Meeting time and place: We will be meeting at 8:30 am – ready to ride – Monument Valley Park South in Colorado Springs
Directions and parking: From I-25 exit Uintah (#143) and go east. At the top of the hill go right on Cascade Ave. At the next light take a right on Cache la Poudre. Go down to the bottom of the hill. There is a grassy park on your left side. We will be meeting here. You can park anywhere on the street. If you have trouble locating the park please call Alison at (719) 439-9041.
What we’re doing:
8:30am – 12:00pm
The morning session is all about learning the basic fundamentals of riding a mountain bike. We will talk about positioning, balance, cornering, braking, shifting, mounting and dismounting your bike, and line selection.
We will enjoy a tasty lunch in the park, compliments of the Alison Dunlap Adventure Camps and the Picnic Basket.
1:00pm – 3:30pm
After lunch we will advance to tougher obstacle-oriented drills, including front wheel lifts over curbs and ledges, steep climbing and descending, riding downhill ledges and drop-offs, switchbacks, and anything else we can come up with, or any requests you may have.
Where we're riding:
We will be riding in the southern portion of Monument Valley Park, utilizing the grass and manmade structures in the area. We will be riding on the various bike paths and trails in the park.
Conclusion of the first day:
We’ll wrap up our first day around 3pm.
In Colorado Springs: From I-25 exit at Garden of the Gods and go west. In 1.1 miles take a right on Centennial. Go 1.5 miles and take a right on Mule Deer Dr. This is a small neighborhood street. It is right after the big white Mormon temple. Follow the road down to the other end of the park where the playground is and park there. There is no official parking lot. We will meet at the picnic pavilion.
If you have trouble locating the parking area, please call Alison at (719) 439-9041.
What we’re doing:
8:30am – 12:30pm
Today we are going to apply the skills we learned yesterday to actual trail riding. Ute Valley Park is all about technical riding, giving us the chance to practice up and down ledges, switchbacks, steep climbs and descents. We’ll also review line selection and cornering on loose, twisty singletrack. When we come to a technical section we will stop and talk about the obstacle, demonstrate how to ride it, and give everyone as much practice time as needed. We will spend most of the day away from our cars, only coming back for lunch, so be sure to bring the appropriate clothes and enough water to last 2-3hrs.
We will enjoy a gourmet lunch, compliments of the Alison Dunlap Adventure Camps and the Picnic Basket.
1:30pm – 3:30pm
We will continue working on our technical skills, practicing on some of the harder trails in Ute Valley Park.
We’ll talk about the past two days and how much fun we had, swap addresses, take group pictures, sign yearbooks, talk about how much we’ll miss each other, hug, cry, and finally say goodbye. We’ll also answer any questions you may have about your newly acquired skills.
What to bring:
The weather in Colorado Springs can be a little unstable. Be prepared for sun or rain. We’ll ride in anything unless the trails are too muddy. Bring lots of layers with you in your car and we’ll see what the weather is doing when we get to the trailhead.
What we provide