GROM ACADEMY (7-10 yrs)

DUTHIE HILL PARK – ISSAQUAH, WA

GROM ACADEMY

Five full days of fun awaits you at Sweetlines Dirt Shredders Grom Academy! At Duthie Hill, professional coaches will help groms progress on advanced jump trails, learn tricks, and grow their technical skills. This camp is for advanced jumpers who want to secure their status as a “grom” (noun: a sick, talented young phenom in the sport of mountain biking). Sweetlines groms will have the opportunity to become even more advanced riders while growing as members of the cycling community.

Dates:
Grom Academy 1: June 21-25
Grom Academy 2: July 12-16
Grom Academy 3: Aug 9-13

Cost: $449
Time: 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 7-10 years
Gender: All kids welcome
Levels: 6-8
*New Levels for 2021. Refer to the guide below*

Meeting Place:
Duthie parking lot 
26400 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd, Issaquah, WA 98029
Map Link Here

RIDER LEVELS - NEW for 2021!

Our advanced levels are based on jumping and dropping since that’s what we tend to focus on at Duthie. We recognize that there are levels for trail riding, cross country, enduro and downhill which might or might not correspond with these jump levels. These are just guidelines to get the kids into roughly the right groups for their ability level. Adjustments can be made during camp. 

LEVEL 1: BEGINNER

Green Circle Trails
Ride Years: 0 - ½ years of riding on dirt trails (1 year of bike riding)
Brand new to mountain biking but a solid bike rider, can stand up on their pedals
Duthie Trails: Honey Badger, Pump Track

LEVEL 2: NOVICE

Green Circle Trails
Ride Years: ½-1 year of riding on dirt trails
Duthie Trails: Honey Badger, Lower Boot Camp, Deuces Wild, Pump Track

LEVEL 3: INTERMEDIATE

Blue Square Trails
Ride Years: 1-3 years
Duthie Trails: Lower and Full Boot Camp, Deuces Wild, Jubilane (2Hi), Movin’ On, maybe Luna Jump Lines. Might be rolling through Voodoo and going around all the features (like drops, wall ride and jumps)

LEVEL 4: ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE

Blue Square Trails (Intermediate)
Ride Years: 2-4 years
Duthie Trails:
Voodoo: rolling through (should be hitting some of the features like the 1st drop, the wall ride, and the jumps)
Luna Jump Lines: catching air comfortably
Ryan's Line: getting down Ryan’s and might be going around the features (drops, wooden edges)
Movin' On: getting over most of the roots, logs, and trail features 

NEW! LEVEL 5: ADVANCED ENDURO

Blue Square (Intermediate) and Black Diamond (Advanced) Trails
Ryan's Line: getting down without stopping and hitting some of the drops
Braveheart: riding parts or all of Braveheart, wanting to get better at technical downhill sections
Clearing Drop Zone: can hit most of the drops in the clearing

NEW! LEVEL 5: ADVANCED JUMPER

Blue Square and some Black Diamond Trails

Luna Jumps- clearing all of the Luna jumps
Voodoo: hitting 2nd or 3rd drop at top, riding the wall ride, hitting the jumps but not clearing them yet
Ryan's Line: getting down without stopping and hitting some of the drops
Jubilane (2Hi): hitting the jumps but not always clearing them
HLC: hitting the two wood lip jumps
Gravy Train - might be starting to work on Gravy Train
Clearing Drop Zone: can hit all the drops in the clearing

NEW! LEVEL 6: ADVANCED JUMPER

Black Diamond Trails
Voodoo: hitting all of the features (drops, jumps, wall ride)
Jubilane (2Hi): clearing all of the jumps
HLC: hitting the two middle jumps and the Happy Ending jump at the bottom
Gravy Train: starting to work on the top (First 3-6 jumps)

NEW! LEVEL 7: ADVANCED JUMPER

Black Diamond Trails
Ride Years: 3-5 years
Very confident rider and jumper 
Duthie Trails: starting on or completing Gravy Train, top of Flying Squirrel, Semper Dirticus, HLC all of the line

