Kids’ MTB Camps at Curt Gowdy State Park are Enjoyed by Campers and Coaches Alike
“These kids are amazing!” was a common sentiment expressed by volunteer coaches at the Stone Temple Mountain Bike Camp, held this past June at Wyoming’s Curt Gowdy State Park. As usual, coaches were surprised at the growth as both mountain bikers and people the kids displayed over the course of the annual 5-day camp and were confident that the future of mountain biking was in good hands. The only thing open for debate was whether the kids or the coaches had more fun at the camp.
Once again in 2017, Wyoming Pathways was well represented at the camp, with Board Member Todd Thibodeau and Educational Programs Director, Rich Vincent organizing and managing the camp and Wyoming Pathways board members and staff volunteering their time as coaches for the camp. The Stone Temple camp is one of three camps that are organized by Thibodeau and Vincent and are held each year in early June at the historic Hynds Lodge and on the IMBA Epic trails at the park. The co-ed Stone Temple Camp follows the three-day girls-only Granite Ridge Girls MTB Camp and is followed by the newly added Ciclismo MTB Racing Camp follows the Stone Temple camp. As its name suggests, the Racing Camp focuses on developing mountain bike racing skills.
In addition to improving campers’ riding, training and racing skills, the camps also provide education focused on making the campers better all-around mountain bikers and trail citizens. Coaches and special guests impart their wisdom on topics such as environmental stewardship, trail etiquette, nutrition, and first aid, providing kids the opportunity to improve themselves while having a great time enjoying all that Curt Gowdy State Park has to offer. As Thibodeau stated, “Making friends, building confidence, enjoying the outdoors and riding bikes made this year a great success”. The camps are very popular and fill within minutes, so those interested in attending any future camps should be sure to keep an eye on the State Parks early in the year. You can see photos from this year’s camp on the Wyoming State Parks website: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/index.php/stone-temple-mountain-bike-camp.