Program Overview | Coaches | Sponsors

Program Overview

We started in 2001 with three local camps, a hundred participants, and the simple goal of getting more women on bikes. In the eighteen years since, we’ve partnered with industry leading sponsors, added in select co-ed weekends, and grown to deliver twenty-eight camps annually throughout Western Canada and the US.

Throughout this time we’ve inspired countless other programs, and in return we've been inspired ourselves -- by the growing interest in professional mountain bike instruction and the exceptional transfer of two-wheeled achievements into day-to-day life. We couldn’t feel more fortunate to effect such positive change, and we look forward to doing it for years to come.

At the Trek Dirt Series you’ll find:

Coaches completely focused on the participant experience. Our staff includes not only an impressive set of sports and education resumes, but also an exceptional ability to teach skills and a true dedication to facilitating progress.

Professional programming. When we’re not delivering camps we’re updating lessons, fine-tuning schedules, and developing resources. We’re taking our experience from over 300 camps and polishing what we provide to make it as organized, comprehensive, and effective as possible.

An incredibly supportive environment. We balance structure with flexibility, combine learning with fun, and build community every chance that we get. We have the industry leading referral rate, and owe it to 15,000 riders who have come through our program, and the thousands of others who’ve believed in this from the start.

If you’re looking to learn new skills, increase your confidence on the bike, or simply enjoy the sport like never before, we’d love to see you at camp.

The Trek Dirt Series isn’t just a weekend. It’s a whole frame of mind, and a key to the best riding experiences one could ever imagine.
— Heidi Allen, Park City camp participant

Coaches and Guests

Trek Dirt Series coaches are professionally certified through leading mountain bike industry programs, and combine their deep love of the sport with exceptionally responsive and flexible teaching skills.

Throughout our roster you'll find plenty of competitive and academic accolades, decades of instructional experience and, most importantly, an unparalleled interest in helping you meet your riding goals.

Coaches and guests are as follows:

Tanya Allen:

Former New Zealand mountain bike XC team member, amateur downhill and skate-ski competitor, registered dental hygienist, certified in Exercise Science.

Megan Barton:

All-mountain, cyclocross and road rider, competitive ultra-runner, nordic ski coach, ski patroller and family nurse practioner based in Hood River, OR.

Penny Cameron:

BC Bike Race and Trans Rockies finisher, ski and mountain bike pro patroller, Whistler Blackcomb training coordinator, avid gardener and chef.

Laurie Citynski:

Current National Masters Downhill Champion, repeat BC Provincial DH champion, and strength and conditioning specialist. Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Diploma in Human Kinetics.

Dawn Cooper:

Cross-country, enduro, and downhill racer, former collegiate mountain bike athlete, trail crew leader, EMT, and Montessori school teacher in Grand Junction, CO.

Lynsey Dobish:

Cross-country and downhill enthusiast, occupational therapist, event planner, and personal trainer, with an additional bachelor degree in Physical Education.

Meredith Eades:

Freeride ski athlete and international competitor, outdoor industry brand ambassador and tech rep, independent writer based in Whistler, BC.

Sylvi Fae:

Single and multi-day instructor and guide, high school mountain bike coach, outdoor insurance specialist and co-owner of Moab Mountain Bike Instruction.

Lu Furber:

Longtime ski instructor and administrator. Former ski school director, bike park director, and resort programmer. Education Assistant based in Fernie, BC.

Tracey Gage:

Cross-country and downhill enthusiast, ACMG certified guide, experienced educator and event planner. Bachelor of Education and Wildlife Biology.

Julie Hanen:

Adventure travel and multi-day mountain bike guide, tour operator, EMT and patrol supervisor, with a BA in Spanish and an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.

Cara Kropp:

NICA coach, Durango DEVO Head Coach, multi-day river expedition and backpacking guide, and high school teacher with a Masters in Education.

