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Junior Mountain Riders

Weekly mountain bike club providing safe and positive opportunities for kids to grow mountain bike skills with peers and coaches. Please read this entire page to see if your kids are a good fit.

Motivated Riders Welcome

  • This program is designed for children ages 7-11 who are motivated to mountain bike ride for about 1.5 hours.
  • Riders are grouped by ability and experience so that each ride is appropriately challenging and fun.
  • Younger and older children may be considered if riding ability is appropriate. Contact us if you have questions about your child’s ability level.
  • Registration and waiver is required for all participants.

Weekly Rides

  • Weekly rides are Mondays from 4:00 to 5:45pm at Tahoe XC
  • Rides average 1.5 hours, ranging from 4-9 miles
  • Some exceptions include weather, trail conditions, holidays, and coach availability
  • Email notifications will be sent ahead of time if there is a change to any particular Monday ride

2021 Junior Mountain Rider Dates

Due to safety guidelines and available coaches, we are limiting participation numbers per session. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, regardless of whether your child has been in the Junior Riders program before. If anything changes, we will adjust accordingly, but our first priority is safety and providing equal opportunity for participants.

Spring Session 2021 - Registration is FULL

  • 6 weekly rides on Mondays
  • Spring Dates: May 17, 24, June 7, 14, 21, 28

Summer Session 2021 - Registration is FULL

  • 6 weekly rides on Mondays
  • Summer Dates: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16

Fall Session 2021 - Registration opens August 1st

  • 6 weekly rides on Mondays
  • September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 all programs are tentative and subject to change based on state and county directives. No Drop-ins are permitted at this time.

Terrain

  • Rides are on cross-country style dirt fire roads and single track trails within the Tahoe XC ski area
  • Participants should be able to ride on dirt trails for an hour and a half (4-9 miles)

Required Gear

  • Participants must provide their own mountain bike (with gears) and safety helmet. Both are necessary for participation.
  • All riders are required to carry water and a trail snack, as none are provided.
  • Required gear (per kid):
    • Geared mountain bike (recently tuned)
    • Helmet
    • Eye protection
    • Gloves
    • Water (in bottle cage or backpack)
    • Snack (in pocket or backpack)
    • Inner tube spare (under seat or in backpack)
    • Closed-toed shoes
    • Layered clothing appropriate for varying weather conditions
    • Sunscreen
    • Smile and a positive attitude

Coaches

Andrew Springsteel - Since helping to get Junior Mountain Riders started in 2014, Andrew has been coaching and coordinating Tahoe XC’s grom rider crew Spring, Summer and Fall. Andrew’s two boys were among the first class of Jr. Riders, and are now members of the North Tahoe Middle School and High School mountain biking teams. On two wheels, since way back when banana seats were cool (and they still are btw!), Andrew’s love of riding in the mountains started when he was invited to ride Tahoe’s trails at night (with lights of course).

Elko James - Fearless father of two Tahoe girls, Elko’s bike history is deep. Elko has been riding and tuning bikes since V-brakes were ‘amazing’, and he has coached and carreened downs trails with the Junior Mountain Riders since 2016. Elko runs one of North Shore’s top bike shops, where his commitment to riding, and our community has found him leading the efforts to establish North Tahoe’s first bike park in Incline Village. If you can’t find Elko at Tahoe XC, the bike park, or in the shop, he’s out riding with his three favorite ladies: his two daughters and his wife.

Andrew Orrestreicher - The “other Andrew,” as he’s known in Jr Mtn Rider parlance, is deeply involved at Tahoe XC all year. In winter he is found chasing Strider Glider kids around on skinny skis, and in the dirt seasons he coaches Junior Mountain Riders to new heights. An engineer by training, the “other Andrew” scales his bike passion to Jr Riders skill levels and plans great and challenging rides for the kids. When he’s not riding or drawing up plans, he’s growing goodies his backyard greenhouse.