Hi from….Osprey Presents: Rippin Chix Mountain Bike Camps,
This is to confirm your entry into a 2017 Rippin Chix Mountain Bike Camp.
We’re packing up the logs, ramps and teeter-totter and heading to your camp.
Contacting us the evening before or morning of the camp is always difficult because we’re traveling and setting up the camp site for a fun filled day on our bikes with you, so if you are having issues, try to contact us the evening before.
You may contact us by cell phone (970-261-1496) on the day of your camp if you get lost or are going to be late and need assistance with anything.
Meeting times and places: We will be sending out meeting place specifics and meeting times in an email a few days before the camp is scheduled. Please come to your camp designated meeting place 30 minutes prior to camp starting time – to: Check in, sign out Osprey Demo Packs, sign waivers, plus meet and greet your fellow riders.
Make sure you check your email if there is expected bad weather the day of the camp – as sometimes plans need to be adjusted. Important!! If you do not have easy access to your email while on the road, please send us your cell phone so we can contact you with any updates, especially if we have some weather.
If you have a child who is using one of our 24” Youth Demo Bikes, please be there an hour early so that we will have time to fit your child to the bike and sign bike use waivers. We only have (8) youth demo bikes, so please be sure to reserve a bike for your child prior to arriving at camp. Our Youth Demo bikes should fit a tall 8 year old to a 12 year old, even some small adults.
Look for the ramps, logs and teeter-totter as that’s where you’ll find us. Most (but not all) Skills Camps will be on Saturdays starting at 3:00 PM with Single Track Camps to follow on Sunday Morning at 9:00 AM. (Note: if your camp is not scheduled on a Saturday or Sunday, please pay attention to the Welcome letter that will be mailed out a few days before camp as to meeting times and locations).
Most Importantly: Is this email the one you check most frequently? If anything changes, we will email you during the week before the camp.
If you will not be on email, let us know an alternative contact for the weekend at least two days prior to the camp at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups: We will allow you to choose the upper level or lower level at each camp, with max for each group being around 6, each taught by an IMBA Certified Rippin Chix Coach.
All Youth camps are 2 hours in duration and all Adult Camps are 3 hours in duration, so plan accordingly.
Do to attention span issues with some of our younger riders we go at an accelerated pace in our Youth Camps to hold their attention. For the Adults we break things down even more taking time to going over more steps in the process, as well as fielding questions.
Youth camps may be kept in a larger group with two coaches for spotting as we do accelerate the pace a bit with them. That plus kid’s prefer to cluster in larger groups like a little pack of puppies and tend to learn more from observations (both that of the coach and fellow riders).
The kiddos are more action motivated and not wanting or needing of full explanations, if too much verbiage is thrown their way they usually end up with glassy stares or wandering eyes (we call them squirrel eyes, like a dog spotting a squirrel, the focus is not on task). Children need to be kept moving to keep their focus.
Adults on the other hand are the opposite, wanting and needing explanations for why things are done in a certain manner. Children watch and do, where adults tend to watch, process, question and then do.
If you want your child to join you in a Rippin Chix Adult Skills Camp and a youth designated camp is not available at your location, by all means sign your child up to join you. We will accommodate children in our Adult Skills Camps.
The child whether they are in a Youth or Adult Class must be on a 24” or larger wheeled bike to safely roll over our obstacles. We have (8) such demo bikes on a first come first serve basis. Reserve a bike early if you want to be guaranteed one for your child to use at camp.
Children will not be included in Adult Single Track Camps, only in Youth specific Single Track Camps. Teenagers are more than welcome to join in on the Adult Single Track Camps.
A three hour Adult Single Track Camp has many areas where we stop and session natural trail features with the adults, here we lose the attention of our younger riders and trying to keep a watchful eye on bored little kiddos and spot our adults while trying to attempt a feature is just not feasible from a safety stand point.
This is not a safe condition for any of our riders, so we reserve the right to only take children on our fun packed Youth Single Track rides. That plus we like to use tighter ratios of 6 children to 2 coaches when out on the trails, to keep watchful eyes on our precious little rippers.
Register: There are just a few spots left in the camp, if you have friends that want to join you they can still register at: http://rippinchix.com/womens-bike-camps. We will be taking last minute entries at the camp site, if space is available.
Bikes: We highly recommend a full-suspension bike for the camp – should your camp be occurring at a bike festival location, many demos are usually available free of charge during such festivals. There are many great women specific bikes now a day at these festivals. Even if you are not in the position to buy a bicycle, the demos will make learning many of the skills we teach MUCH EASIER. Once you gain this new-found confidence, transitioning back to your regular bike is really easy.
IF YOU DECIDE TO DEMO A BIKE, YOU MUST GET YOUR DEMO AND HAVE IT FITTED PRIOR TO US MEETING TO SIGN WAIVERS, ETC.
Pack Demos: I will also have Women’s Osprey Hydration backpack demos during the camp, first come first served. For a $5 donation to COPMOBA trail building group, gals get to keep the amazing $34 magnet reservoir, so it’s worth the demo! Not to mention you will be blown away by the pack details.
Bring: Do bring your bike (required even if demoing) and helmet (required), and all your gear for any rain, snow, wind or shine. Camp will be held regardless of the weather, so be ready for anything. Bring a warm shirt, knee warmers or rain pants, rain jacket, lots of water, food and snacks as well, and a tube/toolkit/pump if you have one. We highly recommend demoing one of our free Osprey Pack demos above to hold all your gear!
Medical: If you have any medical issues that are urgent, please let us know in advance on your waiver/medical info. Please always ride with your appropriate medication easily available in your pack – Epi-pen for bee stings, inhaler for asthma, etc. Please show your coach and at least one other camper in your group where medications can be found in your pack if you require assistance in locating it in a case of emergency.
Contact: Best way to reach us is always email at least 12 hrs before each camp. During the day of the camp you can call or text us at 970-261-1496.
Weather: Camp will be held regardless of the weather, so be ready for anything.
Cancellation Policy: We recommend buying trip insurance, as the camp will not be refunded for any reason – weather, injury, illness, travel delays, etc.
Tipping: Tipping coaches is definitely not required, but if you had a great time and feel inclined, the coaches never complain.
Attitude: This is a camp, so you don’t have to be “good” to attend. Remember that everyone is as nervous as you are. Studies show that your muscles excrete good chemicals when you “think I can” and completely different chemicals when you decide you can’t do it. A positive fun-loving attitude is the most important element of the camp.
These camps are not set up for pro-athletes, everyone is in a learning environment, and the real key is to have a great fun time, gaining new skills and new biking friends. Then go out and pedal and practice.
Any thoughts, questions, concerns?
Have a great day and we look forward to riding with you all!!!
Rippin Chix LLC
Bike Camp Manager