This past year was a tough one for all of us. And if you had a mountain bike clinic or camp scheduled, chances are that it got cancelled. While 2021 isn’t totally back to normal, there is hope that we’ll have more mountain bike events this year.
Here is a list of our favorite women’s mountain bike camps and clinics. Some of these already have planned and scheduled events for 2021, others are still on a wait-and-see basis, but we’ve included the beta on each.
Even if you don’t go to one this year, we highly recommend planning ahead and thinking about next year. There’s no better way to accelerate your skills, gain confidence, and meet new rad mountain bike women than heading to a women’s mountain bike clinic, camp or trip.
Roam Retreats And Roam Fest
We know a bunch of awesome mountain biking ladies who’ve gone to one of the Roam Retreats, and they’ve done nothing but rave. Now we have to go too, obviously.
The Roam Retreats are all-inclusive ride weekends that are designed to be mini-vacations for women who love to shred.
Unlike most of the other camps on this list, Roam Retreats do NOT include any skills clinics. These weekends are oriented for intermediate and advanced riders who want to get out and hit the trails hard.
To learn more, make sure to listen to our podcast with Ash and Andi, the founders of ROAM.
2021 Plans: Its unclear at this time what 2021 Roam Retreat events will be possible, but Roam Fest is happening November 5-7 in Sedona, AZ. We’ll be there; will you?
Where: Sedona, AZ, Fruita, CO, Moab, UT, Whitefish, MT, Oakridge, OR, Bend, OR
Learn More: http://thisisroam.com/
Liv Ladies AllRide
Unlike many of the camps on this list that are primarily located in the Western U.S., Liv Ladies AllRide does a good job of offering clinics across the country. Their offerings span from Vermont to Arkansas to Wyoming.
These camps are designed for women of all skill levels and offer small group instruction.
If you want to learn more about Ladies AllRide, make sure to listen to our podcast interview with founder Lindsey Richter.
2021 Plans: 2021 clinics are scheduled begin in April.
Where: Sedona, AZ, Bentonville, AR, Bend, OR, Grand Targhee, WY, Lyndonville, VT, Whitefish, MT, Flathead Lake Lodge, MT
Learn More: http://www.ladiesallride.com
VIDA MTB Series
The VIDA MTB series is well-known for their skills-building weekend clinics. Located in Colorado, most of their events are local, but they are worth traveling for.
If you are headed to the Sedona MTB festival in March, VIDA will be there as well. These events are great for ladies who are short on time but want to focus on improving their riding.
2021 Plans: The 2021 schedule is anticipated to release in March.
Where: Colorado (Multiple), Sedona, AZ, Glorieta, NM
Learn More: https://www.vidamtb.com/
Looking for the trip of a lifetime? Look no further than Sacred Rides.
They offer women’s-only mountain bike trips to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Quebec. Yeah, we’re adding this our bucket list too…..
Their 9-day New Zealand trip includes a week of solid mountain biking, including heli-biking. You’ll also get to soak in natural hotsprings, sample local wine, and stretch your sore muscles with a little yoga.
2021 Plans: Trips are still happening, but the women’s-only tours seem to be paired down, so don’t wait to register.
Locations: Costa Rica, New Zealand, Quebec
Learn More: https://sacredrides.com/
Trek Dirt Series
If you’re looking for a top-notch coaching, consider the Trek Dirt Series mountain bike camps. Most are women’s only; a few are co-ed. All will leave you a better rider.
There are camps for developing both cross-country and downhill skills, so you can pick whichever discipline suits you better. The 2021 dates have yet to be announced, but the 2019 schedule included an impressive array of locations including Whistler, BC, Calgary, AB, Hood River, OR, and Park City, UT.
2021 Plans: No schedule has been announced as of yet.
Locations: A whole bunch across the Western U.S. and Canada
Learn More: http://www.dirtseries.com
Better Ride are probably the best-known skill-building clinics in the United States. Less well known is that they offer a women’s only camp.
For 2021 they have women’s camps planned in Austin, TX, Moab, UT, Fruita, CO, and Winter Park, CO. Participants learn correct body position, how to fall safely, how to clear large obstacles, and effective cornering (plus much more).
2021 Plans: All scheduled dates are continuing as planned.
Locations: Moab, UT, Fruita, CO, Winter Park, CO, Austin, TX
More info: http://betterride.net
If you’re north of the border, check out one of these Canadian-based clinics or retreats. Shred Sisters offers weekend workshops, one-day clinics, and weekly programs. (In prior years, they’ve also offered retreats).
Regardless of your skill level, you’ll find a class for you. They have beginner programs, intermediate ones, and even special sessions on jumps and drops.
Locations: Ivenmere, BC, Golden, BC, Calgary, AB, Canmore, AB, Cranbrook, AB, Revelstoke, BC
2021 Plans: There are no retreats scheduled, but weekend and weekly clinics are happening.
More Info: https://shredsisters.ca/
Ninja Mountain Bike Performance
New-ish to mountain biking? The Ninja Women’s Fundamental clinic will teach you everything you need to know to succeed on the bike.
These half-day clinics cover body position, braking, shifting, climbing and descending, and more. You’ll also learn drills that you can continue to practice long after the clinic is over.
These clinics are offered all over the country.
2021 Plans: Clinics are happening!
Where: Lots of Locations
Other Local Groups That Host Clinics
Didn’t see anything close to you? Here are some other organizations that offer skills clinics locally or regionally.
Know one that should be added? Leave a comment below.
- Women In The Mountains – Park City, UT
- A Singletrack Mind – California (primarily Truckee, CA)
- Dirt Divas – Denver, CO
- MTB Oregon Ladies Clinic – Oakridge, OR
- Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association Women’s Weekend – Seeley, WI