NEW! LEVEL 8: EXPERT JUMPER

Black and Double Black Diamond Trails
Ride Years: 4+ years
Duthie Trails: Squirrel, Double Trouble, Paramount, GHY, able to hit most of the trails at Duthie

GEAR LIST & INFO

MASKS

  • Masks, neck gaiters or cloth face protection are mandatory 
  • They should be worn around the neck and pulled up when we stop riding

MOUNTAIN BIKE

  • In good working order
  • Gears recommended
  • Front Suspension recommended
  • Hand brakes are mandatory (no coaster brakes, no backpedaling brakes)
  • BMX or kids style bikes are ok
  • No training wheels
  • No kickstands (dangerous for riding trails)
  • Norco demo bikes half off at Ride Bicycles

***PLEASE DO AN A, B, C, QUICK CHECK BEFORE CAMP STARTS!***

  • A = AIR – 20+ PSI MINIMUM
  • B = BRAKES – BE SURE BRAKES WORK
  • C = CHAIN – SHOULD BE LUBED AT LEAST 1X/ WEEK TO PREVENT RUSTING
  • QUICK = QUICK RELEASES – SNUG

BRAKES

  • Must have 2 hand brakes
  • No coaster brakes (no backpedaling to stop)

HELMET

  • Must be a CPSC certified bike helmet
  • Full-face helmet strongly recommended for Gravity Academy

FLAT PEDALS

  • No clip in pedals

SHOES

  • Closed-toed, flat soled shoes
  • Five Ten or skate style work better than running shoes

PADS

  • Knee and elbow pads are mandatory
  • We will not me lending pads this year

GLOVES

  • Full finger gloves are mandatory

HYDRATION PACK / WATER BOTTLE

  • A hydration pack or water bottle is also recommended
  • Electrolyte drink recommended too

LUNCH & SNACKS

  • Pack extra food and snacks!
  • Students must ride their own lunch packs into the park this year
  • Please use a zippered or closeable bag so the crows and squirrels don't steal your lunch!
  • Clif Bars available

OTHER ITEMS

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray

Medical (as needed)

  • EPI pen – must be carried by rider at all times
  • Inhaler – must be carried by rider at all times

POLICIES

SAFETY POLICIES

  • All coaches are professionally trained
  • All coaches are certified in First Aid and CPR
  • All coaches are background checked
  • Sweetlines has a “challenge by choice” policy
  • Kat Sweet has been running kids bike programs since 2003

INCLUSIVITY

Inclusivity has always been a core value for Sweetlines. Kat Sweet began her mission with hope to bring more females to the sport, which now extends to all genders. At the core of her mission is inclusivity; we strive to deliver inclusive and accessible camps for all. We are working towards a future where everyone, no matter their background, such as age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, feels they too can learn to ride mountain bikes and be part of our community. We are always trying to improve our practice so please share your expertise, feedback, and comments with us. For participants who may need accommodations, please give advanced notice to ensure that we can provide an optimal experience.

CANCELLATION POLICY

As long as you cancel 2 weeks (14 days) prior to the program start date, you will be refunded the full amount minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds for canceling within a week of the program start date unless you have a doctor’s letter. Program happens rain or shine but we may cancel if there is thunder and lightning. Due to the fire hazards of the past couple summers, we are looking into what precautions we should take to ensure the health and safety of our campers.

Tax Info: EIN - 82-1550878

 

SWEETLINES EQUITY GRANT 

SWEETLINES EQUITY GRANT APPLICATION

Sweetlines is providing grants for children from marginalized communities to help address racial gaps in our sport and community.

10 Equity Grants Awarded

10 Equity Grants will be awarded to students who are BIPOC interested in entering or furthering their skills in the mountain bike world.

View full details here:
Sweetlines Equity Grant Application

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

If you have been affected by Covid-19 or would like financial assistance to come to our programs for any other reason, please fill out this application and we will contact you to find out how we can help make that happen.

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"I wanted to say thank you for the great experience you put together at the Dirt Shredders Camp this week. Our son Hudson loved it and is more stoked then ever to go riding. It hasn't always been easy to get him excited to go ride and I think the combinations of the coaches and the other kids were really great for him." - Kyle and Bridget