Trek Dirt Series 2016

Mar 28, 2016 at 12:01
by Pinkbike Staff  
North America’s first, longest-running and leading women’s mountain bike camp, the Trek Dirt Series, launched registration for 2016 on March 1 and has already seen 500 participants sign up. This growth reflects mountain biking’s upward trajectory in the female participant segment; in 2015 alone the number of women who mountain bike increased 11.5%

Trek Dirt Series Ronny Kalchhauser

Since 2001, the Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps have taken over 12,000 beginner, intermediate and expert riders to the next skill level in cross-country and downhill disciplines. The largely female coaching staff, many of whom are professional coaches, teachers and professors in their “day jobs”, focus on creating opportunities for participants to gain high-end skills with low penalty through methodical skill building exercises and an incredibly supportive environment.

Trek Dirt Series Justa Jeskova

Studies have shown women are motivated by relationships and a supportive environment, and it's incredibly rewarding to be able to accommodate that with step-by-step instruction, multi-faceted approaches, and lots of positive feedback,” says Candace Shadley, founder and director of the Trek Dirt Series. “Participants are encouraged to give their best and push their limits in a responsible way; they leave camp with increased confidence and passion for mountain biking.

Fourteen women’s specific camps and four co-ed camps will be presented across North America in 11 different locations this summer, starting at the end of April and running through to mid-September. The Trek Dirt Series has such a solid reputation that 70% of participants are referred by a friend or returning themselves. In fact, the co-ed camp offerings resulted from men who had encouraged women to go to camp, saw how quickly they learned and requested similar opportunities for themselves.

Trek Dirt Series Ronny Kalchhauser

Most of the camps run on a two-day weekend format with skill development sessions in the mornings and instructional rides, in small groups, in the afternoons. Basic bike maintenance clinics, and social time with food and drinks to cap off the day, round out the camp’s offering. The Trek Dirt Series also offers one-day camp options in some locations.

Camp participants range from riders with only a few days on gravel trails who want to focus on positioning, steering and braking, to confident riders with years of experience and a desire to hone their technical riding and polish their air time with drops and jumps instruction. The step-by-step, progressive approach, with at least 1:6 coach to participant ratio, means every rider gets individual attention and develops skills at an accelerated rate.

Trek Dirt Series Justa Jeskova

Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps will run the following sessions this summer, in order of the event date: Los Gatos, CA - April 30-May 1; Santa Cruz, CA - May 6 & May 7-8 (co-ed); Winthrop, WA - May 14-15 (co-ed); Whistler, BC - May 28-29 & June 4-5; Calgary AB - June 10 & June 11-12; Whistler, BC - June 18-19 (co-ed) & June 25-26; Hood River, OR - July 9-10; Park City, UT - July 16-17; Whistler, BC - July 30-31; Fernie, BC - August 6-7; Canmore, AB - August 13-14; Mammoth, CA - August 27-28; Whistler, BC - September 10-11 (co-ed); Fruita, CO - September 17-18. Online schedule here:

Trek Dirt Series Justa Jeskova

It’s incredible how well organized this program is, and how effective it is at teaching you exactly what you want to learn, no matter your level. There’s a natural camaraderie that develops,” says Siobhan Henry, Whistler Trek Dirt Series camp participant. “I left with a sense of empowerment that went way beyond having fun on two wheels.

The two-day camps are $385 (USD/CAD) and include full days of professional on-bike instruction, lunch, maintenance clinics, après and prizes from the series sponsors.



  • 26 0
 We're proud to support the Trek Dirt Series camps. Great coaches, excellent skill building exercises, and an incredibly supportive atmosphere. If you're looking to improve your skills, the Dirt Series camps is a great place to do it!
  • 11 0
 This is fantastic! More women should be empowered to ride mountain bikes and have the support to get out there and ride! I love seeing women crush this sport and beat the guys (myself included). My girlfriend is an amazing rider and I love the fact that we can enjoy our time together on almost any trail, although sometimes she leaves me in the dust. I see many guys take their girlfriends/wives to trails that are not appropriate for beginner riders and expect them to have fun, but we all started somewhere.

It sounds like the progression in these camps is spot on. If you're a woman rider and want to learn the sport, sign up for this!
  • 8 0
 Awesome, now for it to spread to the East Coast an stick around for my 4 year old Dirt Diva...not that I want her to fast forward in growing up...but.....#MoreKidsOnBikes is here now in North Carolina, so...ya know!
  • 10 0
 This is awesome, I've noticed quadruple the women riding where I ride on a regular basis, good to see
  • 8 0
 Stay after it ladies and please share the passion for cycling with as many girls as possible
  • 3 0
 Coaching for Dirt Series is one of the most rewarding experiences ever! We’re so lucky, because we get to ride with women and men as they take on and conquer challenges that they believed were impossible before they came to camp. Hooray!
  • 5 1
 It's so cool that more women are riding bikes. Not only because it's cool, but because mtb companies can sell twice as much shit now. Win win. Awesome.
  • 2 0
 Thanks for a fantastic article! I feel honored to be a part of such an amazing organization! I love the opportunity to share my passion for bikes and coach with so many talented women from all over the world! It is going to be an epic season! Whether your skills are just beginning or are advanced Dirt Series has something to offer you!
  • 6 0
 good job girls!
  • 5 0
 Excellent! Hopefully I'll see you all in Fruita! Cheers!
  • 3 0
 Great article - this truly is the place to go to improve your skills, make lots of new friends and riding buddies, and fall even deeper in love with this sport!
  • 4 0

Anything comparable for guys?
  • 5 0
 We offer 4 co-ed camps throughout the season - the first is in Santa Cruz, CA on May 7-8, then Winthrop, WA the following weekend, May 14-15. The other two other co-ed options are in Whistler, BC on June 18-19 and Sept 10-11. Cheers!
  • 2 0
 Went to the Whistler coed camp (wife and I are actually in that first photo). Was well worth it. There are some other skills camps around the country for guys too if the limited coed dates of this series don't work for you.
  • 1 0
 I'd love to go to this in Whistler but it's not really something I can afford at the moment, sadly. Frown Looks like a great time though!
  • 1 0
 There are scholarship offered too: These just cover the camp costs, as opposed to all the related travel you might have to do, but it's a start.
  • 2 0
 Thank you for a fantastic write up!
  • 1 0
 +1 for East Coast!

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