Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports Presents:

The 2015 High School Cross-Country Mountain Bike Racing Camp

This years camp will take place August 5th through the 9th in Gunnison, Crested Butte and the surrounding areas of the beautiful upper Gunnison River Valley in Colorado.

Online Registration Open's April 1st, 2015

Photo Courtesy of NICA; the Colorado League

Photo Courtesy of NICA; the Colorado League

Come ride with Western’s Director of Mountain Sports, Dave Wiens. Special guest coaching by Susan DeMattei (1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Mountain Biking) and Western’s Collegiate Cycling Team members. Complete coaching lineup coming soon.

The 2014 crew at the top of the Doctor Park Trail climb. One of the best descents anywhere awaits.

The 2014 crew at the top of the Doctor Park Trail climb. One of the best descents anywhere awaits.

Western team rider, Ellie Atkins, competing in a collegiate cross-country race.

Western team rider, Ellie Atkins, competing in a collegiate cross-country race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 14, 2015 – Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports is pleased to announce our third annual High School Cross-Country Mountain Bike Camp. This year’s camp will begin with check-in from noon to 2pm on Wednesday August 5th. Check out will be Sunday morning, July 9th.

The cost of the camp is $550 and includes everything except transportation to Gunnison. Lodging and meals will be provided on campus at Western State Colorado Univerity.

Highlights of the camp will include a full day riding the trails of Crested Butte Mountain Resort and working on our descending skills. We will be using the chairlift for uphill access, which will allow us to rack up the miles and vertical feet of descending without racking up the requisite fatigue that would come with pedaling our bikes up for each lap. Repetition, repetition, repetition. This will take place on Thursday, the first full day of the camp, which will allow us to apply the skills learned for the remainder of the camp. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A DOWNHILL OR GRAVITY CAMP. Cross-country skills are the focus, even on the lift assisted day.

We will also ride the world class trails of the Hartman Rocks area right outside of Gunnison, the Western State Colorado University trail system that is adjacent to Western’s campus, and an epic high country ride, all the while, working on technique, skills, strategies, etc. Riding safely at all times will be an omnipresent theme.

There will be free time and organized non-bike fun time, but also evening discussions about training and nutrition, bike maintenance, repair and technology, racing preparation and strategy, etc. Notebooks and pen or pencils will be required to take notes. Each camper will also receive a basic bike fit the first afternoon of the camp.

Parents are invited to the final evening banquet and based on feedback received last year, we’ll be shaking up the content and flow of the evening.

Registration will open soon and the camp will again be capped at 30 student athletes or less.

To reserve a spot or for questions or more information, contact Western’s Director of Mountain Sport, Dave Wiens, anytime: dwiens@western.edu or 970-275-0485.

Western State Colorado University team rider, Nick Schley, rips some granite at Hartman Rocks, near Gunnison. We’ll spend an entire day at Hartman’s sessioning the ample technical sections of trail. Photo by Kevin Krill.

Western State Colorado University team rider, Nick Schley, rips some granite at Hartman Rocks, near Gunnison. We’ll spend an entire day at Hartman’s sessioning the ample technical sections of trail. Photo by Kevin Krill.