Skill Levels

Understanding where your child is on the development pathway can be a challenge. Luckily our iRide instructors work with youth riders aged 6 – 16 every day!

To help you identify what program best fits your child’s needs, please review the iRide Skill Levels below.

This self-assessment also provides support and goals for riders who wish to practice on their own time! Check out the more detailed iRide Skills Matrix for more movements to practice at home.

  • I am level _ , because I can . . .
    Level Skills iRide Programs Typical Age
    0 New to Biking Expo 3 – 8
    1 Ride a 2-wheel bike; 60 pedal strokes without stopping In-School 4 – 9
    2 Start & stop quickly; Stand & coast; Tap head while riding In-School 5 – 10
    3 Turn quickly; Look behind while riding straight; Roll off a sidewalk curb After-School 7 – 11
    4 Lift front wheel; Use gears for changing terrain; Ready for 45-minutes of exercise Field Trips 8 – 12
    5 Stop’n Go without foot tap; Can ride small ramps & bridges; Ready for 60-minutes of exercise Camps 9 – 15
    6+ Stop’n with 1 hand on head; Ride beside a partner; Ready for 75-minutes of exercise Youth Club 9 – 18

    In-school participants who cannot yet ride a 2-wheel-ed bicycle will be primarily supervised by their school teacher with assistance from the iRide instructor. These students often join the rest of their class during the 3-day program, helping ensure that all students gain a memorable experience. What can I do to prepare my child for  iRide?

    In-school participants often achieve a skill level of 2-4 by the end of the 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 after-school programs are best suited to riders of ability levels 3-5, where as summer camps are designed for levels 4-6.  Youth clubs welcome all participants level 5 and beyond, but level 6 abilities are recommended.

    No iRide or club programs require clip-in pedals or special cycling attire. In fact, oftentimes, cycling kit is provided as a gift at the end of iRide summer camps.

  • Long-Term Development and Physical Literacy

    In accordance with the Coaches Association of Canada and Sport for Life’s Long-Term Development model, Cycling BC’s iRide program and skill development pathway help riders progress through the Active Start and FUNdamentals stage. This initial stage is facilitated by instructors via short 45-60 minutes sessions, up to a maximum of 6 weeks.

    During this ACTIVE START, available programs include:

    During the FUNdamental stage, available programs include:

    Riders who find great commitment and satisfaction in their cycling and wish to process to the club level, shift to the next phase and begin work with a coach who can develop their skills and fitness over a 10-16 week program.

    During the LEARN TO TRAIN phase, available programs include:

    During the TRAIN TO TRAIN phase, available programs include club activities for ages 13-17, including:

    To learn more about Sport For Life’s LTD 3.0 – click here

    To learn more about Cycling Canada’s LTD Overview – click here, or see sport-specific documents below

  • What are the foundational 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
    • Wheel Lifts
    • Dismount & Remount
    • Bumping & Buzzing
    • Gearing & Cadence
    • Climbing
    • Descending
    • Riding off a drop-off

    iRide instructors tailor the focus of each session to the age and ability level of their students.

Find a program that meets the needs of your child