Ability Levels

At ZEP, our goal is to make sure you have the best mountain bike experience as possible. Part of this means making sure you are signed up for the appropriate camp, lesson or tour. The ability levels below may help you decide which one to go for, so you can relax and know you will be with like minded people, all looking to learn similar things on similar trails.

LEVEL 1 “EASY RIDER”

For Beginner Riders

WHO: Someone with little or no experience riding off-road before. Comfortable on gravel paths and wants to explore “green” and “easy-blue” mountain bike trails. Wants to learn the fundamentals and build confidence, to have fun and stay safe.

EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO LEARN

  • Bike fit and set up
  • Correct use of gears to make riding trails easier
  • How to brake safely with both brakes, off road
  • How to climb and descend with balance and confidence
  • How to ride single track, bumpy terrain better
  • Have more run, stay safe and avoid crashing
  • Perhaps some basic wheels lifts, too?

Must be comfortable riding for 1 - 3 hrs

LEVEL 2 “WEEKEND WARRIOR”

For Intermediate Riders

WHO: An intermediate rider comfortable riding off-road on “blue” and some “black” trails and can perform most or all of the Level 1 skills. Would like to take their riding to the 'next level' of skill and trail difficulty.

EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO LEARN

  • Bike and suspension set-up
  • How to use gears and brakes to gain more efficiency and control
  • How to climb and descend steeper, more challenging terrain
  • How to corner with more speed and consistency
  • Small drop - offs and jumps
  • Front and rear wheel lifts, bunnyhops

Must be comfortable riding for 2 - 5 hours

LEVEL 3 “BLACK DIAMOND”

For Advanced to Expert Riders

WHO: An advanced to expert rider who has been riding for a number of seasons and can perform most or all of the Level 2 skills. Would like to start learning advanced techniques for speed, style and performance.

EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO LEARN

  • Detailed bike and suspension set-up
  • Advanced gear and braking techniques for power and speed
  • How to descend faster on advanced trails
  • How to corner faster in berms, flat and off-camber corners
  • Drop offs, rock rolls, jumps, step ups, step downs
  • Manuals, Stoppies, Bunnyhops, Hip Jumps

Must be comfortable riding for 3 - 7 hours