Delayed Start

In light of the current case surge that we are experiencing with the new COVID variants, I’ve decided to hold off starting lessons for the moment.

Even with the mandatory mask and safety protocols in place, these variants are gaining the upper hand. So rather than take the risk, I’m going to hold off lessons until after I can receive my vaccine, and the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations start trending the other way.

Hopefully, this delay will not be for too long! Please be safe, and we will see you on the trails really soon.

Winter Season is here!

As many people know, I have now switched over from teaching mountain biking to ski lessons. I am a CSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor and teach all ages and abilities at Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver.

I will be back to teach mountain biking lessons again in April 2021 when the ski season is over.

In the meantime, I’m now booking ski lessons for the winter season. Check with me on dates and times first – then you can book the lesson through Grouse Mountain’s Guest Services.

Facebook Page Ski Instructor – Richard Harron

New for 2020 – Youth Lesson

Now that we are well into our BC Restart Phase 2 and have run a couple of sessions to ensure everything is working with our Restart Safety Plan, I’m pleased to announce that we are now able to offer Youth Private Lessons.

Based on our successful Mountain Biking Foundations series, our youth private lessons for children 8 years and older will provided one-to-one instruction tailored to your child’s riding abilities and goals.

For more details please check out our – Youth Private Lessons page.

COVID-19 Restart Safety Plan

We are just finalizing our COVID-19 restart plan. Our focus will be mainly on physical distancing (Elimination). Where that’s not possible additional safeguards will be in place.

As lessons are delivered outdoors, appropriate areas with space to maneuver the bikes that keep both the students and instructor safe will be selected.

Our instructor will carry hand-sanitizer and gloves to be used if they need to touch your bike or equipment.

Our instructor will carry a non-medical face mask to be used at any time when 2m physical distancing is not possible, such as in a first aid situation, etc.

Students will be requested to bring their own hand-sanitizer and non-medical face mask to each lesson.

All students (or their guardians) will be asked to self-monitor their own health and inform us when and as needed.

We will be requesting that students NOT ATTEND a lesson if they feel ill or have COVID-19 symptoms, with any coughing or sneezing no matter how minor or have been in contact with a sick person within the last 14 days.

We will continue to follow closely the orders and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC and will adjust our operations, if needed, as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

WorkSafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plan

Looking into Phase 2

BC’s Restart Plan

As we begin the slow journey to opening up the BC economy we are looking at what steps we’ll need to have in place in order to provide one-on-one private lessons starting in late May or early June. Recreation/sports are able to re-open in Phase 2 under enhanced protocols after the May long weekend. More to come in the coming days.

Last Group Ride for the year!

Another 20 riders out to brave the wet coast weather.

We bundled up and got the rain gear out for one last TORCA Beginner group ride at Bert Flinn on Saturday, November 23rd. We had a mix of new regulars, some old regulars from years past, as well as, some new faces.

This will likely be the last group ride we’ll lead this year but look forward to perhaps making these a regular event in the New Year.

If you had the chance to join us on one of our group rides or would be interested in coming out to one, if they start up again, in the new year – leave a comment below.

A little rain won’t stop this Group

TORCA Beginner Group – Burke Mountain

We had an awesome turn out on Saturday, Nov. 09th on Burke Mountain. We were able to split the group into a beginner and a beginnermedite. Mix of trails gave everyone the chance to ride on some wet trails and to challenge their riding skills.

This was to be the last of our little mini-series but we’ve decided to do an encore! There is going to be another ride back at Bert Flinn on Saturday, Nov. 23rd at 10:00 am.

It is a free event. All you have to do is fill out a waiver for TORCA if you plan to attend. If you have already filled one out – no need to fill out another one.

You can find more information about these rides at the links below: 
Beginner Group Ride – Bert Flinn Park

Hope to see you there!