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Summer Clinics

No matter what level mountain biker you are, you’re sure to find a suitable clinic to improve your skills. Scroll down for clinic details, how to prepare, and participant expectations.

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Techniques for All Clinics

Practice everything from fundamentals to advanced techniques during our beginner and intermediate mountain bike clinics.

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Women Specific Clinics

Designed for women by women, these clinics dissect specific techniques that are helpful for female mountain bike riders.

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Kids Clinics

Kids thrive with peers and coaches who encourage positive experiences and technical skills while exploring fun, moderate, and technical terrain.

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COVID-19 Notice

In response to the current surge and to preserve critical infrastructure that serves us all, including hospitals and schools, we will be operating under the most current issue by Placer County Public Health, and advising masks regardless of vaccination status in all indoor settings to protect against the highly infectious Delta variant. Be prepared to follow safety guidelines and read this entire page before registering for any programs, events, or clinics.

Measures to Prevent Virus Spread

In order to maintain safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to safely host small clinics, with a limited number of participants while following CDC guidelines. Based on guidance by the CDC, state of California, and Placer County, we are including preventative measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission during our summer mountain bike clinics:

  • Masks are advised regardlesss of vaccination status
  • Waivers, payments, and pre-clinic communication will be handled electronically when possible.
  • Guides and participants will be screened via email confirmation and asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 infection and symptoms.
  • A pre-clinic email will be sent to guides and participants prior to each clinic with instructions on how to self-monitor for COVID-19, go over preventative measures, and how to cancel a mountain bike session.
  • Guides will complete a checklist before and after each clinic to help adhere to safety measures.
  • A minimum 6 feet of physical distancing will be maintained throughout the mountain bike clinic whenever possible.
    • During flat land skill work, a marker will be used to help guides and clients distinguish proper distancing.
    • During a guided ride, clients and guides will maintain 3-bike lengths (approximately 18 feet) away from one another.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available to use for the guides and clients.
  • Face coverings are required for both guide and client during the mountain bike session, regardless of vaccionation status, when 6 feet of physical distancing is not possible.
    • For example, if the guide needs to spot the client for a skill, administer first aid, or assist with a mechanical issue. These encounters should be as brief as possible.

Read our full COVID-19 Operations & Safety Plan.

Cancellation Policy

1) Cancellations made 5 or more days prior to the event start will receive a full refund or credit to use at another clinic, private lesson, rental, or in our retail store through September 2021.

2) Cancellations 2-4 days prior to the event start will receive a 50% refund or credit to use towards another clinic, private lesson, or rental, or in our retail store through September 2021.

3) Cancelations within 24 hours of the event start forfeit their enrollment and no refund or credit will be issued.

4) If Tahoe XC needs to cancel a clinic for any reason then a full refund will be issued to participants.

5) Registration for clinics will close 48 hours before each clinic.

6) Participants may transfer their spot to another person, but must notify TahoeXC at bike@tahoexc.org, or 530.583.5475, at least 24-hours in advance.

Smoke Policy

The health and safety of our staff and participants is a high priority. Tahoe XC will be using airnow.gov and the Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution for determining the following Air Quality Index (AQI) standards.

  • lf less than 100 AQI, we will host events/practices and the standard Tahoe XC refund policy applies.
  • If AQI is 101-150, Tahoe XC will host the event/practice and participants can choose whether to attend or not based on their sensitivity level. No refund will be given but participants can choose a credit for another clinic this 2021 bike season.
  • If AQI is 151+, Tahoe XC will cancel and 100% refund, or credit towards another 2021 bike clinic, will be given.

For Wednesday clinics, we will notify participants by 2:00pm if we need to cancel the clinic due to poor air quality. For Saturday clinics, we will notify participants by 7:00am.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which bike should I bring?

Tahoe XC terrain includes mostly mellow terrain from fire roads, meandering single-track, and a few rocky trails. A wide range of mountain bikes work well for this type of terrain: XC, trail, and enduro style mountain bikes. Remember to check over your bike before each clinic: tires, brakes, gears, shocks, and frame because it’s no fun dealing with mechanicals when learning new skills.

Do I need protective gear?

For mountain bike safety, all participants are required to wear a helmet, gloves, and protective eyewear (glasses or goggles). Knee and elbow pads are optional. Due to COVID-19, participants may be asked to wear face coverings and other PPE as practicable.

Flats or clipless pedals?

We highly recommend attending skills clinics with flat pedals, as they allow for learning certain skills more easily and safely. However, if clipless are your true love then we can make that work.

Do I need snacks?

Yes, participants are required to carry their own water, snacks, and fix-a-flat supplies.

Women observing instructor at mountain bike clinic

When should I register?

Registration closes 24 hours before each clinic to ensure that all participants are notified of safety policies and appropriate clinic preparations. You can register for any of our clinics here.

What’s the participant-to-coach ratio?

The number of participants is limited to 12 spots per clinic, with a 6:1 student-to-coach ratio.

What to Bring Checklist

  1. Bike in good working order
  2. Riding Apparel (Helmet, Gloves, Shoes)
  3. Water and Snacks
  4. Appropriate attire and shoes
  5. Flat pedals, if possible
  6. Sunscreen and layers for inclement weather
  7. Body armor, if desired
  8. Extra bike tube
  9. Gratuity for your instructor if you choose
Group watching mountain bike instructor at Tahoe XC

The clinic I want to register is full. Is there a waitlist?

If you are unable to register for a clinic online, it is most likely full. You can join the waitlist on a first-come, first-serve basis by emailing bike@tahoexc.org.