Mountain Biking Program

The St John’s Grammar Mountain Biking Program is about to get underway. This year riding will be in Weeks 1-6 in Term 2 and Weeks 1-6 in Term 4. We are trying to avoid the wet and cold weather than caused a few cancellations last year. The program will continue to feature three grades (Kestrels, Kites and Eagles) subject to numbers. There will be an emphasis on developing practical bike handling skills, basic to advanced race techniques.

Students in Years 3 and above will be eligible to participate and will need to nominate which group they wish to join. The program will be led by our own Mountain Bike Coaches: Talia Simpson, Anook Simpson, Jess Williams (Term 4) and Richard Anderson. Other staff who are keen MTB riders will join the squad for some rides

The Program will utilise local trails in Belair National Park and also in Craigburn Farm. The first three rides in Term 2 will be at the Belair NP. Parents also very welcome to join the action each week.

The Kestrels will be run similar to a Come and Try program, with new riders combined with students who need to build confidence, sticking to straightforward trails, and will be coached by Richard Anderson.

The Kites are an emerging/intermediate riding group, coached by Anook Simpson, and will spend most of their time on intermediate trails and building key skills.

The Eagles will tackle a range of trails, with a particular focus on developing ‘advanced level’ skills and preparing for competition, and will be coached by Talia Simpson.

General details

  • 12 Training sessions on Friday evenings – from 4 to 5.15pm
  • Sessions will run Term 2 (Week 1 – 6) and Term 4 (Week 1 – 6)
  • Available to students in Years 3 and above, with parents also welcome to join
  • All participants must be able to ride on two wheels confidently
  • Information sessions will be held via Zoom for parents and riders, with further details provided following registration


There will be no charge for participants, however registrations are essential.


Students will need to provide their own equipment, including an appropriate bike, helmet, safety gear and clothing. All must be in good working order.

Registration Form

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