iRide Teaching Philosophy & Skill Levels

Students require fun, safe and effective learning environments to grow anextra (2)d develop to their full potential.  iRide uses engaging and interactive exercises that spur movement, participation and accelerate learning.

Our 3-day iRide school program provides each class with one forty-five to sixty minute session per day. Our sessions stay within the safe confines of the school grounds and focus on patterning basic and intermediate skills through a variety of fun activities.  Most participants graduate to iRide Skill Level #3 or higher by the end of the program.

Our community programs vary in duration and frequency but all sessions include skill development, bicycle rides and games appropriate to participant age and ability following the Cycling Canada Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). Learn more here.

iRide Coaches

A lasting and enjoyable learning experience for students begins with skilled coaches. Only Nationally Certified Coaching Program graduates are eligible to teach iRide programs, and each new iRide coaches completes an apprenticeship with experienced iRide head coaches. This way our coaches understand how to best share their cycling expertise all four types of learning styles: auditory, visual, kinesthetic and tactile. Our coach team includes aspiring youth racers, professional coaches with cycling accolades and passionate parents trained to teach.  As a result, our dynamic team brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to the sessions, creating fun and memorable experiences. Meet our iRide staff here.

iRide Skills

The iRide program teaches a total of 10 basic and 3 intermediate riding skills in accordance with the NCCP Basic Cycling Skills coaching course. Our sessions are conducted within the safe confines of a traffic-free environment, utilizing school grounds, local parks, pump tracks, BMX and track cycling facilities and local trails.

  • Starting & Braking
  • Straight-Line Riding
  • Scanning & Signaling
  • Low-Speed Turns
  • Medium-Speed Turns
  • Ready Position & Limbo
  • Front Wheel Lift
  • Dismount & Remount
  • Bumping & Buzzing
  • Gearing & Cadence
  • Riding up variable terrain
  • Riding down variable terrain
  • Riding off a curb or drop-off

These skills are taught at all our iRide events.  Our coaches tailor the focus of each session to the age and ability level of their students.

iRide Levels

Understanding where your child is on the development pathway can be a challenge.  Luckily our iRide staff work with youth riders aged 6 – 16 every day!  To help identify what session best fits your child and at what point it is safe to advance to the next level, please review the below table.

Brand-new to cycling? Check out our Parent FAQ section or watch 1) How to teach my child to ride using a run-bike, 2) How to teach my child to ride in 45-minutes, 3) How to choose the correct size bicycle.

Level Minimum Ability Available Programs Typical Age
0 New to Biking Free Expo 3 - 8 yrs
1 Ride a 2-wheel bike; 60 pedal strokes without stopping In-School 4 - 9 yrs.
2 Start & stop quickly; Stand & coast; Tap head while riding In-School 5 - 10 yrs.
3 Turn quickly; Look behind while riding straight; Roll off sidewalk curb Community 7 - 11 yrs.
4 Lift front wheel; Use gears for changing terrain; Ready for 45-minute exercise Field Trips 8 - 12 yrs.
5 Stop'n Go without foot tap; Can ride small ramps & bridges; Ready for 60-minute exercise Academy, Youth Club 9 - 15 yrs.
6+ Stop'n with 1 hand on head; Ride beside a partner; Ready for 75-minute exericse All of the above 9 - 19 yrs.

In-school sessions are designed for participants who can ride a 2-wheel bicycle. However, all students are welcome to participate in iRide school programs and will receive guidance from our coaches. Students who cannot ride a bike will be primarily supervised by their school teacher with assistance from the iRide coaches, given the capacity of the program. These students often join the rest of their class during the 3-day program, helping ensure that all students gain a memorable experience.

In-school participants often achieve a skill level of 2-4 by the end of the three day program. Participants who wish to continue their cycling can join local community programs (after-school or summer camps) or jump to a local club. Our community programs are best suited to riders of ability levels 3-5, and our youth clubs are designed for levels 5+.