike before the ride, then move to a talk about body position, gears, cadence, and conclude with a beginner friendly ride on the Bennett Springs Loop at Carvins Cove. No experience is necessary. Participants must have a bike, helmet, and pass to Carvins Cove. The program fee includes instruction only. Carvins Cove day passes are available at the Bennett Springs Parking Lot. Day passes are $2, yearly passes are $20. Cash or check only for passes on site.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Bennett Springs Parking Lot, Carvins Cove
Register Here by Sunday, April 17.

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Women’s Beginner Mountain Biking

(18+, 14+ with an adult) This women’s specific program will start with what to check on your bike before the ride, then move to a talk about women’s specific body position, gears, cadence, and conclude with a beginner friendly ride on the Bennett Springs Loop at Carvins Cove. Taught by women and for women, this course will allow you to explore the realm of mountain biking from a different perspective. No experience is necessary. Participants must have a bike, helmet, and pass to Carvins Cove. The program fee includes instruction only. Carvins Cove day passes are available at the Bennett Springs Parking Lot. Day passes are $2, yearly passes are $20. Cash or check only for passes on site.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Bennett Springs Parking Lot, Carvins Cove
Register Here by Sunday, April 24.

Switchbacks Mountain Biking

(18+, 14+ with an adult) You’ve ridden the easy stuff but don’t know where to start when the trails change from green circle to blue square and the turns get tighter. Check out this clinic for the low down on how to ride trail with tight turns called switchbacks. Participants must have a bike, helmet, and should have experience riding a mountain bike on trails. The program fee includes instruction only.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Discovery Center Parking Lot, Mill Mountain
Register Here by Sunday, May 1.

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Creek Crossings Mountain Biking

(18+, 14+ with an adult) Learn how to pick a line, maintain momentum, and clean the creek crossings by bike rather than foot. Gearing and body positioning is everything in this clinic! The program fee includes instruction only. Participants are required to have their own bike, helmet, pass to Carvins Cove, and describe themselves as an intermediate rider. Carvins Cove day passes are available at the Bennett Springs Parking Lot. Day passes are $2, yearly passes are $20. Cash or check only for passes on site.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Bennett Springs Parking Lot, Carvins Cove
Register Here by Sunday, May 8.

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The Art of Climbing

(18+, 14+ with an adult) Do you find yourself pushing your bike more than riding uphill? Do the upper trails at Carvins Cove seem unattainable? Join us to work on body positioning, gearing, and cadence to get you to the top of the mountain and riding harder trails! The program fee includes instruction only. Participants are required to have their own bike, helmet, and pass to Carvins Cove. Participants should describe themselves as an intermediate rider. Carvins Cove day passes are available at the Bennett Springs Parking Lot. Day passes are $2, yearly passes are $20. Cash or check only for passes on site.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Bennett Springs Parking Lot, Carvins Cove
Register Here by Sunday, May 15.

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Interested in a Group Ride? Check out these weekly mountain bike rides through RIMBA and local bike shops!

RIMBA has plenty of group rides for all ability levels. The most popular ones are listed below, but check out their calendar for the most up to date schedule of what they have going on.

RIMBA Beginner/Intermediate Ride at the Cove–Saturday mornings at 11:00am at the Bennett Springs Parking Lot

RIMBA Beginner Ride at the Cove–Thursdays at 6:15pm at the Bennett Springs Parking Lot

RIMBA Intermediate Ride at the Cove–Tuesdays at 6:00pm at the Bennett Springs Parking Lot

RIMBA M3: Monday Mill Mountain–Ride with Kyle Inman as long as it is 50 degrees or warmer on the Mill Mountain trails. Duration is between one to one and a half hours. Meeting time is 6pm at Rivers Edge Park.

RIMBA Thursday Lunch Vacation Ride–Meets at Underdog Bikes at the base of Mill Mountain at 12:30pm on Thursdays. Duration is about an hour and participants commonly grab a bite to eat at Fork in the Alley afterwards. For more information, check out “RIMBA Lunch Vacation Ride” on facebook.

Weekly Thursday Night Ride at Mill Mountain–sponsored by East Coasters Bike Shop. This ride leaves from Fork in the Alley at 6:30pm and is an intermediate ride for approximately 90 minutes.  For more information, contact East Coasters at 540-774-7933.

Cardinal Bike Shop Ride at Mill Mountain – Every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month Cardinal Bike Shop will be sponsoring a free group ride at Mill Mountain. There will be a fast pace and a beginner pace group and the rides will meet at the Discovery Center at 5:30pm.

Know of another group ride that happens at Mill Mountain, Carvins Cove, Fallon Park Cyclocross Course, or Fishburn Park that you think should make the list? Contact Renee Lavin Powers, Outdoor Recreation Specialist for Trails and Trail Programs at renee.powers@roanokeva.gov and let her know!