Breakaway Rides   Team Breakaway

Kids Academy

Get your kids out into the trails for some fun filled shredding and instill great riding habits early.
We run kids specific mountain bike courses throughout the year to give your child the skills they need to ride safely and with confidence. Progressive skills are introduced in well-structured lessons to provide essential riding techniques built for young riders to get them flying.

We offer Weekly Skills Rides, School Holiday Camps and Birthday Party Mountain Bike Rides, all of which have been designed to benefit young learners in a relaxed, supportive and fun environment.

Kids Friday Practice

Kids Holiday Camps

Kids Birthday Parties

Weekly Practice

Current school term
9 Oct – 9 Dec

Price:

R3000 10-Rides Package
Shuttle Service
R1000 for 10 lifts

R1750 5-Rides Package
Shuttle Service
R500 for 5 lifts

R400 once off
Shuttle Service
R100 per lift

Note:
The shuttle leaves from Virgin Active Green Point 45 mins before the beginning of the session. Please book the shuttle in advance as we have limited space.

Day & time:

Fridays 15:15 – 17:150
Saturdays 09:00 – 11:00

For School Holidays see holiday camps below

Ride locations:

Constantia Bike Park, Table Mountain Deer Park, Tokai, Meerendal, Bloemendal, Contermanskloof, Hoogekraal

What’s included:

• Structured skills lessons
• Professional mountain bike instructors with first aid certificate
• Trail entry fee
• Basic mechanical support
• Snacks
• Pictures & Video of your child while riding
• Goody-bag (not included for 1 day sessions)
• Race with prizes (one race per month)

Optional extras:

• Shuttle service

What to bring:

• A well maintained bicycle. Inserting sludge into the tube to self-seal punctures is highly recommended.
• Spare tubes
• Water bottles mounted to bike
• Helmet
• Gloves & comfortable clothes for the ride

What you need to know:

Our weekly classes are based on a skills progression programme to ensure a quick learning curve. We identify your child’s skills level and allocate them to the correct group to ensure they progresses over the course of each term. We offer Beginner Level 1-2, Intermediate Level 3-7 and Advanced Level 8-10 classes. Our programme focuses on skills and fitness training. At the end of each month we organise a race where each child can measure their performance against other kids.

Skill level:

Beginners (Level 1-2)
Can brake, steer, pedal and balance the bike without support.

Program: Getting to know your mountain bike | Bike safety & maintenance | Learning the ‘attack position’ and dynamic weight shifting | Correct gear selection | Effective braking | Negotiating small trail obstacles incl. A-frames, bridges, rocks, roots, smaller drops | Bike Balancing | Bike-body-separation | Vision and Mind | Pumping | cornering foundation

Intermediate (Level 3-7)
Is confident to perform all of the listed techniques in the Beginner Level.

Program: Front wheel lift, manual, wheelie | Rear wheel lift | Negotiating rock gardens, sand, roots | Fast cornering flat bends and berms Cornering on gradient | Switch back practice | Learning to jumps small drop offs, steps and ramps in control | Fitness training will be introduced to improve endurance and speed

Advanced (Level 8-10)
Is confident to perform all of the listed techniques in the Beginner and Intermediate Level.

Program: Learn american bunny hop | Efficient and smooth riding | Negotiating steep technical terrain incl. rooty and rocky up & downhill | Riding bigger drop offs and ramps (XCO level) | Slow speed drills incl. endos, side hops, static hop | Fitness training for improved endurance and speed.

Ages:

5 – 16 years

Instructor to kids ratio:

6:1 – no more than 6 kids per coach

Typical Friday program:

Although the course is flexible, it will usually keep to the following structure:

14:30-14:35 pick up shuttle service at Virgin Active Green Point (optional)
15:00-15:10 Arrival at course venue, prepare bikes
15:15-16:00 Singletrack skills coaching and practice incl. warm-up ride, focus on specific riding techniques as per level and programme
16:00-16:10 short snack break (if required)
16:10-17:00 Singletrack skills coaching and practice (or race every Friday end of month)
17:00-17:10 Wrap-up, pack-up bikes
18:00 Arrival at Virgin Active Green Point

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Holiday camps

During school holidays we offer our popular kids specific mountain bike workshops. Over the years we ran numerous skills training camps and help your child to improve her riding technique. The fun factor is very important during the skills clinics with some specific technique drills in the first half and practical application in single trails during the latter half.

