Mendocino Development Camp
June 12-17th

 

Come and join us for a fun-filled week of mountain biking in the beautiful redwood forests of the Mendocino Coastline.

This camp is all about having as much fun as possible while expanding the skills, knowledge and experience level of our riders. Our objective is to further develop a passion for the sport of mountain biking in order to create a lifelong commitment to a lifestyle that leads to a healthy body and mind. We will have the best of the best in all categories to make our objectives a reality; from professional coaches, riders, cooks, nutritionists, sports psychologists and fun junkies, we are drawing from our deepest resources so that all who attend can be assured of having an unforgettable experience that will be etched into their memory for decades to come!

 

This is a vigorous camp and is only open to student-athletes who have raced in the NorCal League for a full season.

Limited to the first 50 Student-Athletes

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Camp Information Packet.  Please download the packet and email back to Robert (robert@norcalmtb.org) by June 1, 2017.

Directions

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From Santa Rosa and the Bay Area:

Take Highway 101 North to Cloverdale. Turn left onto Highway 128 and stay on it until it merges with Highway 1 at the coast. Follow Highway 1 north to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn right onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at camp 3.

 

OR

 

Take Highway 101 North to Highway 20 in Willits. Turn left (west) and follow 20 until it dead ends at Highway 1. Turn left on Highway 1 south until you get to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn left onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at the camp.

 

From Eureka area:

Take Highway 101 south to either Highway 1 or Highway 20. When you get to Fort Bragg, follow Highway 1 south to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn left onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at the camp.

 

From Clearlake and Williams area:

Take Highway 20 west to Highway 101. Go north on 101 to Willits, then left (west) on Highway 20 until it dead ends at Highway 1. Turn left on Highway 1 south until you get to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn left onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at the camp.


From Sacramento area:

Take I-5 north to Williams, then go west on Highway 20 to Highway 101. Go north on 101 to Willits, then left (west) on Highway 20 until it dead ends at Highway 1. Turn left on Highway 1 south until you get to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn left onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at the camp.

 

For more information contact Camp Director Robert Ramirez at robert@norcalmtb.org

 

Packing List

The following is a guideline for what to bring to camp:

 

Mountain bike in working condition – TUNED and ready to go!
If you have it, cell phone for keeping in touch with your “sponsors” at home; if you don’t have a cell you will be able to use another phone to call home.
Any prescriptions: please discuss with Robert upon check-in
4 tubes, patch kit, pump or inflator (extra tires will be provided in the event of an emergency).
water bottles (2) or hydration pack, energy bars
multi-tool
7 pairs underwear, 8 pairs socks
6 t-shirts
3 pairs riding shorts (Bring as much bike clothing as you have; we will not be able to do laundry during the week: we are riding every morning and afternoon)
4 riding jerseys, Short Sleeved
2 riding jerseys, Long Sleeved
1 riding jacket
1 wind or rain jacket
tights or leg warmers and arm warmers
riding gloves
helmet (mandatory), riding glasses
1 pair jeans, 2 pair shorts
1 pair gym shorts
sweatshirt / sweatpants / pajamas
warm jacket (thick fleece or down jacket recommended)
baseball cap/ warm beanie
toiletry kit including simple first aid items
Flashlight or headlamp (very important)
Warm Sleeping bag and towel
Pillow
Bathing suit
Chapstick
Sunscreen
Mosquito repellent (very important)
earplugs for sleeping (if necessary)
spiral notebook and pen
Musical instruments for campfire (no drum sets or amplified guitars allowed!)
Fuzzy slippers or Uggs…just kidding, but really, they might be kinda nice 🙂
Positive attitude

 

The weather can range from 35 degrees with rain to 85 degrees and sunny, so be prepared for anything.

If you have any questions, please contact Camp Director Robert Ramirez at robert@norcalmtb.org

DEVELOPMENT CAMP RULES

General Rules:

 

You will earn an early departure

Ride Rules

1. Never take risks. This is the number one rule, athletes that have a risk-taking attitude or are witnessed taking risks will not be tolerated. A risk is defined as willingly attempting anything which is beyond one’s ability to control in a safe manner.

 

2. Wear a helmet at all times. Under no circumstances should a student be on their bike without a helmet fastened to their head.

 

3. Bring proper bike gear for every ride – air (cartridge or pump), multi-tool, spare tube, water and food

 

4. Always Yield. Even if at times it seems inconvenient. Being sensitive to how others perceive you will assure a positive image for your sport and minimize the restrictions that follow confrontations and negative encounters. Remember that bicycles in the backcountry can be an unwelcome experience for horses and hikers.

 

5. Pass with Care. Let others know of your presence well in advance. Use a chime or audible greeting to avoid startling others. Be especially careful when passing a horse, as each will react differently; stop and ask the rider for instructions. By asking if the horse is easily spooked, you show an awareness of the rider’s needs. Sometimes it may be necessary to dismount and remove your bike from the trail to allow others to pass.

 

6. Stay on Trails. Riding off-trail damages meadows and other fragile ecosystems. Never cut switchbacks as this accelerates erosion. Beware of the types of soil you are riding on. Flow it, don’t mow it.

 

7. Control your speed. Safe speeds are relative to terrain and your experience as a rider. Be able to stop safely without skidding in the distance that you can see ahead. Approach switchbacks and turns in anticipation of someone coming around the bend.

 

8. Respect wildlife and livestock. Do not frighten animals. Close gates as you pass through, unless it appears obvious that they have been intentionally left open.

 

9. Ride predictably. Ride in a straight line, don’t suddenly swerve. Use hand signals to communicate your intentions or to point out obstacles.

 

10. No “Sharking.” Don’t ride in circles around the ride leaders.

 

12. Do Not Litter. Pack out what you pack in, and if possible, carry out more than your share.

 

13. Ride Only on Authorized Trails, and with your Coaches.

 

14. No earbuds / music allowed during a ride.

 

15. Plan Ahead. Always carry appropriate clothing, bring extra food and tools and be safe.

 

16. Minimize Impacts. The practice of minimum impact wilderness use is the philosophy of responsible off- road cyclists. Take only pictures.

 

17. All rides at NorCal Development Camp are led by Coaches. There are no “free rides” and no camp attendee can go on a ride unless accompanied by a coach.

 

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