All riders welcome. Our goal is to build a strong body, mind and character by participating in a competitive and inclusive mountain bike club and racing experience. All members are encouraged, but not required to race as part of the fall league. Practice three days per week and participate in five races throughout the season. You must provide your own bike and helmet. Please visit the team website at https://196mtb.shutterfly.com/ or Visit the Minnesota Mountain Biking website www.minnesotamtb.org for more information.ISD 196 Mountain Bike Adventure Club and Race Team Information SheetOur Club:Official Coed Club that is insured and supported by ISD 196 along with our governing body, NICA. We invite all riders regardless if one wants to race in the fall or not. Our racing athletes can earn a varsity letter. Letter Requirements are posted on our website. We are four teams that practice together and share resources. Together we are the ISD 196 Mountain Bike Adventure Club and Race Team.Skill Level: We have riders on our team each year that range from complete novices to expert racers. We welcome all riders and racers. As a staff we work to tailor our rides and practices to be able to safely instruct all skill levels. Because of this, we are constantly looking for adult volunteer ride leaders for practices. These volunteers not only make our practices safer but also provide the key to differentiating practices for all skill levels. Summer: July 11th - July 25th: Thursday morning rides 7:45-10:00 AM at Lebanon Hills. We will also ride some Saturdays at various trails. See the calendar on the Shutterfly website for details.
Fall: Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 30th at 5:45 PM (We will start as early as 5:00 PM later in the season when we begin to lose light in the fall.) Saturday mornings will be from 8:45 to 11:00 AM on the weeks before we begin racing.
Location: Practice locations will be posted on our website. We will meet at the overflow lot of Lebanon Hills for most of our practices. We will also continue to hold Saturday rides at different trails throughout the metro area in August.
Transportation: All transportation is the responsibility of parents to organize independent of our staff.Races: For the 2019 season races are Saturdays and Sundays. We do not yet know what category will race on which day, but it will likely be middle school one day, and high school the other, but individual riders will only race on one of the two days. The championship race is in Mankato. Each division (6 th -Varsity/male and female) race separately. See website for District 196 race dates as we have two bye weeks.
Registration: This is a 2 step process. You are not allowed to ride with the team in any capacity until you are registered here with Community Education. NICA registration must be done by August 1st. Enroll Here
After getting an email invite from NICA, register to race on the NICA Pitzone webpage.
NICA Registration Fee
Total for non racers
NICA Race Fees (only for racers)
$50 x 5 = $250
$50 x 5 = $250
OR buy a Super pass for all races and save $100TOTAL for Racers
Gear:These are the minimum items required to ride with the club, practice and race. Safe geared mountain bike
Water bottle or hydration pack
Athletic shoes or biking shoes
Highly Recommended: Gloves/Eye Protection
Volunteers: To insure a safe and smooth running season there is an expectation that our parents and guardians volunteer. Our families have really stepped up each year to help make our program a success. There is a volunteer signup sheet on a table in the back of the room. It is for those parents that can coordinate specific aspects our team needs. This list is also posted online. If you can’t take on a leadership role but are able to help, please sign up and let us know in what capacity you can help our team. Thank you!Bike Shop:Support:Valley Bike and Ski has been a great resource for our team. They have supported us with volunteer ride coaches, race support, team member discounts, and lots of advice. If you are looking for gear or advice they are a great place to go. 7707 149th St. W. Apple Valley, MN 55124952-432-1666http://valleybikeandski.com