Get out your calendars ladies; it’s time to schedule a mountain bike camp for this summer or fall. And you’re in luck, because there are plenty of options to choose from. With more and more women flocking to the sport, the number of female-only skills-building and coaching clinics has grown. From jump-practice at Whistler bike park to post-ride yoga in Costa Rica, here are 10 of the best women’s mountain bike camps for your 2017 bucket list. Whatever your skill-level or budget or location, there is a camp for you.
Locations: Fruita, CO and Moab, UT
If you’ve been involved in mountain biking for long, you’ve probably already heard of BetterRide. Founder Gene Hamilton is known as the person to get coached by, and has provided instruction for pros like Susan Haywood. Over the course of three days riders will learn correct body position, advanced cornering technique, and proper bike setup.
Girlz Gone Riding Rocktober
Location: Southern California
The Girlz Gone Riding Rocktober event is open both to the club’s members and guests, and is a full-day of skills clinics, guided rides, and bike demos. Coaches include the likes of Leigh Donovan (from I Choose Bikes). If you live in Southern California, don’t miss this free event.
I Choose Bikes
Locations: Across the U.S.
Cost: FREE to $125
Professional cyclist Leigh Donovan teams with organizations like Liv Cycling and Dirt Rag to offer women’s mountain bike clinics at events across the country. Her Santa Cruz clinic in July offers two days of both skills development and on-the-trail riding.
Keen Rippin Chix
Locations: Western U.S. (mostly Colorado)
Cost: $100 to $125
Most of these camps are short (3 hours), sweet, and super-helpful. Classes are kept small with a 6:1 ratio, and are offered in conjunction with a variety of events across the U.S.—including the Carson City Off-Road, Crested Butte Bike Week, and Palisade Pedal and Paddle.
Liv Ladies AllRide
Locations: Multiple offerings across the U.S. including Grand Targhee, WY. and Brevard, NC
Led by professional mountain biker Lindsey Richter, the Liv Ladies AllRide camps provide a full weekend of fun. Starting on Friday and ending on Sunday afternoon, riders will get an education in mountain bike skills, bike maintenance, nutrition, and trail side emergencies. The 2017 clinics are already sold out, but you can still get on the wait-list.
Locations: Multiple including Whitefish, MT and Oakridge, OR
Roam Retreats provide a weekend getaway for mountain biking ladies. While not technically a “skills” camp, these weekend excursions are sure to make you a better rider. Expect to make new friends, drink plenty of booze, and shred lots of trail.
Cost: $1,395 to $3,395
Sacred Rides offers women-only trips and camps around the world. The Costa Rica Pura Vida Yoga and Mountain Bike Retreat offers 8 days of ocean-side yoga and 3 to 4 hours of pedaling a day. Need to stay closer to home? The Desert Rose weekend provides skill-building practice in the southern Utah desert.
Sundance MTB Skills Clinics
Locations: Indiana and Tennessee
The Sundance Midwest Women’s MTB camp includes three days of camping, yoga, and small group instruction. In addition to on-the-bike classes, riders also receive instruction in trail building.
Trek Dirt Series
Locations: Across the Western U.S. and Canada
Do yourself a favor and head to Whistler for the Trek Dirt Series signature event. The two-day clinic includes a ticket to the Whistler Bike Park and is appropriate for riders of all skill levels and interests. Women can focus on jumps and drops, or work on pedaling-oriented trails.
VIDA MTB Series
Locations: Colorado and Arizona
Cost: $65-$385 (depending on length)
Originally the Beti Clinic (founded by Team Yeti Beti), the VIDA MTB series holds true to its Rocky Mountain roots. The majority of the series’ one- and two-day clinics are offered in Colorado, but there is a Sedona extension as well. Fortunately, even if you don’t live in the West, these camps are worth traveling for.
At the flagship two-day clinic in Winter Park, participants are treated to lift-accessed trails. In addition to coaching, the clinic includes yoga, maintenance clinics, and Yeti bike demos.