Western’s Mountain Sports Program Presents:

The Annual High School Cross-Country

Mountain Bike Racing Camp August 3-7, 2016

August 10, 2016 – UPDATE: Our 2016 camp is in the books and somehow, we dodged the storms, rode a bunch, improved a ton and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company over the course of our time riding mountain bikes in the Gunnison valley. Many thanks to the student athletes, their parents, our coaches and staff, the Evolution Bike Park at Crested Butte Resort, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and our hosts, Western State Colorado University. To be on our email list announcing future camps or if you have questions, please email Mountain Sports Director, David Wiens: . 


Our 2016 student athletes and coaches at the Hartman Rocks area 3 miles southwest of Gunnison. Nothing but world class mountain biking trails at “Hartmans.”

Western Bike Camp 2016 from Matt Clark on Vimeo.

2016 Photos from the Skills and Drills Afternoon on Western’s Campus

2016 Photos from our Day of Riding at the Hartman Rocks Area

2016 Camp Details

The price of the 2016 camp will again be $550. Thanks for looking into Western State Colorado University and our camp!

The camp takes place in Gunnison, Crested Butte and the surrounding areas of the beautiful upper Gunnison River Valley. Here’s a short video from the 2015 camp:

2016 Coaching Lineup:

  • Andy Shabo – ride skills specialist.
  • Bryan Dillon – Team Topeak Ergon pro; Gunnison High School and Western Mountain Sports XC MTB coach.
  • Caleb Woodworth – Western alumni MTB racer and current MTB and ski coach
  • Dave Wiens – Director of Advancement for Western’s Mountain Sports program and Team Topeak Ergon rider.
  • Eddy Cohn – Gravity MTB coach Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports
  • Jari Kirkland – all around mountain sports athlete including pro mountain biker, skimo racer, triathlete and adventure racer.
  • Jenny Smith – Pro mountain biker and Western Alumni. Currently rides for Stan’s No Tubes Elite Women’s team.
  • Current and former Western Mountain Sports MTB athletes, Angela Vitulli, Daniel Frentzel, Justin Barr and Sean O’Donnell.

Also making appearances: Heidi Shabo, ride skills specialist, Ellie Atkins, Western MTB alumni, and Susan DeMattei, 1996 Olympic Bronze medalist in mountain biking.

Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports is pleased to announce our 2016 High School Cross-Country Mountain Bike Camp. This year’s camp will begin with check-in from noon to 2pm on Wednesday August 3rd. Check out will be Sunday morning, August 7th.

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 University. Please let us know of any dieteary needs.

Riding safely at all times will be an omnipresent theme during this camp.

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. Again, riding safely at all times will be an omnipresent theme. New for 2016, we will be doing our backcountry day on trails in the Brush Creek area including Teocali Ridge, Strand Hill and Ferris Creek. Regardless of the trail, Saturday’s epic, high country ride will be an unforgettable experience.

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 we have Matt Clark back on the hook to produce another great video.

For questions or for more information, contact Western’s Director of Mountain Sport, Dave Wiens, anytime: or 970-275-0485.