MTB MEN'S NIGHTS
Relaxed, fun riding & focused skills progression.
This program is for all the men out there looking to ride bikes, progress their skills and have a laugh!
ZEP MTB Programs strive to be an inclusive learning environment. We welcome all members of the gender expansive community to join the ZEP Experience. Please contact us with any questions you may have!
Small groups, tailored rides, expert coaches and tasty après will guarantee good times and genuine progression in a casual and progressive coaching environment.
Whether you’re looking to get into mountain biking for the first time or you’re a seasoned local looking to step up your riding, our coaches will work with you to achieve your goals.
Every week the ride is tailored to suit the group and conditions that day, reducing the stress and maximizing the fun.
Coaching sessions are one day per week on Friday’s, from 6pm - 8pm, in both Spring and Fall programs.
Coaching will take place on the awesome Whistler Valley Trails, including the skills park, pump track and even grass fields, to provide the ultimate environment for safe progression and good times! If you can ride it on two wheels, we’ll be there! Additional sessions also include suspension set up, bike set up and more.
ZEP’s coaching is unparalleled and ensures an unbeatable experience because we use the most experienced and highly certified coaches in the business… those who train and certify other coaches! Click here for more info.
The ZEP Coaches always maximize sessions for safety, risk management and skill progression, so you can build the skills without the spills.
- Spring Session - 8 weeks
- Fall Session - 4 weeks
- Groups split into ability levels, from beginner to advanced
- Max 5 riders per group
- Industries top PMBIA Certified Coaches - mature, patient and fun!
- Weekly 2hr Sessions with Expert Coaching
- Weekly apres with drinks, nibbles and good times!
- Personalized Feedback & Video Analysis
- Pump Track, dirt jumps and Enduro/XC & Bike Park Sessions (lift tickets for bike park session additional) Remove Bike park info
- ZEP Cap & stickers
- 15% off additional ZEP Private Lessons
FEATURED ADD ON
8 WEEK PACKAGE WITH REALIGNMENT LAB
ZEP is proud to partner with the ReAlignment Lab to offer an 8 week training package that runs over the duration of the Men’s Program. While you're improving your skills with ZEP on your bike, the ReAlignment Lab will keep you Bike-Fit and mobile for the Summer.
The weekly strength class is a full body workout which will include core and stability training to create a strong foundation. There will also be a focus on metabolic conditioning to increase cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance to last through those long mountain rides.
WHICH LEVEL SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR?
In order to ensure the best learning experience for all participants in the program, we have implemented a registration system where you sign up for your current riding ability level. Please review the classifications below to ensure you are signing up for the correct ability level. If you are unsure or have any questions as to what level to sign up for, please contact us as email@example.com.
Novice - NOVICE DESCRIPTION
For NOVICE Riders For INTERMEDIATED Riders
A novice rider is someone with little experience riding off-road before. They are typically comfortable on gravel paths and would like to explore “green” and “easy-blue” mountain bike trails. Would like to learn the fundamentals to build confidence, have fun and stay safe.
These riders tend to know their limits and stick within them, which is better for safety and but can sometimes slow progression.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT A NOVICE RIDER IS LEARNING
- Bike fit and set up
- Correct use of gears to make riding more efficient and fun
- How to brake smoothly, without skidding, with front and rear brakes
- How to climb and descend with a centred, strong and mobile position
- How to ride through corners with confidence and control
- How to start/stop on a hill
- How to apply these skills to feel more confident and safe on the bike
TRAILS & FITNESS
- Starting to keep momentum through uneven terrain.
- Has some stamina and can pedal uphill and not stop on small climbs. Loves to ride their bike. Needs more regular breaks.
- Typically comfortable riding for 1 - 4 hrs
Intermediate - INTERMEDIATE DESCRIPTION
For NOVICE Riders For INTERMEDIATE Riders For ADVANCED Riders
An intermediate rider is comfortable riding off-road on “blue” trails and can perform all of the listed novice skills above. Would like to take their riding to the 'next level' of skill and trail difficulty, while still consolidating fundamental skills. These riders may begin to explore some of the easier “light black” trails, as an introduction to advanced terrain.
These riders are starting to explore harder terrain, which can increase risk if the rider is unaware of their limits. Intermediate riders can be more cautious when challenged, compared to advanced riders.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT AN INTERMEDIATE RIDER IS LEARNING
- How to ride blue trails with more finesse and easy-black trails with more control and confidence
- Bike and suspension set-up
- How to use gears and brakes to gain more efficiency and control on more challenging terrain
- How to climb and descend steeper, more technical terrain, without skidding
- How to corner with more speed and consistency
- How to perform roll downs (rolling drops) and slow tight turns
- Introduced to small drop - offs and tabletop jumps
- Introduced to front and rear wheel lifts, bunnyhops or trackstands
TRAILS & FITNESS
- Okay brake control on rock slabs
- Can choose the right speed for the right feature
- Can choose a good line to avoid obstacles
- Can do small to medium jumps and drops with good technique
- Can do full climbs with minimal rests
- Can pedal hard on climbs sections of climbs or short climbs
- Can do two rides in a day
- Typically comfortable riding for 2 - 5 hours
Advanced - ADVANCED DESCRIPTION
For INTERMEDIATE Riders For ADVANCED Riders
An advanced rider is comfortable riding off-road on “blue” trails, some of the easier single-black diamond trails and can perform all of the listed intermediate skills above. They are still learning to refine and build their skills, timing and confidence, to ride all single-black trails confidently.
These riders can more easily get into terrain above their skill level as confidence and skills can be high, relative to their experience and risk assessment skills; which can be limited due to lack of mileage on advanced terrain.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT AN ADVANCED RIDER IS LEARNING
- How to ride all single-black diamond trails confidently
- How to ride green and blue trails with more style and speed.
- Refine body position and balance, for more control efficiency and speed on the descents
- Refine advanced skills such as position/rotation/pressure to develop cornering speed through greater bike body separation and line choice
- Confidently riding medium drop - offs and tabletop jumps
- Introduced to larger tabletop jumps, such as A-line
- Applying technical maneuvers such as wheel lifts, bunnyhop and nose pivots, on the trail
TRAILS & FITNESS
- Can climb technical ascents over rock and roots.
- Can handle steep sections of rock slab, roots and chutes, can link together technical sections
- Can ride at speed through intermediate terrain
- Can pick a variety of lines
- Can do larger jumps and drops
- Can ride all day and do two rides in a day
- Typically comfortable riding for 3 - 6 hours