Youth MTB camp in Leadville draws pro coaches Gretchen Reeves, Jay Henry from June 12-15 | SummitDaily.com

Youth MTB camp in Leadville draws pro coaches Gretchen Reeves, Jay Henry from June 12-15

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Pedal Power bike shop and Leadville Racing are hosting their second season of high-altitude mountain bike race camps this summer. Beginning in June, the camp is built just for younger riders who want to improve their racing technique and hone their competitive edge on the trail, all while training with a few of the most decorated riders in the Rockies: Gretchen Reeves, Jay Henry and Adam Plummer, to name a few.

Designed and developed by the coaches at Leadville Racing in Leadville, the camp is a relatively new concept for training youth athletes, held at dizzying altitudes of 10,000-plus feet in Leadville. The camp runs from June 12 through June 15 at the Colorado Mountain College Timberline campus, the nation's highest college campus. Cost is $395 and includes the camp, all meals and lodging at the CMC-Timberline dormitories.

Geared to mountain bikers of all levels, the camp teaches young racers to train for competitive racing, surrounded by the 14,000-foot peaks of the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges. Camp participants will learn from professional riders, as well as coaches from the successful Leadville Racing high school team.

The camp covers every aspect of race training and preparation, including:

Bike-specific training and workouts for strength and endurance.

Techniques and tactics for competition.

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Nutrition for the training at altitude.

Bike maintenance and mechanics tips.

Yoga, wellness and other cross-training made to fit younger athletes.

As head coach for Leadville High School's race team, Pedal Power owner and race camp director Bruce Kelly has been a part of competitive high school bike-racing since its inception. As he watched it gain popularity and the level of competition rise, he saw the need for more organized training methods.

With that goal in mind, Kelly has assembled some of the most successful bike and endurance racers from the region to help develop and implement this program. Fellow coaches include Tokyo Joe's professional racers Gretchen Reeves and Jay Henry, along with Pedal Power team members, Adam Plummer and Stacey Kelly. Kelly is also an assistant coach with Leadville Racing. The coaches bring a combined century of professional bike and endurance racing expertise to the camp.

Pedal Power Leadville MTB camp

What: An intensive mountain bike racing camp for youth riders, with coaching from local pros like Tokyo Joe’s riders Gretchen Reeves and Jay Henry

When: June 12 to June 15

Where: Colorado Mountain College Timberline campus, Leadville

Cost: $395

Camp fees include instruction, housing and meals during all four days of the camp. For more information or to register for the Leadville Racing high-altitude mountain bike camp, call 970-845-0931, or register directly online by going to http://www.pedalpowerbike.com.

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