MOUNTAIN BIKE

CSAT’s Mountain Bike Program helps young athletes develop the skills and confidence to ride the variety of trails found amongst Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge. We emphasize positive interactions, a growth mindset, and trail stewardship.

Each session will consists of a small team of riders with similar skill levels and top level coaching on all aspects of mountain biking. We coach basic MTB skills such as body position, balance, braking, and pedal cadence and build to more advanced skills such jumps, drops, tech, and high speed cornering

For Hood River mountain bike programs, Post Canyon is our primary stomping ground. We also offer after school programs in White Salmon, exploring Hospital Hill, and surrounding areas.

Our goal for is each rider to develop strong mountain bike skills, confidence, and cultivate passion for outdoor recreation.

  • Spring Programs
  • SUMMER PROGRAMS
  • Fall Programs
  • Private Coaching
  • Coaching Staff
  • Equipment Guide
  • Our Trails

Spring After School MTB Programs: 2021

CSAT’s After School MTB Programs in Hood River and White Salmon focus on skill development, exploration, and creating a positive team atmosphere. Utilizing a small rider to coach ratio (7:1), our PMBI certified coaching staff focuses on developing a team environment while growing each rider’s MTB skills and confidence.

We emphasize camaraderie, goal setting, and a growth-mindset to help each individual athlete become not only a better mountain biker, but a more thoughtful rider.  All programs include a MTB jersey. Teams are organized by rider’s age and ability.

Due to the COVID 19 epidemic MTB Team there will be no van transport. Parents will need to drop off and pickup riders at designated locations in Post Canyon or the surrounding area. Team members will be required to fill out a health survey prior to all riding sessions, submit temperatures, and mandatory masks use if within 6′ of other riders or coaching staff.

She Rides and She Shreds

A girls only rider cohort group led by an all girls coaching staff will create a supportive and fun environment that encourages girls to take risks, increase confidence and mountain biking skills. Girls will develop confidence and increased abilities to ride mountain bikes over a variety of terrain.

CSAT’s all girl programs are designed for MTB riders who are looking to improve their MTB skills, and push themselves while having fun. Athletes will practice balance, cornering, switchbacks, riding over obstacles, drops, and climbing. Basic bike maintenance and trail etiquette will also be taught and emphasized throughout the program.

• Monday’s 3pm – 5pm. School shuttle pickup or parents Drop-off in Post Canyon at 3pm
• Parent Pickup at 5pm at the bottom of Post Canyon Road, where pavement turns to dirt.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
She Rides
(Beginner-Intermediate)
Coach: Sue Butler, Jaimie Didier, Jess Desbrow
1st - 5th

Monday
May 3 - June 14 (6 sessions)
No Practice on Memorial Day
$265Register Online
She Shreds
(Intermediate - Advanced)
Coach: Shana Sweitzer
1st - 5th
Monday
May 3 - June 14 (6 sessions)
No practice on Memorial Day
$265Register Online

CO-ED DEVO MTB TEAM

Elementary and Middle School mountain bikers will gain experience and confidence both in mountain bike riding and preparedness. Designed for intermediate riders who are looking to improve their MTB skills, and push themselves while having fun.

We will practice balance, cornering, switchbacks, riding over obstacles, drops, climbing, and jumping. Basic bike maintenance and trail etiquette will also be taught and emphasized throughout the program. Programs will run 3:30pm – 5:30pm for elementary riders and 3:30 – 5:30 for Middle School Riders

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Development - Oregon
(Beginner - Intermediate)
Coach: Sue Butler, Mike Hay
1st - 5thTuesday
May 4 - June 8 (6 sessions)
$265Register Online
Middle School Development
(Intermediate)
Coach: Ryan Boroughs
6th - 8thThursday
May 6 - June 10 (6 sessions)
$265Register Online
Elementary Development - White Salmon
(Beginner - Intermediate)
Coach: Joe Johnson, Mike Hay
1st - 5thWednesday
May 5 - June 9 (6 sessions)
$265Register Online

CO-ED TEAM ENDURO

Once a week riders will meet to learn and practice enduro style skills. Riders will become faster, have smoother descents and develop the fitness and strength to climb and cover miles of trail.

