Santa Cruz ~ Trek Dirt Series CO-ED Two Day Camp

  • May 3, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Are you brave enough to get dirty?

Join other awesome riders from the South Bay Mountain Bike Group for the two-day Trek Dirt Series CO-ED Mountain Bike Camp. This will be a great opportunity for riders of all levels to learn new skills, ride with more confidence, and have more fun!

Camp begins each day at 8:30 AM. On Saturday the riding ends around 5:00PM; there is then an in-store session which runs from approximately 6:00PM to 8:00PM. On Sunday the riding finishes at approximately 5:00PM.

Cost is $345. If we can get eight or more riders for this date, we can get a 10% group discount. RSVP Yes to this Meetup, and I will email the code to you. You MUST have the code and use the code when you register. Registration begins February 1. Trek's California camps sell out, so you'll need to register as soon as you can, starting February 1st. I will email a reminder to all Yes RSVP's on January 31st.

A quick overview of the camp, from the Trek Dirt Series website:

"Our camps run on a two-day weekend format. We work on on-bike technical skills in the mornings, and put those skills into action on rides in the afternoons. On Saturday evening we feature bike maintenance clinics, bike fit opportunities, drinks, snacks, and social time.

For both the morning sessions and the afternoon rides, we divide into groups according to our experience, interests, and skills. Camp participants range from those with only a few days on gravel trails to those with years of experience and a desire for steeper technical lines and smoother fancier air.

Since we bring heaps of structures, stunts, and teaching aids to all our camps, everyone really gets to work at the level they’d like. There are, for example, different sized logs to go over and different heights off of which to learn rolling and air focused drops, so know that you will be challenged if you spend every free minute on your bike, and know that things will be reasonable if you are newer to the sport.

We run with at least a 1:6 coach to participant ratio, so every rider receives substantial individual attention. The camp includes a group photo, draw prizes, and the exchange of participant contact information. By the end, everyone's learned so much, had so much fun, and is on such a high, it's just incredible to see."

This camp is for all levels. You will be given a detailed questionnaire to fill out prior to camp to determine your skill level, and the camp will break into smaller groups based on your skill level.

Any other questions, check the Dirt Series FAQ or feel free to post them here. I recommend you read the information on the site completely so you know what to expect, what equipment to bring, etc.

Let's Ride!

 

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  • Nancy

    Agree with you all; I learned new skills and techniques and enjoyed trying them on the trail. It will be a few weeks before I get to practice them again, though, because my "mulch surfing" (love that phrase, Michelle, thanks :) left me with a broken arm. I ran into another Dirt Series casualty in the ER -- a guy who broke his hand over-rotating a wheelie drop.

    1 · May 5, 2014

    • Michelle

      If you aren't in over your head (a little) you're just standing around looking pretty. Nancy's too humble - she handled that root drop like a boss! Just got a little too creative with her line afterward!

      2 · May 5, 2014

    • Joe S.

      Oh no! But no problem, Nancy, we're going to drop by your place this weekend and setup your bike so it can be ridden with just one hand;-) Four shift levers and two brakes on one side should be doable right? But seriously, hope things heal quickly and before long you're back on the trails.

      2 · May 6, 2014

  • Joe S.

    The dirt series itself could have been a bit better organzized at times (and how about another bathroom!) but in general it was a great time hanging out with all of the SBMBG crew, meeting some new people, and picking up new techniques to practice on the trails for the next year.

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • Michelle

    It was great to be here with Ray and a dozen more of our peeps. I'm so glad the better riders were challenged here. I already knew the coaches were badass, but hearing that from more than one of our really good riders was pretty cool. I'm looking forward to continuing to practice and improve with some new tools in the toolbox.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Andy U.

