Gravity Development Squad coaching program: July 2022 – holiday camps, air bag sessions and Term three sign-ups.

Kids Mountain Bike Coaching and Progression

Exciting times coming up for all riders with a huge range of new offerings coming up from Gravity during the school holidays and term three, grab a coffee and have a read below, keep scrolling to the very end!:


1. School Holiday Advanced DH Camps with Kieran Bennett (Santa Cruz rider)
2. Gravity Day Care sessions this school holidays:
3. Term THREE 2022 Gravity Development Squad coaching bookings are now open, get in quick!

1. School Holiday Advanced DH Camps with Kieran Bennett (Santa Cruz rider):

NZ Dh legend Kieran Bennett has agreed to help Gravity Nelson out this school holidays as part of what we hope will be a long term partnership to offer DH camps for advanced riders.

Kieran has spent most of his life on two wheels starting out on motorbikes and bmx’s before finding a passion for mountain biking, mostly of the downhill variety. This eventually led to several years racing in Europe and the USA on the World Cup downhill circuit.
His impressive CV includes 2012 NZ #4, 2008 Oceania Champion, 2x US National DH Round Wins, 2007 NZ National Champion, 2006 NZ #3, 2005 NZ Junior National Champion.
These days he resides in Nelson with his wife and two boys, while working in the bike industry and still racing Enduro and downhill races throughout New Zealand. 

One session each week of the school holidays, with an alternate if the weather doesn’t work, so:

Basic format:

9am meet at Gravity, shuttle to top of hill.  Initial bike set-up check, then “guided/coached” track session with bikes, lead by KB, repeating lines, looking at technique etc.

One of the gravity coaches would go for H&S, first aid, kid control, photos and video etc

Lunch at the bottom at 12:30.

Multiple shuttle runs on the track in the afternoon (with KB and a Gravity coach).

Finish around 4pm.

DH Racing Camps

Session one: Monday 11th of July ALTERNATE Friday 15th of July – PINELINE (pineline DH race is on the 17th of July, so perfect).

Session two: Monday 18th of July ALTERNATE Friday 22nd of July. – FRINGE DH (Sharlands is probably still closed at this stage but FDH will be raced later in the year.).

Minimum 4 kids needed to make it happen, spaces strictly limited!

Cost is $220/day

Riders must be comfortable getting safely down Nelson DH tracks like Kaka, Broken Axe, Fringe DH etc.  These days are aimed at improving your speed, safety, and technique on these kinds of highly committing tracks.

Parents must personally phone Alistair (027 2255117) for sign-off on their kids joining the course.

2. Gravity Day Care sessions this school holidays:

Our WORLD FAMOUS Gravity Day Care Sessions are on again this school holidays, suitable for kids of all ages who want to improve their skills in a fun environment at Gravity’s  Field of Dreams and featuring the Gravity Air Bag Experience, for safer progression of skills, confidence, technique and tricks.

You can see some previous videos of Gravity Day Care sessions in action here:

Note for these winter holidays sessions will run from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday 12 July:

Tuesday 19 July:

Pricing is $100 for the full day, or if your child has already attended 3+ sessions contact us directly for a discount code.  This includes coaches, snacks and lunch.

Kids Mountain Bike Coaching and Progression

Fun kids mountain bike coaching at Gravity’s Field of Dreams.

Kids Mountain Bike Coaching and Progression

Flying High doing tricks on the Gravity Air Bag

3. Term THREE 2022 Gravity Development Squad coaching bookings are now open, get in quick!

please take the time TODAY to enroll your child in this term’s coaching program so we can form groups.

Please use this link below as a sign up form for Gravity Development Squad for TERM THREE 2022.

(Please note the date on the booking form is just a placeholder, groups and sessions still need to be determined, Term Three 2022 Coaching would start week beginning August 1st ie the second week of term.).

Our groups are geared towards building on skills gained from Krankin Kids, all the way through to expert Grade 6 riders, we have students ranging in age from 8-17, so if you feel like they would like to level up then we are the crew for you.

In Term Three 2022 we hope to build further on the progress made so far with the aim of preparing for the upcoming Winter DH series, and the Super D series (which always starts with some easier courses), as well as the rumoured Bleinheim based Top of the South XC and Enduro event, plus of course building some fitness for the Coppermine race on September 25th (

Although the shortest day has passed, things still get dark early, weekday sessions will need to be reserved for kids with mountain bike specific night lights (please include in your booking any details you have on the nightlights you have, or if you are interested in purchasing some Gloworm lights through us), and weekends will be for everyone else.

Please use the following link to book your child into Term Three 2022 and use the various options, and comments boxes to help us slot them into the correct groups.  Note: days/dates/groups are not yet determined.

GDS costs $320/term for 8-10 2 hours sessions ($320 if you pay in the shop, or a few bucks less if you use the online booking link). We plan to do weekend sessions for the little ones, and 4-6pm weekdays for the intermediate and Advanced groups. The scheduling is not certain as of yet.

In the booking form please provide:
– Name, Date of Birth, Gender.
– Emergency contact name, phone number and email.
– Term One 2022 group they were in, any friends they simply “must” be with, plus
– Roughly how many terms or years of Gravity they have done and any Krankin Kids

Term Three 2022
– Weekday slots that could work (please write NONE if you prefer weekends) and what night lights you have, or if you need them.
 – Weekend slots that could work (Saturday 10-12, Saturday 2-4, Sunday 10-12, Sunday 2-4)

If they are brand new to the Gravity coaching program, please let us know where they currently like to ride, which tracks they feel comfortable with (i.e tracks in Codgers, Sharlands etc.)? This just helps us figure out what groups to put them in.

We can do a private coaching assessment session with kids new to the program who are unsure of where they would slot in skill wise.  This session would be $199 for 1-2 ppl. It is a private session where they work one on one with a coach to assess their current skill level as well as give them some personal coaching time to work on building those skills.

To thank all parents and families for supporting the Gravity coaching program we have a number of benefits to all families who are enrolled during a term.

Gravity Development Squad Family Discounts: When you sign your kid up, your family receives Special discounts on Parts, Accessories, Workshop services and private coaching sessions for that term. A whopping 15% off!  That’s right! 15% off!

Introduce a friend to the Gravity development Squad: Send us an email or phone number of a friend who might want to sign up their kids to the coaching program (who has never been coached by us before) and earn a $20 in shop credit when they sign-up.

Kids Mountain Bike Coaching and Progression

Group mountain bike coaching with Expert Coaches.

Kids Mountain Bike Coaching and Progression

Group mountain bike coaching with Expert Coaches.