Skills taught will emphasize cornering technique, riding over and down obstacles, jumping, drops, speed, and climbing. Riders will also gain experience with bike maintenance, leadership, and trail stewardship. This group will look to practice line and tactics in race settings and will challenge riders to become better, stronger, faster mountain bikers. Programs will run from 3:30 – 5:30.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate - Advanced)
Coach: Ryan Boroughs
1st - 5th
Tuesday
May 4 - June 8 (6 sessions)
$265Register Online
Middle School Enduro
(Intermediate - Advanced)
Coach: Doug Beardsly
6th - 8thThursday
May 6 - June 10 (6 sessions)
$265Register Online

SUMMER MTB CAMPS AND ENDURO TEAM

Come Ride with CSAT this Summer! Our Post Canyon based Mountain Bike Camps consist of Half-Day camps for Elementary and Middle Schoolers aged riders.

Sign-up for two or more Summer MTB Sessions and receive 10% off

Half-Day Elementary MTB Camp

Half-Day Camps for incoming 1st – 5th Grade Students include 3 hours of fun each day led by professional coaches with small Coach to Rider ratios. We have camps designed for Devo Level kids just getting into Mountain Biking and honing in basic skills to more advanced Enduro level riders who are already comfortable with trails such as Bad Moto Scooter and Grand Prix (Advanced Intermediate to Difficult).

Each day starts with AM Drop-Off in Post Canyon. After a safety check on bikes diagnosing any issues that may be present, we head out onto the trails where kids spend several hours exploring, developing skills, building confidence and making friends.

After a skill a development session, riders will head out to explore and learn Post Canyon’s trail network. Parent Pick-up will be at the bottom of Post Canyon, east of where the pavement turns to dirt.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th

June 22 - June 24$165Register Online
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th

June 22 - June 24$185Register Online
Elementary Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
June 29 - July 1$165Register Online
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
June 29 - July 1$185Register Online
Elementary Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
July 6 - July 8$165Register Online
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
July 6 - July 8$185Register Online
Elementary Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
July 13 - July 15$165Register Online
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5thJuly 13 - July 15$185Register Online

All Girls Half-Day MTB Camps

These Half-Day Girls MTB Camps are for incoming 1st – 5th graders looking to develop confidence and increase abilities to ride mountain bikes over a variety of terrain. A girls only rider cohort group led by an all girls coaching staff will create a supportive and fun environment that encourages girls to take risks, increase confidence and mountain biking skills.

The Camps consist of 3 hours of fun each day led by professional coaches with small Coach to Rider ratios. She Rides camps are designed for Devo Level girls just getting into Mountain Biking and honing in basic skills. She Shreds camps are designed for more advanced Enduro level riders who are already comfortable with trails such as Bad Moto Scooter and Grand Prix.

Each day starts with Drop-Off at 8:45 am in Post Canon. After a safety check on bikes diagnosing any issues that may be present, we head to Post Canyon where kids spend several hours exploring, developing skills, building confidence and making friends.

After a skill a development session riders will head out to explore and learn Post Canyon’s trail network. Athlete Pick-up will at the bottom of Post Canyon, east of where the pavement turns to dirt.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
She Rides
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th

June 15 - June 17$185Register Online
She Shreds
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th

June 15 - June 17$185Register Online
She Rides
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
July 19 - July 21$185Register Online
She Shreds
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
July 19 - July 21$185Register Online

Middle School Devo Camps

CSAT Middle School Devo Camps are Half-Day Camps designed to help young mountain bikers develop stronger skills. We will practice balance, cornering, switchbacks, riding over obstacles, drops, climbing, jumping, basic bike maintenance and trail etiquette.

Each Day Riders will meet at 1pm in Post Canyon. After 3 hours of riding local trails, the session will end at the bottom of Post Canyon Road where the gravel meets the pavement at 4pm.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Middle School Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8th

June 22 - June 24$165Register Online
Middle School Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8th
June 29 - July 1$165Register Online
Middle School Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8thJuly 6 - July 8$165Register Online
Middle School Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8thJuly 13 - July 15$165Register Online

Timberline MTB Park All-Day Camps

When Post Canyon is dry and dusty in August – We are taking our camps up to beautiful Mt. Hood for a day of lift access mountain biking at Timberline’s new MTB Park.

Camps include AM and PM sessions of coaching with professional coaches, small Coach to Rider ratios, MTB jersey, and an afternoon adventure ride to Government Camp. Does not include lift ticket.

