At Fairfax Cycling Camp, we pride ourselves on having a knack for teaching kids, as our founder, Mitch Brown, is a local public school teacher. Mitch has been teaching at Manor Elementary School in Fairfax for thirteen years. When the school district decided to eliminate summer school a few years back, Mitch decided to combine his love for biking with his passion for teaching and inspiring kids, and Fairfax Cycling Camp was born! Mitch and his wife Eileen (click here to read more about her group for girls, Artemis Circle) share a passion for cycling, running, nature, and getting more kids and grownups outside and feeling good!
Mitch and Eileen bring nine successful years of mountain bike camp experience to their unique professional training and expertise. This combination allows them to pay special attention to children’s developmental and social needs while having a great time on the bike in our beautiful open space!
The Browns carefully select their staff to ensure that all campers have a positive, safe and emotionally connected experience from start to finish. Unique to FXCC is that most weeks are led by two experienced adult teachers, and staffed by local teen bike racers, many of whom they’ve known for years. We maintain a ratio of at least 1 staff to every 5 campers. Mitch and Eileen are Wilderness First Aid/CPR certified, and our adult ride leaders (& most of our counselors) are First Aid/CPR certified, while some have more extensive safety training. You can read more about our crew here.
Fairfax is rich in mountain biking history, and today hosts many mountain and road riders who come to ride on Mt. Tam, Tamarancho and the roads of West Marin. We feel fortunate to find ourselves in such a sweet spot.
Other cool stuff about our camp? We want to maximize our time on the bike and not spend it driving around, so we don’t load kids up in vans, and our carbon footprint is zero. We believe that when kids gain confidence riding, they turn into adults who ride. We hope this not only fosters a healthy personal lifestyle, but creates adults who drive less and bike more. Check out our Summer Bike Camp for Kids, Adult Rides (road and mountain), and updated school year offerings for kids (coming soon).