Bike

Bike

At NORTHSTAR we use a beginner curriculum which is based upon the International Mountain Bike Instructor Course (IMIC). It’s designed for those who have never ridden a mountain bike and want to start mountain biking and those who have mountain bikes but have not had a chance to ride trails. The 1 hour course covers basic techniques of riding on the trail such as: how to break, shift, understand correct balance and other needed skills. This will allow you to enjoy a genuine mountain biking experience in a safe manner.

Mountain Bike

  • Mountain Bike Fun Ride(90 min)• R0 ~ R1

    Skill-Levels-Beginner  Skill-Levels-Kids Skill-Levels-Family
    Strength Level: ★☆☆☆☆ | Skill Level: ★☆☆☆☆
    A fun and easy introduction to riding a mountain bike on cycling roads and easy terrain.

  • Beginner Mountain Bike Lesson(Half Day)• R1 ~ R2

    Skill-Levels-Beginner2
    Strength Level: ★★☆☆☆ | Skill Level: ★★☆☆☆
    A fun mountain bike introduction and skills lesson to get you safely out and riding on some great trails in Norikura Kogen.

  • Guided Mountain Bike Tours(Half Day or Full Day)• R3 ~ 4

    Skill-Levels-Intermediate Skill-Levels-Experienced Skill-Levels-Advanced
    Strength Level: ★★☆☆☆ | Skill Level: ★★★☆☆
    Our guided tours will take you through beautiful Norikura Kogen on intermediate to advanced level trails that flow through birch and evergreen forests.

About the trails

Trails in Norikura Kogen are mostly single track but do also include double track and paved cycling roads. There are trails that offer an enjoyable ride for beginners and more challenging terrain for the advanced rider.

*To provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all mountain bikers trails in Norikura Kogen are accessible only with a guide.

Season (May – October)

As the snow melts in May some trails in the lower areas of Norikura Kogen become accessible but the main Mountain Bike season is from June to October.

Mountain Bike Riding Level

In order to help get you into the best activity we use a riding level to assess your experience, please see the list below and find where you fit best.

R0 – Beginner Cyclist

Rider: I want to become more confident on a bicycle.

Other Cycling Experience: Some experience riding a bike. Type of bike – Urban / Road

Skills: ☆☆☆☆☆

Some balance and control on a bike.

Benefits of a lesson or tour: You will learn basic cycling skills such as balance, braking and shifting that you need to ride a bicycle comfortably and confidently. Your guide will choose courses appropriate for your skill, speed, rest points and offer immediate feedback in order to maximize your learning experience.

Strength: ★☆☆☆☆

Some strength and coordination on a bike.

R1 – Beginner Mountain Biker

Rider: I want to try mountain biking.

Other Cycling Experience: Some experience on city streets and paved bike paths. Little or no experience riding a mountain bike. Type of bike – Urban / Road

Skills: ★☆☆☆☆

Average balance and control on a bike. Can use hand brakes.

Strength: ★★☆☆☆

Basic strength and coordination on a bike. Can walk and carry on a conversation for 10 minutes.

Benefits of a lesson or tour: You will learn basic skills of mountain biking such as braking and cornering that you need to ride trails comfortably and confidently. Your guide will choose courses and trails appropriate for your skill, speed, rest points and offer immediate feedback in order to maximize your learning experience.

R2 – Intermediate Mountain Biker

Skill-Levels-Intermediate

Rider: I want to improve my basic mountain biking skills to a higher level and enjoy riding more difficult trails.

Other Cycling Experience: Experienced on city streets, paved bike paths and single/double track trails. Experienced riding a mountain bike on and off-road. Type of bike – Mountain Bike / Urban / Road

Skills: ★★☆☆☆

Good balance and control on a mountain bike. Can use both hand brakes to maintain speed and control on moderate single track terrain. Can use shifters to select appropriate gears for climbing and descending.

Strength: ★★★☆☆

Good strength and coordination on a mountain bike. Can jog and carry on a conversation for 10 minutes.

Benefits of a lesson or tour: You will learn the additional skills you need to ride more difficult trails. Your guide will choose trails appropriate for your skill, speed, rest points and offer immediate feedback in order to maximize your learning experience.

R3 – Experienced Mountain Biker

Skill-Levels-Experienced

Rider: I want to progress my intermediate mountain biking skills to a higher level and enjoy riding more difficult trails.

Other Cycling Experience: Experienced on single/double track trails and confident on a variety of terrain including rocks, roots, small drops (10-30cm). Type of bike – Mountain Bike / Urban / Road

Skills: ★☆☆

Excellent balance and control on a mountain bike. Can use both hand brakes well to maintain speed and control without skidding. Can use shifters well to select appropriate gears for climbing and descending.

Strength: ★★★★☆

Excellent strength and coordination on a mountain bike. Can jog and carry on a conversation easily for 15 minutes.

Benefits of taking a program: Maximize learning time while learning the skills needed to negotiate larger drops and jumps. Maximize your learning experience by letting your guide make appropriate trail, terrain, speed and rest break decisions.

R4 – Advanced Mountain Biker

Skill-Levels-Advanced

Rider:

I want to progress my experienced mountain biking skills to a higher level and enjoy riding more difficult trails.

Other Cycling Experience: 

Experienced on city streets, paved bike paths and single/double track trails. Some experience riding a mountain bike on and off-road. Type of bike – Mountain Bike / Urban / Road

Skills: ★★★★☆ 

Excellent balance and control on a mountain bike. Can use both hand brakes well to maintain speed and control without skidding. Can use shifters well to select appropriate gears for climbing and descending.

Strength: ★★★★☆

Excellent strength and coordination on a bike. Can jog and carry on a conversation easily for 15 minutes.

Rental Mountain Bikes

For information about our rental mountain bikes please click here.

Road Bike

For information about the Norikura Century Charity Ride please click here.

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