Hardcore Kids

Updated June 1st: 

Hardcore Kids is offering an extra session targeted at beginner riders on June 28, 30, July 2, 5, 7, and 9th.  Please contact Kim Liss (kliss@shaw.ca) to register

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 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

  • 2015 riding highlights included extensive riding in Kamloops, Silverstar Bike Park and the Okanagan

  • Life time rider and occasional recreational racer including solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin, cross Europe tours and regular trips to western Canadian MTB riding destinations

Gord Brenner will be the lead coach for the youngest group of riders. Gord has worked with Hardcore Kids since 2014, is a ride leader with the Hardcore Club adult rides and also coaches children’s soccer.



  • The cost is $175 per child to cover ABA insurance, club membership and program expenses and development.

  • Parents are welcome to participate. Regulations require any parent also have ABA insurance (additional $35).



  • April 30 – June 25

  • No class the May long weekend

  • Saturday classes will start at 0830 and 1100

  • Sunday class will start at 0830

  • One class in June will be at the Devon Bike Park

  • An optional Sunday (in June) day trip to the Hinton Bike Park will be organized



  • Edmonton Huskies clubhouse parking lot by the Kinsmen Sports Centre.  Follow the road past the Kinsmen Field House, drive along the river's edge until you are almost under the High Level Bridge. On your left, by the tennis courts, is the Huskies clubhouse.


Equipment Requirements

  • Must wear a helmet

  • Must have a multi-geared mountain bike. BMX, cruiser or other bicycle types are unsuitable.

  • Gloves, weather appropriate clothes, a water bottle, snacks, and a small pack to carry these items



Additional Classes and Private Instruction:

  • Additional small group sessions or private lessons may be available on request. Please contact Kim Liss to discuss details, scheduling and cost.


Coach and Key Contact:

  • Please contact Kim Liss by email at kliss@shaw.ca with any enquiries or questions.