Hardcore Kids


The Hardcore Kids 2016 regular program is full and not able to accept any more riders (as of February 10, 2016). Please contact Kim Liss by email at kliss@shaw.ca with any questions or enquiries. A brief overview of the program is provided below.

Hardcore Kids is in the planning stages to offer a downhill (DH) camp July 8 -10 (likely at Panorama). This will be separate from the regular program described below and will be targeted at children who are more skilled and experienced riders. Please contact Kim Liss with any enquiries.

Hardcore Kids 2016

Hardcore Kids is entering its 5th year! We are a cycling program focused on the development and application of cycling skills for children aged 7 - 15 riding their mountain bikes on the Edmonton river valley trails and the Devon Bike Park. This includes the basic skills of balance, gear shifting, braking, climbing, descending and cornering and basic mechanical skills. Advanced skills such as wheel lifts, bunny hop, manual, wheelie drop, jumps, etc are then introduced depending on ability and interest. These skills are practiced to gain confidence and then progressively applied on the technical and single track trails in the river valley. A program goal is to have all graduates able to comfortably ride any trail in the Edmonton River Valley.

Racing and the development of racing tactics and race training (i.e., intervals, sprints, etc.) is not a focus of the program. Track, Road, Cyclocross and BMX riding/racing are not covered by the program.

Three classes will be held on Saturdays. The first is targeted at beginner cyclists aged 7 – 9 years. The second is targeted at riders aged 10 -12 with some riding experience. The third class generally consists of more experienced, confident and strong riders. A second intermediate level class will be on Sundays. Each class will be approximately 2.5hr long.

The Coach reserves the right to move a child from one class to another based on their strength and skill level compared to the group.

Classes are capped at 10 (6 for the youngest group) to ensure safety and provide ample opportunity for coaching. Parents are welcome and encouraged to ride with us.

The program is led by Kim Liss. Qualifications include:

  • Seven (7) years’ experience coaching and leadership of children’s cycling development programs including starting Hardcore Kids in 2012

  • Attended Summer Gravity Camp (SGC) in Whistler (2014)

  • Certified by Endless Biking as a Level 2 Mountain Bike Instructor (2013)

  • Certified Standard First Aid – Level C CPR and AED (2013)

  • Completed the “Intro to Coaching Cycling Skills” 2 day clinic offered by the ABA in April 2009