Is this camp for you?
The answer is most likely yes. There are three things we are doing with this camp: 1) keeping it affordable by filling it up, which means a larger group at a 10:1 rider to instructor ratio, 2) covering a broad spectrum of terrain, skills, and rider abilities, 3) bringing skills training to as many people as we can, because we believe that you can do this.
Because of #2, we have a wide range of abilities. This is a good thing, it makes for a lot of experience sharing from not only instructors but your classmates as well. The best thing to do is to know what you want out of the camp. Some folks who attend are very experienced riders that want a little tune up after the winter or a little structured skills training from a fresh set of eyes. Some folks are road riders that are great riders but aren’t comfortable on technical mountain bike trails. There’s also folks who just like attending to spend a weekend with us riding in Michaux. Everybody brings in unique goals, experiences, and expectations. If you’ve never ridden a bike before, you should probably get some experience before you sign up. (We can help you with that in one-on-one or small group lessons, just email us) If you are a semi-pro mountain bike super star looking to fine tune your skills, you need much more personalized time and training than you’ll get during this weekend (We can help you too, email us to set something up).
Are you asking how much riding we actually do? Saturday is the “big” day. We spend about 6 hours out learning. We only ride 5-7 miles the whole day. The first half of the day is spent in the field at the camp, working on fundamentals. We ride 2 miles to the top of the mountain on a gravel road. Then we pick one of two options to come back down 2 miles on some of the best single track around. We do a lot of sessioning, riding the same section of trail multiple times. You will spend a lot of time standing, watching, learning, and interacting with the group. Sunday you can chose what you want to do. We split up into groups: working on skills a little more, a ladies ride, a slower ride with lower distance, a medium ride at a pace dictated by the group, and an advanced ride.
If you are still wondering if this is right for you, send us an email 🙂