Salsa Cycles

RideCamp 2017, presented by Salsa Cycles

Ride Camp FAQ

General Questions

Can I just show up and pay at RideCamp?

No, you cannot. Your must register for RideCamp in advance.

Is this a family-friendly event?

Yes, and this is very important to us. All ages are welcome at Salsa RideCamp, though most activities are intended for riders ages 4 and older. We intend for the respectful experience for everyone involved: This will not be a party where folks have way too many beers and start jumping their bikes over the fire. If that is what you are looking for, then we encourage you to look elsewhere.

Note that any children younger than the age of 13 MUST be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times. If a child is left unattended, they will not be able to participate in RideCamp activities. At the risk of sounding cranky, Salsa Crew members are not certified babysitters, and when it comes down to it, your child is your responsibility. Their safety, and that of all of our RideCamp attendees, is of utmost concern here. Thank you for understanding.

Are dogs allowed?

No, we ask that you leave the four-legged friends behind.

Do I need to worry about bears?

There are black bears in Wisconsin. Heck, we even saw a mother bear with cub in this location earlier in the year, but we wouldn’t worry about them. Black bears typically want to avoid humans. We will encourage everyone to keep a clean camp, as we’d prefer to avoid visits from raccoons, skunks, or any other wildlife. Please avoid keeping any food stuff in your tent. If you bring extra snacks, please keep them in your vehicle.

What are the bathroom facilities?

We will have porta-johns (porta-potties), and our goal is to make sure we have plenty of them!

Are there shower facilities?

No, but we encourage you to bring a solar shower (the type that are like hydration bladders that heat in the sun all day, and then you hose down). We will cordon off a swimsuit-wearing solar shower area and rig up some poles for solar shower attachment. Bring a swimsuit to shower in, and you may want water shoes or sandals as well.

What will the weather be like at RideCamp?

If we could tell you that, we’d be millionaires (or at least meteorologists)! Typical weather for mid-September in northern Wisconsin calls for cool mornings and evenings, with nice warm days ... but we make no promises.

Bring your rain gear. Bring a light puffy jacket and a beanie cap. Bring a fall-weight sleeping bag (temperatures did hover around 40 degrees at night last year). In terms of cool-weather riding gear, we suggest you bring leg and arm warmers, tights, a windbreaker or riding vest, and a rain jacket.

We can almost guarantee that it will not snow, but as they say: Never say never.

What are the mountain bike trails like?

The CAMBA (Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) trails are truly an incredible system. The trails are true singletrack, but only technical in spots where we are hosting daylong trips for intermediate/advanced riders. They require your attention by twisting and turning through the woods. The climbs are short, but frequent. Mid-September should bring some fantastic fall colors that we will all enjoy.

What are the gravel roads like?

Think rolling forest roads, sometimes with fairly steep ups and downs.
We will be marking and mapping out several routes of varying distances.

How will the group rides function?

Group Rides will have leaders and a tail person from the Salsa Crew. We have added leisure/beginner rides of shorter distances and slower paces this year, but each rider will be asked to self-assess (realistically) their own personal experience preference and skill level.

We will ask the group to sort themselves out by how quickly they feel they ride, then use a simple system to keep folks from missing turns and going off course:

When the leader hits a junction, the leader will wait for the next rider, then the leader departs and that person waits for the next rider, and so on. The tail rider always remains in the final position, making sure the other riders all stay in front of them.

How do I sign up for the Thursday night overnight bikepacking experience?

This year we are offering 3 slightly different, limited-availability overnight camp-and-ride experiences, departing from RideCamp promptly at noon on Thursday, September 8, and returning around noon Friday, September 9. Please see the agenda to gain an understanding of what each of these experiences entails.

Packed meals will be provided to participates, but all other gear (tent, sleeping bag, racks, frame bags) must be provided by participants.

This event will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; we will have a waiting list, in case of any drop-outs. Cost is an extra $50; sorry, no refunds.

If I don't want to camp, can I stay elsewhere?

Yes, you certainly can. Hayward is nearby and has many hotels and motels. For those interested in fully supported trailer camping, there’s a KOA a few miles south of RideCamp (koa.com). The RideCamp fee remains the same, however, whether camping at RideCamp or staying elsewhere.

Can I attend only a portion of RideCamp?

Absolutely, but the RideCamp fee remains the same—no discounts available.

Will there be a Salsa RideCamp next year?

