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Killington debuts new Learn to Ride program

KILLINGTON - If you've been to K1 this summer, you've probably seen them: they look like medieval warriors going to battle, fully covered with protective gear, and always smiling from the adrenaline rush they just enjoyed speeding down the mountain trails.
It's easy to be jealous of the fun they are clearly having. But it's also a intimidating.
Perhaps recognizing this obstacle for beginner/intermediate riders, Killington Mountain Bike Park is now offering an all new Learn to Ride program.
"Our trail crew has been working non-stop this summer creating flowing single track for our new school riders, as well as a brand new skills area for our Learn to Ride program," said Ben Colona, mountain bike shop manager.
The Learn to Ride program is designed for first-timers looking for an introduction to the exciting world mountain biking. The program features two hours of instruction from an experienced, knowledgeable instructor certified by International Mountain Bicycling Association plus rental of all the gear (includes a performance mountain bike from Kona, protective gear and a helmet) and offers lower mountain trail access.
During the two hour session, certified instructors will teach participants how to use the bike park and provide you with knowledge of bike control, braking and cornering techniques on Killington's easy and more difficult lower mountain trails.
"We are extremely excited to offer IMBA-certified instruction here at Killington Resort. We have great staff in place who are eager to get out there and bring new riders into the sport," said Colona.
For those who are (or become) comfortable riding the trails, Killington has 45 miles of mountain bike trails for riders to explore, and a large selection of the latest full-suspension mountain bikes to rent.
The Learn to Ride program is offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Reservations are recommended, call 1-800-621-MTNS.
For more info visit www.killington.com/summer/mountain_bike

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Ben Colona, mountain bike shop manager