Kids Spring Break Camp 2017

The Cycling Co. has partnered with the Bear Mountain Bike Park to design a premium full and half-day mountain bike camp experience with expert coaches. We’ve developed our mountain bike camps for beginner levels through to intermediate and advanced riding abilities.

Camps are grouped by age and ability, and riders receive plenty of individual attention from coaches.
Lunch, bike rentals and bike storage for the week of the camp are available upon request and at an additional fee.


 2017 Summer Mountain Bike Camps

Full and half-day Summer Mountain Bike Camps are available on the following dates:

  • Spring Break MTB Camp 2017 - SabineJuly 3 – 7 –  SOLD OUT!*
  • July 10 – 14 – SOLD OUT!*
  • July 17 – 21 – SOLD OUT!*
  • July 31 – August 4 – REGISTER
  • August 14 – 18 – REGISTER
  • August 21 – 25 – SOLD OUT!*
  • August 28 – September 1 – Advanced High Performance Camp, Age 12-15 (Full Days Only) – REGISTER
  • 1 Week – 5 x Half Days (9am – 12pm): $225
  • 1 Week – 5 x Full Days (9am – 3pm): $375

*If your desired camp is full, please send us a message to be added to the WAITLIST.

Options:


What Will Your Child Learn at Mountain Bike Camp?

  • Body position: Neutral and Attack Positions
  • Operation of Controls
    • – Braking – Independent use of front(F) and rear(R) brakes
    • – Shifting – Gear selection and how to choose the proper gear for riding conditions
  • Terrain Awareness – Choosing different lines through trails with varying terrain
  • Skills and maneuvers
    • cornering
    • climbing and safely descending hills
    • riding skinny logs and bridges
    • front and rear wheel lifts
    • bunny hops
    • roll downs and small drops

Teaching kids the skills to ride safely in a controlled environment.

Our mountain bike camp provides certified instruction in small groups where kids aged 9-13 develop new skills, make new friends, and burn off energy! In this age of computer screens, video games, and Netflix, the benefits of kids getting outside and active on their bikes are more important than ever!

A child’s bike is their first taste of freedom and we want to make that experience as fun and awesome as possible! Kids feel their first sense independence when they learn to ride a bike. Remember that feeling? Burning around the neighbourhood, ripping over to your friend’s house and just knocking on the door; then riding all day until your parents made you come home for dinner, “when the street lights come on.”

What Level Does Your Child Ride At?

Beginner – An Introduction to Mountain Biking:Kids Mountain Bike Camp at The Cycling Co

Your child is new to mountain biking off-road and is keen to learn basic trail riding skills like body position, braking, shifting gears and maintaining traction. We will incorporate lots of games to help kids learn skills while keeping it fun and interactive.

Intermediate Mountain Biking

Your child has decent bike handling skills and is confident riding on different types of terrain and conditions including wet, dry, loose, muddy, singletrack and doubletrack. Intermediate riders will further develop their position and balance, refine operation of gears and brakes, practice maneuvers that they will need on the trail and just generally have a great time on the bike.

Advanced Mountain Biking

Your child has solid bike handling skills and a good deal of experience riding on technical terrain including singletrack, rocky, loose and rooty trail conditions. Advanced riders will hone their technical skills and learn more advanced trail maneuvers. We will spend lots of time riding to give these rippers a chance to really develop.

*Lunch, Bike Rentals & Bike Storage

  • Participants are expected to provide their own daily lunch, however, an optional daily bag lunch is available at an additional cost of $10/day. If your child has specific dietary needs/requests, please advise (food pricing may vary).
  • If the participant is unable to provide his/her own bike and helmet, rentals are available at an additional cost of $25/day or $85 for one week. Please contact us at the form below to reserve a bike and helmet for your child.
  • Bike storage is available for participants’ bikes for the duration of their camp at no additional cost.

Family Day with The Cycling Co


 Kids Mountain Bike Camp FAQ

What will my child learn at mountain bike camp?

  • Body position: Neutral and Attack Positions
  • Operation of Controls
    • – Braking – Independent use of front(F) and rear(R) brakes
    • – Shifting – Gear selection and how to choose the proper gear for riding conditions
  • Terrain Awareness – Choosing different lines through trails with varying terrain
  • Skills and maneuvers
    • cornering
    • climbing and safely descending hills
    • riding skinny logs and bridges
    • front and rear wheel lifts
    • bunny hops
    • roll downs and small drops

What does my child need to bring to Mountain Bike Camp?

