Mountain biking camps get kids riding faster, smarter, and better. Here’re some tips for a great holiday experience, and for all small riders who want to go big!
The evolution is unstoppable. What took us months or years to learn kids handle in days or weeks. They’re not afraid of jumps or berms anda they ride over technical sections with ease of racers. However, there’s always something to improve. Only a few days under supervision of professional couches would enhance their skills rapidly. We’ve selected camps for your children to enjoy biking fun with new friends and spend a part of the summer in beautiful nature and big mountains. Camps’ programs offer lessons that will provide children with fundamental foundations of the sport, and groups that are suitable for any level of experience. From beginner riders to advanced shredders, the most important things should be smiles stretched from ear to ear.
Experience a dream camp in Whistler, Canada
Whistler is the dream destination of all gravity-oriented bikers. Take your children with you on your Canadian holidays and let them learn how to ride the best bike area of the world. DFX 5 Days Camp is back for another 10 weeks this summer. The groups will split their time between riding cross-country on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and downhill on Wednesday and Friday. Groups will ride all over the valley, experiencing all the trails Whistler has to offer during the cross-country portion, and once the riders are ready, they will move into the Whistler Bike Park to develop their downhill skills.
Choose from many camps in Kirtchberg, Austria
The fifth year in a row of the Kitzalpbike Junior Camp offers a unique week program for the young athletes from 7 up to 14 years of age. While parents can enjoy guided biking or walking tours in the Kitzbühel Alps, kids will learn new tricks in the hands of highly-trained and experienced coaches. In 4 days per week the youngsters get introduced, in an educational and playful way, to a solid bike-riding skills. Lifts help the small riders with the climbing. The program includes skills training in the bike park and on the downhill course. The Juniors must be brought every day by a parent or guardian, and picked up again.
Up to 5-day sessions in the French resorts
Because children need specific teaching methods, French mountain biking school Ecole VTT offers special “Mini Bikers” sessions and courses that have been created especially for children and their needs. From 15th June to 15th September the kids can improve their MTB techniques at the mountain bike camps in different bike parks in French resorts, such as Serre Chevalier, Les 2 Alpes, Montgenevre, Les Orres, Bardonecchia, and Sauze d’Oulx. The prices vary from 60 euros for a half day session, up to 480 euros for a five-day course. All options include a lift pass and transport. Bike and safety packs are provided.
Beautiful landscape of Allgäu, Germany
The Allgovian area is notable for its beautiful landscapes and is popular for vacations and therapeutic stays. The alpine regions of Allgäu rise over 2,000 meters in altitude and are popular for skiing in winter and mountain biking in summer. Mountain Bike School in Ällgau offers up to eight different courses for kids of various ages. The course range begins with the first-ride lessons for kids from 4 to 6 years of age. Even younger riders can take part in the balance bike riding course, which is highly recommended for gaining bike handling skills. Older kids between 9 – 12, with previous experiences, can apply for four day-long advanced camp. The full list can be found on the official website. It’s in German only, but don’t hesitate to contact Nicki or Vossy on enclosed e-mail addresses.
More than biking in Scotland
Is your child or teenager interested in mountain biking, but also has other hobbies? If so, the mountain biking elective course offered by International Summer Camp Cooper in Scotland could be the ideal choice this summer. Situated close to the city of Perth in Central Scotland (only an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow), Camp Cooper provides 1-to-4-week residential summer camps that allow children and teenagers (ages 7-17) to design their own personalized summer camp experience. Beside mountain biking organizers offer a range of electives, including outdoor adventure, performing arts, media, tennis, football, art, and English language tuition for non-native English speakers. In the course, campers learn the fundamentals of mountain biking. Whether you are a complete novice or have some mountain biking experience, you will have the opportunity to learn new skills, as well as enjoy trail riding in a beautiful scenery of the picturesque local area.
Ride in a great bike park in Leogang, Austria
One of the most iconic bike parks, not only in Europe but around the world, Leogang Bike Park and the biking region Saalfelden Leogang had the honor of being the venues for the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in 2012. As a regular stop on the UCI World Cup DH tour, the bike park hosts sensational competitions with thousands of spectators on an annual basis. Local Element Outdoor Sports School arranges four courses for kids of different age and skill levels. The offer includes one-hour taster lesson for kids who want to ride, two-hour instruction course covering all the basic skills needed to control a bike on the tracks in the Bike Park, special training in the Kids Bike Park for all bike fans from 6 years upwards, Freeride and Downhill training for youngsters, and many more. Check the site for the training days and prices.