Some tips to help get you here.
When do I need to arrive?
You will need to make arrangements to fly into Salt Lake City International Airport. Find a flight that arrives after 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 19th. We will arrange transportation from the airport to Park City if you arrive between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Do I need a car?
We will make arrangements to get you from the airport to the hotel and back. Once in Park City there is an excellent (and free) bus system. The hotel also has a shuttle to take you in to Main Street where most of the shops and restaurants are.
What if I'm traveling alone?
About half of our retreat participants will be individuals traveling alone. We also have people traveling with a friend, a spouse or their entire family.
How hard are the rides?
We are riding in the mountains between 6,000 ft elevation to 9,800 ft elevation. All the trails will have multiple options for those that want to ride longer and harder and those that would like to take in the scenery and enjoy regular breaks. We have selected rides with incredible views, interesting features and places to challenge you if you choose.
Who are the coaches?
Come work with the best mountain bike instructors in the country! All of our coaches are PMBIA certified, excellent riders and very experienced teachers. Our coaches have worked with hundreds of students over many years, and some are ski instructors as well. They understand how to communicate skills and how to watch participant's movement patterns and correct them, all while having lots of fun! More about our coaches here.
What if I need to take a break?
We suppoort you in taking things at your own pace. With mulptiple coaches on hand, we have the flexibility to be sure everyone is moving at their own pace. We will encourage you to stay hydrated and fueled to keep your energy flowing. We will also take regular breaks throughout the day.
Will there snacks avaialable on the rides?
All meals, snacks, and ride nutrition are included. We will have snacks available for you to put in your pack each morning. The coaches will also have snacks in their packs in case you run out!
How long is each ride?
See our Mountain Bike trail rides screen for the Strava description of each ride.
What are the route profiles like?
See our Mountain Bike trail rides screen for the Strava description of each ride.
Are all meals included?
Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner are included. There will be plenty of snacks for the rides and in between meals. We will have high quality food prepared for every part of your day.
Can my significant other join?
The rooms are double occupancy so there is no additional cost for the room. If they are riding and eating with us, the cost is $295. For non-riding guests, they can meet us for meals, yoga and evening activities. The non-riding guest charge is $235 (for children under 12 the cost is $195). If you choose 2 double beds, you can have up to 4 people in each room. Your significat other(s) will have an endless list of things to do by checking out our "things to do in Park City". Additionally, the Hyatt Centric has a pool, spa, business center, and game room.
Is there a minimum age to be a "riding participant?
Our insurance policy covers riders 21 and over. You are welcome to bring younger people if they have another adult to be with them during the day (8AM-4PM).
What do I need to bring to the Wasatch?
By Mid-September, the mornings in the Wasatch can be cool. In addtion to your helmet, full-finger gloves, pedals and riding shoes, you'll want multiple layers available. Knee pads and elbow pads double great as warmers. You may start the day with a jersey, fleece and puffy coat. By lunchtime, you will likely be in short sleeves. See "What to Pack" for more details.
Are rental bikes available?
You are welcome to bring your own bike, or rent a bike through Contender Bicyles. If you choose a bike from Contender Bicyles, you will pay for the rental through our website, then Contender will deliver the bike to the hotel on Thursday evening. They also offer road bikes or e-bike rentals for your significant other if they don't ride mountain bikes. We also have a special opportunity to demo Trust Performance bikes on Saturday, September 21st. Sign up for the demo bike at checkout, there is no cost, first come, first serve.
Are E-bikes allowed?
Electric bikes "behave" differently than regular mountain bikes, so you may find yourself frustrated when the coaches give a direction (during the morning skills session) and your bike won't do it. Additionally, there aren't any single-track trails in Park City where they are allowed. They are allowed on dirt roads, but we are riding single track at this retreat.
What if my bike is older than 2014?
We highly encourage a newer bike for all of retreat participants. A few of the upgrades to modern bikes are: dropper posts (this is essential), tubeless rims, wider tires, longer wheel base (very stabilizing), wider bars (also essential for cornering), and shorter stems. These changes make the skills we teach much easier to perform and riding the trails become much more fun! Email us if you are unsure about your bike: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seat Dropper Posts
Seat dropper posts are extremely beneficial to every level of rider. A lever at your fingertips moves your seat up and down effortlessly. For those riders without a seat dropper post, we highly recommend lowering your seat post to get your saddle about 3" out of your way while learning and practicing skills. You may want to familiarize yourself with the process of raising and lowering your seat. A quick release seat collar will allow you to quickly and easily raise and lower your seat. A bolt-on seat collar or clamp will require a multi-tool to raise and lower your seat.
What fitness level do I need to have?
We welcome cyclists of all abilities. You must know how to ride a bike on pavement. A base level of fitness and some some biking (road or mountain) experience is helpful. You must be able to be on your feet for a couple of hours at a time as well as be outside in the elements, whatever they may be. Mountain biking is a somewhat demanding and dynamic sport. This retreat is for beginner to intermediate riders. If you have questions if this is right for you, please contact email@example.com
What if I am not comfortable riding something?
Safety is our number one priority. We will not require you to participate in anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or is above your skill level. If at anytime you are uncomfortable participating, you can watch and jump in when you feel ready again. All participation is voluntary. If a coach feels that a rider is not experienced enough, they have the right to ask clinic participants to sit out for particular skills practice.
Should I use clipless or flat pedals?
Flat pedals are preferred for this retreat as they make learning certain skills and techniques easier and allow you to get on and off your bike quickly. However, for those riders more comfortable riding clipless, we will not require you to bring flat pedals.
What shorts should I wear?
We would recommend wearing "baggies" or a mountain bike specific short. These shorts are more durable than lycra that is typically worn for road biking. A lot of people like to wear a chamois under their baggies. Chamois are padded cycling shorts, meant to offer support and protection to the groin from bike saddles. See the next question for a comprehsive list of what to pack.
What do I need to pack?
We've put together a checklist of items and gear that you will want to be sure to pack.
What if I'm not into yoga?
We have hired a yoga instructor that has taught hundreds of cycists while being an avid cyclist herself. She understands the demands we are putting on your body during each of the rides. Each session will leave you rejuvinated and invogorated. This will be healing and restoritive yoga. Attendance is not mandatory, you are welcome to rest in your room a little longer in the morning.
Are special menu options available?
We will work with your allergies and specific diets. There will be gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options. We undestand how important it is to athletes like you to stick with your diet. We will communicate with you after signing up to be sure we have food you will enjoy.
Where will my bike be stored?
We have a locked space for everyone's bike at the hotel. When you are done riding for the day, we can take care of your bike. Our mechanic will look over your bike at the end of each day. We will store it safely and lovingly over night and deliver it to you when it is time to ride!
Do I need trip insurance?
You can obtain trip insurance by contacting your insurance agent or our insurance agent: Leslie Fredette. Email her here.
Cancellations received at least 14 days prior to event will receive a full refund. Cancellations received from 6-13 days prior to the event will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 5 days of the event or "no show" will not receive a refund. Transfers are allowed.