Gear Up!

Gear Up! Mountain Biking & Science


Gear Up! was created in 2021 with the mission of connecting more learners to mountain bike and science experiences. We believe in the bicycle as a tool for self-discovery, education, exploration and community building. Through mentorship, stewardship, and skill building, our vision is to create curious learners who make connections between biking, science and life.

Whether your learner has been riding for years or is brand new to the sport, we have a place for them! We all start somewhere and Gear Up! is committed to creating safe spaces for youth to explore new adventures by bike. We love guiding kids through the experiences that mountain biking offers and helping them to make connections that build confidence, curiosity, develop grit and teach them about their impact on our natural world.

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Gear Up! is designed to remove barriers such as equipment, transportation, and program fees by meeting each family where they are, providing a pathway of access to the outdoors and the incredible lessons we can learn both in and from our natural world. Through our science-infused curriculum, our participants will gain self-confidence on and off the bike, as well as learn about the impacts that we have on our environment through restoration and conservation projects.


Thanks to generous foundations, businesses, and individual supporters, we have scholarship funds to reduce registration costs for students, and equipment available for students to use while in our programs.


Summer 2021 Gear Up! Programs

May 31 - June 4: Gear Up! Bikeology & STEAM

Cost: $250 members / $300 non-members

4th - 6th grade

Get outside and mountain biking on some local trails this week for our Bikeology & STEAM camp! Each morning will be spent learning and honing our mountain biking skills, and then we will head to the classroom each afternoon for a different topic of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Drop off each morning will be held at the Lunch Loops main entrance off of Monument Road, and pick up will be held at the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum each afternoon. Students and bikes will be transported on EUREKA! busses each day at lunch.

June 7 - June 11: Gear Up! Bikeology & STEAM

Cost: $250 members / $300 non-members

2nd & 3rd grade

Get outside and mountain biking on some local trails this week for our Bikeology & STEAM camp! Each morning will be spent learning and honing our mountain biking skills, and then we will head to the classroom each afternoon for a different topic of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Drop off each morning will be held at the Lunch Loops main entrance off of Monument Road, and pick up will be held at the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum each afternoon. Students and bikes will be transported on EUREKA! busses each day at lunch.

June 14 - June 18: Gear Up! Bike and Hike at 10,000 ft. in Leadville

Cost: $350 members / $420 non-members

6th - 10th grade

Take your biking to a new level. Our Leadville mountain bike expedition will help elevate your skills and bring a whole new perspective to a familiar sport. We’ll load up our bikes and head to Leadville where we’ll set up a base camp from which to explore the incredible flow trails and awesome downhill of the United States’ highest incorporated community. Adventure is all about connection and we’ll focus our time out of the saddle on honing our leadership and teambuilding skills. Connect with your peers, your bike and yourself in a new way on our Mountain Bike Expedition.

June 21 - June 25: Gear Up! Cycle with Science Desert Trails

Cost: $250 members / $300 non-members

3rd - 5th and 6th - 9th grades

Beginner & Intermediate level options

This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp! Pick up and drop off will take place at the Lunch Loops.

For beginner course: Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area.

For intermediate/advanced course: Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area.

July 12 - July 16: Gear Up! MTB Flows & Videos

Cost: $250 members / $300 non-members

3rd - 5th grade

Have you ever wanted to record and produce your own active mountain biking movie? Well get ready to while you spend your mornings learning essential mountain biking skills on local trails all while recording your own biking footage. Then in the afternoons we will learn the essential videography skills needed to take that footage and make it into your choice of a music video, advertisement, or short film! By the end of the week you will have your very own video to share!

Drop off each morning will be held at the Lunch Loops main entrance off of Monument Road, and pick up will be held at the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum each afternoon. Students and bikes will be transported on EUREKA! busses each day at lunch.

July 19 - July 23: Gear Up! Subalpine Shredding

Cost: $250 members / $300 non-members

6th - 10th grade

Get ready to experience the Grand Mesa's beautiful mountain bike trail system while riding your way through on two wheels. Participants will also learn about the various biologic and geologic occurrences around them as they ride. Drop off and pick up will be held at the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum each day.

July 26 - July 30: Gear Up! Subalpine Shredding & Mountain Bike Adventure

Cost: $250 members / $300 non-members

4th - 6th grade

Get ready to experience the Grand Mesa's beautiful mountain bike trail system while riding your way through on two wheels. Participants will also learn about the various biologic and geologic occurrences around them as they ride. Drop off and pick up will be held at the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum each day.

August 2 - August 6: Gear Up! Subalpine Trails

Cost: $250 members / $300 non-members

3rd - 5th and 6th - 9th grades

Beginner & Intermediate level options

This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp! Pick up and drop off will take place at EUREKA!.

For beginner course: Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area.

For intermediate/advanced course: Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area.

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