Welcome New Riders

Welcome to the team! 

The Boulder High School Mountain Bike Team (BHS MTB) was founded by Head Coach Ben Boyer in 2010. It is a charter member of the Colorado High School Cycling League, which is sanctioned by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).

The team has grown rapidly since its founding, with over 80 team members in 2014 and currently over 130 riders. It is the largest high school mountain bike team in the state. BHS MTB is the reigning Colorado State Champion, and won seven titles between 2010 and 2018.

Why mountain biking? 

Mountain Biking is a lifelong sport. The BHS MTB team focuses on individual growth, teamwork, hard work and FUN! We provide students with the skills to achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross country mountain biking goals in a safe and fun environment. Training with our team provides life lessons in fitness, nutrition, self-discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Communication 

Riders and Parents may find team information through Coach emails, Team App and the Team Website

Practices and Gear

Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15PM – 6:30PM starting in the Science Wing. Riders may store bikes at the school during the day in locked storage containers on the west side of the school. All Tu/Th practices begin and end at Boulder High. The team also rides Sunday mornings, usually 8AM – 12PM. Starting points for Sunday vary and will be announced each Friday through the email list. Riders must sign up for TeamSnap and keep it current; this is how ride groups and coaching assignments are determined. For safety reasons, riders may NOT peel off from their ride group UNLESS a parent/guardian has confirmed with Coach Boyer before start of practice. 

The basic gear includes a helmet, shoes, socks, riding shorts, gloves, water bottles, tubes and tools. In addition to these basics, you may want extra riding layers, sunglasses, snack and sunscreen. Team bikes are available to borrow. Team discounts are available at UBikes and Boulder Cycle Sport. Bikes are often for sale on TeamSnap and gear is often passed down. RIDERS SHOULD LEARN HOW TO MAINTAIN THEIR BIKES for speed and safety!

Races 

BHS MTB is part of the Colorado High School League. The season includes 4 Conference Races and the State Championship Race. We are part of the Northern Division. 

Racing takes all day and the team sticks together to cheer and hang out. Typically teams start arriving around 8:00am to set up. Teams create a “Pit Zone” for their riders which is a basecamp where bikes are stored, rider food is available as well as shade, bike maintenance, team trailer, and support of any kind! Races typically begin at ~8:30am and end at ~3:00. Racers should know their “call up” start time and arrive at the start area at least 10 minutes before their race. Races are grouped into categories according to their number plates and started in ~5 minute waves to spread riders out on the course. Awards ceremonies are conducted after all of the races have ended and the results recorded. We encourage riders to stay through the ceremonies to support their fellow athletes.

By visiting the Colorado High School Cycling League website, families can click on Events and Race Info for a comprehensive description of the registration, location, course, preride and race day schedule. It’s a good idea to figure out what wave your rider is in as start times for each wave change with each race. This information helps you map out your day for your rider as well as your family.

More detailed race information can be found NICA Quick Start Guide or here.

The League provides emergency medical teams, which include EMTs and paramedics. The teams are at the race site on race day, as well as the day before for pre-rides. During the race, ten to fifteen stationary and roving course marshals are in immediate radio contact with the medical team, as needed.

Tips

Because of the high number of participants, hotel and campsite reservations usually fill quickly so try to make lodging plans in advance. Be sure to ask for the event discount.

Packing: Read the NICA Quick Start Guide for packing tips, but mainly treat the day like you are camping outside! Check the weather and plan for bad weather anyway. Other items to consider: spare towels, camp chairs, blankets, change of clothes, warm/cold drinks, plastic bags, 1st aid, sunscreen and hats, shade/rain cover, stuff to fill down time.

Food: the Pit Zone is FOOD FUEL for riders, however, our Team is one big Family! To keep the Pit Zone stocked with rider food and not too many bodies, join the adjacent Family Tent. Bring chairs, food, drinks, games for siblings and hang out together. Race venues sell food, but you may want to plan your own meals for the long day, including extra food for your rider. 

Rules 

It’s a good idea for riders and families to be aware of the event rules. HELMETS are a big deal and the helmet rules are enforced for EVERYONE. Once a leg goes over the top tube of a bike, the rider (athlete, parent,or sibling) MUST be wearing a helmet or the Team may be penalized. Also check out guidelines for dogs at the event. NICA Rules and Guidelines  

Volunteers 

Like any sport, BHS MTB depends on volunteer efforts. Sign ups will be sent out periodically and parents can help out in many ways. SPREAD THE LOVE! Chipping in is easy and expected from every family.

Volunteer opportunities for parents include:

  • Coach/ride leader (Level 2) or Ride Assist (Level 1)
  • Volunteer at races for BHS through donations or shifts in Pit Zone
  • Volunteer at races for the Colorado High School Cycling League
  • Help with two big team events – picnic kick off in August and year end celebration in early December
  • Participate in trail work days or other community volunteer activities with team *This is required for athletes in order to letter.
  • Team Apparel
  • Marketing and Sponsorship help 
  • Pick up of Eldorado water and return of empty jugs
  • Washing of Skratch/H20 bottles post race
  • Loading and unloading of League trailer

BHS MTB Letter and Team Pride: Finish It!

It’s a club sport, not a CHSAA sport. However, BHS riders can earn Varsity Letters. Don’t forget to check out our banners in the school gym! Tell your BHS Administrators how important the team is to you.

BHS MTB expects riders and families to represent in all ways: team spirit, sportsmanship, manners both on and off the bike, leave no trace, all hands on deck, and most importantly, have fun! If you have other questions, email boulderhighMTB@gmail.com A