Coaches will meet riders at 9:30 am each day at Timberline’s Salmon River Parking Lot. Parents will pick up riders in Government camp or Welches at 3:30pm.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Devo Timberline Camp
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
August 12$145Register Online
Elementary Enduro Timberline Camp
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
August 12$165Register Online
She Rides Timberline Camp
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
August 19$145Register Online
She Shreds Timberline Camp
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
August 19$145Register Online
Middle School Devo Timberline Camp
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8thAugust 12$145Register Online
Middle School Enduro Timberline Camp
(Intermediate-Advanced)
6th - 8thAugust 12$165Register Online

CO-ED Middle School Enduro Team

Twice a week riders will learn and practice enduro style riding to become faster, smoother descender but also develop the fitness and strength to climb and cover miles of trail. Skills taught will emphasize cornering technique, riding over and down obstacles, jumping, drops, speed, and climbing. Riders will also gain experience with leadership and trail stewardship. This group will look to practice line and tactics in race settings and will challenge riders to become better, stronger, faster mountain bikers. Due to the COVID 19 epidemic summer MTB camps are only open to Oregon and Washington residents.

Rider Ability: Intermediate/Advanced (Must be able to ride Bad Motor Scooter, Upper GP, and Mitchell’s Ridge.

Riders will start from various staging areas in Post depending on what skill the group is working on that day or week. Optional van transport from Hood River Middle School will be available. Athletes will finish at the bottom of Post Canyon, where pavement turns to dirt.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Middle School Enduro Team
(Intermediate - Advanced)
6th - 8th
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm - 4pm
• June 22, 24, 29
• July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
$450Register Online

Fall After School MTB Programs: 2021

CSAT’s Fall After School MTB Programs focus on skill development, exploration, and creating a positive team atmosphere. Utilizing a small rider to coach ratio (7:1), our PMBI certified coaching staff focuses on developing a team environment while growing each rider’s MTB skills and confidence.

We emphasize camaraderie, goal setting, and a growth-mindset to help each individual rider become not only a better mountain biker, but a more thoughtful rider.  All programs include a MTB jersey. Teams are organized by rider’s age and ability.

She Rides and She Shreds

A girls only rider cohort group led by an all girls coaching staff will create a supportive and fun environment that encourages girls to take risks, increase confidence and mountain biking skills. Girls will develop confidence and increased abilities to ride mountain bikes over a variety of terrain.

CSAT’s all girl programs are designed for MTB riders who are looking to improve their MTB skills, and push themselves while having fun. Athletes will practice balance, cornering, switchbacks, riding over obstacles, drops, and climbing. Basic bike maintenance and trail etiquette will also be taught and emphasized throughout the program.

She Rides participants must be comfortable on Kleeway and Lower Grand Prix at the start of session. She Shreds participants must be comfortable on Upper GP and Mitchel at the start of the session.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
She Rides
(Beginner-Intermediate)
Coach: Sue Butler, Jaimie Didier, Jess Desbrow
1st - 5th

Monday
Sept 13 - Oct 18 (6 sessions)
$285Register Online
She Shreds
(Intermediate - Advanced)
Coach: Shana Sweitzer
1st - 5th
Monday
Sept 13 - Oct 18 (6 sessions)
$325Register Online

ELEMENTARY CO-ED DEVO MTB TEAM

Elementary mountain bikers will gain experience and confidence both in mountain bike riding and preparedness.

The Elementary Devo Program is designed for intermediate riders who are looking to improve their MTB skills, and push themselves while having fun.

We will practice balance, cornering, switchbacks, riding over obstacles, drops, climbing, and jumping. Basic bike maintenance and trail etiquette will also be taught and emphasized throughout the program.

Riders must be comfortable on Kleeway and Lower Grand Prix at the start of session.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Development - Oregon
(Beginner - Intermediate)
Coach: Sue Butler, Mike Hay
1st - 5thTuesday
Sept 7 - Oct 12 (6 sessions)
$285Register Online
Elementary Development - Washington
(Beginner - Intermediate)
Coach: Joe Johnson, Mike Hay
1st - 5thWednesday
Sep 8 - Oct 13 (6 sessions)
$285Register Online

MIDDLE SCHOOL CO-ED DEVO MTB TEAM

Middle School mountain bikers will gain experience and confidence both in mountain bike riding and preparedness.

The Middle School Co-ed Devo Program is designed for intermediate riders who are looking to improve their MTB skills, and push themselves while having fun.

We will practice balance, cornering, switchbacks, riding over obstacles, drops, climbing, and jumping. Basic bike maintenance and trail etiquette will also be taught and emphasized throughout the program.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Middle School Development
(Intermediate)
Coach: Ryan Boroughs
6th - 8thThursday
Sep 9 - Oct 14 (6 sessions)
$285Register Online

CO-ED TEAM ENDURO

Once a week, advanced riders will meet to learn and practice enduro style skills. Riders will become faster, have smoother descents and develop the fitness and strength to climb and cover miles of trail.

