LIVE TO RIDE
Registration for the Live to Ride program is still open. We are monitoring the Covid-19 information and we will determine closer to the start date in July if the program will run. The health and safety of our participants is a top priority at all times. We will continue to evaluate if our programs can be delivered in a manner that is in line with the PHO guidelines as they evolve. We will be in touch with all applicants closer to the start of the program. Thank you for your understanding as we all navigate through these unprecedented times together.
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.
As the Covid-19 issue continues to impact all aspects of our lives we are looking at implementing a number of measures to reduce the likelihood of contributing to the spread. As the situation continues to unfold we are monitoring it and will make additional changes or cancel the program as needed to adhere to the best available information at the time.
We are currently planning to have the following protocols in place for our 2020 Live to Ride program:
With a maximum of 12 participants in the program, 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 dialed 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 2020 will run from July 6th - August 21st. The group will be split so there is a maximum of 5 or 6 participants in each group. One group will ride on Mon/Wed the other will ride on Tue/Thur. We will pick up youth each evening starting at 4:30 or 4:45 pm and drop offs will be between 8 and 8:45 pm, depending on drop off location (West Kelowna, Orchard Park Mall, Rutland). We are aiming to have a few full days (aprox. 9 am - 5 pm) on a couple Fridays during the program as well, dates note yet confirmed. These plans may change, as we respond to the best available information related to managing the risks of Covid-19.
Each seat is $450.
* 100% and partial scholarship seats are available for youth that meet our eligibility criteria! Click here to see our scholarship eligibility requirements.
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LIVE TO RIDE IS SUPPORTED BY:
We are currently looking for a presenting sponsor to help us make this program possible. If you or your company would like to support this program please contact our Executive Director at email@example.com.
Scholarship Seat Sponsors
Thank you to these great organizations for their support in helping us break down barriers to participation.
This Program is made possible with funding from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
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.