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Mountain Bike Camps & Clinics

Training for All Levels!


Want to improve your mountain biking skills, meet cool people and learn new trails? 

Join us for our  Mountain Bike Camps & Clinics!

WHY

  • Meet other riders
  • Learn local trails
  • Have fun
  • Learn proper riding technique and etiquette
    • bike/body separation
    • cornering
    • technical descending
    • jumping
    • climbing
    • right of way
    • and more!

WHAT

  • Mountain Bike Clinics
    • Three hour mountain bike clinics including a mix of coaching and trail riding.
    • Offered in the Spring and Fall on Saturday mornings twice per month
    • $145 per session
    • Ages ten and up
  • Summer Camps
    • 2024 Camps are FULL. please send us an email to get on the waiting list.
    • One week day camps meeting at trail heads around the East Bay
    • Separate camps for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
    • Kids age ten and up
    • $675/week, $150 per day
      • Early Bird Special: $600/week if you sign up by February 1, 2024!
      • If you'd like to sign up for individual days vs. the whole week, please give us a call to schedule
  • 5-1 rider to instructor ratio
  • Instructors:
    • Experienced, CPR certified Coaches
    • Carey Platto: First Mile Co-Founder, twelve years MTB experience, deep knowledge of Bay Area Trails, ex-NOLS instructor
    • Cale Hansen: Acalanes Senior, helped develop camp/clinic curriculum, accomplished enduro rider and trail builder
    • Riley Marmesh: Accomplished Rider, ex-swim coach, Nursing Student and Father of three

WHERE

Our trail locations provide plenty of progression, challenge, fun and excitement.

WHEN

  • 2024 Clinics
    • Spring: 4/27, 5/11, 5/25 (FULL)
    • Fall: 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12
    • 9am-12pm each day 
  • 2024 Summer Camps: 9am-2pm
    • 6/10-6/14: Beginner/Intermediate (FULL)
    • 6/24-6/28: Beginner/Intermediate (FULL)
    • 7/15-7/19: Beginner/Intermediate (FULL)
    • 7/29-8/2: Intermediate/Advanced (FULL)

HOW

  • Riders provide their own bike, helmet and whatever protective gear they need
  • Come into the shop before your camp or clinic for a safety check and any repairs you need
  • 10% off equipment and service at First Mile during the season

Questions? Call us 

Camp Sign-Up   Clinic Sign-up

Reviews

"If you are new to mountain biking or a long time rider, I am here to tell you that the First Mile clinics will change the way you ride for the better. Carey is so knowledgeable and incredibly helpful as he taught us a new skill, and then had us practice that new skill doing drills that incorporate it. To add great practice to good, he then took us on trails where you practice the skills on real terrain. He video taped us and analyzed our form and truly assist us in becoming a better rider…oh, and did I mention safer rider too? Stop just thinking that one of these clinics might be helpful and make the decision to change your mountain biking abilities forever by registering for a clinic today. I am most certainly glad that I did!!! Thank you to the ladies I rode with and to Carey for being such a great instructor!" - Jana Sampson, 4/15/23

"My son had a great time with the First Mile Cycle Camp!  He said it is great for kids who want to improve their climbing and jumping skills.  As a parent, I found Carey to be very responsive and flexible with addressing any questions and concerns I had.  I also think it is cool my son was part of the FIRST First Mile Cycle Camp!  I hope this camp is around for years to come!" - Fred Fielding, July 2022

"Carey did an amazing job running the biking camp for kids last week. It was smiles and 'cannot wait to get back tomorrow' for the entire week. Carey was encouraging while also helping kids improve their biking skills. My son is looking forward to the next camp!" - Serge Milman, July 2022

"First Mile Cycle is truly passionate about biking. These guys are excellent mechanics with a ton of expertise and knowledge in all things biking, especially mtn biking. They run group rides and have instructional mtn bike camps for kids. Carrey Platto, the owner runs the camps and does an incredible job teaching the kids how to properly ride trails, downhill, jumps.  He takes them to all different mtn bike parks in the East Bay. My son was in the camp and had an amazing experience. These guys are truly a cut above. If you are looking for bike expertise, great mechanics and people who are really passionate about riding and working with kids who are interested in mtn biking.  Look no further than First Mile Cycle." - Patrick Cronin, July 2022

"I was customer at one of First Mile's biking camps. It was really a great experience that helped me get better at mountain biking and it helped me get outside and have fun for a week. I do recommend." - Adam Fibrich, July 2022

Skill Level Descriptions

Beginner

- Beginning to work on:
  • body position
  • standing in the pedals
  • shifting
  • braking
  • climbing up to 300'
- Comfortable riding trails like:
- Neighborhoods

- Lafayette/Moraga Trail

Intermediate

- Comfortable with:
  • body position
  • standing in the pedals
  • shifting
  • braking
  • climbing up to 1,000'
- Comfortable riding trails like:
- Thorn Alley at Lime Ridge
- Big Trees at Joaquin Miller Park

Advanced

- Adept at:
  • body position
  • standing in the pedals
  • shifting
  • braking
  • climbing up to 1,500' +
- Comfortable riding trails like:
- Cinderella at Joaquin Miller Park
- Cave Trail at Rockville

Camp Cancellation Policy

100% Refund: Cancel by April 15th 

50% Refund: Cancel by May 15th

25% Refund: Cancel by June 1

No Refund: Cancel after June 1

Clinic Cancellation Policy

100% Refund: Cancel three weeks before the clinic 

50% Refund: Cancel two weeks before the clinic

25% Refund: Cancel one week before the clinic