Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve compiled a list of questions we get asked most often. To jump to the section you’re interested in, click on one of the links below. Still not finding the answer you’re looking for? Contact us directly and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
- What should I carry in my hydration pack?
Suggestions of items I carry in my pack: • Charged Cell phone • Multi tool • Water • Energy bars/gels • Air pump or CO2 and patch kit • Shock pump • 2 tubes: 26, 27.5 and 29 tube - I carry 2 different sizes in case someone needs one. • Leatherman tool-knife • Spare bolts, screws, and cleats • Benadryl, Tylenol, Advil & Aspirin - EPI pen
- Is there any pre-ride checklist you do before you ride?
Here are a few suggestions, I do before I ride... • Check skewers & crank arms • Tire & shock pressure • Spin wheels to make sure brake isn’t rubbing • Check headset for no rocking • Confirm my hydration pack contents
- Do I need to get a tune-up on your bike before my clinic?
• We recommend a bike tune-up at least 2-3 weeks, before your clinic, from a certified mechanic. • Make sure tires aren’t flat, chain isn’t rusted, all gears shift properly and brakes are working! This will make your experience more enjoyable!
- What do I bring to my clinic or camp?
Download the What to Bring List!
- How do I sign up for Sundance Midwest Women's MTB Camp?
• Registration opens March 7 at 9am EST on the this website here: Sundance Midwest Women's MTB Camp • It will sell out quickly! • Once your registration goes through, you will be emailed confirming your spot in the clinic.
- How do I find out about camps and clinics?
- Dietary Request for the Sundance Midwest Women's Mountain Bike Camp
We accept dairy, gluten-free and vegetarian requests, but not combinations of multiple dietary requests. Unfortunately due to logistics we can cannot accommodate other requests. If we cannot meet your dietary needs, please feel free to bring along your own lunch.
- Do you have a wait list?
• If the clinic or camp you wanted to attend is full, contact us to be put on the wait list. • First in line will be emailed/called with 4 hours to complete our registration.
- What kinds of camps and clinics do you have?
We offer Private 1 on 1 Clinics, Small Personal Clinics, 1 Day Group Clinics, or 2 ½ Day Camps. • We can customize a clinic or camp for all ages. • Women, Men, Youth, Teens, Couples, Families, Senior Citizens, Cancer Survivors, TNT Friends, Para Riders, Military & First Responders • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Riders Is it time to create a new you? Our custom clinics and camps help you "Create the Life you wish to Live!" • Private | 1 on 1 Clinic 3 Hours (1 Participant) • Private | 1 on 1 Clinic 5 Hours (1 Participant) • Small Personal Clinic 3 Hours (2-7 Participants) • Small Personal Clinic 5 Hours (2-7 Participants) • 1 Day Group Clinic 6 Hours (8-24 Participants) • 2 ½ Camp (50-100 Participants) Team Building | Corporate | Special Occasion Clinics and Camps: • Staff Team Building Clinic | Create a New Bond for Employees Through Mountain Biking • Retreat Camp | Company's Employee Health and Wellness Program • Special Occasion | Reunion or Party | Friends, Family, Team, Church & School • Fulfillment Retreat - When Life Becomes "Minus One" - Letting the Bike Find You Peace.
- Can I attend the Sundance Midwest Women's Mountain Bike Camp or Sundance Midwest Men's Mountain Bike Camp if I’m under the age of 18?
• 18 years old or older. • We have a minimum age limit due to long days 9 am to 4pm; practicing skills, trail rides, and educational theory. • We have made exceptions in the past. If you think you’d like us to make this exception for you, please contact us. We will do our best to make your day! Note: If you are under 18 years old, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian accompanying you at registration.
- How do I make a reservation for your Private 1 on 1 Clinic, Group Clinic, Retreat?
Contact us here!, We will reserve your Private 1 on 1 Clinic, Group Clinic, Retreat or Customized Camp!
- Do I need to sign a waiver for my clinic, camp, ride, retreat or trip?
Yes, If you are under 18 years old, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian accompanying you at registration. Mountain Biking/Road Cycling/Trail Riding/Riding a bike in general is a dangerous activity or sport. There are risks involved. When you register for our clinics, camps or rides; you are agreeing to our waiver.
- Weather / What if it rains?
• Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather, but if lemons arrive, we make LEMONADE! • Our clinics and camps will go on snow, rain or shine! • Participants have said they loved playing in the rain, it made them feel young again, and once the skill sessions started, they forgot it was raining! • Bring appropriate rain gear so that you’re warm, dry, and comfortable.
- Is there camping at the Sundance Midwest Women's Mountain Bike Camp?
