Provider: North Bend State Park

(Event ID: 1134)

Introduction to Adventure - Mountain Biking and Kayaking at North Bend State Park

Meet at North Bend State Park's Lodge

Take a biking class on the North Bend Rail Trail, a mountain bike class on the single-track and a kayaking class on the lake

Type of Event


Handicap Accessibility

Not well-suited for special needs participants


Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register for the weekend, participants can call North Bend State Park at 304.643.2931 or 1.800.CALL.WVA. You can also visit the North Bend’s website at

Saturday, August 03, 2013 09:00 AM

Duration: 30.0 hours

Classes start at 9 a.m. on August 3rd and run until August 4th at 3 p.m. Class schedule is as follows:

Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Introduction to Cycling

Saturday 2:30 p.m.: Introduction to Mountain Biking, skills development on skills course

Saturday 6 p.m. - dark: Introduction to kayaking. One hour of instruction and remainder time for paddling

Sunday 9 a.m. - noon: Mountain biking trail ride with instruction or self-guided kayak trip

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Introduction to Trail Building or self-guided kayak trip.


All classes meet at lodge


$50 for all classes, $30 for biking classes only or $20 for kayaking. Students must provide their own bicycles. Kayaks are provided if needed.


All are welcome and encouraged to attend

Course Description

Class 1: Intro to biking Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Join instructor, Kim Coram and learn how to get started in biking. Not sure how to use your bicycle gears? Know if your bike is safe to ride? Does your bike fit? This 4 hour session will teach the basics, fit your bike to you, take you through a basic tune-up and then off to Rails to Trails to ride and learn to use your gears, set your cadence, apply brakes properly and enjoy a great trail. This class will last 4 hours.

Class 2: Intro to mountain biking skills Saturday: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Join instructor, Kim Coram and learn how to get started in mountain biking. This class is for those who are interested in learning to mountain bike. Using the curriculum of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, students will learn the basics of mountain biking to include drills for "heavy feet, light hands", learning the "attack position" maneuvering over obstacles, weight distribution and so much more. This class will be conducted in a field with "drill stations" for skills development. This class will last 2.5 hours.

Class 3: Introduction to kayaking: 6:00 pm to dark

Join instructor, Kim Coram and learn the basics of kayaking on North Bend's lake. Equipment is provided if needed. The instruction will last an hour and students will then practice on their own until dark. A great way to wrap up a day of adventure.

Class 4: Beginning mountain bike skills on the trail Sunday: 9:00am – 12:00 noon

Join instructor, Kim Coram and learn how to get started in mountain biking. This class is for those who are interested in putting the drills learned in Class 2 into action. Using the curriculum of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, students will develop skills while riding singletrack mountain bike trails at the park. Students will ride the trails and stop to practice skills at designated locations. The class will last 3 hours.

Class 5: Self-guided kayak trip. Can be taken instead of morning or afternoon biking class.

Class 6: Introduction to trail building Sunday: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Where would we be without trails? Most of WV's systems exist because of volunteer labor. We will, as a gift to the park, develop a section of mountain bike trail. The basic engineering of trail development will be taught. The class will last 1 hour.

theopam's North Bend State Park album on Photobucket
Other Info

Instructor: Kim Coram

Kim has been teaching outdoor recreation for over 15 years. Selected as one of WV's top executives for her work in the field, Kim brings a wealth of knowledge, a variety of experience and a love for teaching. Kim is a member of the International Mountain Bike Association's Regional Leadership Advisory Council, served as the Vice-President of the WV Mountain Bike Association, mountain bike representative on the Parkerburg Bicycle Advisory Board and currently working with WV Schools to bring mountain biking into physical education curriculum along with mountain bike racing clubs into schools.

Kim was co-founder of Adventure Pursuit, a non-profit kayaking club. She developed and taught kayak classes for a decade. Kim retired at the age of 42 and since has worked in the bicycle industry "for fun" to include selling and repairing bicycles at a local shop for a couple of years. Kim advocates nationally and locally for cycling, both for transportation and recreation. Kim is co-owner of magazine and reports on a variety of recreational opportunities. She is also a Councilwoman for the City of Parkersburg, WV and represents the 4th District.


Bring your own

  • Kimberly Coram

  • Kenneth Zebo

    Phone: 304.643.2931