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Junior Weekly Hit Out Squad- Term 3 2020
The Junior Weekly Hit Out (JWHO) sessions have been created for junior riders to ride together with other junior riders of similar capability under the guidance of experienced coaches on a weekly basis.
The target age group is 12-17 year olds however it is rider skill and speed on the trails we are trying to match within the group to provide all participants with a positive experience.
Where and when are the sessions?
Based on the positive feedback (from both parents and juniors) of previous terms, we will continue to mix up the locations this term and they will be as per the schedule below. The parents of past Junior hitout participants have found it a great way to get some trail time themselves! We take the kids whilst the parents head their own way (which for some is to a local coffee shop also :). Reminder emails will be sent each week that a session is on with further details of where to meet etc (however we recommend you put the below into your diary in advance).
Session 1 - 19/7 7:00am - 9:00am - Underwood Park (Top Oval MTB Skills Park, Underwood Park, Priestdale)
Session 2 - 26/7 8:00am - 10:30am - Nerang Trails, Hope St Nerang.
Session 3 - 2/8 7:00am - 9:00am - Daisy Hill Forest North.
Note 9/8 is the Ekka long weekend. (Friday 7/8 is the Public Holiday)- No squad this weekend.
Session 4 - 16/8 7:00am - 9:00am - Scribbly Gum - (Redlands) Alexandra Hills.
Session 5 - 23/8 7:00am - 9:00am - Bayview (German Church Rd Carpark, Bayview Conservation Park, Mt Cotton)
Session 6 - 30/8 7:00am - 9:00am - Gap Creek, Gap Creek Road.
Session 7 - 6/9 7:15am - 9:15am - Hiddenvale (Hiddenvale Adventure Park, Mt Mort Rd, Grandchester)- Note The Epic is on 20/9 so this is a great course preview day for those thinking of racing in it this year.
What is the session content?
The sessions will be broken up into skills and fitness development with session 1 being formal skills coaching session for all new participants in the group. Fitness is driven through trail riding with a focus on locations that allow the participant's variety each session and the ability to apply the skills taught .
We find that good friendships form in the sessions and aid in the motivation to want to ride in the group each week. We place the juniors into groups of similar speed on the trails so motivation is also there to move up within the groups should they develop skills and fitness at a faster rate than others.
New members to the term's coaching will be assessed in their first session to ensure their speed and capability on the trail is compatible with one of the groups. This is in the best interest of everyone to ensure we don't put the new junior rider at risk of an incident from riding a trail that is beyond their capability and to ensure their speed is compatible with the group. New riders found to be unsuitable for this group can either be moved to the Shredders sessions or have the balance of prepaid sessions refunded. More details in relation to these options are available upon request.
Who are the Coaches?
The Coaches for this course will be the "The Marks" and Nina from Mountain Bike Coaching Brisbane. All very are experienced coaches and racers frequently seen both in the pits assisting riders and on the podiums at events ranging from the local level through to National rounds.
All Coaches are MTBA NCAS qualified and have delivered programs such as SheRides for Cycling Australia, the Junior Development Squad for MTBA and coached at the winning school for the MTBA National Schools Championships in 2018-19. They have also held positions including National Coach for the Australian Team's assault on the CX World Championships each year since 2017.
All Coaches hold blue cards, first aid qualifications and are experienced in Junior Coaching.
We invite you to read the reviews and watch the videos on our Facebook page from previous participants.
When can I book?
The Sessions registration is available now. Places for the sessions are limited based on the coach to athlete ratios. Registration is for the full term.
Where to meet on the day?
An email will be sent out with the exact meeting location in the days prior to each session however Session 1 will be at the Mountain Bike Skills Park of Underwood Park, off Underwood Road Priestdale. Subsequent weeks will be advised at by email with more detail prior to each session.
What to bring to the event?
Each week you will need the following:
A well-maintained MTB with working brakes
Water in a bottle on the bike or in a camelback
Spares and tools to change a tube on the trails.
A small amount of food (e.g. muesli bar) to top up energy levels mid-session.
Closed in shoes
Australian Standard Helmet that is well fitted
Any Medication (e.g. Ventolin or Epipen)
A thirst for Fun
Before the 2hr coaching session, it is critical that the juniors riders have good breakfast and plan to refuel your body during the session. Please do not allow your child to participate in a session if they have been sick in the days leading up to the session. These sessions can be draining on a body that is trying to recover from a recent illness.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we will have a list of all registered and paid participants on the day.
Wet Weather Policy
Should the weather play a factor in a specific session we will be in touch with as much notice as possible to cancel the session. We try to run sessions where possible however we are not willing to damage wet trails. Due to the course running for the full term length, no makeup session will be provided should weather come into play.
What is your refund policy?
Sorry, no refunds are available for this event.