    I learned a few things:
    1. I had never before backsided the majority of the jumps. I learned to stiffen my suspension and compress violently into the face and then pump the backside to gain speed.
    2. I learned that in doing manuals, it is as important to compress the shock as it is the fork.
    3. The alligator really scared me. I never knew how to do a jump without a lip. I ended up hitting it, and then kept hitting it as they opened the 'gator's mouth. Lots of air. Felt good.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Armando

    All in all I think the camp was worth it. I did learn some new skills and techniques and tried to apply them to the trails. I guess they worked because I hit a lot of jumps on Demo's Braille trail that I never had the confidence to attempt before. I also finally made the climb up the rock garden (3 tries) on Cusaks trail, so thank you to our instructor for her patience and encouragement.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • naomi

    This was my second time attending the Trek Dirt Series, and again I picked up tips and techniques to work on all season. I think that the coaches did a better job this year of incorporating the mornings' lessons into the afternoon trail features. It was awesome to have friends from SBMBG in each of my clinics and rides. Favorite tip: Bounce!

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Bob E

    I had a great time and learned a lot. I love the equipment (jumps, ramps, etc.) they brought. Maybe they spent a little too much time with introductions on Saturday, but all-in-all it was great.

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • Andy U.

    Anyone want to carpool down with me? I live in SW SJ (near Campbell, LG). I can only take one bike, but if you are using a loaner, I can take you or if you can handle two bikes, I will pay for the gas.

    May 2, 2014

  • Benedict C.

    Registered

    2 · February 1, 2014

    • Benedict C.

      I cancelled due to family obligations.

      April 21, 2014

    • Michelle

      Bummed! I was hoping to see you catch big air!

      1 · April 30, 2014

  • Michelle

    Super excited about camp this weekend! If you're registered for this camp, you should have received your pre-camp email from Dirt Series. Read it carefully. The weather should be perfect! See you there!

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Stephanie

    Camp full :( Have fun guys!

    February 4, 2014

  • Armando

    Wow, 16 attending. I here that its already filled up and has a waiting list. It's amazing we got so many people in and rearing to improve their skills, I'm so looking forward to this weekend camp, makes me feel like a kid again.

    4 · February 4, 2014

  • Carine

    Registered.

    3 · February 3, 2014

  • Ray G

    Wow, good going group, with the number we have registered already will give us the group discount. South Bay Mountain Bike Group Rocks!!!

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Andy U.

    Hey, is there anyone else who would be up for registering for a second camp in Whistler????

    February 2, 2014

  • Michelle

    Be sure to let us know that you registered so we know who to look for at camp!

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Martin

    Has the discount code been sent out yet? I just want to make sure I didn't miss an email..Thx

    January 31, 2014

    • Michelle

      HI Martin. I just sent you a Meetup message with the code and instructions.

      1 · February 1, 2014

    • Martin

      thanks

      February 2, 2014

  • naomi

    In!

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Andrew L.

    All signed up!

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Andy U.

    Hope everyone is registered! If not, do it quick, before it sells out! This is going to be FUN!

    February 1, 2014

  • Suzanne

    Just registered!

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Michelle

    Ray and I are registered!

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Nancy

    Just registered!

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Armando

    I just finished registering.

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Andy U.

    You can register now.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Ray G

    Registration begins February 1. Camps fill up fast, so be sure to register as soon as possible. VERY IMPORTANT: You must provide the discount code during your signup process.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Andy U.

    Don't forget to sign up tomorrow!

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Andy U.

    To those of you on the fence about this, my view is that $300 worth of instruction will have a more positive effect on your mountain biking than would a new $10,000 bike.

    2 · January 15, 2014

    • Michelle

      I agree 100%! I like to joke that it's cheaper than an ER copay, but I've had specific things happen to me since I took this camp last year where, had I not, I would have hurt myself. One simple one was learning how to step away from my bike during a fall. Another was being in the correct body position, which saved me from eating rocks when I took a much more technical line than I had planned. When you consider how much harder some of you guys ride than I do, you can imagine how this can be exponentially beneficial to you.

      1 · January 15, 2014

  • Michelle

    Registration begins February 1. Camps fill up fast, so be sure to register as soon as possible. VERY IMPORTANT: You must provide the discount code during your signup process. Retroactive discounts will not be given. I will send the code to each of you individually, along with instructions, as soon as I get it.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Andy U.

    Registration opens on February 1, right?

    January 14, 2014

  • Armando

    Only 2 more and we can get a discount.....come on people, you know you want to.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Armando

    I've booked a hotel in Santa Cruz for this one, don't feel like commuting each day.

    December 30, 2013

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