Brand new to mountain biking and looking to gain some skills? Or maybe you’ve been biking for years and 2022 is the year you want to take it to the next level.
Wherever you are on your personal journey, we highly recommend going to a women’s mountain bike clinic or camp. There’s no better way to accelerate your skills, gain confidence, and meet new rad mountain bike women.
And it’s never too early to start planning your year out. Before you calendar gets chock full of dentist appointments and family obligations, commit to one of the following clinics, camps, or trips. Do something good for YOU!
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.
2022 Dates: Roam Retreats Dates and Locations TBA; Knoxville, TN May 13-15, 2022; Fruita, CO Sept 23-25, 2022; Sedona, AZ Nov 4-6, 2022
Where: Sedona, AZ, Fruita, CO, Moab, UT, Whitefish, MT, Oakridge, OR, Bend, OR, Knoxville, TN
Learn More: http://thisisroam.com/
Unlike many of the camps on this list that are primarily located in the Western U.S.,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.
2022 Plans: Registration opens Feb 3, multiple dates.
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.
2022 Plans: Schedule TBA
Where: Colorado (Multiple), Sedona, AZ
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 Utah and Quebec. (If you’re willing to go co-ed, the options expand signficantly)…..
Their 5-day Wilderness & Waterfalls tour in Quebec offers plenty of pedaling, as well as a little pampering. You get to stay in a backcountry ecolodge, visit a nordic spa, eat delicious meals and stretch out with some nature yoga.
2022 Plans: The women’s-only tours seem to be paired down, so don’t wait to register.
Locations: Utah, Quebec
Learn More: https://sacredrides.com/
If you’re looking for a top-notch coaching, consider the 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 2-day weekend clinics include skills development sessions, instructional rides, maintenance clinics, and more.
There are also a ton of locations, so wherever you are in N. America, you should be able to find a date near you.
2022 Plans: Registration opens soon. Dates and locations have been posted.
Locations: Moab, UT, Santa Fe, NM, San Diego, CA, St. George, UT, Reno, NV, Hood River, OR, San Jose, CA, Victoria, BC, Rapid City, SD, Independence, MO, Calgary, AB, Golden, BC, Sudbury, ON, Barrie, ON, Laramie, WY, Whitby, ON, Park City, UT, Fernie, BC, Bogus Basin, ID, Mammoth, CA
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 women’s only camps.
For 2022 they have women’s camps planned in 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).
2022 Plans: Registration is open but women’s only dates have been scaled back. Register quickly!
Locations: Fruita, CO, Winter Park, CO
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
2022 Plans: Dates are posted, registration opens March 1
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.
2022 Plans: Clinics are happening and registration is open.
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.