Mountain biking offers a technical challenge that many find thrilling. However, riding down a rocky hill on a narrow trail is not the time or place for beginners to learn how to safely navigate over a slick boulder or cross through a dry riverbed. Riders who are new to mountain biking or looking to refine their skills now have a new course that allows for practice in a more relaxed environment.
At the Portola Staging Area in Irvine, staff and volunteers from Irvine Ranch Conservancy have constructed a skills course with areas for beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain bikers. The staff constructed features that mimic technical challenges found out on the land. Experienced mountain bikers will guide visitors through the variety of obstacles during regular, scheduled clinics.