What level rider am I?
We know it can be tricky to judge your riding skills and answers can be subjective. Read the descriptions below and do your best to assess your skill level (we can always make changes later):
- Beginner | You’ve been riding flowy trails, but don’t feel comfortable going over obstacles whether ascending or descending. You tend to put your foot down when climbing steep sections, might brake too hard, and may not be sure how to get a rhythm on the trail.
- Intermediate | You ride technical trails with rock gardens. You get by but don't always make it look pretty. You might not be sure how to descend steep sections or how to steer the bike while descending or at higher speeds; you find it challenging to climb over obstacles.
- Strong Intermediate | You have good bike handling skills at both high and low speeds, you ride black trails, but you’re not sure of how to create flow. You would love to learn how to hold lines at higher speeds over technical terrain. You might be heavy on the brakes in corners and need to learn how to hold better speed in corners or berms. You’ve started getting some airtime but you’d like more confidence to hit drops and jump.
- Advanced | You feel comfortable on your bike, you’ve been riding difficult, black diamond trails. You can't always hold your lines, but you have good bike skills at both high and slow speeds. You’re comfortable getting over obstacles, getting a bit of airtime off drops and tables, and have basic cornering skills.
What is a typical VIDA Clinic like?
Each VIDA MTB Series clinic is tailored to the length and location of the event. For specific information, check out the venue pages or email us.
We kickoff the clinic with a morning check-in and packet pick-up. Here you will have a chance to create nameplates for your bike, mingle with other participants, and get to know your coaches and groups. You will be organized into small groups based on experience, interest, and skill.
The morning session will consist of working on technical skills and utilizing small stunts and features to get you dialed and tuned up for on-trail afternoon sessions. Here, you'll work one-on-one with your coaches, getting direct feedback on each skill as you are working on it.
During mid-day you'll break for lunch. During this time, you will refuel, spend more time getting to know your coaches and peers, and have the option of switching groups if necessary. Your group may also discuss what you would like to focus on during the afternoon session and where the best trails to apply those skills will be.
After lunch you'll be on the trails applying the skills and drills you worked on during the morning session. Coaches will be on-hand to help you work through features and tackle maneuvers. The focus of your afternoon will be determined by your group, what you would like to work on, and coach discretion. The trails offer a variety of terrain, allowing you to customize your learning and experience.
We will begin to wrap up around 3:30pm, asking everyone to return to the check-in location to wrap up the day, raffle off prizes from our sponsors, and exchange contact info so you walk away with a bunch of new buddies. If there's daylight and you're still feeling strong there is always an option to head back out. You might even convince some of your new friends to join you!
VIDA multi-day workshops will follow the same schedule and allow for more time spent on trails the second day. They will also include healthy, wholesome options for breakfast and lunch and a number of additional (free!) events. We provide opportunities for happy hour, yoga, and generally include raffles to offer up some of our sweet sponsor swag.
You will receive a personalized email 1-2 weeks prior to the event that contains information specific to the clinic you are registered for. This includes schedules, food options when relevant, and a pre-event survey that asks for your riding background and goals for the clinic. It can also include lodging information, sponsor information and discount codes, and more.
What should I bring?
We want to make sure we can spend the entire day focusing on skills and riding, so please come prepared with the recommended items.
Most importantly do not forget your helmet and full-fingered riding gloves! If you typically wear a full-faced helmet, we recommend bringing your half-shell as well for some of the morning skills sessions.
Pack cycling gear for all potential weather, including rain, wind, and cold.
If you have them, bring knee and elbow pads as they will be put to use. Additional body armor will be available to demo and for purchase at our local bike shop sponsors.
Hydration is key, so please bring a hydration pack. Plenty of water will be available during the day to refill though on trail access may be limited.
We strongly recommend you bring a bike with at least three to four (if not five to seven) inches of travel. Make sure that your bike is in good working order and freshly tuned and ready to ride all day. If you your bike doesn't meet this criteria, please email us for information on demo and rental packages.
