Junior Rider Camp, Grade 2 – 5

New for 2017:  The Junior Rider Camp will be Monday through Friday. The first camp will be Tuesday through Friday due to Memorial day.

FUN, FUN, FUN. Junior Camp is the perfect introduction to the sport of mountain biking. Beginner riders will work in small groups, with no more that 5 riders assigned to each instructor, where safety, fundamental skills, and basic bike maintenance are presented. All abilities are welcome.

Riders will meet at trailheads all over the Front Range, like Marshal Mesa, Boulder Valley Ranch, Doudy Draw, and at the SMBA office. Please check your conformation for drop off and pick up locations.

Rates and Dates

Monday – Friday 8:30am-3:30pm           $399 Early Bird              $424 after May 1

1. May 30-June 2 (Tue.-Fri.)  No ride memorial day  **349 Early Bird              $374 after May 1**
2. June 5-9
3. June 12-16
4. June 19-23
5. June 26-30
6. July 10-14
7. July 17-21
8. July 24-28
9. July 31-August 4
10. August 7-11

Aug
27
Sun
Fall Team Ride – Grade 2-12 @ SMBA Office
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
28
Mon
Nederland Team Fall Ride – Grade 2-5
Aug 28 @ 3:05 pm – 5:30 pm
Fall Team Ride – Grade 2-7 @ SMBA Office
Aug 28 @ 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Aug
29
Tue
Fall Team Ride – Grade 8-12 @ SMBA Office
Aug 29 @ 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Aug
30
Wed
Nederland Team Fall Ride – Grade 2-5
Aug 30 @ 3:05 pm – 5:30 pm
1-Day Wednesday Devo Ride
Aug 30 @ 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Fall Team Ride – Grade 2-7 @ SMBA Office
Aug 30 @ 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Aug
31
Thu
Nederland Team One-day Fall Ride – Grade 2-5
Aug 31 @ 3:05 pm – 5:30 pm
Fall Team Ride – Grade 8-12 @ SMBA Office
Aug 31 @ 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Sep
6
Wed
Nederland Team Fall Ride – Grade 2-5
Sep 6 @ 3:05 pm – 5:30 pm
Trails

Monday– SMBA Junior Rider camp will start with an introduction to basic skills including braking, shifting, cornering, ride ready position at Doudy Draw, one of the SMBA favorites.

Tuesday- Eagle trail adds some fun challenging climbs and descents and leads our young riders to the Boulder Reservoir for a stand up paddle board adventure. Bring a bathing suit!

Wednesday – Marshall Mesa is one of the SMBA favorites. This trail has something for everyone including mellow meadow crossings, challenging climbs and winding descents through the tree.

Thursday – Riders will get to explore the meadows and forests of Heil Valley Ranch. The trails add additional technical sections for the riders to test their new skills on.

Friday – Riders will get to cruise around town exploring the bike path system, playgrounds, and local trails as they make their way to Valmont Bike Park. Riders will get to refresh and rejuvenate with water games. Bring a bathing suit!

What to Bring

To insure a safe and pleasant day of cycling, please be sure that your child’s bike is in good working condition. Please visit Tin Shed Sports for a free safety check. Other local shops provide safety checks for a nominal fee.

  • Mountain bike
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Cycling gloves
  • Helmet
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack or hydration pack to carry the following while riding:                                                                                                                        *each group will be having snack and lunch out on the trail. All items that a rider wishes to have with them for the day must fit in there backpack.
  • Rain jacket/Layers
  • Water
  • Spare tube (check the tube size and valve type)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch and Snacks

Nutritious Items that hold up on the trail include:
Nut butters, jerky, apples, oranges, energy bars, dried fruit, nuts, string cheese, hummus, pretzels, cold pizza, burritos, carrots, celery, radishes, sugar snap peas, sliced bell peppers, and sandwiches.

Please avoid:
Most dairy products (e.g. yogurt, milk, soft cheese), fragile fruit (e.g. bananas, strawberries, grapes), sodas, mayonnaise, and high sugar snacks. SMBA does not allow athletes to consume caffeine at SMBA practices, races or camps.

Day in a Life

Drop Off: At drop off there will be a coach there to great you, as well as, other campers being dropped off. Riders are asked to arrive on time and check in with their coach. This is a great time to speak with the coach about any allergies, medical issues or concerns you may have. Please make sure that your athlete is prepared for the day before leaving. This includes: Bike, shoes, helmet, tube, small bike tool, water and food. After everyone has been checked in, the athletes will then go with their coach for the day, do introductions and do their bike safety checks.

Ride Time: Following a bike safety check and introduction games the ride will begin. Campers will head out to work on skills, play games, explore the trail and rock out some sweet adventures. Riders will have the chance to learn about descending, climbing, cornering, balance, bike maintenance and more. Our adventures are all about being outside and having fun. Get ready for a good time!

Snack and Lunch: Fuel is important for a successful adventure. Riders and coaches will take water breaks often and stop for several snacks and lunch while out on the trail.

 Pick Up: Athletes will be picked up at the SMBA office after each day (3:30pm). If a group will be late we will do our best to notify parents and guardians as soon as possible. Please allow for a small time window as ride lengths can vary. At the end of the day coaches will be present to assist with questions and to let parents/guardians know if any issues arose during the day. Parents are encouraged to speak with the coaches about their child’s progress.