Meagen LaFave:

All-mountain and downhill rider, former Canada Snowboard Association provincial director and head coach, event planner based in Edmonton, AB.

Alison Liebrecht:

Multi-disciplinary rider, marathon runner, customer service specialist, BICP coordinator, with a degree in Behavioral Science.

Janet Liu:

Dedicated XC and DH rider, CX competitor, and year round bike commuter; ACMG rock climbing instructor, Kinesiology graduate, and aircraft maintenance engineer.

Heidi MacNaughton:

NICA coach, bike tech, physical education teacher, former wilderness theraphy field staff member with a BA in psychology and an MA in school counselling.

Ronia Nash:

Enthusiastic downhill and all-mountain rider. Full time Whistler Blackcomb instructor teaching snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.

Tina Ooley:

Marathon and singlespeed racer, former DEVO head coach, dedicated community fundraiser, with extensive experience in the natural foods industry.

Sandy Ostler:

Longtime mountain biker, professional ski instructor, avid windsurfer, and mother of four. Masters degree in Recreation Management, based in Hood River, OR.

Elli Petersilie:

Dirt Series Event Manager, mountain bike fanatic, hiking guide, dog sledding guide, former regional handball comptetitor, with an MA in Communications.

Kat Power:

High school mountain bike coach, enduro racer, multi-day adventure guide, with a BSc in Outdoor Adventure Leadership.

Christine Prescott:

Cross-country enthusiast, nordic ski coach, former Lifesaving Society of Canada competitor and examiner, currently living in Whitehorse, YT.

Amy Pryse-Phillips:

Enduro and multi-day stage racer, regional and international guide, ski touring superstar, and hydrotechnical engineer based in North Vancouver, BC.

Pam Reid:

Year-round cross-country and downhill rider, Major League soccer player, World Masters Track & Field Championships bronze medalist, and data analytics specialist.

Beth Roberts:

Multi-day backcountry mountain bike guide, enduro racer, industry sales and service professional, and high school outdoor program director with an MA in Education.

Kat Robinson:

Cross-country rider, top-requested ski instructor, gym instructor, swimming instructor, and Search and Rescue coordinator. Lecturer at the College of the Rockies.

Candace Shadley:

Dirt Series founder and director, former Mountain Bike Technical Director, longtime multi-sport athlete and coach, with a degree in International Relations.

Lisa Sher:

Former World Cup Downhill Pro and US National Champion, ICP Instructor Trainer, NCAA All American in Lacrosse, and Creative Director at Fluxx Collective.

Tracey Sherman:

Cross-country mountain bike racer, triathlete, and Ironman finisher. Multi-year club executive and coach, Can Fit Pro Trainer, with a Bachelor of Kinesiology.

Virginia Solomon:

Accomplished short track, XC, enduro and marathon racer. Western Collegiate Cycling Conference president, bike mechanic, and Art History professor.

Corie Spruill:

Multi-day backcountry trip leader and guide, professional ski instructor, with a degree in photography, culinary school training, and a home base in Moab, UT.

Dee Turner:

Downhill and enduro racer, bikepacking enthusiast, club founder and ride leader, Trek Advocate, and MBA Candidate with a Masters in Neuroscience.

Aubrey Volger:

DEVO head coach, bike shop marketing manager, licensed massage therapist, freelance writer, and former NCAA varsity cross-country athlete.

Bonnie Walmsley:

Seasoned North Shore mountain biker, accomplished adventure racer, and competitive trail runner. Event planner and investment representative.

Johanna Weintrager:

Multi-day international mountain bike guide, surf and yoga instructor, XC and DH racer, former competitive runner, and sports nutrition consultant.

Jennifer White:

Multisport athlete, former national swimmer and university MVP, senior HR professional and executive coach with a BA in Psychology and MS in Pharmacy.

Jennifer Wilson:

Cross-country and marathon mountain bike athlete, former professional skier and video personality, spin instructor, and middle school teacher in Hood River, OR.

