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Little Bellas at Toro Park, Salinas; and at Sea Otter Classic
The Clifton family of Salinas is among Monterey County residents and visitors who appreciate the presence here of Little Bellas. Mom and her daughters, ages 7 and 10, are shown at the 2017 Sea Otter Classic, where the 10-year-old was participating in Little Bellas day camp.
For details about current Little Bellas activity in Monterey County, including their Salinas Sunday Program at Toro Park, Salinas and their day camp at Sea Otter Classic, contact Little Bellas directly. Scholarships are available.
Archived below is some prior Little Bellas activity in Monterey County—at Toro and at Sea Otter.
- For more on the Bicycling Monterey website about bicycling Salinas, click here.
- For posts relevant for children and teens, click here.
- For Sea Otter Classic tips, click here.
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Contact Little Bellas for updates about their 2016 program.
Little Bellas “Salinas Sunday Program” 2015 for girls ages 7-13 meets on select Sundays in Toro Park.
[As of 3/2/15, girls are still welcome to sign up, even if they missed the first session.] 2015 dates are March 1, 8, 15, 22; April 26; and May 3, 10, 17. Scholarships are available. For all details, along with any possible date changes, check in with http://littlebellas.com/ca-sunday-session/ [Local pro cyclist Brianne Spiersch of Little Bellas was featured in Tommy Wright’s Monterey County Herald Sea Otter Classic story on 4/17/15; click here.]
Little Bellas Day Camp for girls ages 8-13 meets at the 25th Anniversary Sea Otter Classic. Local and visiting girls are invited to register for one, two, or three days of camp.
2015 dates are April 17, 18, 19. Scholarships are available. For all details, go to http://littlebellas.com/little-bellas-sea-otter-camp/ or check the Sea Otter website’s Little Bellas page (click here).
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April-May-June 2014 include a Monterey County first: Toro Park, Salinas Little Bellas new day camp, California Sunday Sessions. This is a very special opportunity for girls ages 7-13. Scholarships are available! Don’t delay, sign up now. The first class is April 20.
Girls rock! And Little Bellas love helping get more girls on bikes!
When is the camp? April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, June 1, June 8, June 15, and June 22, plus a rain date of June 29.
For all details, and to register, visit the Little Bellas web page about their new “California Sunday Session” at Toro Park, Salinas!
Read about this new Little Bellas camp in the Weekly and the Californian:
- Nic Coury’s feature story “Longer Cycle,” Monterey County Weekly Summer Activities Guide 2014, pages 10 and 12. Download a pdf; click here. Read Nic’s story to learn why Salinas High student Quincy Linder–now a member of the SHS Cowboys Mountain Biking Race Team–and her father recommend Little Bellas heartily.
- Allison Gatlin reported “Registration opens for Salinas girls biking program” in the Salinas Californian, April 15, 2014.
- Dennis Taylor’s article “Little Bellas Mountain Bike Program Gets Girls into Sport” was in the Monterey County Herald, April 20, 2014.
- Lea Davison is co-founder, with her sister cyclist Sabra Davison, of Little Bellas. She’s an Olympic cyclist and on the roster of In the Arena, a nonprofit organization that anchors the highest-caliber role models in underserved communities with the aim of effecting positive and lasting change in today’s youth. “In the Arena with Lea: Little Bellas Salinas Sessions” shares about the Toro Park camp from Lea’s perspective!
Helmets are required
Helmets for minors (under 18) are required by California law, as well as being required for Little Bellas programs. If you want to sign up for the Little Bellas camp and are unable to purchase a helmet, don’t let that stop you! Let Sabra know.
And tip of the helmet to Little Bellas for their May 5, 2014 contribution of 13 helmets to students of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in East Salinas! To learn more, see the school’s individual listing in http://bit.ly/KidsBikeToSchool
Don’t own a bike yet?
Tweets – Aprl 21, 2014
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Below is info about Little Bellas Day Camp at the annual four-day Sea Otter Classic.
For 2014, Little Bellas Day Camp for girls ages 8-13: Signup for 1, 2, or 3 days. No Sunday girls race camp for ages 14-17 in 2014, but Lea Davison provided this 2015 alert for teen girls: Watch for 2015 pre-Sea Otter Classic activities!
Read why a Salinas 9-year-old, Madison Turner, loves Little Bellas:
Click here for Dennis Taylor’s 4/20/13 story in the Monterey County Herald.
Then check the Children and Teens section at Bicycling Monterey for more opportunities for girls, and boys, to bike in Monterey County.