Bring a spare tube and basic riding tools if you have them. If you don’t, no worries! Coaches and staff will all have supplies and you will be able to stock up at the local bike shop.
Bring the appropriate shoes and pedals you are most comfortable with. We recommend bringing a pair of flat pedals in addition to clipless as it it makes learning and practicing new skills easier. We can always switch out pedals between sessions. Make sure your shoes will be compatible with the pedals you are using and have good durable soles and are protective around the toes.
Check out our Trail Tested Gear for additional gear recommendations.
What time does the clinic start and where do I meet for packet pick-up?
All clinic information relating to the schedule can be found in the Clinic Schedule provided by email to all participants and accessible online.
Typically, check-in and packet pick-up will begin around 9:00am and are located at a central meeting place for the clinic. Specific times and locations will be provided with the Official VIDA MTB Series Information Packet. Check in and packet pick-up occur prior to the first session of the day and include time to create a name plate, chat with other participants, and do a group introduction of coaches. We will also assign groups at this time.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to find the location and have your bike dialed and/or pick up your rental.
Will the clinic go ahead if it's raining?
The clinic will go ahead if it is raining. Please come prepared with a rain jacket, hat, and some extra dry layers. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather.
Do you have lodging recommendations?
Yes, we have partnered with lodging providers at nearly every venue to find you the best deal on local accommodations. Check out each Venue page for the details. In most cases, you can book online or call the reservations number listed. Be sure to mention that you are with the VIDA MTB Series or use the code specified in the lodging description.
Are lift tickets included?
It depends on the clinic. Check the individual descriptions for the type of event that you signed up for, or you can always email us with any questions.
Will I be placed in a group of similar level?
We will send a survey prior to the clinic that includes questions about your ability and what you wish to work on/improve upon at the VIDA MTB Series. We will then group riders based on similar skill levels and what you are most excited to learn. If your skills and interest change significantly between the time you registered for the clinic and the actual clinic, you can update your survey using the email confirmation or email us. We also try to check in throughout the day to make sure you are comfortable with your group. If not, raise a hand and we'll slide you over to a better fitting group.
What kind of bike do I need to bring?
We strongly recommend that you bring a bike with at least three to four inches of travel to the VIDA MTB Series. Five inches is optimal, and we recommend 6+ if you want to catch some air or work on advanced maneuvers. Make sure that your bike is in good working order and freshly tuned and ready to ride all day. Having a quick release on your seat or a seat post dropper is very useful, as it makes raising and lowering your saddle during the skill sessions and rides that much easier. If your bike doesn't meet this criteria, contact us for rental information.
Do I need a full-face helmet and body armor?
Full-face helmets are not required for the entire clinic, however, if you have one we recommend you bring it with you in case you want to participate in a high intermediate and advanced skills group that will be working specifically on bike park features and jumping. We will have a limited number of Smith Optics Forefront open-face helmets on-site to demo. If you own or have access to body armor (knee pads, elbow pads, torso protection) definitely bring it. Additional body armor will be available to demo and available for purchase from our partner shops. If you would like to demo equipment, its is best to email us in advance. If you bring a full-face with you, also bring your half-shell helmet for morning skills sessions.
What kind of pedals should I bring?
The short answer is bring the pedals you are most comfortable learning new skills on! If riding clipped in is second nature and you never have to think about getting in or out, you don't have to use flats for the clinic. However, flats really do make learning new skills easier, so if you have access to flats, we recommend bringing them. We will have the tools available to switch them over between sessions. Make sure your shoes will be compatible with the pedals you are using and have good sticky, durable soles with protection around the toes.
Over ten days before clinic: full refund, less $25 administration fee.
Ten to five days before camp: 50% refund.
Four or fewer days before camp or "no show": no refund.
While we understand that things happen, the refund policy applies in cases of injury and emergency. We work with vendors, cities, and locations to create an amazing experience for you at our clinics. Late cancelations do not allow us to fill the spot or adjust our plans.
Please note that we do not offer refunds for inclement weather.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the refund policy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.