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Are you hunting for healthy, outdoor school holiday activities? The Head for the Hills School Holiday Mountain Bike Adventure is the perfect way to enjoy Adelaide's great outdoors! Learn new riding skills and put them to use while hunting for clues and geocaches around the Craigburn Farm trails in the Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. Then learn practical skills to keep your bike running well in a bike maintenance workshop at the Blackwood Community Center. We supply the bike and helmet, all you have to bring is a sense of adventure!

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Our School Holiday Programs begin with a basic skills coaching session to teach participants the fundamental skills of mountain biking. We cover body position & moving on the bike, braking technique, gear selection as well as other handy tips to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Once everybody is comfortable and settled on the bikes, the adventure begins! A series of geocaches containing cleverly constructed cryptic clues are hidden all over the Craigburn Farm trail network. Participants work as a team using good old maps (not google-maps!) to find and decipher each clue, which hints to the next geocache's secret location and the best trail to get there. Participants will cover over 12 kilometres of trail and climb around 300 vertical meters during their adventure with us.

After all the geocaches have been found (approximately 4 hours in the park), we will travel to the Blackwood Community Centre for some well deserved rest as well as a bike maintenance workshop and more mountain biking activities!

Details

Recommended Age:
Approx 11 - 14 years
Ability Level:
Great for Beginners - Must be able to ride confidently on two wheels
What to Bring:
Water bottle or hydration pack, snacks, packed lunch (sandwich etc)
What to Wear:
Comfortable fitting clothes for riding (not too tight or loose & weather appropriate), enclosed shoes (sneakers etc)
Other Considerations:
Sunscreen, rain jacket for wet weather, change of clothes
Drop Off:
Craigburn Road, Craigburn Farm - just past the Blackwood Football Club (map here)
Pick Up:
Blackwood Community Centre - 4 Young Street, Blackwood (map here)
Time:
9am to 5pm
Max Group Size:
5 participants
Facilities:
Please note, there are NO toilet facilities at the bike trails. Blackwood Community Centre has Toilet facilities.
BYO Equipment:
Bike & helmet hire is free for this program, however you're welcome to bring your own equipment. Please make sure bikes are appropriate for the task at hand and in good working order. Helmets must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZS 2063:2008. We recommend an open-face helmet for this program however full-faced helmets are also acceptable.
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Testimonials

"My son and his friends had a fabulous time learning MTB skills and geocaching with Tyson during the school holidays up at Craigburn Farm. My son begged to take me up there two days later so he could show me the tracks and get back on them himself. He taught me all the things he'd learnt two days before from Tyson and he can't wait to get back out on the tracks again. My son would love to have more lessons from Tyson, for sure!" ~Catie


"My son (12) and 3 of his mates did a morning with Tyson and absolutely loved it. Tyson appears to have been very engaging and patient with the boys, setting out a course that both challenged and entertained them whilst providing coaching and encouragement where required. Highly recommend and we will be back for another go." ~Anne


"I tagged along for about an hour of my grandsons session with Head for the Hills and I can assure you that it's a great concept and well executed learning experience. Recommended." ~Graeme


"My son has turned mountain bike mad since he rode with Tyson in the holidays! He has had some follow-up coaching since and I am so happy to see him following his new passion." ~Sally