Kids Workshops

Next dates:

11th / 12th / 13th Dec

Price:

R1050 for all 3 days
Shuttle Service
R300 per child

R400 for 1 day
Shuttle Service
R100 per child

Note:
The shuttle leaves from Virgin Active Green Point 45 mins before the beginning of the session. Please book the shuttle in advance as we have limited space.

Ride locations:

Meerendal (Day 1)
Bloemendal (Day 2)
Contermanskloof (Day 3)

What’s included:

• Fun in the sun
• Skills training & development
• Trail fee
• Snacks
• Mechanical Support
• Goody Bag (3 day booking only)

Optional extras:

• Shuttle service

What to bring:

• A well maintained bicycle. Inserting sludge into the tube to self-seal punctures is highly recommended.
• Spare tubes
• Water bottles
• Helmet
• Gloves & comfortable clothes for the ride
• Sunscreen

Time:

09:00 – 11:00

Ages:

Kids 6-9 years & Youth 10-15 years

Skill level:

Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Riders

What is covered:

Day 1 – Foundation:
Core skills to develop kids mountain biking including correct body position and attack, how to corner in control, controlling the bike on rough terrain, dealing with drops and tackling obstacles on the trail all providing great foundations for riding with confidence.

Day 2 – Technical:
Day 2 gets technical with wheel lifts for tackling obstacles found on the trail, dealing with tricky trail features such as rocks and roots, assured cornering and maintaining speed into corners, how to tackle drops in the trail and flying drop offs for extra style points and introduce flow into their riding.

Day 3 – Flow:
The techniques learned on day 2 will help to ride with great flow, pumping the bike on fast flowing trails, railing berms and carrying speed into corners, we’ll cover the fundamentals of getting two wheels off the ground safely and in control, moving around on the bike to get the most out of every inch of the trail. Day 3 includes a 20min race at the end.

Programme:

08:00-08:15 pick up shuttle service at Virgin Active Green Point (optional)
08:45-09:00 Arrival at course venue, prepare bikes
09:00-10:00 Singletrack skills coaching and practice incl. warm-up ride, focus on specific riding techniques as per level and programme
10:00-10:10 Snack break
10:10-11:00 Singletrack skills coaching and practice (race on last day)
11:00-11:15 Wrap-up, pack-up bikes
11:45 Arrival at Virgin Active Green Point

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Birthday parties, school cycling lessons
& tailored kids rides

Custom built workshops are focused around exactly what your group or your programme outcomes need whether it is a birthday party or a school specific event. We are flexible and can make sure your goals are achieved which goes beyond just riding skills and can
incorporate strong personal development themes including building confidence, encouraging active lifestyles and setting and reaching personal goals.

Our staff are fully trained and experienced tutors and will tailor the workshop to make everyone feels challenged and exhilarated, whilst never compromising their safety or comfort. We will stay flexible to make sure you get what you need without unnecessary stress or pressure.

Kids Birthday Parties

Location:

Sessions run in Cape Town and surroundings. We can travel to your local trail, local park or come to a school ground near you.
Sessions running times can be flexible. Contact us to discuss putting a workshop or multi-day programme together for your group. Mountain bikes are not provided for the sessions so please bring your own well maintained bike and helmet (compulsory).

Ages:

All age groups can be accommodated.

Types of programmes:

Half day, full day, multi-day workshop or multi-week programme.

Key outcomes:

Bike riding and technical riding skills, confidence building, teamwork, self-confidence, active lifestyles, health and fitness.

Bike hire:

Mountain bikes are not provided for the sessions so please bring your own well maintained bike and helmet (compulsory) or contact us to arrange additional bike hire.

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