7 Best Women’s MTB Clinics, Camps, & Events

Brand new to mountain biking and looking to gain some skills? Or maybe you’ve been biking for years and 2024 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 skills clinic or camp. There’s no better way to accelerate your skills, gain confidence, and meet new rad mountain bike women.

Or, you might just be looking for a new experience. In that case, we’ve also included women’s mountain bike races, vacations, and other events.

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. Do something good for YOU!

a woman being coached and a dirt series mtb camp
Photo from Dirt Series

Roam Fest

Roam Fest is the biggest women’s mountain bike festival in the world! This weekend long events focus on group rides, demos, workshops, and yup, dance parties.

Roam Fest is also doing an excellent job of inclusivity and no matter your age, race, or sexual orientation you’re welcome. To learn more, make sure to listen to our podcast with Ash and Andi, the founders of ROAM.

Unlike past years, this year there’s only ONE Roam Fest happening and it’s in Fruita. Don’t miss it!

2024 Date & Locations: Fruita, CO (Sept 20-22)

Learn More: Roam Fest

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Photo credit: Roam Events

Ladies AllRide

Ladies AllRide is the organization that has set the bar for all others. These fantastic camps are designed for women of all skill levels and offer small group instruction. 

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. 

If you want to learn more about Ladies AllRide, make sure to listen to our podcast interview with founder Lindsey Richter.

2024 Dates & Locations: Baja, Mexico (Feb 5-9), Bentonville, AR (April 27-28), Bend, OR (multiple dates), Grand Targhee, WY (multiple dates), Lyndonville, VT (Sept 11-12), Sedona, AZ (multiple)

Learn More: Ladies All Ride

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Photo Credit: Ladies AllRide

Grit MTB Festival

The Grit MTB Festival is a weekend long celebration of mountain biking that caters to all levels, from beginners to seasoned riders. It’s an event that truly embodies the spirit of inclusivity and community within the mountain biking world.

Participants can enjoy a variety of activities, including workshops, guided rides, gear demos, and inspiring talks from cycling experts. The festival is not just about challenging trails; it’s about forging connections, sharing experiences, and encouraging each other in a supportive environment.

Location & Date: Fayetville, AR (Sept 27-29)

Learn More: Grit Festival

Photo credit: GRIT MTB Festival

Better Ride

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.  Participants learn correct body position, how to fall safely, how to clear large obstacles, and effective cornering (plus much more).

2024 Dates & Locations: Moab, UT (April 5-7), Fruita, CO (April 26-28), Winter Park, CO (July 26-28), Durango, CO (Aug 23-25), Fruita, CO (Sept 27-29)

More info: http://betterride.net

Better Ride womens camp
Photo Credit: Better Ride

Shred Sisters

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.

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.

2024 Dates & Locations: Multiple Dates, Ivenmere, BC, Golden, BC, Calgary, AB, Canmore, AB, Cranbrook, AB, Revelstoke, BC, Hinton, AB, Kimberley, BC

More Info: https://shredsisters.ca/

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Photo Credit: Shred Sisters

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, full day, or 2 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.

2024 Dates and Locations: Too many to list!

More Info: https://ridelikeaninja.com/womens-only-clinics/

ninja womens mountain bike clinics
Photo Credit: Ninja MTB

Ride Lab Bike Fest

Ride Lab is a women’s multi-day bike festival in Squamish, BC. (If you’ve never been, you need to go).

The event includes rides with PMBIA certified coaches, demo bikes, tech talks, and outdoor music and movies. Camping is available at MTN Fun Basecamp, as is post-ride yoga.

Location & Dates: Squamish, BC (May 13-17)

group of women standing around with bikes
Photo Credit: Ride Lab

Other Women’s Camps, Clinics, Trips, Events, & Races

Just a few years ago, we had trouble putting together this list–there just wasn’t that much out there. Today, there are so many amazing opportunities for women that it’s hard to capture them all on a list of “7 best.”

Here are other organizations that we recommend in addition to those listed above. Know one that should be added? Leave a comment below.

Western U.S.

Eastern U.S.

Western Canada

Eastern Canada

International

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About The Author

kristen bonkoski

Kristen Bonkoski is the founder and owner of Femme Cyclist.

An avid cyclist for a few decades now, she took to cycling during her late teen years — a time when she needed something to help boost her self-esteem and confidence.

Mission accomplished, the sport has become an important part of her life.  Kristen’s favorite disciplines are mountain biking and bike commuting, although you can also find her cranking out a century on her road bike and touring with her husband and son.  If it has to do with two wheels, she enjoys doing it.

Kristen is a certified USA Cycling coach, and she runs Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids.

IG: @femme_cyclist

11 thoughts on “7 Best Women’s MTB Clinics, Camps, & Events”

  1. Howdy!! I am yearning to gain confidence on drops and jumps, I live in Las Vegas and would love to do a week long women’s skill retreat somewhere relatively close.

    Thanks,
    ♥️♥️♥️
    Connie

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    • Not that I know of Susan. You could always reach out to the organizers of any clinics nearby you and ask if they allow e-mtbs.

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  2. Loved reading this in 2019, have done 2 camps/1 fest with Roam Events and can’t wait until they can start the long weekend just-bike camps again (hopefully they will). I think there is a huge niche out there for offering more woman 3-4 day/long weekend just ride camps- not skill building (many already on offer). There are so many mtb areas I want to check out and would be great to do so with other women that know the area, willing to guide.

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  3. Are there any women’s men bike clinics that are one on one or limited to a very few number of women in or around the Saint George/Moab area? Thanks.

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