MOUNTAIN BIKING

Explore the incredible local trails by bike!

Mountain bike opportunities range from cruising along a forest fire road to tackling the area’s tougher single-track and downhill trails. Through our program, experienced staff and volunteer instructors will help you build skills and knowledge to become a confident and independent rider.

We have top-of-the-line handcycles and recumbent cycles that are adjustable, perfect for adults (or larger youth) with mobility or balance challenges.

*Our cycling fleet is growing and while we’ll do our best to accommodate all individuals, we may not have the proper bike for everyone at this time.*

Participants

All individuals with a physical disability who are able to make safe cognitive decisions are welcome to participate in our mountain bike program.  Instruction is customized to you and your goals.  We hope to raise funds in the near future to provide a more diverse fleet of cycling equipment to support all individuals with a desire to ride.

A typical introduction session begins with bike selection and fit, and an overview of bike anatomy. Once the basics of safety, balance, braking, and shifting are mastered, you will have the opportunity to ride the area’s many beautiful trails.

 

2021 Program Opportunities

We are continuously evaluating the COVID-19 situation and CDC/health department recommendations to evolve our programs and safety requirements to ensure you can return to outdoor recreation with DREAM while mitigating the risks.  

Expand the sections below to learn more…then scroll down to register.

Essential eligibility criteria are created to ensure we can provide safe and quality lessons & opportunities for all involved.    Please review our overall EEC prior to reading the Mountain Bike sport-specific EEC towards the bottom:

General EEC for all DREAM Programs
  • Individual lives with a long-term disability and requires specialized instruction or adaptive equipment to recreate outdoors.
  • Individual is 5 years old, or older.
  • Individual is cleared by their doctor to participate in designated activity.
  • While participating with DREAM programs, individual can refrain from risky behavior that pose a threat to themselves and others including: aggressive behavior, ignoring safety precautions identified by instructors, drug/alcohol use, inability to set boundaries pertaining to their physical ability and needs.
  • Individual can contribute to a safe learning environment. Harassment and abusive behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Individual can follow instructions given by instructors independently or with the assistance of a companion*.
  • Individual can wear all protective equipment required for the activity.
  • Individual can manage personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion*.
  • Individual can breathe independently and does not require medical devices to sustain breathing.

DREAM reserves the right to request that a guardian/caregiver be accessible to program staff while the student is participating in the program.
* For the use of this document, a companion can be a personal support person, family member, or friend and excludes any and all DREAM instructors or assistants.

Mountain Bike EEC
  • Individual lives with a long term physical disability and requires specialized instruction or adaptive equipment to recreate outdoors
  • Individual can make safe cognitive decisions in a changing environment
  • Individual can follow all safety precautions identified by the instructors
  • Individual can hold their head upright without any head and/or neck support
  • Individual can wear a properly fitted and rated bike helmet, as well as any other safety equipment appropriately 
  • Individual can understand and follow multiple-step instructions from the instructors
  • Individual can transfer in and out of the bike independently or with some assistance
  • Individual can remain alert and focused for the duration of the ride and can make decisions quickly
  • Individual can demonstrate they can independently peddle, steer, stop, start and ride the bike over and around a variety of terrain deemed appropriate for their experience level

If you are not able to meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC’s) listed above and want to discuss alternative options, or have any questions and need clarification, please contact DREAM program staff @ programs@dreamadaptive.org; (406)862-1817

May 15th – October 15th

Bookings available on Sundays, Mondays & Wednesdays
Learn the basics, enhance your skills, and get deeper in nature. Skilled staff members and volunteer instructors will lead you on skill-level-appropriate rides. Family/friends welcome to join once the athlete has mastered the basic skills and drills. Adaptive equipment and helmets provided.

Rates 

  • Initial fit and skills/drills session:   Free; 1.5 hours
  • Lesson/Ride:  $40; 2 hours
  • (3) 2-Hour Lesson Package:  $100; Rides can be scheduled throughout the season.

Financial Aid Scholarships are also available – info in the registration section.


Important Details

All online registration forms must be completed and received by DREAM no less than 14 days before your first lesson; more lead time is preferred due to high demand.

We encourage those traveling from out of town to book at least one month in advance so that we may provide you with the best possible service.

To schedule a lesson, please follow all registration steps in the below section. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Should you have questions, please contact programs@dreamadaptive.org or (406) 862.1817

Please note:  Permission from your doctor may be required if you have been injured less than a year or have had recent surgery.

Cancellation Policy:  There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. Reservations that are canceled within 48 hours of lesson start time will be charged half of the lesson fee.  If you do not call nor do you show up for your scheduled lesson, you will automatically be charged the full lesson amount the day of your scheduled lesson. In the rare case that we choose to cancel your lesson due to extreme weather or unsafe conditions, we will do our best to provide an opportunity to make up that session. Lessons canceled due to COVID-19 will be offered a make-up or full refund.