• Yes! June 9-11, 2017, we reserved the RALLY Campground for our participants, coaches and volunteers with tents, campers and RVs. • There is a $10 fee for visitors/friends camping with us. (Friday-Sunday in Rally) • This is a first come first serve for camping spots. There are a limited number of trees for hanging hammocks. • We ask everyone to be considerate of others and abide by BCSP campground rules. • Rally Campground has no electric, water or sewer hook-ups. Water and showers are close by. • Camping in BCSP's campground is just a hundred feet away which will be at the participant’s expense, which has water and electric sites.
- Do I need to sign up online or can I sign up the day of the clinic or camp?
All of our events SELL OUT! Onsite registration is not available. Please register online in order to guarantee your spot.
- Can I volunteer?
Yes, we love our volunteers! Please contact us for more information: Sally@SundanceMTBSkillsClinic.com We really appreciate your help, smile and added inspirational support for all our participants!
- Are your clinics taught by women and men?
Yes, our team of experienced and certified coaches will make your experience memorable! Safety is #1 one goal!
- Our Coaches Bio’s
- What are your ratios of participants to coaches?
(7-1) 7 participants to 1 coach ratio.
- Can I tip my coach?
We do not expect a tip. We want your experience to be exceptional! If someone wants to tip their coach, they would appreciate the gesture.
- Why should I take a clinic?
Have you ever played golf, tennis, skied or snowboarded? Have you ever taken a lesson to learn any of those sports? We take lessons for those kinds of sports but, when it comes to bicycling we us that common phrase… “Oh it’s just like riding a bike”. I don’t know about you, but if I am standing on the top of a mountain with my skis pointed down, I better know how to turn! Lessons teach proper technique, how to hold a racket or swing a club along with a weekly lesson, but flying down a hill on a road bike at 45 mph or riding a mountain bike on trails…. we don’t think of taking a lesson. After teaching people to ride since 2002, I am amazed of all the comments I get; • "Wow! You given me a bag of tricks I can use while riding any bike!" • "I am so relaxed on my bike now." • "Why doesn’t everyone take a lesson? Your clinics are life changing!" • "You have helped me take 2 minutes off my lap times!" • "I can do a wheelie!" • "I am 73 years old and I learned how to ride through corners!" • "I have a whole new group of friends to ride with!" • "Now, I feel confident!" • "You have given me back my childhood!" • "Living life after one of your clinics made everything seem easier! I am more positive! I have more friends! When a task gets hard in life...I say to myself, if I can ride through that rock garden; that proposal at work is just easy now!" • "Climbing a mountain with positive words in my head, is so rewarding!" • "Positive thoughts have taken over my mind!" • "I love that I can ride through tight switchbacks!" • "I dream about biking everywhere!" • "My mom rides with me now because of your clinics!" • "I am 80 years old, I feel like a kid! Why didn't I start sooner?" • "You've given me a new relationship with my husband, I feel like we are dating again! Thank you!"
- Who are your clinics geared towards?
Everyone! Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced, or pro, we can refine your skills!
- How will I know which level or group I should be in?
When you register online, you will fill-out our extensive skill assessment form.
- I haven't been on a bike in years and I am horribly out of shape. Can I still do this clinic?
Yes! Even if you have not been on a bike in years, you can still participate in this clinic. The beginner groups are a great way to get back on the bike or give mountain biking your first try. Instructors will teach you basic handling and shifting and drills on the pavement will give you the chance to get comfortable on the bike. Please keep in mind this can be a long , physically demanding day. While we do recommend some level of physical fitness, you know your body better than anyone. Furthermore, please consult with your doctor.
- I just bought a mountain bike, is this camp for me?
Yes! You will feel confident with our energetic coaches along with a group of encouraging new friends plus, have a new bond with the friends you brought with you.
- Are you looking for inspiration to ride again? If this is you, join us!
• have lost my passion • I want to be inspired. • I need little victories in my life. • I want to create a new me. • I am looking for camaraderie, balance, laughs and strength! • I want to try something new! • I want to make new friends! • I want to feel like a kid again!
- I feel I am an advanced rider. Will I find this clinic helpful?
Yes! Our camp builds upon a foundation of rock-solid fundamental skills. After your skills assessment, you will be placed with a certified instructor who will build upon your advanced skills and take your riding to another level, increase speed, lock in technique, refine skills and challenge you with homework to develop a new way of getting more confident and versatile on your bike.
- What are Sundance Skills and Maneuvers? What can I learn in your clinics?
