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SMBA Programs Overveiw

Kindergarten – Grade 1 

 

One day a week program introducing young riders to the fun of mountain biking at parks, paths and dirt paths in town. Focus on starting and stopping, braking safely, shifting, trail etiquette and bike terminology. Riders must have a pedal bike. Come see what riding on dirt is all about.

 

Girls Grade 2-5

 

One day a week program introducing young riders to singletrack trail riding on mountain bike trails in Boulder. Female mentors introduce singletrack FUNdamentals including starting and stopping on varied terrain, shifting, braking, trail etiquette and basic bike maintenance. Riders must have a bike with gears and be confident pedaling and balancing on the bike path prior to attending. 

 

Grade 2-5

One day a week program introducing young riders to singletrack trail riding on mountain bike trails in Boulder. Mentors introduce singletrack FUNdamentals including starting and stopping on varied terrain, braking, trail etiquette and basic bike maintenance. Riders must have a bike with gears and be confident pedaling and balancing on the bike path prior to attending. 

Cycling Sisters – Grade 2-8

 

Four day camp introducing riders to basic mountain biking skills on singletrack. These full day adventures with fun female coaches create a supportive and positive environment for girls to learn trail etiquette, basic bike maintenance skills, balance, shifting, braking and technical riding. Girls gain confidence on their mountain bikes through skills games, lots of miles, and even more smiles. Each day, riders get to explore a new trail around Boulder including: Marshall Mesa, Boulder Valley Ranch, Betasso, and Valmont. 

 

Junior Riders – Grade 2-5

 

Four day camp introducing young riders to basic mountain bike skills on singletrack. Full day adventures provide coaching with our fun instructors and include: a pre-ride bike check to learn basic bike maintenance, skills games to learn balance, braking, shifting, and technical riding, lots of miles to practice new skills and learn about trail etiquette, and lots of smiles along the way. Each day riders get to learn skills on a different trail around Boulder including: Marshall Mesa, Boulder Valley Ranch, Valmont, and Doudy Draw. 

 

Explorer – Grade 5-8

 

Four day camp for riders who are comfortable riding on singletrack and want to explore more challenging trail systems around Boulder and Lyons. Full day adventures provide coaching in a positive and supportive environment for riders to practice the basic skills they learned in previous camps, and learn new skills on the trail. Each day riders will explore a different trail system in Boulder or Lyons including: Flatirons Vista, Betasso, Sandstone Park in Lyons (Hall & Heil Ranch), and Valmont

Preseason

 

Preseason training builds strength and basemiles for the training ahead in spring and summer.  Two days a week will be spent working on core strength speed and agility with rides on Sunday to build endurance. 

 

Spring  – Grade 2-12

 

Spring Team meets two days a week and one day on the weekends with the option to sign up for either or both. Although there is never a bad time to join the SMBA Team, the spring is the best time to learn the ropes. Utilizing local singletrack and parks, Spring Team focuses on reviewing skills, trail etiquette, team camaraderie and building fitness for the epic summer rides.

 

Summer  – Grade 2-12

 

Summer Team program gives athletes a diverse riding experience with the focus of building skills through tactical play, team camaraderie and community stewardship. Athletes will gain experience on all types of terrain, building incredible endurance and dialing in skills, including descending, breaking, and cornering. The exposure to all of the above allows athletes to experience many avenues in the sport allowing athletes the opportunity to be proficient in all cycling disciplines. Athletes will also have option for races and epic ride opportunities to be determined by the coach and athlete. This program is for athletes that have a solid foundation of singletrack mountain bike riding. 

 

Fall – Grade 2-12

 

Fall Team meets two days a week and one day on the weekends with the option to sign up for either or both. Fall session rocks, the weather is perfect, the trails are mint, and the fun is endless. 

 

Full Season

 

SMBA all day everyday. This program is a season-long Team program for the rider that can’t get enough time on the bike.

