By Steve Cuff
School holidays, kids fun and mountain biking, it sure sounds like a great combination.
This coming school holidays all these elements are combined in the Sports Camp of Australia holiday mountain biking camp at Bungarra Alpine Centre in Jindabyne.
The camps run on April 23-24 from 9am-3pm each day and offer the perfect blend for young riders to ride the great trails of Bungarra, practice all their new found skill levels plus have loads of school holiday fun with their friends.
The camp is open for both boys and girls from ages 7-16 and camp director is former national team member Cameron Ivory.
Cameron is a former U/23 National Champion for both XCO (cross country Olympic) and CX (cyclocross), and won the Elite National XCO and XCE Series as an U/23 in 2014. When he isn’t overseas following his racing commitments, he enjoys helping others of all ages improve their riding skills and abilities.
The trails at Bungarra are suited to all levels of mountain biking and if the parents are looking to keep the kids entertained and at the same time ensure they learn greater skills, this is the perfect holiday camp.
Mountain biking is now a huge sport in the mountains, and with families travelling from outside the region plus local mums and dads looking for something different this school holidays, this is the place to be.
Brief Camp Description
For beginners, the day will focus around getting comfortable on your bike and riding the beginner trails. For intermediate and advanced riders, skill work will focus on specific techniques to help you ride quicker, safer and more efficiently. You will also get to do work in the skills area and hit some jumps. Afternoons will consist of group trail riding and fun race competitions.
Learn how to ride quicker and more efficiently by learning proper bike set up, on trail riding strategy and more.
Camp instructors will provide you with one-on-one instruction to show you how to pick better lines, be in the correct posture on your bike and learn new pedaling and cornering techniques.
10:1 camper to coach ratio to make you feel safe and supervised at camp. Safety is our number one goal!
Daily lectures and last day race competition
Opportunity to ride many of the hidden gem trails at the Bungarra Alpine Centre, which has trails and skills areas for all skill levels
Every camper will receive a SCA Nike t-shirt.
All Coaches have accredited working with children checks and first aid.
The camp is open to riders of all skill levels, but you must be able to ride a bike competently before arriving at camp. The camp provides instruction on and off the bike that will have you riding like never before in a short period of time whilst incorporating a fun and outdoor learning environment. The coaching professionals are extremely stoked to help you take your riding to the next level and the kids will leave with a new-found confidence no matter what level they started.
Here is what the kids can learn at the camp.
– Have fun!
– Setting up your bike properly
– How a mountain bike works
– Gearing and braking
– Weight distribution and body positioning
– Correct pedalling technique
– Cornering and traction principles
– Obstacles and drops
– Climbs – traction, line choice, gearing and pedalling
– Descending – body position, line choice, speed
– Basic bike maintenance
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout camp. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability to provide maximum enjoyment for every child.
ALL RIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING THEIR OWN BIKE and provide their gear, sunscreen and meals/drink each day!
To register and find out more details for this great camp, visit the camp website