Skills taught will emphasize cornering technique, riding over and down obstacles, jumping, drops, speed, and climbing. Riders will also gain experience with bike maintenance, leadership, and trail stewardship. This group will look to practice line and tactics in race settings and will challenge riders to become better, stronger, faster mountain bikers.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate - Advanced)
Coach: Ryan Boroughs
1st - 5th
Tuesday
Sept 7 - Oct 12 (6 sessions)
$295Register Online
Middle School Enduro
(Intermediate - Advanced)
Coach: Doug Beardsly
6th - 8thThursday
May 6 - June 10 (6 sessions)
$325Register Online

Private Coaching

Interested in some one-on-one time with a private coach?

Contact us for information: info@cooperspuralpineteam.org

Coaching Staff

Shana Sweitzer

Excecutive Director/Professional Ski and Mountain Bike Coach

Shana has been coaching and leading CSAT for the last 10 years. Shana as an extensive background in professional sports and youth education. Shana raced on the US Ski Team from 1993-1998 and competed at the World Cup and Europa Cup level in DH and SG. After retiring from skiing, she competed professionally as a Karpiel Team rider on the IMBA DH MTB circuit. More recently Shana competed in the Oregon Enduro Series placing top 3 in the Professional Class and winning the 2014 Oregon Enduro Series. Shana is a PMBI Certified MTB Coach. When not keeping track of CSAT’s athletes and coaches you can find her chasing her two young daughters, coaching CSAT U14s, mountain biking, gardening and windsurfing.

Ryan Boroughs

MTB Program Director/Professional Ski and Mountain Bike Coach

Ryan started coaching on Mt. Hood shortly after finishing his racing career in 2000. In 2006, Ryan moved to the Southwest and took on the position of Head USSA/FIS Coach for Flagstaff Alpine Ski Team. Ryan has been coaching CSAT’s U16s ski racers and MTB Development Team athletes since 2018. When not on snow, Ryan loves mountain biking and exploring the outdoors with his wife and two kids, Harry and Hannah.

Sue Butler

Sue Butler

MTB Enduro Team Coach/Professional MTB Coach

Sue was born in Red Wing, MN and has lived in Oregon since 1996. She started racing bikes in her mid-30’s, late for an elite rider, but that did not stop her from reaching the highest level in three disciplines. Starting in 2006, Sue has been a Masters National Champion in mountain bike, road and cyclocross. As an Elite level rider, she has competed three times as a member of the U.S. National Team at Elite Cyclocross World Championships. She is also a Masters Cyclocross World Champion.  Sue is BICP Level 2 Certified Skills Instructor and holds a masters degree in Education/Counseling. Her formal training and her competitive experience help her relate to riders of all ages and skills.

Sue brings communication skills, gained from her time as a high school counselor, and a passion for cycling to her coaching and focuses on solutions and opportunities, working with strengths of individuals knowing that every rider is different. She has taught numerous skills clinics for both mountain bike and cyclocross and made guest appearances across the country teaching cyclocross skills to beginners and experts alike.

When Sue is not coaching, she is playing in the snow, riding her bike, SUP-ing, taking her dog on adventures or hanging out with her husband at their house in Parkdale or adventuring elsewhere, experiencing #vanlife.

Steph Hoppe

Stephanie Hoppe

She Rides/She Shreds Team Coach/ Professional Ski Coach and Educator

.Originally from Corbett, Steph now resides with her family on their ranch in Hood River where they raise sheep and grow vegetables and flowers.

Steph is a professional educator sporting a Doctorate of Education from Oregon State University. Her her primary occupation is being the Foundation Executive Director at Columbia Gorge Community College. She also spends Winter months coaching ski racing with Mt. Hood Academy and Race Team.

On her free time, Steph loves mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking with friends and family.

Joe Pump Track

Joe Johnson

MTB Development Coach / Head CSAT Freeride Ski Coach

Matt Rutledge

Professional Mountain Bike Coach / Elementary Educator

Matt has been mountain biking in Post Canyon and The Gorge for nearly 17 years, chasing the incredible riding opportunities we enjoy here with students, friends, family, and by himself. As an outdoor/classroom educator and parent, he recognizes the profound impact outdoor and team activities can have on the social and personal development of youth, and loves connecting with his  students on local trails.  Matt’s family is deeply committed to CSAT with his wife, Justine, coaching during the ski season as well as sons Fin and Ivar participating in both the MTB and Alpine Ski programs.  Over the years, Matt has been a professional ski patroller, river guide, naturalist, and kayak instructor bringing years of personal and professional outdoor experience to the CSAT MTB program.  When not in the classroom or coaching, he spends quality time camping and traveling the west with his family.


