If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that people love biking. In 2016, The New York Times and Business Insider declared cycling as “the new golf,” and USA Cycling found the number of people who took out a cycling license from 2002 to 2013 increased a staggering 76 percent. But that doesn’t fully cover mountain biking participation, where people take their two wheels off road to ride amount dirt, rocks and trees.
It sounds a lot scarier and, we’ll admit, slightly more dangerous than riding on paved road. But that’s only if you pedal unprepared. Bike rental stores, hotels and outdoor sports companies across the country offer lessons that cover all the basics. Some even have training tracks to practice on before you hit the woods and descend downhill. Road riders should take a lesson too, considering everything from your pedaling stance to how you brake to the way you navigate a trail is different than regular roads.
If you’re itching to try a new sport this summer, mountain biking offers a low-impact, high-adventure way to get active outside. And these top mountain biking camps across the United States teach you the right way to ride dirty with the best of ‘em. So book your trip and get ready for a turned-up spin experience.