Experience the outdoors this summer on a mountain bike! Founded in 2006, we offer 5-day camps for novice to expert mountain bikers. Custom-tailored sessions explore the world-renowned trails of Marin County. Campers improve their riding skills, learn bike maintenance, trail etiquette, local history and ecology. We promise not to test campers on the last two. Ride new trails each day with expert coaches in a fun, non-competitive environment, while learning to be a safe, conscientious, self-reliant cyclist. We don’t just go for rides, we coach mountain biking with a focus on each rider having fun while safely taking their skills to the next level. The ultimate goal is for all of our campers to find that same joy that we have found, in nature—on a bike. Mountain biking can be as hard as it is fun, but if you ask us who the best rider is, we’ll tell you—it's the one wearing the biggest smile.
WHERE: 10 Old Mill Street in Mill Valley
WHEN: 11 weekly sessions from June 12-September 1, M—F from 9:00 am–4:00 pm. Early drop off and after care is available.
AGES: Boys and girls, ages 8-14
ACTIVITIES: Mountain Biking, Skills Coaching, Basic Bike Mechanics, Short Nature Hikes, Water Balloon Fights, Capture the Flag and Bike related games
COSTS: $495 per Session
DETAILS: We transport via Van to a new trailhead each day. This enables us to ride the best spots, save our energy for the trails, and keep the riding off road. Once we arrive at the trailhead, campers are divided into groups by ability. Our expert staff creates a fun, supportive environment where campers can be challenged without being overwhelmed. We take our riding seriously along with our fun. When we are not riding our bikes we are playing games, having water fights and exploring off the beaten path spots that only locals like us know. We promise to send your kids home each night tired and hungry with stories to tell.
CONTACT: Visit www.mttambikescamp.com or call 415-377-9075
Mt. Tam Bikes Camp
By Annabelle Hallora, grade 8, Mill Valley Middle School
Nothing is better than getting to the top of a long hot trail, out of breath. Standing at the top, sipping your water, letting the liquid melt in your mouth is honestly one of the best feelings.
Mountain biking is probably my favorite sport. You can do it any time of year and you can get to the most amazing places in a short amount of time. There are so many different types of trails that you can ride. My favorite trail is definitely the Coastal View trail. Coming right off of Mt Tam, you end up on a flowy up and down trail with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. I love Coastal View trail because it requires certain skills and you learn a lot. Coastal View is a trail that fast riders like. I myself don’t go down that fast, but it makes me try harder each time.
Mistakes are a very important part of mountain biking— maybe the best part about it. Sometimes it hurts, but every time you learn an important lesson from it. I have made mistakes going uphill and downhill, which has made me like both of them more. Our teacher, Ryan, has taught me many of the skills that I have needed to become a better biker. I will take those many skills on with me for however long I will bike. I hope I will do it for as long as I can.