Welcome to Dirt School!
In Dirt School students will learn basic mountain bike skills, trail safety and etiquette. Skills covered include body position, braking, shifting, climbing, bike/body separation, and much more. We will cover the fundamentals of mountain biking, practice those skills in an open field and then put those skills to the test on a guided trail ride. Functional mountain bike, helmet and closed toed shoes are required.
Your $25 fee goes straight back to COMBO to maintain and build new trails in Central Ohio. The Instructors are all volunteers. If you are unable to pay for Dirt School, COMBO can waive the fee.
Stay tuned for 2019 Dirt School Updates and Dates!
Meet our Lead Instructors
Heidi Coulter is a mother of three that fell in love with mountain biking over 14 years ago. She has been playing in the woods and racing ever since. She learned the hard way by hitting countless trees and falling off almost every bridge at a local trail. She is no stranger to the podium and has no shame when she comes in last! This year she is taking on endurance 100 mile mountain bike racing that will take her from Ohio to Utah, Tennessee, Oregon and Michigan! She loves sharing her excitement of mountain biking with anyone that is willing to listen. She has a wealth of knowledge of what and what not to do in mountain biking and racing. She is the President of COMBO, Lead Instructor for Dirt School and is an IMBA-Certified Level 1 Skills Instructor.
Meredith Erlewine has been hooked on bikes since 1991. In addition to being a writer/editor and mother of Kate, 8 years, she and her husband own Athens Bicycle in Athens, Ohio. She is an experienced road cyclist and mountain biker, and has competed in mountain bike races at the expert level since 1999. She has stood atop the podium at West Virginia's Wild 100, 24 Hours of Big Bear and 24 Hours of Snowshoe, and is a past winner of the WVMBA Ultra Series. Meredith loves to help people discover what they are capable of doing with their minds, bodies and bicycles. She has been leading mountain bike tours and teaching mountain bike clinics since 2002, and is an IMBA-Certified Level 2 Skills Instructor.
Rick Armstrong has been in and out of the saddle of his mountain bike all over the midwest for over 20 years. A physical education teacher in Worthington, being able to teach skills through drills is a passion of Rick’s. The creator of a Gators Bike Park , a small mountain bike loop designed for introducing youth and their families to mountain biking . He enjoys working with young beginners and helping them hone their biking skills. He runs mini mountain bike skills clinics during the school year for the students he teaches, along with providing them a week-long Riding Recess program. This in-school program helps new riders learn the fundamentals of mountain biking and the art of overcoming trail features through practice sessions and drills, followed by students getting to test their newly gained skills in the GBPark. Rick is an IMBA-Certified Level 1 skills Instructor
Jeff Stevenson is a passionate about mountain biking skills education. He has many years under his belt mountain biking, trail building and instructing. If he's not riding or instructing, you can find him working at the Gnomewood Skills Park across from Alum Creek Phase 1. He is a certified level 2 ICP instructor, and is ready and committed to help you become the best rider you can be!