Mountain biking in the Landmarks is a unique experience. Riders travel through world-class trails with beautiful views, catching sight of local wildlife every so often. Irvine Ranch Conservancy works diligently with landowners such as OC Parks and the City of Irvine to ensure riders have a great experience on the trails.
The Conservancy’s Kids Mountain Bike Clinic on Sunday, May 5 teaches kids ages 8 to 12 practical bike-handling skills through a series of exercises demonstrating rider-influenced bike maneuvers. The Conservancy also offers the Kids Mountain Bike Clinic on Sunday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This unique clinic, specially designed for children, requires a mountain bike with multiple gears, hand brakes, knobby tires, and a wheel size of 20” or greater. Registration is required and a parent or legal guardian must remain on site for the duration of the clinic.
Intermediate riders with previous experience and biking skills can enjoy a Moderate-Paced Ride in Limestone Canyon along Hicks Haul Road on Sunday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The 11- to 14-mile journey will travel through steep areas, climbing approximately 1600 feet, and crosses rocky, rutted, sandy fire roads and some singletrack. This activity is designed for very physically fit riders in excellent cardio condition. Adult participants interested in joining the ride must register in advance.
For riders who want to exercise their existing bike skills, join the Mountain Bike Clinic on Rider Skills offered Sunday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to develop rider-influenced techniques to navigate your bike over common trail features and obstacles. Participants will learn a series of exercises including braking, cornering techniques and wheel lifts. Following the demonstrations, participants will enjoy a short ride into Round Canyon to test out their new skills.
For riders who want to hone their terrain-influenced bike-handling skills, sign up for the Mountain Bike Clinic on Terrain Skills on Sunday, May 26 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The class will consist of rider fundamentals from platform position and weight transfer to equipment basics, braking, and gearing. Participants will also watch terrain-influenced bike-handling demonstrations over a variety of man-made features like log piles, rocks and more. After the class, participants will utilize their skills in a short ride through Round Canyon.
Explore the beauty of the Landmarks on two wheels and join a mountain biking activity today! For more information on activities and how to get involved visit LetsGoOutside.org. Programs are open to the public with required registration, but space is limited and early registration is recommended.