CycleAbility iCanBike Camp
In partnership with iCanShine, CycleAbility offers an annual bike camp to help those with special needs learn to ride a two-wheeled bike. We typically have an 80% success rate of kids riding semi-independently.
More information about iCanShine can be found at iCanShine.org.
2018 iCanBike Camp
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 abilities and disabilities and have good success with 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 other riders should consider private learn 2 ride lessons.
$150 Per Rider
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.
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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 try 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 Location: Summit Academy High School 14942 S 560 W, Bluffdale, UT 84065
What to Expect: 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.
Past Camps & Continuing Education
While most of our camp attendees leave camp riding unassisted, we recognize the need for additional support and practice.
Starting in 2017, we are offering private lessons for camp participants who were able to ride semi-unassisted on two-wheels during camp and need a little additional help to keep progressing.
We have a pay-what-you-can policy for private lessons with camp alumni.
2017 Bike Camp Stats
- 40 Riders
- 30% Autism Spectrum Disorder
- 30% Down Syndrome
- 111 Volunteers
- 1 Mascot Miracles Mascot - Capt. Cutter
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 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!)
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.