Our 4-step program starts with a rock-solid Level 101 foundation and progresses to Level 401. We teach the fundamental skills from the ground up in a safe progressive, building block manner. Each fundamental skill is a progression to the next maneuver you wish to master on your bike. Our program will take your riding skills— literally, up in the air! Course 101 Learn 101 Rock-Solid Fundamental Skills • Balance • Neutral or Ready Position • Pedal Position • Bike - Body Separation • Eye Movement - Terrain Awareness / Line Choice • Braking • Steering & Directional Control • Speed - Speed Comes with Skills!!! • Gear & Cadence • Timing & Coordination • Pressure Control • Momentum Course 201 Review 101 Rock-Solid Fundamental Skills 201 Maneuvers • Trail Playfulness - Approach it like a kid! • Front Wheel Lift • Rear Wheel lift • Hee-Haw Lift • Level Lift – Hop / Hopping • Track Stands - Ratcheting • Switchbacks • Straight Line Riding (Skinnies) • Understanding Traction & Cornering – Berms, Flat & Loose • Pumping Technique • Descending Bail • Climbing Position • Climb Seated • Standing Climb • Crouch Climbing • Roll Down Lunge Course 301 Dial-In 101 Rock-Solid Fundamental Skills 301 Maneuvers: • Trail Playfulness - Approach it like a Kid! • Alternating Lead Leg on all Skills & Maneuvers • Pedal Punch Wheel Lift • Mini Manual - Speed Bumps • Trail Manuals • Bunny Flops • Track Stands • Pedal Ratcheting Seated • Pedal Ratcheting Standing • Precision: Ratcheting • Tight Switchbacks • Rocking • Lofts Part 1 • Small Drops • Dialing in Traction with Cornering – Berms, Off Camber, High Speed, Slow, Flat & Loose • Pumping Technique • Pump Track & Rollers • Teeter-Totter • Level Lift and Hop to Side – Hopping Off a Curb - Jump Off Skinnies • Slippery Slopes - Off Camber • Absorbing – (Soak it up) • Step-Up • Downhill Skills • Steeper Descents • Relaxed through Technical Terrain Course 401 Master 101 Rock-Solid Fundamental Skills Maneuvers 401 • Trail Playfulness - Approach it Like a Kid! • Dial-In Alternating Lead Leg on all Skills & Maneuvers • Perfection Cornering to the Left & Right – Berms, Off Camber, High Speed, Slow, Flat & Loose • Manual • Bunny Hop • Technical Trail Rackets • Rear Wheel Pivot • Rear Wheel Lift and Kick • Absorbing – (Soak it up) • Pump Track & Rollers • Lunges Off Steep Descents • Technical Switchbacks • Roll Down • Downhill Skills • Steeper Descents • Rougher Technical Terrain • Step-Up • Lofting Drops Part 2 • Jumping • Rotating Front Endo • Endo Wheelie • Ride Steep Rock Faces • Table Top • Gap Jump • Wall Ride • Wheelie • Wheelie Drop • Tail Whip
- Do we have access to demo bikes and gear?
Only during the Sundance Midwest Women’s Mountain Biking Clinic June 9-11, 2017 • Check the demo bike box when you register online We will do our best to fulfill requests. We do have a limited selection of bikes and gear. We will try our best to accommodate everyone. (Note: Too close to camp date, may be challenging.) We have partnering bike shops who have bike rentals. You will be responsible for the bike and fees.
- How do I order Sundance MTB merchandise?
Visit our Sundance MTB Store!
- What is your cancellation policy?
Sundance MTB Skills Clinics & Camps - Cancellation Policy & Transferable Registration: • Cancellations received more than 14 days before the event will receive a full refund, minus a $50 administration fee. • Cancellations received 7 to 13 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. • Cancellations received 6 or fewer days before the event or a "no show" at the event will not be eligible for a refund. • Registrations are transferable ONLY if the new entry is for the same skill level as the original registration at the same event. Please note: Unfortunately, the above applies in cases of weather, injury and emergency. In fact, a large percentage of our cancellations result from these three causes, and often happen in time frames that don't allow us to adjust our plans or fill the associated spots.
- Indiana State Park Information:
Are there park fees? Yes, Indiana State Park Fees: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/5062.htm (Visit link for gate fee and mountain bike user fee) How do I acquire a trail map? The Indiana State Parks provide trail maps when you enter the park. Also, there is a trail map app that you can download called MTB Project https://www.mtbproject.com
- What are the rules of the trail?
Rules of the Trail: Compliments of IMBA https://www.imba.com/about/rules-trail IMBA developed the "Rules of the Trail" to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions. 1. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness. 2. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in. 3. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits. 4. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one. 5. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses. 6. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear. (Sally’s rule: Smile, be kind, help others, make tons of new friends and help with trail building days!)
- Do I need to become a member of my local IMBA mountain bike organization?
I highly recommend becoming a member of your local IMBA chapter. It helps build more trails! I find when I travel for more trails across the country, I meet amazing new friends from IMBA chapters that enhance my life! Trail building days are so rewarding! Those trails will exist when we’re old and gray and we can say, we helped build something that will be there for someone else to enjoy.
- I have more questions…
If you have more questions, please email us at Sally@SundanceMTBSkillsClinic.com