Dan Baier

Professional Mountain Bike Coach / Elementary Educator
Dan was born in Wisconsin and grew up on a bike racing around the neighborhood or to get to baseball practice. He used bikes throughout his younger years for both enjoyment and as a mode of transportation to get anywhere. He moved to the PNW in 2002.
Dan loves riding bikes! Gravel riding, bikepacking, mountain biking and cyclocross, anything with two wheels. He races cyclocross with a local team in the fall, gravel rides or races in the spring and endurance MTBing in the summer. He has been known to enjoy long MTB or gravel rides ranging in distance from 50-100 miles or a 6, 12, 24 hour race solo or with some friends. Dan coaches all kinds of sports and a Speech Language Pathologist for the Hood River School District. He looks forward to sharing his coaching skills and riding passion to continue the progression of youth enthused about biking. 


Equipment Guide

The Bike

Fit

A proper fitting bicycle can make a huge difference in the success of a novice mountain bikers ability to learn the skills necessary to grow in the sport.

Wheel SizeAge Range
12″2 – 4
14″3 – 5
16″4 – 6
20″5 – 8
24″8 – 12
26″/27.5″12 +

Weight

Weight is an important consideration when choosing a kids bike. Lighter bikes are easier to maneuver and will help kids be more successful as they develop climbing skills.

Suspension

For development team riders new to mountain biking, front and rear suspension is not necessary. Many kids bike are built with inadequate suspension. As kids develop and ride more technical trails, having a bike with suspension becomes more important.

Brakes

One of the singe most important components to the bicycle. Kids bikes come with one of three different types of brake systems – coaster brakes, rim brakes, or disk brakes.

Coaster brakes are a braking system that utilized a hub that engages when pedaling forward, allows the pedals to not turn when not pedaling, and brakes the rear wheel when pedaling in reverse. We do not allow bikes with coaster brakes in CSAT’s programs. They present a huge safety concern because brake failure from a chain break or derailment can be catastrophic.

Rim brakes, and disk brakes are both acceptable in our youth MTB programs. Rim brakes stop the bike by squeezing the rim of the wheel. Disk brakes, which utilize a caliper squeezing a disc near the hub offers superior stopping power especially in the mucky conditions we find here at Post Canyon.

Brake levers often need to be adjusted for kids to improve their grip. The lever often be adjust easily bring the lever towards the bars by turning a screw. This allows for small hands to maintain control of the bike while operating brakes. This is especially important when descending.

Pre-ride Safety Check

Frequent safety checks are extremely important and are one of the first skills we teach our rider. At the beginning of the season, don’t be afraid to take that bike into one of our amazing Hood River bike shops to have it looked over.

Before every ride it’s important to check air pressure in the tires, the brake system, and the drivetrain to make sure the chain is shifting properly through the system. Lastly, we always check out the quick release skewer that secures the wheels to the bicycle.

Safety Equipment

Helmet

The most important thing to consider in a kids helmet is that it fits and is comfortable. Many helmets offer a ratcheting fit system to make a perfect fit and adjust with growth.

Full Face Helmets are required for our Enduro Team Riders. Look for a light weight helmet that fits well. Several models feature a removable chin guard that allow a little more versatility. Stay away from heavy motocross helmets.

Gloves

Protect those fingers from dirt, rocks, branches, and the elements. There are many brands that offer comfortable kids gloves that fit will.

Pads

Comfortable knee and/or elbow pads offer protection from falls.

Footwear

Post Canyon often gets slick with pebbles on packed soil. Closed-toed, flat soled shoes with adequate traction for trails should be worn. If you are looking for mountain bike specific shoes for kids, check out the
Five Ten Freerider shoe.

Hydration/gear Pack

A small kids specific pack is needed for Post Canyon adventures. Should be large enough to hold water, snacks, an extra layer, tools, spare tube, pads, and more snacks.

Our Trails

Post Canyon

Post Canyon is the Primary stomping grounds for our Hood River Spring and Fall After School Programs, our All-Day MTB Summer Camps, and the Enduro Team.

Post Canyon offers world class singletrack for all levels of riders and is the ideal location for teaching skills. Kids and adults just getting into mountain biking will find a large network of cross country style trails throughout the network. More advanced riders can find trails that will challenge the best of them.

Post Canyon on Trailforks.com


Hood River Pump Track

The Hood River Velosolutions Pumptrack is an asphalt track and was completed in the summer of 2018 as a community effort with Hood River Parks & Rec, HRATS, and dedicated members of the community. It’s located at the Golden Eagle Park, just South of the Hood River High School.

This pump track is a great place for CSAT riders to learn skills when trail conditions at Post Canyon are less than ideal.

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