We are pleased to announce our 4th annual bike camp for riders with special needs.
We've once again partnered with iCanShine to utilize their adapted roller bikes and instructional methods to help 40 more kids learn to ride.
Information for riders and volunteers in the sections below.
Register a Rider
Registration opens 3/1/2018
Our camp is offered to riders with special needs in Utah and surrounding states who are interested in learning to ride. We accept a wide range of disabilities including those with Autism, Down syndrome, coordination or physical challenges, and intellectual or behavioral challenges.
Due to the popularity of this camp, we will prioritize riders with diagnosed disabilities.
See more information in our FAQ's at the end of this post.
$150 registration fee
Camp includes 5 days of 75-minute cycling instruction with assistance from enthusiastic volunteers, a CycleAbility t-shirt, water bottle, private lesson discount, and inclusion in future CycleAbility activities and camps.
Financial Aid is available to riders in need of assistance and is made possible by our corporate and individual sponsors. Apply for Aid
40 Spots Available
Our online Application will open March 1 and will be accepted in the order they are received. Once filled, additional applicants and those applying for special consideration will be placed on a waitlist.
We ask that all applicants recruit at least 1 volunteer.
Each rider will be assigned a 75-minute session based on their preferences 2 weeks prior to camp. Riders are expected to arrive 15 minutes ahead of their session to check in and meet their volunteers. An adult must be on site with your rider for the duration of camp and an adult spotter is provided on the last day of camp.
Session 1: 8:30am-9:45am
Session 2: 10:05am-11:20am
Session 3: 11:40am-12:55pm
Session 4: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Session 5: 3:35pm-4:50pm
Camp Orientation: There will be a camp orientation for parents and volunteers the weekend prior to camp. Details TBD.
Camp Schedule: On the first day of camp, the riders will be assigned volunteers and fit to bikes. We expect riders to be riding for the majority of their session allowing for short breaks. Starting on Wednesday, some riders will graduate to two-wheels and begin riding outside. Almost all riders will be introduced to two-wheeled, outdoor riding. The last day of camp includes an awards ceremony and photos.
See the FAQ section below for more information.
Register to Volunteer
We are looking for 100+ enthusiastic volunteers for the 4th annual CycleAbility bike camp for special needs riders. Our volunteers create life-changing opportunities for our riders and typically walk away with lasting memories.
Our volunteer spotters help walk or run alongside our riders as they learn the mechanics of riding a two-wheeled bicycle. We need between 80-100 volunteer spotters.
- Must be able to walk/run for 75 minutes with short breaks, typically around 3 miles.
- Must be able to provide physical, emotional, and motivational support to assigned rider
- Must be 16 years old or accompanied by a participating adult
- Asked to attend the same 90-minute session each day for all 5 days of camp to bring consistency to the rider's experience.
Our registration volunteers help check-in riders and welcome families and volunteers, offer encouragement during rider breaks, and assist with product sales and donations. These volunteers are asked to attend either AM or PM shifts for the week of camp, but may also commit to single days. We need up to 3 registration volunteers each day.
PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER + Marketing
We are also looking for professional or semi-professional photography and videography support and those with marketing/outreach skills to help capture and share the camp experience.
See the FAQ section below for more information.
Please consider donating. Our costs for camp exceed $10,000 and CycleAbility does not profit or financially benefit from this camp. (i.e- we foot the bill and volunteer too!)
Camp Details and FAQ'S
This camp is a partnership between iCanShine and CycleAbility.
iCanShine utilizes adapted roller bikes and proven instruction to help riders learn balance and coordination. CycleAbility provides space, volunteers, and funding to offer this camp. More information about iCanShine can be found at iCanShine.org.
Who is eligible to apply?
If your rider falls outside the eligibility, you may still apply for special consideration.
- Able to attend camp all 5 days
- Between 8-18 years of age at the time of camp (June 25, 2018), younger/older applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis
- Considered non-normative (with a disability or special need)
- Able to walk without assistive device
- Willing and able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
- Able to sidestep to both sides
- Maximum weight 220 lbs.
- Minimum inseam of 20"
Is a two-wheeled bike required?
We ask that you bring a personal bike to camp to allow the rider to progress using their own equipment. Personal bikes will be incorporated on the Thursday or Friday of camp.
If you do not have a personal bike, or are unsure if a bike will work for your rider, we will have a bike shop sponsor on-site to assist with questions, bike fitting, and sales.
What should my rider wear and bring to camp?
Riders are expected to bring and wear a properly-fitted helmet that meets the national safety standards.
We suggest that riders wear loose-fitting clothing and sneakers that are weather appropriate. (No sandals, skirts, or dresses). A shirt will be provided.
We will also provide water bottles and water.
If your rider prefers certain rewards or snacks, please bring them as encouragement. (Please bring easy-to-eat, easy-to-clean snacks. No peanuts please!)
Will my rider be able to ride on two-wheels by the end of camp?
We have an 85% success rate for riders who are able to ride without physical support on two-wheels. However, many of our riders will still need a spotter while riding and may need additional instruction to maintain the skill.
What is your refund policy?
We will accept cancellations and refunds until June 10th. Refunds will be issued less a $15 processing fee.
I'm concerned my rider will be unable to complete the camp.
If you are concerned that your rider is physically or emotionally unable to complete the camp, please email us with your concerns.
If your rider is asked to leave camp due to behavioral issues, no refunds will be given.
Is experience with those with disabilities required?
Nope! This is a great way to get some experience though!
What if I can't attend all 5 days?
We understand that 5 days is a big commitment. If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to find a friend to take your place on the days you will miss.
Will you provide proof of volunteering for the time I attend?
Yes, many of our volunteers submit their hours to their companies or organizations. Please bring us a form or letter and we will sign it.
Do you accept volunteers under the age of 15?
Depends, underage volunteers will be accepted ONLY if a responsible adult is volunteering at the same time. Younger volunteers will be given activities to encourage our riders, but will not be asked to physically support the riders.
What do I need to bring/wear to my volunteer session?
We provide volunteers with t-shirts, water bottles, and snacks. Please plan to bring comfortable clothing and footwear appropriate for exercise. Closed-toed shoes required
Cameras and cell-phones are welcome, but please refrain from using your phone during your volunteer session.