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Friday, August 19 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
Introduction to Mountain Biking Class - Level 1: 9:00am-12:30pm Registration Full

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Experience the thrill of mountain biking with enthusiastic, knowledgeable REI & Cannondale instructors! We'll start by addressing proper bike fit and making any necessary adjustments to your bike. Next we'll demonstrate riding techniques, including body and pedal position, shifting, braking, climbing, descending, and navigating minor obstacles on the trail. We'll also go over important communication skills and mountain biking trail etiquette with the aim of keeping multi-use trails open and safe for everyone. And finally, we'll practice all these new skills on a great trail ride! You will receive a "surprise & delight" at the conclusion of the class.

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"Speed is Our Friend" has become the motto of Cannondale. On one level, these four words reflect our support of the world's top professional cycling teams. On a more fundamental level, they convey our commitment to a lightning-fast product development process that, with unmatched speed, turns the combined insights of our sponsored riders... Read More →

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At REI we love to get outside and play. Whether you're new to outdoor adventure or a seasoned pro, we’ll gladly share our passion.  Our core purpose guides everything we do: we inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. What began as a group of... Read More →

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Amy Bruski

Guide, REI
My passion is Cycling. I am currently living the dream as an REI Outdoor School Instructor for all things Cycling and Hiking. I strive to be an exceptional guide and purveyor of information for those who have interest in the cycling community and the outdoors in general. A... Read More →
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Amanda Dekan

Guide, REI
My name is Amanda Dekan and I am the Senior Instructor for REI Outdoor School in the Twin Cities area. I have been working for REI since 2007, became an Instructor for Outdoor School in May of 2012, and have been the Senior Instructor for this market since May of 2013. I currently... Read More →
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Jenny Smith

Brand Ambassador, Cannondale
I’m Jenny. New Zealander. Xterra Triathlete. Professional mountain bike cyclist. Endurance athlete. I started running competitively as a teenager and have since represented New Zealand in three sports at World Championships. Track and Field, cycling and triathlon. My athletics have... Read More →

Friday August 19, 2016 9:00am - 12:30pm PDT
REI Village - Cannondale Tent to Lower Corral