What is the layout of the season?
Practice typically begins the end of July and runs through the end of October. We practice 4:30pm-6:30pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and 9am-12pm on Saturdays. There is no Saturday practice on race weekends. Our team will have 5 races throughout the season. The schedule varies year to year based on our bye weeks.
Is prior experience needed to join the team?
The team consists of all ability levels, and athletes will practice with other athletes of similar ability levels. If you've never tried mountain biking before, we encourage you to Try It Out!
How much does it cost?
Our team fee is $40.00 in addition to league fees. The cost of registration for the Minnesota High School Cycling League is $50.00 and each race (5) costs an additional $40.00. Students are required to have a jersey which are offered for around $65.
No student will be denied participation due to lack of financial resources. Please contact us directly for scholarship and bike loan program opportunities.
What equipment is needed?
Besides a mountain bike, athletes will need a helmet, riding gloves, eye protection, and hydration pack or water bottle. Padded shorts may be desired to increase comfort on the bike. We also ask that each student carry their own multi-tool, spare tire, and pump or CO2 inflater.
What commitment is required? Can I participate in other sports and mountain biking?
Athletes who regularly miss workouts will not progress at the same rate as fellow athletes which will be a source of frustration. We promise to treat athletes like adults. If an athlete is unable to attend any of the agreed-upon practices due to other commitments or concerns, it is required for the athlete to consult coaches for an alternative workout plan. Unexcused absences are grounds for removal from the team.
Is mountain biking dangerous?
Forget what you've seen on the X-Games. In cross-country bike races, the average speed is usually 8-12 mph. Typically for the whole league nationwide, there will be a few broken bones, some sprains, and minor scrapes. Statistically fewer serious injuries will be sustained than other mainstream sports, especially contact sports.