All riders MUST come prepared with the following gear (no exceptions):

  • Mountain bike in good working order. (If the bike requires a tune-up, the guys at Oak Bay Bikes Westshore are awesome!) Rental bikes are available at The Hub. If you are unsure if your child’s bike is suitable, please send us an email with a picture of the bike.
  • Helmet – properly fitted, mountain bike-specific helmet in good condition.
  • Cycling gloves – full finger gloves
  • Suitable clothing for riding in current weather conditions
  • Spare tube in case of a flat tire – appropriate size/valve stem
  • Hydration pack or water bottle + cage mounted to bicycle frame
  • Knee and elbow pads

Why should my child go to mountain bike camp at Bear Mountain?

Mountain biking is fun! Kids have a great time getting dirty in the woods. Our camps provide certified instruction in a small groups where kids learn and develop new skills, make new friends, and burn off a LOT of excited energy! In this age of computer screens, video games, iPads and Netflix, kids need to be outside and active more than ever!

Mountain bike camp is a perfect opportunity to develop your child’s interest in a new athletic hobby, the freedom riding and the great outdoors of beautiful Bear Mountain!  

Where do we meet the coach on the first day?

We will meet parents and riders at the Mountain Market at Bear Mountain Resort. This is where you will drop your child off each day for mountain bike camps as well as our location for lunch during our full day camps.

Will the mountain bike camp still run if it rains?

Being located on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia, we are surrounded by a temperate rainforest. Camps and rides will go ahead in rainy conditions. Please ensure that your child has appropriate outerwear and be ready to pick them up with a little (or a lot of) mud splatter. Bring something to protect the inside of your vehicle!

What type of mountain bike does my child need if s/he is registered in either the advanced or expert level mountain bike camp?

Riders wishing to participate in advanced level should have a bike with a front suspension fork or a full suspension trail bike. Bikes should be equipped with aggressive xc (cross-country) or all-mountain tires.

What should my child and I expect on the first day?

When you arrive, parents will be asked to sign a waiver for each child they have registered in the mountain bike camp. Once all the administration is done, parents are free to leave their kids in our care for either the half or full day camp they have registered for.\

Kids can expect an introduction to the coach on the first day, followed by a:

  • Helmet fit – we will show participants how to properly fit their helmet for safe riding
  • Bike check – we will check your child’s bike to make sure everything is in safe working order for riding during the camp.
  • Skills assessment – we will assess participants’ riding skills and place them into an appropriate learning group for their skill level.
  • 45-60 min skill development – we will teach and practice riding skills in a controlled setting.
  • Break
  • Trail ride – After a short water and snack break, we’ll hit the trails!
  • Bike games – We have created and developed a few fun ways to develop skills using interactive games while aboard bikes.
  • Lunch (end of half-day camp)
  • Bike mechanics workshop –
    • How to change a tire
    • Adjusting brakes and gears
    • Minor trailside repairs
  • Skill development
  • Ride – We’ll hit the trails around Bear Mountain for an afternoon ride to practice newly learned skills in a real-life trail riding scenario.

Does my child need to have previous mountain biking or trail riding experience?

No. As long as they are able to stay upright on their bike, and are eager to learn, we can coach them to  take their riding to new heights.

Can my child register with a friend?

Of course! It’s always extra fun to ride with a friend! We are cool with this, as long as we have consent from the child’s parent/guardian. We require a signed waiver on the first day of the camp from each participant’s parent/guardian before they are are allowed participate in the camps (no exceptions).

What if my child has medical concerns?

We are a passionate team of cycling instructors who really want to get as many kids out on bikes as we can, so we will do our best to accommodate kids with minor conditions, but our programs may not work for all young riders.

Please email us with specifics of your child’s medical conditions, dietary restrictions, allergies etc. All of our coaches have First-Aid training.

Do you have daily bike storage, or can I leave my bike overnight?

Yes. We would be happy to store your child’s mountain bike at The Hub for the duration of the camp they are registered


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