Thank you, Sea Otter and Little Bellas, for your inspiration and support for visiting and local kids.
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Below is info about Little Bellas for the 2013 Sea Otter Classic. For the most accurate and up-to-date info about Little Bellas at SOC 2014, refer to SeaOtterClassic.com. On social media, use the hashtag #SeaOtter2014 or #seaotterclassic to catch more buzz.
New race camp for girls ages 14-17
at Sea Otter Classic on
Sun, 4/21, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Click here!
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Little Bellas day camp for ages 8-14 (below) is now full.
4/19, 20, 21: Little Bellas 1, 2, or 3 Days of Fun–
Day Camp at Sea Otter Classic
April 19-21, 2013
Take a look below at photos and stories from past years .
Day camp scholarships are available.
For a scholarship application, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for camp, click here to go to the Sea Otter Classic website.
(SOC happens 4/18-21, 2013, with Little Bellas day camp is offered 4/19-21.)
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The below was previously published in 2012.
Are you raising a powerful girl? The Davison sisters are with you on that.
They’re returning to Monterey County for the Sea Otter Classic. That’s why so many local and visiting girls are getting super excited!
Girls ages 8-14 are invited to attend one, two, or all three days of Little Bellas Sea Otter Day Camp with Lea and Sabra Davison.
Check it out below, then visit Sea Otter Classic’s Little Bellas page in the Festival Guide for more information.
Read Nic Coury’s story, “Mentoring on Mountain Bikes” in the Monterey County Weekly.
And for all others, keep reading. There’s Sea Otter Classic and other news in this post for you too!
Check Bicycling Monterey’s Tips for the Sea Otter Classic.
A famous Little Bellas game, Dab
Lea and Sabra Davison, pro mountain bikers and sisters, have a very special program that they are bringing to the west coast for the third year: Little Bellas day camp at the Sea Otter Classic.
The four photos shown here are from 2010, Little Bellas first year at Sea Otter.
The photo below is lunch break for the Little Bellas with pro cyclists Georgia Gould, Amy Dombroski, Sabrina Jonnier, Lea Davison, and Joanna Petterson. They don’t just eat with pros though, they bike with them, too. That’s what this day camp is all about!
Bike cleaning at the end of the day.
Girls will hone their mountain biking skills, whether they are brand new or ready for a new challenge. The focus will be having fun and improving skills, and girls will be grouped by age and ability.
An additional focus will be feeling right at home at the Sea Otter Classic, mountain biking’s biggest festival and one of the world’s largest bike festivals. Girls will have a full-access pass for Sea Otter festival activities, and they’ll have the chance to meet and learn from mentors who are among the world biking community’s favorite pros.
What calibre of instruction?
Oh, and speaking of pros: It’s looking good for Lea Davison, a Specialized pro rider, to be at the 2012 London Olympics. (See “Seventeen mountain bikers named to U.S. Olympic Long Team: Eight men and nine women are candidates for racing 2012 Olympics” in Cycling News. Stay tuned!)
- Know boys and girls twelve and under looking for other things to do at Sea Otter all four days of the festival? See all the free Activities for Kids.
- Be sure to check out the Festival section of the Sea Otter Classic website to learn about the many activities offered.
- The Expo section of SOC’s website will help you prepare for scoping out all sorts of cool gear! Look for these exhibitors.
- And, of course, you can participate in or watch road, mountain, and cyclocross races. Racers range from amateurs to world-class professionals. Check out the Athlete section of SOC’s website to learn all the details.
- Heard about Sea Otter’s Gran Fondo? This Saturday event offers fully supported recreational rides for ages 12 and up. You may choose from the Coastal Route, Mountain Bike Route, or Carmel Valley Route.
- Are you traveling from afar and wonder what else there is to do while you’re here? Check Sea Otter’s Visit Monterey County page for tips on popular attractions–and the bikeability of the neighborhoods surrounding them!
Some of the many related posts on this site:
- 2012: Tips for the 22nd Annual Sea Otter Classic
- Mamas and Babies at the Sea Otter Classic
- Children Celebrate Cycling at the Sea Otter Classic
- 2011: Celebrate Cycling in Monterey County
- 2010: Welcome to the Sea Otter Classic
For locals and visitors:
- Monterey County is a fabulous place for bike-loving residents and visitors. See this April-May 2012 calendar of activities, and get ready to ride!
- Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- Where to Bike in Monterey County
- Bicycle Shops, Services, Clubs, and Resources
Especially for visitors–or locals on staycation!
This post was previusly published January 12, 2012.