There’s no better way to get stoked on the New Year than adding a couple of events to the calendar. You know your 2019 schedule will soon be jam-packed with kids activities, work trips, and dentist appointments. So before it gets too full, register for one of these camps, clinics, or trips. They are just for the ladies, so grab your sister or best friend and register her too.
We know a bunch of awesome mountain biking ladies who went to one of last year’s Roam Retreats, and they did 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. New this year are some events east of the Rockies as well. The first Roam Retreat of 2019 is Feb 15-17 in Sedona, AZ.
Where: Sedona, AZ, Bentonville, AR, Brevard, NC, 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. While the 2019 schedule has yet to be announced, their 2018 offerings spanned from Vermont to Florida to Wyoming — and even to Italy if you can manage to swing that. These camps are designed for women of all skill levels and offer small group instruction. Join their email list now so that you can be notified when the 2019 sign-ups open.
Where (2018 locations): Ocala, FL, Sedona, AZ, Bentonville, AR, Bend, OR, Big Sky, MT, Grand Targhee, WY, Italy, Lyndonville, VT, Brevard, NC
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.
Where: Colorado, Sedona, AZ
Learn More: https://www.vidamtb.com/
Sacred Rides has several women’s offerings for 2019, including multiple dates for their St. George, UT “Desert Rose Thrills and Skills Weekend.” The 4 day weekend includes skills instruction, trail riding, and post-ride yoga. If that’s not exotic enough for you, they also have women’s-only trips to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Peru. Yeah, we’re adding this our bucket list too…..
Locations: St. George, Utah, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Peru
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.
Locations: A whole bunch across the Western U.S. and Canada
Learn More: http://www.dirtseries.com
These clinics are short (around 3 hours) and offered in conjunction with other events — the Fruita Fat Tire Festival, the Grand Junction Off-Road, etc. If you’re already planning to be at one of these weekend events, make sure to sign up for a clinic. Coaches help riders to conquer new challenges such as teeter-totters, bridges, and more.
Locations: Western U.S.
More info: http://rippinchix.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 2019 they have women’s camps planned in a variety of locations including Austin, TX, Fruita, CO, Fairfax, VA, and Winter Park, CO. Participants learn correct body position, how to fall safely, how to clear large obstacles, and effective cornering (plus much more).
Locations: Austin, TX, Fruita, CO, Fairfax, VA, Winter Park, CO
More info: http://betterride.net