Lindsay Yost:

Downhill and enduro racer, Physical Education and Health secondary school teacher, with a BA in Kinesiology and Masters in Sport & Exercise Science.

And, for co-ed camps ...

James Allodi:

Longtime coach, guide, and instructor trainer, Race Face Easton Cycling sales manager, with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama.

Zak Dennis:

Accomplished all-mountain and downhill rider, youth summer camp mountain bike program founder, snowboard coach, and professional manufacturing engineer.

Omer Dagan:

Whistler Blackcomb bike park instructor and snow school supervisor, freestyle ski club coach, climbing centre manager, and WORCA board member.

Ash Jones:

Whistler Bike Park instructor and DFX coach, Whistler Blackcomb Level 4 ski instructor and Freeride Club coach, instructor trainer and multi-discipline racer.

Jason Liebrecht:

BICP instructor trainer, adventure motorcycle rider, and Baja 500 podium finisher. Bike mechanic, web developer, and project manager.

Martin Newman:

Enduro and downhill racer, former BC Cup Masters Champion, professional trail builder and club ride leader, originally from the UK.

Rob Nichols:

Former professional BMX competitor, current enduro and downhill pro-elite racer, Durango Devo Head Coach, and certified bike mechanic.

Steve Wong:

Downhill racer, team manager, and bike mechanic. Mechanical engineer with experience in the bike and energy industries, based in North Vancouver, BC.

You take us in, teach us so much, push us to see what’s newly attainable, and send us out forever changed.
— Edith Taylor, Whistler camp participant
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Sponsors and Partners

Not a day goes by that we don't appreciate the people and businesses that help make the Dirt Series such a success. The 2019 season welcomes Trek to its tenth year of title sponsorship, and an impressive list of industry leaders continuing their longstanding sponsorship roles.


We've hit the jackpot with Trek. They make incredible bikes, put heart and soul into developing the sport, and are wonderful to work with overall. You’ll get to test the Fuel EX, Remedy, Slash and Session at our camps this year.


Fox sets up our coaches with award winning suspension, decks out our demo fleet, presents tech sessions at many of our camps, and sends each of our participants home with a t-shirt too.


Their mountain bike line gets more amazing each year, and for 2019 we’ll have custom jerseys, hydration packs, and duffle bags. Starting on Feb 1, you'll be able to check them out in our online store.

Race Face:

Race Face produces industry-leading protection in both women’s specific and unisex styles. Try the Khyber, Ambush, Indy and Flank models at camp this summer.


As Smith has increased their commitment to mountain biking, we've followed suit and increased our commitment to them. Their product is fantastic and their promotional campaigns are super entertaining too.


These are the tires against which all others are judged, and we’re thrilled to have Maxxis on our wheels for the twelfth year running. Expect to see a lot of High Rollers and Minions at camp.


They’ve recently introduced a flat pedal that’s foot size specific and updates to the rest of their line. We’ll have crankbrothers on our demo bikes, and available to test out otherwise too.

Five Ten:

Five Ten’s women’s specific line is continually growing, and their unisex shoes also receive endless R&D. Demo, and fall in love with, the Freerider Pro models this year.

Kicking Horse Coffee:

Their Kick Ass coffee fuels our camp mornings, and the company’s generosity sends each of our camp participants home with a bag of their own.


Participants can pick up CLIF organic trail mix bars at registration each morning, and fuel themselves with gluten-free goodness whenever they like.


We’ll be serving Kiju Organic juice and ice tea with all our camp lunches. They’re a Canadian company that’s recently added US distribution, and a wonderful partner.

New Belgium Brewing:

You’ll find their Fat Tire beer waiting for you on ice at all our evening host shop sessions at all our camps this year. Could there be any better pairing?

Whistler Bike Park:

We feel so lucky to have the world’s best bike park in our hometown, and we're honored to have been one of their official instructional programs for over a decade.