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Dirt Camp goes beyond getting your feet wet

Shauna Farnell

KEYSTONE – By trade, campers are bound to get dirty, but not in the same way as those in Dirt Camp.

Dirt Camps are intense, multiple-day lessons in mountain biking that take place throughout the country, and Keystone is home to several this summer and fall, the first of which kicked off last weekend.

“It was great. We had a mix of beginners and intermediates,” said David Nash, Rocky Mountain regional director of Dirt Camp. “Almost everyone came from the Front Range, and we’ll get a few locals throughout the summer.

“We try to go over basic bike mechanics and do a quick fit to make sure everyone’s got the right size bike and seat height. Then, we figure out where everyone’s at, if they can go over obstacles, and talk about what people fantasize about being able to do on a bicycle.”

There are weekend camps for $175 per person that take place at Keystone June 29-30, July 13-14, 27-28, Aug. 3-4, 24-25, Sept. 7-8, 21-22 and Oct. 5-6. Dirt camp also has a five-day junior development camp for 12-17-year-old mountain bikers Aug. 10-15 for $850 and a women’s camp Aug. 10-14 for $975. Dirt camp can also be found on slick rock trails in Fruita and Moab, Utah, in September and October.

“Like 70 percent of people in the camps are bunny-hopping logs and getting a lot accomplished they never thought they would,” Nash said. “It’s a lot of Front Rangers who are trying to grow their skills quickly, and the trial-and-error learning method is too painful and long for them. We basically brief the learning curve, make it a lot steeper and save the abuse. We’ll get East Coasters flying in for a week of mountain biking in Colorado who want to take the camp first so they get more out of it and know what they’re doing.”

For more information on Dirt Camp, visit http://www.dirtcamp.com, or call (800)711-DIRT.


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