4th/5th Grade (Jr. Vultures)
DEVO offers two options for 4th/5th Grade riders:
*Important Note: Both options are focused on FUN! Please sign up your rider for the class that most adequately describes their CURRENT skill level. Some riders will benefit from multiple semesters in the skills group, while some will progress to the trails group. Some riders may not want to tackle the climbs that the trails group completes, even if they have the skill. To keep your child stoked on riding bikes, carefully consider the ramifications of putting them in a group too hard for them.
The Skills Group is the group for riders new to DEVO, where focus will be on developing skills required to ride trails safely and confidently. Some of these skills include standing while riding, pumping, cornering, trail scanning, braking, trail etiquette, and climbing/shifting. Some riders will benefit from multiple skills group sessions – those who don’t ride as much outside of DEVO, those who don’t enjoy climbing, and those who have a solid peer network in the skills group would all be examples of riders who would benefit from this choice. It is also an appropriate choice if there is no room in the trails group.
The Trails Group focuses a bit more on trail riding than skills then the Skills Group. One semester of skills group AND, starting in Fall 2023, a recommendation from their coach from the previous semester is required for the trails group. It is the next progression once the rider is confidently and safely riding singletrack trails by exhibiting skills such as standing when riding, level pedals, confident braking/stopping with both brakes, and fully riding BTI and Jabberwocky without walking any parts. Skills will still be a big part of this class, but focus will be on slightly longer rides and more climbing than the skills group. Some of these skills include standing while riding, pumping, cornering, trail scanning, braking, trail etiquette, and climbing/shifting. Introducing jumps, drops, and roll downs will also be included.
All 5th grade riders in both groups will be invited to participate in our Rogue Composite Vultures team, either as a team rider, or through the Fall Ospreys program which exposes them to the team, but without the commitment the team requires.