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High School Mountain Bike Camp

Elevate Your Skills with Thrilling Trails!

Welcome to Western Colorado University’s Mountain Biking Camp tailored for high school-aged athletes with a passion for mountain biking and improving their craft of mountain biking. Our camp promises an unforgettable designed to elevate both your skills and performance in a fun atmosphere. We have also partnered with USA Cycling and our camp is a designated Athlete Development Regional Camp.

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Camp Details

  • Who: High School students aged 14-18 years old looking to raise their level in mountain biking
  • What: Six days and five nights of MTB skills and adventures.
  • Where: Western Colorado University, Gunnison, Colorado.
    • Students will stay on the campus of Western Colorado University
  • Three meals a day will be provided by the cafeteria services on campus.
  • When: July 14-19; July 21-26
  • Cost: $999
  • Western is offering 5 discounted scholarships. Please apply with an email of your needs and why you deserve a scholarship to our Head Coach Jason Tullous: jtullous@western.edu.

Camp Schedule

  • Introduction to the camp, meet and greet fellow participants and coaches.
  • Safety briefing and orientation on basic mountain biking techniques.
  • Easy skill and trail ride to assess athlete levels.
  • Ride nutrition presentation

  • Progressive training sessions focusing on essential biking skills: braking, cornering, balance, and body positioning.
  • Instruction on bike maintenance and trail etiquette.
  • Group rides on beginner to intermediate trails.
  • Mental Training presentation

  • Guided trail rides exploring scenic routes, putting learned skills into practice.
  • Lunch break amidst nature followed by team-building activities.
  • Goal Setting Presentation
  • Tour of the University including the High-Altitude Exercise Science Laboratory

  • Full-day excursion to a nearby trail network challenging terrain.
  • Supervised riding on various trails, including technical descents and uphill climbs.
  • Opportunities to athletes to put in a race effort and be evaluated by coaches

  • Review and refinement of skills learned throughout the week.
  • Fun activities such as bike relay races, obstacle courses, or bike-themed games.
  • Campfire gathering with storytelling and reflection on the week’s experiences.

  • Bike Olympics
  • Closing ceremony with certificates of completion and awards
  • Farewell lunch and group photo session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Professional and Certified Coaches for the 2024 camp are:

Our camp is hosted by Western Colorado University and room and board will be provided for all participants. All athletes will stay on campus and three meals a day will be provided.

Once you sign up, you will be emailed a Camp Handbook that includes a list of items we suggest you bring. If you have questions, reach out to us any time.

Gunnison Colorado is an easy 4hr drive from all major cities in Colorado (Denver, Colorado Spring, Grand Junction, Durango, etc.). We recommend you arrive by 1 p.m. on the day the camp begins. If you are flying to our camp, we provide transport from the Gunnison/Crested Butte airport (GUC) to Western’s campus.

The conclusion of the camp will be on a Friday at 12 p.m. If you fly out on this day, we provide transportation back to the airport.

You will be responsible for assembling and packing your bike. We will have tools, a stand, and will be present to assist you.

Athletes can pay the camp in full amount upon registration or you can pay increments with the full amount due by 31 May 2024.

Cancellation and General Policies:

If you must cancel for any reason, your registration fees depending on the date of your cancellation may qualify for a refund. Exceptions to this policy will not be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies.

  • 120-61 days prior. Cancellation fee of 10% of original camp price.
  • 60-30 days prior: Cancellation Fee of 50% of original camp price
  • 0-30 days prior: Cancellation Fee of 100% of original camp price
  • There are no discounts, refunds or exchanges associated with an Athlete skipping or missing any portion of a camp including, without limitation, meals, lectures or rides.
  • Western Colorado University reserves the right to cancel a camp at any time. In this event, Athletes will be issued a full refund for the camp registration fee.  Western Colorado University is not responsible for expenses associated with planning the Athlete’s trip including, without limitation, airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, etc., (collectively “Athlete Expenses”) to attend any camp.
  • Camp will be conducted based on the schedule posted prior to the camp, but Western Colorado University reserves the right to modify the camp schedule based on, without limitation, weather and the number or skill level of Athletes in attendance.

Bring your mountain biking skills to the next level on world class trails.

Join us for an action-packed week of mountain biking, skill development, and outdoor exploration! Our camp promises an immersive and thrilling experience where participants will gain confidence, forge lasting friendships, and create unforgettable memories in the great outdoors.

Inquiries, please visit our website or contact our camp office.