Mountain Bike Team (Middle and High School)

Biking

Sage International School Mountain Bike Team

 
Mountain Bike Club vs Team
Sage is unique in that we have a Mountain Bike Club and a Mountain Bike Team. The Club is a
great way to try out the sport in a fun group environment, with low- to moderate-intensity rides
once a week from April through the end of the school year. These rides are chaperoned by
adults, but we encourage High School MTB Team members to take the lead and mentor newer
riders. Students may join the club with a signed waiver. There are no fees for MTB Club.

Mountain Bike Team
The Mountain Bike Team is a competitive team that practices 3 days a week in season (July 1
through mid-October) and participates in 5 interscholastic races throughout Idaho in the fall. The
practices are longer, higher intensity, with coaching to build fitness, skill, and confidence on the
bike. We welcome riders new to the sport of mountain biking. However, every participant must
first know how to competently ride a bicycle. Our trained coaches will teach the fundamental
skills necessary for trail riding and racing.

Coaches
Our team is powered by more than 20 licensed volunteer coaches who have gone through
many hours of mandatory training. Licensing requirements include background checks, risk
management training, mountain-bike skills instruction training, concussion training, abuse
prevention training, and continuing education units. Level 2 and Level 3 coaches are required to
have current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certification.

How to Join the Team
To join the team, you must sign up via NICA Pit Zone and pay league registration fees BEFORE
participating in any pre-season activity or rides. This activates NICA insurance coverage.
Student-athletes must be fully registered to participate in ANY team activities. To receive
the invitation link to join Pit Zone, email Team Director Jason Tucker ([email protected]) or
Head Coach Kim Cross ([email protected]).

League and Team Fees
These fees are required for participation in any team events, even if your student-athlete
chooses not to race.

  •  Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League (IICL) fee: $160 (paid through Pit Zone)
  •  National Interscholastic Cycling League (NICA) fee: $40 (paid through Pit Zone)
  •  Sage International School team fee: $50 (via check to Sage MTB Team)

Race Fees

  •  Season pass: $150 (high school) or $125 (middle school) for five races.
    We highly encourage this option. If you plan to do three or more races, it’s more
    economical. Simply register for all five races in Pit Zone and the discount will be applied.
  •  If you plan to do one or two races, the per-race fee is $50 (high school) and $45 (middle
    school). The registration fees must be paid via Pit Zone two weeks before the first race.
    There is no on-site race registration.
  •   Team jerseys/uniforms: From $65.

Financial Aid
We offer team scholarships that can be used to help offset the team fees based on financial
need. There are also scholarships you can apply for through NICA to offset Idaho league and
race fees (again, based on financial need).

Pre-Season (late May - June)
Before the season begins, we host a limited number of “pre-season activities.” Less intense
than in-season practice, these events are intended to develop skill and camaraderie. They may
include fun rides, coach training sessions, bike safety checks, fix-a-flat seminars, bike-handling
skill clinics, parent/athlete meetings, and potluck dinners. Most of these events are mandatory.

Mountain Bike Season (July 1 – mid-October)
In season, we practice 3 days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Weekday
practices are typically 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday practices typically 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. (On
very hot days, we adjust the times.) We understand you may also have vacations, summer
camps and other activities. If you’re not out of town, sick, or engaged in a local multi-day
activity, attendance is expected at practices and team events through the summer and fall
(including Saturday practices). One simple reason for this is that we can’t prepare you properly
from a fitness and skills perspective if you frequently miss practice.

Race Schedule:

  • August 20: Brundage (McCall)
  •  August 27: Magic Mountain (south of Twin Falls)
  •  September 10: Grand Targhee (Alta, Wyoming)
  •  September 24: Jug Mountain Ranch (McCall)
  •  October 9: State Championships at Bogus Basin (Boise)

Travel
Parents need to transport their student-athlete(s) to all of the races or make arrangements with
other parents on the team to carpool and act as a responsible party for your child. Student-
athletes are expected to arrive at the races by Friday mid-afternoon to pre-ride the course. The
races take place all day on Saturday. It’s not mandatory, but team families generally camp
together at the out-of-town races.

Parent Volunteer Duties
A successful practice and race season requires…teamwork! On race weekends, each team
must fill a specified number of volunteer positions. Parents are expected to volunteer with the
Idaho League for at least 2 of the races (unless they have team coaching duties). We also need
help with team activities such as party planning, race weekend meal and snack planning,
photography, social media, team/parent communications, camp-organizing, and other things. If
you tell us your strengths, we’ll find the right role for you.

Ride on!
Sage Mountain Bike Team
Kim Cross, Head Coach ([email protected])
Jason Tucker, Team Director ([email protected])

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