 

Girls – Grade 4-8

 

SMBA Girls’ program is designed for riders 5th grade and up who want to explore all aspects of mountain biking including epic rides and racing. The Girls Team will ride together as a team with our Girls’ Team coaches throughout the spring and summer sessions. Girls’ program will focus on teamwork, confidence, self responsibility and a continuous progression of skills throughout the year. Coaches will work with each athlete to set goals for the year and help them meet new challenges on the bike.

 

Epic – Grade 6-12


The Epic program is designed for middle and high school athletes (6th grade and up) who have ridden with SMBA for at least one session, and want to challenge themselves with longer, more epic rides throughout the year. The Epic program will ride together as a cohort throughout the spring and summer focusing on longer-distance, backcountry mountain biking. Emphasis is geared towards building skills necessary for self-reliant, adventure-oriented riding – we ride for the joy of riding and going where we have never been before, including point-to-point distance rides, home-base camp rides and rides in association with races where other SMBA Athletes are competing. 

 

Race – Grade 8-12


The racing program is designed for middle and high school athletes (8th grade and up) who have ridden with SMBA for a few seasons and may or may not have a race under their belt, but want to race more. The rides and schedule will be geared towards preparing athletes for a summer season of racing and beyond. Athletes will set goals at the beginning of the season and work with coaches to achieve those goals throughout the season. Race team athletes will ride together as a cohort throughout the spring and summer, and team training rides will focus on having fun, new adventures, and building skills for successful racing. Ride locations will include both trail rides and skills days (parks or purpose built trail systems), as well as, races across Colorado. 

Moab  – Grade 5-8

 

Kick off the mountain bike season with a Spring Break trip to the desert! Athletes will get to explore Moab’s world renowned trails, experience team camaraderie, enjoy amazing desert views, camp under the stars, and of course, make fireside S’mores. SMBA coaches will guide athletes through Moab’s unique terrain trails in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Moab trip pricing includes: transportation, camping, food, and coaching.

 

Fruita  – Grade 5-8

 

Extended weekend/mini-adventure on the Western Slope. From the fast flowy 18RD trails to the scenic Kokopelli Loop trails, athletes will get to experience the terrain which makes Fruita one of Colorado’s premier mountain biking destinations.  Coaches will guide athletes through a variety of classic routes and newly added trails on this mini-adventure. Fruita pricing includes: transportation, camping, food, and coaching.

 

Crested Butte  – Grade 5-8

 

Celebrate the long, warm summer days and wildflower season with a week-long camping trip into Colorado’s high country. Crested Butte is a mecca for mountain biking and athletes will get to explore the singletrack famous for scenic views, fast, flowy descents, and epic wildflowers.  Coaches will guide athletes up rugged mountains, glide through fields of wildflowers and weave in and out of aspens. Crested Butte trip pricing includes: transportation, camping, food, and coaching. 

High School Season Prep – Grade 9-12

This six hour, 1.5 hours over 4 sessions, High School Season Prep program provides dedicated skill instruction specifically designed to help new riders learn techniques to successfully and safely start mountain biking with their respective High School. This supplemental program focuses on mountain bike basics, climbing, descending, braking and cornering. Riders from all teams are welcome. No riding experience is necessary.

Lift Access Skills Intensive – Grade 8-12

This full day training program brings athletes to local resorts where skill development can be quickly achieved through repetitive practice on challenging terrain. Athletes interested in all disciplines of mountain biking will learn to master the art of descending confidently and safely. 

Adult – 18 +

This six hour,1.5 hours over 4 sessions, Keeping up with the Kids program provides dedicated skill instruction specifically designed to help parents and community members gain the skills necessary to keep up the young guns on the trail. This program focuses on mountain bike basics, climbing, descending, braking and cornering. 

Custom – Kindergarten – Adult

Private coaching and small group coaching are available throughout the year for all ability levels. Riders will be matched with a coach and schedule that will best help reach the personal goals of each rider.