FIRST SESSIONS WILL OCCUR ON THE WEEK OF FEBUARY 6th. (This is due to the rains of AKL Anniversary weekend.)

  • Objectives – Skill Learning
  • Age – Year 3 to Year 13
  • Location – Oropi MTB Park & Summerhill MTB Park
  • Time – Daylight hours after school

Our DirtSkill programme aims to give riders confidence, competence and understanding of a variety of skills required for healthy growth as a young mountain biker. Our sessions progress from riders as young as 7 through to our older groups for 17 and 18 year old’s.

This is our most popular programme with over 270 different kids involved in 2021 alone.

Groups are split by grading. Riders can obtain a grading at a grading day or from past participation with DirtCraft programmes.

Each rider receives a grading and then can select a group that equates to their skill level. We have grading evenings throughout the year. Please obtain a grading prior to registration.


  1. Rider is current Mountainbike Tauranga Club Member.
  2. Rider Year 3 to Year 13.
  3. New riders must attended an open day to obtain a grading for group placement.
  4. Rider able ride Grade 2 trails or higher.
  5. Rider has suitable equipment.

Term 1 Information

  • Monday sessions are 5.00 to 6.00pm at Summerhill.
  • All Tuesday and Wednesday sessions are 4.30 to 5.30pm, 5.30 to 6.30pm or 6.30 to 7.30pm at Oropi.
  • There will be 4 Thursday sessions each 2 hours and will sporadically throughout the term 1. This is due to travel commitments to events for coaches.
  • Term 1 will be an 8 week term starting on the 31st January and run until the end of term.
  • Each rider will have a grading according to our grading system. If you are unsure about your child’s grading, please contact tristanhride@gmail.com or attend a free grading day.