Hone your skills and master completely new ones at one of these mind-blowing mountain bike training camps around the world. Tackle mighty climbs in the Rocky Mountains, clear daunting drop-offs in Whistler Mountain Park and get a free massage for your efforts in Girona, Spain. Whether you fancy a mini two-day training session or would prefer a four-week intense camp, there are lots off possibilities out there perfect for you. For a taster, here are ten we are sure you would love to try.
Based on the beautiful island of Lanzarote, Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike Training Camp is the official European training camp for the annual Absa Cape Epic in South Africa. You don't have to be competing in the eight day African race in order to participate in the training camp, so long as you can comfortably ride for four to five hours a day. As well as participating in a four stage mountain bike race and optional recovery rides, you will be able to attend lectures on stage race nutrition for expert advice that will get you to the finish line in good time. Riding through the Fire Mountains, over lava fields, down gravel and sandy roads and tackling rocky descents, the four stage race may be challenging but it is the perfect preparation for kick starting a brilliant mountain bike season or partaking in the 800km eight day Absa Cape Epic that sees mountain bikers fighting their way up 16,000 metres of climbs. During the week of the training camp you will stay at Club La Santa sports resort and non-campers are welcome to stay there too for an additional cost.
Master the core skills of mountain biking by spending a long weekend at a Betterride Mountain Bike Camp. Spread out all over the USA, any one of these camps is a great way to start a longer, independent mountain bike holiday around the States. Each day you will focus on a different set of skills each taught to improve your ride, whether that be to make it faster, more efficient, more balanced or more controlled. In the morning you will be given a demonstration of a new skill and have the morning to master it in a park before heading off to the trails to try it out for real. As well as learning the art of cornering, wheelies, falling safely, smooth drop offs and controlled switch backs, you will be taught how to position your body properly for easier climbs and descents and how to best set up your bike to suit your riding style. A hugely beneficial training camp for both new and more experienced riders, Betterride hosts women's only camps too.
With a range of women's only mountain bike camps, Sacred Rides offer female riders the opportunity to improve their mountain bike skills in stunning surroundings. There are training camps suitable for all experience levels from complete beginners to seasoned riders. If you have at least a year's experience on the trails go for the award-winning eight-day skills camp in the Rocky Mountains, British Columbia. Mixing cross-country and all-mountain riding with workshops on nutrition, fitness and maintenance and the odd yoga class or swimming break thrown in for good fun, you will have an unforgettable trip. Another terrific choice is the Skills, Thrills and Gatineau Hills camp just outside of the buzzing city of Quebec. Endless scenic single track runs through the picturesque hills making it the perfect spot for learning proper mountain bike form and technique and improving your skills.
Completely immerse yourself in the mind-blowing world of mountain biking on a multi-week ZEP Rider Improvement Camp. Located in the world-class mountain bike region of Whistler, Canada, choose any length of camp between one and four weeks and benefit from top quality tuition from highly qualified PMBI instructors. Master jumps, drops and rail corners in the bike park camp or learn to ride like a true professional in the enduro bike camp as you master technical, fast and steep single track. Or for the best of both worlds combine the two in the backcountry camp which will allow you to spend two weeks in the park and on the trails finished off with an epic two day backcountry trip. As an added bonus, all participants on any of the multi-week camps will receive a Whistler Bike Park Season Lift Pass enabling them to keep riding even on your camp-free days.
For a short mountain bike course not too far from home, Rock and Ride Mallorca offer two-day core skills camps that will teach you everything you need to know to build your confidence on the trails. Learn how to set up your bike correctly and how to carry out basic maintenance; get advice on how to judge speed and the correct line; be guided on body position for steep descents and tight corners and of course, have loads of fun at the same time. After your two day course is over you will be free to set off and explore all of the great trails that Mallorca has to offer. Discover secluded beaches and stumble upon beautiful secret panoramic viewpoints as you navigate your way across rocky terrain and tackle thrilling descents.
Ever dreamed of working as a mountain bike coach? Well now you can, Peak Leaders offers five-week-long coaching camps at Whistlers Bike Park to teach you how to do just that. Over the course of the camp you will work towards (and hopefully gain) internationally recognised mountain bike coaching qualifications such as the CTC Trail Mountain Bike Leader Award and the Whistler Bike Park Instructor Development. Take part in the camp with the intention of returning to the park to work as a coach for a season or just do it for fun and to improve your technical riding ability. The camp coincides with Crankworx, the world's largest mountain bike festival, and you will get to watch and be involved in this festival too. The coaching camp focuses primarily on gravity fed riding, so expect a lot of jumps and drops.
Get exactly what you want from a training camp on one organised by Girona Cycling. Based in Serinya in the north east of Spain, the company offers both self-guided and guided training camps all year round, all of which are completely customisable. Choose between a weekend, week-long, 10-day or longer camp and receive expert coaching, a sports nutrition assessment, a neurophysiology and muscular balance assessment, a strength and stretching session and even a massage, in between competing in mountain bike races and checking out all of the nearby trails.
Ride San Diego's best trails on a CCSD Mountain Biking Camp this summer. Whether you're an experienced rider wishing to fine tune tricky skills or you're a beginner looking to learn the absolute basics, CCSD have a training camp for you. For those who fancy the challenge of riding at high altitude the MTB High-Altitude Endurance Training Camp based at Mammoth Lakes, California provides instruction in how to tackle climbing, descending and endurance riding at altitude as well as giving you specific nutritional advice to keep you going. For the absolute introduction to mountain biking, check out the beginner's MTBing One-Day Camp that covers basic bike handling skills and maintenance. All of the mountain biking camps can easily be combined with a mixed-gender or women's only road training camp too.
With mountain bike training camps all over Australia, Tasmania and even a couple in Singapore, MTB Skills Mountain Bike Camps are perfect for those wishing to improve their riding skills in a social and enjoyable environment. You will be coached in small groups with no more than five students per instructor and will be taught with others of a similar skill level to yourself. Sign up for an advanced skills course, book yourself a one-on-one session in Singapore to really hone your skills or get ready for your first ever competitive mountain bike race by participating in the New Racer 3+3 series camp. Over the course of four weeks you will learn all of the skills necessary to compete in a race and at the end you will do exactly that - choosing to either race as a team or an individual in the Old Hidden Vale 3+3 race on the East Coast of Australia.
Begin a mountain biking adventure in America or Canada with two days of honing your skills at a Trek Dirt Series camp. With nineteen camps running this year spread around the two countries, pick between California, British Colombia, Oregon, Washington and more locations depending on where you would like to ride post-camp. Each morning you will be coached on technical skills such as rolling and air focused drops and will then have the afternoons to go off on the trails and put your new found skills into practice. Groups are kept small with never more than six students to a coach so you'll always be able to keep up and get the one-on-one attention you need to fine tune those technical tricks that you struggle with most.
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