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 hand 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, breaking and shifting are mastered, you will have the opportunity to ride the area’s many beautiful trails.

 

2020 Program Opportunities

We are continuously evaluating the COVID-19 situation and health department recommendations to evolve our programs and safety requirements to ensure you can return to outdoor recreation with DREAM while mitigating the risks.  Please read more about our response here.

Expand the sections below to learn more…

May 15th – October 15th
Learn the basics, enhance your skills, and get deeper in nature. Skilled staff members and volunteer instructors will lead you on skill level-appropriate ride. Family/friends welcome to join once the athlete has mastered the basic skills and drills. Adaptive equipment and helmets provided.

Rate

Initial fit and skills/drills session:   Free; 1.5 hours @ Whitefish Bike Retreat

Lesson/Ride:  $40; 2 hours

(3) 2 Hour Lesson Pack:  $90; Rides can be scheduled throughout the season.

Longer custom rides available!   Financial Aid Scholarships are also available – info in the registration section.

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.

Bring your own bike or sign up to use one of ours.  Helmets mandatory (provided if needed). Please bring a water bottle and snacks.  Advanced registration required!

Fee:  Free, donations accepted to help offset costs

Tuesday Trail Rides
All rides start at 6PM.  Directions and details will be sent a few days prior to those who have registered.
2020 Group Ride Schedule:
June 16th:  Pig Farms, Whitefish (different distance options)
June 23rd:  Herron Park, Kalispell (different distance options)
June 27th:  Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier NP – 8:30AM start; register by June 20th
June 30th:  Lagoni Lake Trail, Whitefish (2 miles, bring your fishing pole!)
July 7th:  Lion Mountain Loop, Whitefish (3 miles)
July 14th:  No ride, water sports week @ Echo Lake
July 21st:  Cedar Flats, Columbia Falls  (different distance options)
July 28th:  Beaver Lakes, Whitefish (different distance options)
August 4th:  Herron Park, Kalispell (different distance options; prep for 12/24 Hrs of Flathead Race!)

*Our adaptive bikes are available to use for the below opportunities.  You must register directly through the organizer for these opportunities!

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thursday-night-race-league-2019-tickets

12/24 Hours of Flathead, Harron Park, Kalispell

August 15th-16th, 2020  
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 4 – Sept. 7th, 2020
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 opens May 1st and sells out! http://tetonadaptivesports.com/wydaho-adaptive-handcycling-camp/

To Register, follow the steps below:

If you participated with DREAM this past winter, you already have created an account in our new system.  Please log-in through this link and complete steps 2-4 below!


If you participated with DREAM last summer (but not this winter), some of your info has been uploaded to our new system.  Follow ALL steps below to create a username and password, update your account info, and register for the summer programs.

  1. CREATE Your User Name & Password:  Each individual participant must have a unique login and account.
    • Click on this Login Link and go to “I forgot my Login or Password” at the bottom of the page in red.
    • Enter your email address.  You can contact us if you don’t remember which email we have on file.
  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 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 by going back to the navigation on the right and selecting “Participant Registration: Mtn Bike
  4. PAY for your individual lessons/rides by going back to the navigation and selecting “Current Events or Programs
    • Choose “Mountain Bike Program” and follow steps to pay.
    • You do not need to pay for group rides.
  5. 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 by going back to the navigation on the right and selecting “Participant Registration: Mtn Bike
  4. PAY for your individual lessons by going back to the navigation and selecting “Current Events or Programs
    • Choose “Mountain Bike Program” and follow steps to pay.
  5. 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)!


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.