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.

2022 Program Opportunities

Registration will open May 1 for the 2022 season!

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.

Program Date(s):

Sundays & Wednesdays during May 20th – October 2nd

Rates

  • Lesson/Ride: $50;
    Includes: 1 private 2-hour ride/lesson, comprehensive bike fitting, and skill work (if applicable), helmet, and trained instructor.
  • Local’s package: (3) 2-hour lessons/rides: $125;
    This package is for local riders (reside within 90-mile radius of Whitefish, MT in the U.S.) who wish to take weekly mountain bike lessons with DREAM. The package includes 3 private lessons, comprehensive bike fitting, and skill progression (if applicable), helmet (if needed), and trained instructors.
  • Financial Aid Scholarships are also available – see the registration information below.

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 *most* levels of riders. You must have 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 are mandatory (provided if needed). Please bring a water bottle, snacks, and appropriate layers for all weather conditions. 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 and spare gear to ensure it is in good working order and appropriate for the terrain.

Program Date(s):

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

  • June 7: Cedar Flats – Columbia Falls
  • June 14: Herron Park – Kalispell
  • June 21: Lion Mountain – Whitefish
  • June 28: Beaver Lakes – Whitefish
  • August 2: Location TBD
  • August 9: Location TBD
  • August 16: Location TBD
  • August 23: Location TBD
  • August 30: Location TBD

Going to the Sun Rides
Plan for an early AM start from the Avalanche parking area. Directions and details will be sent a few days prior to those who have registered. There is a mandatory turn-around time of 1 PM for all riders, for the safety of the entire group, regardless of if you provide your own bike. DREAM will provide an entry fee waiver that waives the cost of entry and also serve as your reservation ticket to enter the Park. 

  • June 4th
  • June 18th

Fees

Free!
Free! DREAM, with the help of generous donations and sponsors, will scholarship all 2022 group rides to promote better inclusion & representation in the mountain bike community.

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.

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!

12&24 Hours of Flathead, Herron Park, Kalispell
August 13th-14th, 2022
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, an 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.
**If you’d like to use one of our adaptive bikes, please contact us prior to registering to ensure it is available! DREAM will have a party tent on-site to provide shade, cold beverages, snacks, and minor equipment support.
Register here: 24hoursofflathead.org/

Teton Bike Festival/Wydaho Rendezvous, Grand Targhee Resort – WY
September 2 – Sept. 4, 2022
Enjoy a long weekend 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.

Learn more and Register through Teton Adaptive and Wydaho Festival: tetonadaptivesports.com

Essential Eligibility Requirements

General EEC
  • 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 athlete 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 at programs@dreamadaptive.org; (406)862-1817

How to Register:

Returning Participants

Please click the Login button below and follow the registration steps.

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New Participants

Please click the Create an Account button below and follow the registration steps.

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Steps to Register:

STEP 1

update your
profile information.

  • Once logged in, go to the drop-down menu that asks “What would you like to do?” and select “Step 1: Update My Profile information”
  • Complete ALL fields labeled for “All Users” and “Participants”
  • Missing information may delay your participation. This step helps us plan for a successful and safe experience for all.
STEP 2

register and
pay for lessons.

  • Once logged in, go to the drop-down menu that asks “What would you like to do?” and select “Step 2: Register for a Lesson, Event, or Program”
  • Find and select the 2022 program
  • If you’d like to apply for a financial aid scholarship, at check-out/payment please select “pay later.” Please complete the scholarship application by the deadlines listed on the scholarship page.
  • Military Veterans with a disability will not be charged for the programs.
STEP 3

sign the liability and
media release waiver.

  • Electronically sign the two separate liability and media release waivers.
    These forms must be completed annually.  Family members and caregivers participating in the program/lesson must also complete these forms.
STEP 4

apply for scholarships and
financial aid.

  • If you need to apply for a Scholarship or Financial Aid please visit our Scholarship and Financial Aid webpage for information and instructions to apply.
  • The Scholarship and Financial Aid application can be found in your online account, under the drop-down menu that asks, ‘What would you like to do?’