Program Info

FLYRS groups are both age-based and ability-based in order to ensure the most positive experience for every child. It is important that kids are enrolled in the correct age and ability group so that they are appropriately challenged and supported.

  • Push bikers: This is a pre-school group for kiddos on push bikes. These groups meet for one hour per week and focus on getting kids out on the trails and having fun. Children must be potty-trained to participate in FLYRS.

 

  • Preschool – Kindergarten Pedal Bikers: This is a group for kids who are riding pedal bikes without training wheels, but who are not yet in 1st grade. This group focuses on some basic skills, games, and short, easy trail rides. Kids must:
    • Confident on a pedal bike (no training wheels)
    • Able to start and stop on their own
    • Coaster or hand brakes
    • Able to ride on dirt trails

 

  • Beginners: Beginner groups focus on bike games, developing basic bike handling skills, and short trail rides of 1-3 miles each week. This group focuses on improving children’s confidence riding on bumpy dirt trails and on gentle hills. This group is NOT appropriate for children who do not already know how to ride a bike independently. Kids in the beginner groups should:
    • Able to start and stop on their own
    • Hand brakes encouraged
    • Able to ride on dirt trails

 

  • Intermediate: This group is best for kids who are confident riding 3 or more miles on dirt trails. We will focus on more advanced bike handling skills and gaining confidence on more challenging trails at a faster pace. If you are unsure about placing your child in this group, please contact Tyler at flyrsmtb@gmail.com. Children in the intermediate group should be:
    • Confident with attack position (level pedals with feet equally weighted on each)
    • Confident braking with both brakes smoothly and evenly
    • Able to change gears while pedaling
    • Beginning to stand while climbing

 

  • Advanced: This group is best for kids who are confident riding 5 or more miles on dirt trails. We will focus on more advanced bike handling skills and gaining confidence on more challenging trails at a faster pace. If you are unsure about placing your child in this group, please contact Tyler at flyrsmtb@gmail.com. Children in the intermediate group should be:

    • Confident in attack position and braking correctly
    • Confident standing while climbing
    • Confident changing gears while pedaling
    • Comfortable on blue/intermediate trails with a faster pace and less stopping

 

  • Girls ONLY: All FLYRS groups are co-ed, and we encourage all children to register in whichever group is the best fit for them based on age and skill level. However, we’ve found that some girls are able to build confidence more readily in a girls-only group, so this group is a mixed-ability group for girls who prefer to ride only with other girls.

 

  • 6th – 8th grade Middle School: Our fall middle school session is the AICL composite team. Kids can join if they are either just interested in weekly practices and/or they want to go to the AICL middle school races with the team. The composite team practices 2 times a week from July through November with 5 races starting September 9 through November 4. For more information contact Chris Eaves at cseaves@gmail.com

All FLYRS groups are led by a coach who is trained in the FLYRS approach, first aid certified, and has passed a background check. We believe that coaches should enjoy working with kids, have expertise in mountain biking skills, trail etiquette, and best teaching practices, so we hire coaches who possess this requisite knowledge. Our groups also benefit from an additional volunteer assistant coach who supports the lead coach. Most of our assistant coaches are either parents, NAU cyclists, or older high school cyclists who are interested in coaching and working with kids. Our groups meet at different locations as we progress through the season. Typical locations include Fort Tuthill, Campbell Mesa, and the “Y” off Elden Lookout Road.

Sessions

  • Fall: Our Fall FLYRS sessions generally run from mid-August through mid-October each year. Each group meets once per week for 90-120 minutes. Registration for Fall FLYRS generally opens up in late June, and our groups fill on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Spring: Our Spring FLYRS sessions generally run from mid-April through mid-June each year. Each group meets once per week for 90-120 minutes. Registration for Spring FLYRS generally opens up in late February, and our groups fill on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Summer: Beginning in 2018, we will offer a week-long FLYRS summer camp. Depending on the level of interest, we may expand to additional weeks in future summers, so let us know if this is something you’d like to see!
  • Middle School Race Season: The FLYRS middle school composite offers Flagstaff-based middle school students an opportunity to race in the NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) mountain bike races during each Fall. Practice for the middle school composite race group begins in July, and the race season runs from September through early November at locations around the state.