Mountain Bike camp focuses on having fun, riding bikes, and being outdoors in general. Kids will work on improving their mountain biking skills so they can maximize their enjoyment of the sport and gain confidence. Inclusion is a major part of this camp – we want to provide a space where everyone who is interested in mountain biking feels welcome, accepted, safe, and supported. This is not a competitive sports camp – it’s a goofy, fun-loving Riverside camp! Our goal is to foster a love of mountain biking, and to encourage kids to improve their skills at their own pace. The camp day will be rounded out with games, activities, and cooling off in the river!
This camp will be from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M in Forest Hill Park and the James River Park System, Monday through Friday.
This camp is designed for kids who have already been introduced to mountain biking, and are enthusiastic about learning more. They should be confident riding on gravel, uneven surfaces, and going up and down inclines. Kids should be able to shift gears comfortably while riding, and should know how to use both front and rear brakes.
Participants must provide their own mountain bike (in good working condition) and helmet. This should be the bike that they currently ride, and they should be familiar with how to operate all parts of it (front and rear brakes, gears, etc). In order to get the most from this camp and truly enjoy it, your child should have the following:
– gears (no single speed or bmx bikes)
– knobby mountain bike tires (no slick tires)
– a means of carrying water so that it’s easily accessible on the trail (camelback, water bottle cage installed on bike)
– should be a CPSC certified bike specific helmet and not intended for any other sport, the material should not be overly brittle and the pads should not show excessive wear
– should fit snugly but not cut off circulation, both on the head and the chin strap
– chin strap must be buckled while riding
Additionally, it is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to make sure the bike is tuned up and in good working condition, including:
– proper inflation pressure in the tires
– a clean and well-lubricated drivetrain
– fully functional front and rear brakes with plenty of brake pad material
– the shifting should be properly adjusted, meaning the shifter should be able to move the derailleur across the full range of cogs on the rear cassette / freewheel without skipping or jumping
– wheels should be trued with no wobbles or broken spokes
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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July 31 – Aug 4
Aug 7-11 – 4 spots left!
In order to give our staff meaningful pay increases this year without pricing out many of our campers, we are implementing a sliding scale for camp payments.
If none of the sliding scale options are affordable to you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about our scholarship program.