What You'll Get
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Successful and legal operation of most wheeled vehicles (cars, trucks, Canadian horses) involves rigorous instruction, completion of tests, and licenses. Bypass vehicular hurdles by biking with today’s side deal: $40 gets you five hours of expert biking instruction from Adventure Out, an $85 value.
Unlike our feature deal, this Groupon doesn't include bike and helmet rental. Bring your own bike or rent from AO ($35 for bikes, $5 for helmet). The course is a combination of classroom instruction and trail-blazing exploration. After learning all the essentials (gear shifting, trail etiquette, proper alignment), you’ll put your skills to use on a six- to eight-mile ride through gorgeous Marin County or the Santa Cruz mountain trails. With 15 years of experience, AO's expert guides are far more equipped to train you than the father who taught you how to ride by using a fishing pole to dangle a pot of Earl Grey tea in front of you.
If you’re bored with your gym routine, mountain biking is a great way to stay in shape—a 130-pound woman burns about 3.9 calories per pound per hour. Taking this course will teach you vital tips to ensure your safety as you cycle to Fitnessland.
Adventure Out will teach men, women, and kids of all ages, making this a perfect family outing. The clinic is offered year-round. Consult the activity calendar to find your ideal session.
Note: After purchasing today's side deal, you must wait until noon tomorrow before registering.
There aren’t any user reviews for AO's mountain-biking course online, but Adventure Out sent us these testimonials:
- I wanted to let you know how much fun we had at the mountain biking class last Friday!! Shawn was great!! He took is time with us, was fun, a great teacher, connected with us and was very professionally competent. We really appreciated Shawn, you and adventure out. Thank you so much for what you do! – Lisa R.
- I wanted to write to let you know how pleased I was with the instructor, Shawn, who taught the Mtn Bikiing [sic] course on 5/17/2009. I thought he was very knowledgeable, helpful, patient and friendly. After finishing the course, I was confident enough to ride on my own on some pretty difficult trails – which I did the following weekend. The following weekend when I rode on my own I ran into Shawn again. During that encounter, Shawn was very friendly and helpful – gave a little advice and double checked my setup for me. I just wanted to say thanks again and keep up the good work! I would recommend this instructor and class to anyone interested in advancing their skills. – Michael R.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Bike and helmet rental not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Adventure Out
When Cliff Hodges, the founder and CEO of Adventure Out, graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, he knew a traditional desk job wasn't for him. According to Technology Review, he quickly gave up his engineering career for the wireless world of the great outdoors, where he began to hike, climb, and surf his way around the world, always staying true to his philosophy of environmental respect and protection.
His travels and business accomplishments have gained some measure of notoriety: he's coached on MTV's Made, consulted for ABC News, and was selected as one of four winners of the 2011 Santa Cruz County Civic Service Award: The Nextie. Adventure Out was also identified for meeting survival-skills training standards by New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Chef.
Today, he leads excursions into the California wilderness to teach backpacking and survival skills, including the tracking of animals and wild ice-cream trucks, and they also guide novices through surfing, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking sojourns. Through fundraising, Adventure Out has helped save Castle Rock State Park from closure and a portion of their proceeds is put directly back into the park.