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 . . .

    Ability Levels by Program Type: View Image

    Level # Rider Type I can… Programs Typical Age
    1 New to Pedaling
    • Ride a 2-wheel bike 60 pedal strokes without stopping
    School &

    After-School (Beginner)

    2 Comfortable on Grass Fields
    • Start & stop quickly
    • Change gears
    • Tap head while riding
    3 Introduction to Forest Trails
    • Turn quickly
    • Look behind while riding
    • Roll-off a sidewalk curb
    All 5-10
    4 Ready For New Challenges
    • Lift front wheel
    • Tap foot while riding
    • Hand on partner’s shoulder
    After-School (Advanced) 8-12
    5 Seeking a Riding Group
    • Stop’n go with 1 hand
    • Stop’n go on a steep hill
    • Ride beside partner


    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 2-5, whereas summer camps are designed for levels 4-5.  Youth clubs welcome all participants level 5 and beyond.

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


    Celebrate your child’s development with the iRide T-Shirt and Sticker Kit! Learn more here.

    Level 1
    Level 2
    Level 3
    Level 4
    Level 5
  • 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