​We sure hope so.

Will Salsa RideCamp ever change locations?

We have considered it and will continue to consider it, but the beauty of this spot is:

Beauty

Great trails and forest, gravel roads

Proximity to Salsa HQ means our entire staff can be present to function as the camp staff for the weekend!

What will I receive when I attend Salsa RideCamp?

Besides a heck of a great time? A bunch of great schwag items, only available to Salsa RideCamp attendees!

Will the event be canceled if the weather is bad?

No, this event will take place rain or shine. If, by chance, there is enough rain that riding on the trails would do significant damage, then the riding will all take place on the forest roads. We must be good trail stewards. The chance of receiving that much rain in September is quite slim.

What if I need to cancel my reservation?

If you register and need to cancel, you may, but understand that no refunds will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. Central time on August 10. Note that there is a nonrefundable 25% registration fee that applies even before this date.

The Bikes

Should I bring my own bike to Salsa RideCamp?

Yes, please do. While we will have a large 2017 demo fleet there, we can’t guarantee we will have a bike for everyone for every ride they want to do. Also, bring your helmet and other riding gear.

Do I need to own a Salsa bike to attend RideCamp?

No, we welcome you regardless of what brand of bike you ride.

Do I need to wear a helmet while riding at Salsa RideCamp?

Yes, but only while riding. Protecting your brain makes sense. Also, please bring your own bike and other riding gear.

Can I reserve a Demo Bike ahead of time?

No, we will be handling demo bikes on a first-come, first-served basis. We also ask that if checking out a demo bike for a group ride that you return the bike following that ride so that other attendees will have a chance to ride it.

Will you be providing mechanical support?

Please make sure your bike is in good working order before you arrive at RideCamp. We ask that you bring your normal riding tools and such to take care of mid-ride flats you might suffer, just as you would on any normal ride. We will have our Demo vehicles at RideCamp, however, and will do our best to solve problems that might come up.

Will my bike be safe at night?

Please bring a bike lock and secure your bicycle at night. We don’t
anticipate any of that sort of problem in the northwoods of Wisconsin,
but as they say, better safe than sorry.

The Clinics

How do I sign up for clinics?

We’ve made adjustments to our schedule based on feedback from last year’s RideCamp attendees, in an attempt to optimize both riding and clinic accessibility. View the clinic options on our Agenda page, then plan to show up to the ones that interest you!

What will the bicycling photography dumps entail?

Participants in the impromptu Bicycling Photography Dumps will have the opportunity to share their own photos with all of RideCamp via an open download station set up in the Mess Tent. We encourage anyone interested
in having their images showcased as a part of RideCamp to take your cameras along to shoot bicycling imagery on the trails and forest roads, and in camp. Photos will be downloaded, reviewed, and shared for a RideCamp slideshow on Saturday night. Frequent Salsa photographer Scott Haraldson will be in attendance.

The Camping

What type of camping is this?

This will be tent camping in a large (really large) mowed field, just north of Seeley, Wisconsin. There will be a parking area close by, for those that don’t need their vehicle right next to their tent. There will be a separate area for folks that want to camp right next to their vehicle.

Is trailer camping or RV camping possible on site?

The camping at RideCamp is on a grass field: RV and trailer camping is at your own risk. We will have an area available for trailer camping, with no electricity, sewage nor water hookups available—again, at your own risk. If you’re not feeling risky, there are many other campgrounds in the vicinity that can handle those types of vehicles, including a KOA Campground, roughly 8 miles away, just north of Hayward, Wisconsin.

Is hammock camping possible at the site?

The main camping area is a very large empty field surrounded by trees. It might be possible to string up a hammock, but the area is not prepared for that purpose specifically (possible exception: the overnighter bikepacking trip, additional cost). You are a hammock user, so you know the drill!

Is car-top camping possible at the site?

We will have a space for RV and trailer camping this year that can also accommodate roof-top rigs.

Can I reserve campsites for my friends that are coming up later in the day?

The camping areas are very large, so we don’t believe this will be an issue. But you will need to be prepared to mark off the areas you wish to save, and we ask that you be courteous to the other RideCamp attendees.

Can we have campfires near our tents?

No, we will have larger communal fire pit areas for a bonfires both Friday and Saturday nights. No other fires will be permitted on site. Also, do not bring any firewood to the event.

Are you providing camping gear?

No, you need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and flashlight or headlamp, as well as any other amenities you desire.

