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MOUNTAIN BIKE 2024

June 17-22
June 24-29
July 1-6
July 22-27

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A 6-day overnight camp for intermediate to advanced male and female junior riders looking to develop skills, confidence, and fitness. Each day introduces new skills with opportunity to practice on easy terrain before putting them to use out on the trails. We'll get in plenty of mileage and keep the stoke level high by riding some of the best trails Western North Carolina has to offer, including Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest.

What you can expect: skills-based instruction adjusted to your skill level for technical descending, climbing (we earn our turns!), cornering and braking; safety and situational awareness on trail; equipment selection, maintenance and repair; training and racing strategies; proper bike fit, fueling, and recovery; lots of fun group dynamics. Plus picnics, games, movie nights and waterfalls!

Mars Hill Cycling Camps and USA Cycling

 

For years Mars Hill Cycling Camps have aimed to provide not only a fun and enriching summer road and mountain bike overnight camp experience, but also to provide education and training to help campers reach the next level in their sport.  For 2024 we are again partnered with USA Cycling as a part of their Athlete Development Pathway Regional Camp system. This means that campers who are looking to stand out and be recognized by USA Cycling’s development pathway will be able to use the Mars Hill Cycling Camps as a stage to do that. But all campers can expect the same riding, fun, and enrichment we’ve always provided. More info: USA Cycling's Athlete Development Pathway Camps

MTB/Camp 1:
Drop Off
: Mon, June 17, 1-2pm  Pick Up: Sat, June 22, 11am

MTB/Camp 2:

Drop Off: Mon, June 24, 1-2pm  Pick Up: Sat, June 29, 11am
 

MTB/Camp 3:

Drop Off: Mon, July 1, 1-2pm  Pick Up: Sat, July 6, 11am

MTB/Camp 5:

Drop Off: Mon, July 22, 1-2pm  Pick Up: Sat, July 27, 11am

Where: Camp is based at Mars Hill University, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Mitchell State Park, the Appalachian Trail, and the French Broad River. Nearby mountain bike trails: Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek, Dupont State Park, KOLO Bike Park, and many more.

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Address:
Mars Hill University
Dogwood Hall

155 Townhouse Drive
Mars Hill, NC 28754

 

Housing: Single (add-on) and double occupancy dormitory rooms, community bathrooms and separate wings for men and women.
 

Cost: $1,650 (includes housing, 3 meals/day, snacks, fun!)

Required: USA Cycling license in order to participate

First, you need to fill out this form before you can register for camp. If approved, we will email you a code that can be used on BikeReg to register and complete payment. FORM HERE

 

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Typical Camp Schedule: Scroll down for more info

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2023  MTB SCHEDULE
(TBD by weather, trail conditions and July 4th holiday)

 

Monday: Arrival / Intros / Equipment Check / Short Ride

1:00-2:00pm Rider Registration and move-in, Dogwood Hall (155 Townhouse Drive, Mars Hill, NC 28754)

2:00pm Introductions, bike safety checks

4:00pm 1hr easy ride.

5:30pm Dinner

7:00pm: Discussion: Hugh Moran: camp schedule, expectations, Q&A

8:00pm Prep bikes for tomorrow. Initial coach assessments. Relax. Games. Bike TV.

10:00pm Quiet time

Tuesday: KOLO Bike Park / Trailside Repairs

7:30am Wake up

8:00am Breakfast

9:30am Skills intro and practice @ KOLO Bike Park

11:30am Picnic lunch

12:00pm Intermediate skills and trail riding @ KOLO Bike Park

[3:30pm MTB camp 2&3: Factory Tour of Industry Nine Componentry]

5:30pm Dinner

[6:30pm MTB camp 2&3, Guest Speaker: Traci Carson, PhD, MPH; on Energy Availability]

7:00pm Evening meeting: Trailside repairs

8:00pm Relax, play. Bike TV. Go see fireworks?

10:00pm Quiet time

Wednesday: Bent Creek or N. Mills River / Industry Nine Componentry

7:30am Wake up

8:00am Breakfast

9:30am Intermediate Skills and Trail Ride at Bent Creek

12:00pm Picnic lunch

1:00pm Bent Creek or North Mills River
3:30pm Factory Tour of Industry Nine Componentry (MTB camp 1)

5:30pm Dinner

6:300pm Guest Speaker: Traci Carson, PhD, MPH; on Energy Availability (MTB camp 1)

8:00pm Relax, review, play.

10:00pm Quiet time

Thursday: DuPont / Fox Factory / Waterfalls

7:30am Wake up

8:00am Breakfast

9:30am Advanced Skills at Dupont Forest

12:00pm Picnic lunch

12:30pm Tech Talk with Fox Factory

1:30pm Trail Ride with Fox Factory / Waterfall swimming hole

5:30pm Dinner

7:00pm Evening meeting

8:00pm Relax, play

10:00pm Quiet time

Friday: Kitsuma and/or new G5 Trails 

7:300am Wake Up.

8:00am Breakfast

9:30am Trail Ride Kitsuma

12:00pm Picnic lunch

1:30pm Trail Ride in Pisgah National Forest /G5 Trails

5:00pm Pool or swimming hole and Pizza Party!
7:00pm Bike cleaning workshop sponsored by ProGold

8:00pm Relax, play, individual reviews with coaches

10:00pm Quiet time

Saturday: Waffle Breakfast / Camper Pickup

7:30am Wake up.

8:00am Waffle Breakfast Party

9:00am Individual reviews with coaches, pack up

11:00am Campers picked up by parents.

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