Join DREAM staff and volunteer instructors for group rides at various locations around the Flathead Valley. These rides are suited for all levels of riders. However, you must have previous bike experience or attended a DREAM skills & drills session prior to joining a group ride.  These rides are not instruction-focused.  Bring your own mountain bike or sign up to use one of ours.  Helmets mandatory (provided if needed). Please bring a water bottle and snacks.  If you are bringing your own bike, you must pack spare tubes and parts to meet your bike’s unique needs.  DREAM reserves the right to look over your personal bike to ensure it is in good working order and appropriate for the terrain.

Advanced registration required!

Fee:  Free     DREAM will scholarship all group rides to promote better inclusion in the bike community;  donations and sponsors welcome!

Tuesday Trail Rides
All rides start at 6 PM unless otherwise noted.  Directions and details will be sent a few days prior to those who have registered.  Pre-registration is required!

  • June 1st:  Cedar Flats – Columbia Falls         
  • June 8th:  Lion Mountain – Whitefish
  • June 15th:  Herron Park – Kalispell       
  • June 19th:  Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier NP – 7:30 AM; register by June 14th
  • June 22nd:  Pig Farms – Whitefish                                                      
  • June 26th: Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier NP – 7:30 AM; register by June 22nd
  • June 29th:  Beaver Lakes; 6-7:30P
  • August 3rd:  Location TBD; 6-7:30P
  • August 10th:  Herron Park – in preparation for the 12/24 Hour Race
  • August 17th:  Location TBD; 6-7:30P
  • August 24th:  Location TBD; 6-7:30P
  • August 31st:  Location TBD; 6-7:30P

*Our adaptive bikes & rider support are available to use for the below opportunities.  You must register directly through the organizer for these opportunities and contact us for support!

Thursday Night Race League, Whitefish Mountain Resort

The 6-race series features a different cross-country course every week from July August.   Its a great evening of riding and socializing with the awesome bike community.  2021 Info coming soon!

12/24 Hours of Flathead, Harron Park, Kalispell

August 14th-15th, 2021 
The only 12 & 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race in Montana. This isn’t your ordinary mountain bike race, this race has a mission! Two courses, adaptive cycling course and a standard bicycle course, live music, a hot lap option, free camping, and is fun for all ages! Build a team or push your limits and ride solo.
Register here:  https://24hoursofflathead.org/

Teton Bike Festival/Wydaho Rendezvous, Grand Targhee Resort – WY

September 3 – Sept. 6th, 2021
Enjoy four days of cross country and downhill riding at Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming. Demo both hand-cranked and foot pedaled adaptive mountain bike gear.  Group rides and training led by some of the leaders in adaptive mountain biking.    

Registration info coming soon!

2021 Registration Info

If you participated with DREAM in the past two seasons, you already have created an account in our new system.


 

  1. Please log-in through this link
  2. *DONT MISS THIS STEP!* Update Your Profile:  Once logged-in, go to the navigation drop-down on the right side and select “Update My Profile“.
    • Complete ALL information in sections labeled “All Users” or “Participants“.   Missing information may delay your participation.  This information will be securely stored in our system and you’ll only need to review it once a year or update on an as-needed basis.  
  3. SIGN UP for Mtn. Biking Opportunities   In the online system, go back to the navigation drop-down on the right side and select “Register Events/Programs“.  Then select 2021 Mountain Bike Group and/or Individual lessons.
  4. Liability Waiver and Media Release.  Click HERE to complete the TWO separate online forms.
    • These forms must be completed once per year.

Once you complete all steps we’ll contact you to confirm your registration.


Questions?  Email: programs@dreamadaptive.org or call 406-862-1817 and we’ll be glad to help!

Financial aid scholarships are available.  Click here to learn more.

New Participants  If you are new to DREAM or haven’t participated in a few years, follow these steps to create a new account in our system and register for the mountain bike program.

  1. CREATE an Account:  Each individual participant must have a unique login and account.
    • Click on the following link to Create an Account
    • Once you’ve created an account, follow the prompts and Log-In.
  2. *DONT MISS THIS STEP!* Update Your Profile:  Once logged-in (log in HERE), go to the navigation drop-down on the right side and select “Update My Profile?
    • Complete ALL information that is labeled for “All Users” or “Participants”.   Missing information may delay your participation.  This information will be securely stored in our system and you’ll only need to review it once a year or update on an as-needed basis.  
  3. SIGN UP for Lessons/Rides  In the online system, go back to the navigation drop-down on the right side and select “Register Events/Programs.  Select the 2021 Mountain Bike Group and/ or Individual option(s).
  4. Liability Waiver and Media Release.  Click HERE to complete the TWO separate online forms.
    • These forms must be completed once per year.

Once you complete all steps we’ll contact you to confirm your lesson(s)!

Here is a video to walk you through the process 


Financial aid scholarships are available.  Click here to learn more.

Questions?  Email: programs@dreamadaptive.org and we’ll be glad to help!

A Special Thanks To

The Lesar Family for the generous donation of our (4) adaptive bikes and cargo trailer. 

We are proud to partner with the Whitefish Bike Retreat, whose incredible facility serves as our training site:

Thank you Wheelie Creative for our awesome logo design and sponsoring our mountain bike program.