Each summer for the past 7 years we have hosted four weeks of skill camps for the less experienced riders who want to build their handling skills. Our camps are held at the Cycle 4 Life bike park in Banner Elk as well as enjoying a number of our local trails.
Kids of all ages are invited to join in. With ride leaders from all around the area, including Doug Owen former National Champion coach from Lees-McRae college, Alan Sparks, the National Champion Head Coach of the King University Cycling Team. Ashley Laws, Beech Mountain, mountain patrol and ski patrol, Matthew Owen four year down hill instructor and head camp instructor for the last 7 years. We also welcome a number of local college cyclist and local shredders to join and help teach our campers on how to handle their bikes in all type of trail environments. This year we welcome Sheri Cole to our camps. Sheri is a PMBIA certified coach as well as a local NICA coach from Science Hill high school.
In 2018 we hosted the Velo Brew junior team from Florida to come improve their handling skills and experience climbing a 5500 foot tall mountain.
Our first week of camp will be the last week of June this year. The weather is often cool in the evenings with a chance of showers in the afternoons. Enjoy our first week of camp then have the rest of the summer to enjoy your new skills on the trails of Beech and Sugar Mountain. Feel comfortable to take a lift ride to the top and then ride your bike back down to the bottom on their trails.
Our first week in July is traditionally the first week after the fourth. Enjoy your fireworks then come spend time with Alan Sparks, head coach of the multi time National Champion King University Cycling team. This year we also will feature Sheri Cole a NICA coach from local Science Hill high school.
This year we will once again do back to back weeks in July. This will allow you the opportunity to come spend time with us at our local bike parks, then head over to Sugar and Beech Mountains on the weekend for some Down Hill fun. Alan Sparkes will be with us this week. Sheri Cole will also join us.
For those kids who start school a little later. August tends to be drier and warmer then June and July. Traditionally a smaller camp with more one on one time with the coaches.
We begin each camp at our park in Banner Elk. There we will asses each kids skills and divide up by skill level and practice all different handling skills. At the park we have basic flat trail to multiple creek crossings and wooden features. You can see more on our facebook page Cycle4life bike park. As the skill levels allow we also utilize Hemlock Ridge trail in BE and the Emerald Outback trails on Beech Mountain. This year we hope to add some loop rides to the Holsten Camp trails along side Wildcat lake.
We will begin each day at 9 AM and finish up around 4 PM. Our camps run Monday thru Friday and you can come by the day or the week. cost this year is $300 per child for the week or $60 a day. This includes all your nutrition, Gatorade, tubes and cables for the bikes and lunch each day. We ride to different local restaurant each day for lunch, sometimes ice cream. We finish up each week with a ride to Wildcat Lake where swimming and general good times are allowed for everyone. Parents are encouraged to ride with us any time they can get away from work.