Should I bring a camp chair?

Heck yes, please bring a camp chair, as it will come in handy when sitting around the bonfire each night or for just relaxing throughout the weekend.

The Gear

What do I need to bring with me to Salsa RideCamp?
  • Bring your I.D. if you intend to check out Demo Bikes.
  • Bring your bike, helmet, and riding gear.
  • Bring your personal camping gear.
  • Bring rain gear, just in case.
  • Bring a flashlight and/or headlamp.
  • Bring a solar shower if you don’t want to go two days without showering.
  • Bring bug dope and a mosquito headnet ... just in case.
  • Bring sunscreen ... just in case.
  • Bring your camera if you want to be involved in the impromptu Bicycling Photography Dumps.
  • Bring some yard games if you like that sort of thing. No JARTS, though!
  • Bring your coffee kit, if taking part in the Campfire Coffee clinics.
  • Bring yourself, ready to have a great time meeting new people, riding bikes, and learning from the various clinics and presentations.
  • Bring your bikepacking racks, packs and kits if taking part in the Overnighter Ride on Thursday night (additional cost).
What riding gear should I bring to RideCamp?

Our suggestions: Your bike in good working condition. Short-sleeved and long-sleeved jerseys. Riding shorts and tights. Riding gloves. Helmet. Riding glasses. Riding shoes. Windbreaker. Riding vest. Rain jacket. Tools for setting up and doing on-trail repairs. Spare inner tubes for your bike. Bikepacking or frame bags (for longer rides). Water bottles and hydration pack. Bug dope. Mosquito head net ... just in case.

The Grub

What will the food service be?What will the food service be?

We will have catered meals in a mess tent, along with a snack table for those who need to re-energize throughout the day. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available.

What meals will be served?

Overnighter Ride (additional cost, and space is limited): Thursday lunch & dinner, Friday breakfast
Friday: Lunch & dinner
Saturday: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Sunday: Breakfast & lunch

Do I need to bring eating and drinking utensils?

No, we’ve got you covered, though you might wish to bring your favorite coffee mug for some morning brew! Also be sure to bring your water bottles or hydration pack for rides.

Can I bring beer?

Yes, but we suggest you bring your own cooler and ice. Also, keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event. We intend this to be a respectful experience for everyone involved.

This will not be a party where folks have way too many beers and start jumping their bikes over the fire. If that is what you are looking for, then we encourage you to look elsewhere.

Partners

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Policies

CAMPING

Salsa RideCamp will accommodate tent camping, as well as limited RV/trailer and car-top camping (no electricity, sewage or water hookups available; vehicles allowed in restricted area, but at driver’s own risk). No fires allowed outside of the group bonfire area. We will encourage everyone to keep a clean camp, as we’d prefer to avoid visits from raccoons, skunks, or any other wildlife. Please avoid keeping any food stuff in your tent. If you bring extra snacks, please keep them in your vehicle.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Salsa Cycles bans guns and weapons of all kinds from this event. Exceptions might include a small pocket knife for camping needs, but please use these discriminately. No fire or fire-making equipment, please; exceptions might include a cook kit for the Camp Coffee Clinics. Tools for on-trail bike-repair only will also be allowed. Try to limit glass containers (aluminum cans are preferred), and use the marked receptacles for recycling to avoid broken glass.

KIDS

Salsa RideCamp is a family-friendly event: All ages are welcome. Activities are intended for riders ages 4 and older, and vary dependent on skillset. We intend for this to be a respectful experience for everyone involved: This will not be a party where folks have way too many beers and start jumping their bikes over the fire. Note that any children younger than the age of 13 MUST be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times. If a child is left unattended, they will not
be able to participate in RideCamp activities. At the risk of sounding cranky, Salsa Crew members are not certified babysitters, and when it comes down to it, your child is your responsibility. Their safety, and that of all of our RideCamp attendees, is of utmost concern here.

PETS

For the courtesy of all RideCamp guests, please leave all four-legged friends—and pets of any kind—behind. Thank you for understanding.

REFUND/CANCELLATION

If you register and need to cancel, you may, but understand that no refunds will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. Central time on August 10. Note that there is a nonrefundable 25% registration fee that applies even before this date.

Also, as a limited-availability addition, if you register for the Thursday night overnight bikepacking experience, then find you need to back out, there will be no refunds of the extra $50; again, apologies.