FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does my camper need mountain biking experience?
Mt Tam Bikes Camp is a camp for everyone, from novice to serious riders. Campers, however, must be comfortable with basic skills: how to start, stop, turn and ride in a controlled manner. If your child has recently learned to ride or is struggling, s/he may want to wait a year. If you have any questions, please call us.
I AM NOT SURE IF MY CAMPER CAN RIDE ALL day ...
At Mt Tam Bikes Camp, we ride a lot, but not non-stop. The day is broken up with lots of fun bike-related skill work: drills, exercises, bike mechanics and maintenance. We also play games, in addition to having snacks and lunch. Each ride is based on the camper’s ability; if s/he gets tired, they can always take a break.
How do you deal with riders of different abilities?
It may seem surprising, but after nine years - and teaching over 2000+ campers - we have honed this to an art. On day one, we begin with bike skill drills to assess each rider’s ability, and begin coaching fundamentals. We then divide into groups by ability, and take each group on rides that are developmentally appropriate. Campers always have a choice: if they are tired one day, or want to ride with a friend that is new to the sport, they can choose an easier ride. We want to challenge riders without overwhelming them. Experience has taught us that if you set the bar high and patiently support that goal, campers will rise up to meet it.
Mountain biking can be hazardous. How do you keep riders safe?
At Mt Tam Bikes Camp, safety is our number one priority. This is where our experience sets us apart from other camps.
We could easily fill this page with all the safety precautions we take, but the basics are this. We start by talking about what can go wrong on a bike, and when and how accidents happen. We reiterate these ideas during the skills coaching and trail rides for the rest of the day, each and every day. The skills that make one a better rider are the same skills that keep one safe. Our coaches are locals who know these trails and have ridden these routes hundreds of times; every time we start up or down a hill or trail, we describe what to expect, and how to be prepared. We prevent accidents before they happen through communication, in-depth skills coaching and comprehensive guiding protocols. All of our coaches are CPR Wilderness First Responders and we ride with two-way radios, so we are in contact at all times.
What if my child takes medication or has food or other allergies?
On the registration form, please indicate what types of medication your child takes or allergies they have. We will make sure your child takes any required medication and go over this with you before camp begins. (We also have experience with diabetic campers.) We are trained to assist with EPI-pen administration, and will make sure that your camper has their EPI-pen with them at all times.
What is your refund policy?
All sessions are non-refundable. Please talk to us ASAP if you need to cancel; if we can fill your space, we will refund your payment less a $50 administration fee.
Can I register for a single day?
No. Our program is based on a 5-day session. We offer single-day rides throughout the school year for our campers who've attended at least one session.
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