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2023 CMBR Kids Youth Mountain Bike Club

CMBR Kids 2019


CMBR Kids Youth MTB Club provides an introduction to basic mountain biking by teaching fundamental bike handling skills, building confidence on singletrack trails, and promoting a healthy lifestyle through mountain biking.

NEW THIS YEAR: CMBR Littles! 5-7 year olds are welcome to ride with us, but meet for a shorter time (7-7:45pm).  Kids will need a bike with hand brakes (no coaster/foot brakes) and must already be able to ride well on pavement and grass. Parents of 5-7 year olds need to remain at the park during the session, and are encouraged to ride with their child(ren).

WHO: Youth ages 5-15 (CMBR Littles ages 5-7)

WHERE: @ the Mirror Lake Singletrack Trails, Chugiak (Mirror Lake exit off the Glenn Hwy)

WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays

For 2023 we will meet June 20, (not 22), 27, 29 July (not 4), 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, August 1, 3.

TIME: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (CMBR Littles 7pm-7:45pm)

COST: $100 CMBR 2023 Family Membership + $50 each child

(Membership is automatically included on registration page)

How do I sign up? 


Teamsnap is our new registration system this year:

*Please note at the end of registration it is not necessary to Protect Your Investment.  We will of course work with you if you need to cancel your registration.

What is CMBR Kids Youth Mountain Bike Club?

CMBR Kids (Chugach Moutain Bike Riders) is a parent-led mountain bike club serving youths from 5-15 in Chugiak-Eagle River.  The club teaches on the 6 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails at Mirror Lake Park in Chugiak. We do not travel to other locations.

Now in our seventh year, our club typically hosts about 75 youth split into several groups.  We meet at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays late June through early August.

For the first 30 minutes or so we work on that evening’s mountain bike skill, and then break into small volunteer-coach-led groups to ride with other youth of a roughly similar skill level.  Within the groups, there will be some faster and some slower youth together: the focus is skills, not speed.  Over a 6-week period we work through a good overview of mountain bike fundamentals.

Our lead coaches are Level 1 certified through the Bike Instructor Certification Program (BICP).

We require all youth bikes to be professionally tuned up and safety checked (we offer this $50 safety check for free on June 20 at 7:00pm) and we require everyone to wear helmets.

Other local youth mountain bike programs include the Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers’ Sprockidz program in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, and Mighty Bikes in Anchorage.

Ben’s Bike Playground Shovel Party and BBQ

Bring your shovels and snowblowers! We’re going to be clearing off the pump track and jumps at Ben’s Bike Playground!

The Mirror Lake Middle School Mountain Bike Club needs a place to ride at the beginning of May, so we’re going to do the best we can to hurry up the melt by clearing the snow for them.

CMBR will have the BBQ going for you. Please sign the trail work waiver before your show up. Thanks!

CMBR is Growing!

Help us grow beyond Mirror Lake!

CMBR has grant funding for 2023, but needs your matching donations! Every dollar you donate turns into TEN dollars towards the trails and our MTB community. Our goal is to raise $40k.

Please renew your memberships, and don’t forget to PICK-CLICK-GIVE!

In addition to our regular Mirror Lake trail work, CMBR volunteers are now grooming Briggs Bridge and Lower Eagle River Trails in Chugach State Park! We are working with Parks and Rec to build new trails in Beach Lake Park this summer, and we have plans to continue trail improvements at the Mirror Lake Singletrack. Wow!

Your donations make this happen. Thank you.

Merry Masher 2022 Course Options

We are working on two options for the Mirror Lake Merry Masher.

First option is a snowmachine-groomed course, using multiuse trails and a loop on Edmonds Lake. This course will depend on how much overflow is on Edmonds:

Merry Masher 2022 Machine Groom Option here:

The second route is our more-traditional winter XC-style race on snowshoe and snowdog-packed singletrack. We’ll add in these sections if you all can get them packed down. Priority goes to Easy Peasy, Hot Tamale and Raven’s Ridge.

Merry Masher Singletrack Option here:

If it all comes togther we might be able to run both courses together on a longer loop. Our goal is a 6-mile short course and 12-mile long course.

Beach Lake Trail – Alternative I (revised)

Representatives from the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Rec Board of Supervisors, Chugach Mountain Bike Riders, and the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association stomped around the woods together on Sunday, Nov 20th, in an effort to better understand the needs, wants, and concerns of each user group.

Alternative I (revised), a “Single Bridge” on the portage trail between Beach Lake and the inlet was proposed. This alternative will solve the existing conflict between off-leash dogs and mushers on the Portage Trail (between Beach Lake and the Inlet,) and there will be no loss of mushing trail mileage. It will provide a direct ADA-accessible route to the inlet.

Each group will bring this back to their boards for discussion and further modifications may be made. We are hopeful that this alternative is one that can work for all the interested stakeholders.

Other alternatives may still be considered. Please email for more information.