Mountain Bike Skills 

During camps and classes, riders will be coached by trained Bike School Bentonville  coaches on a variety of mountain bike skills so they can become safe and confident riders. Fundamental Skills include:

  • Ready/neutral position for descending hills
  • Side/Side bike body separation
  • Pedaling/shifting efficiently
  • Controlling speed and braking safely
  • Cornering confidently
  • Handling obstacles and rocky terrain
  • Riding with vision
  • Ratcheting and momentum

Participants will be tested at the end of the session on different bike skills and will be able to move up in levels if they progress through additional tests throughout the season. For a full description of our mountain bike skill level progression, view the TRAIL KIDS MTB Skill Level Guide.

About Trail Kids Classes

TRAIL KIDS classes offer mountain bike programs for beginner to advanced riders. Youth ages 7-13 will explore the single-track trails at Slaughter Pen Trails while gaining skills they can use for a lifetime! The focus of the mountain bike program is to have fun, meet new friends, and build confidence riding the single track trails. The programs offer mixed gender coaching groups based on riding ability level and meet twice a week to offer significant progression and fun over the course of the classes. 

Fall 2022 Trail Kids

8 Week Monday/Wednesday Evening Session

Youth ages 7-13

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

August 29 - October 19

Rainout sessions October 24, 26, November 2


6 Week Weekend Session

Youth ages 6-13

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 22, 29


Individual classes available also!  

$75 for 2 hour class


Bike School Bentonville Ride Time is mountain bike practice for kids 13-17. Rides are coached by Bike School Bentonville coaches and will include specialties in enduro or cross country. 

  • Who: Riders 13-17 years old
  • What: Twice weekly rides - Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, 8 week session
  • August 29 - October 19
  • Where: Slaughter Pen Trails - meet at our training space on North Walton.
  • Why: Fun! Friends! Progression!

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Participants will need their own mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier to participate. Bikes need to have front and back wheel brakes on the handle bars (no pedal brakes or kickstands allowed). Tires must have tread and be wide enough to ride safely on mountain bike trails. 

Trail Kids classes are ages 7 – 13, beginner to advanced abilities welcome (we split into different coaching groups based on ability, fitness, age, and friend request – friends who are of different riding abilities may not be placed together). 

Ride Time is for for ages 13-17, beginner to advanced abilities are welcome. The focus of ride time is getting more time riding the trails in a coached environment.


For more information or questions about our summer programs contact the program director at [email protected]


To apply for a scholarship, fill out the scholarship request form.

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