Wayzata Mountain Bike Team

Like adrenaline? Like adventure? Join the co-ed Wayzata Mountain Bike Team!

Cross-country mountain biking is a fall club sport offered through Wayzata Community Education.

The team is open to all students in grades 7-12. Beginners through advanced mountain bikers are welcome.

RegisterBeginning May 1

Try It Out

Coach

Sheryl Golin
Head Coach
612-401-0933
sherylgolin@gmail.com

2018-19 Informational Meetings

Tuesday, May 8 & Thursday, May 31
6:30 p.m.
Wayzata High School, Room B204

If you register in May and June you can participate in summer fun rides, races and mechanical skill sessions. These are optional.

Season Details

Required Practices August - October
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Luce Line Trail

Saturday Mornings
Local Trailheads TBA

Required Races August - October
There are five races held at various Minnesota locations TBA.

What is the cost to participate?

Annual Registration Fee - $195

Minnesota State High School League Membership & Insurance - $50 (approximate)

Race Fee - $40 per race (approximate); five races per season

Team Race Jersey - $60 (approximate)

The annual registration fee covers coaches, training and team equipment. You must provide your own bike and helmet. You are responsible for your transportation to and from practices and races. We encourage carpooling. Questions? Call 763-745-5205.

I've never mountain biked before. Is that a problem?

No problem at all! We are thrilled you want to try something new. Come to the first practice with your bike, helmet and an open mind. You may discover this is the perfect sport for you! There are no try-outs to be on the team. All students in grades 7-12 are welcome and accepted.

How do I know if I have the right equipment?

You will need a cross-country mountain bike with knobby tires, front shock and a certified helmet. Coaches will check athlete's equipment once in June and once the first week of practice.

Coaches will make recommendations to parents regarding equipment safety and suggest maintenance or upgrading at that time. Outside those two Equipment Check Nights, riders will be responsible for their own bike's maintenance and safety. Prior to each practice student riders will review each others bikes for safety. This includes checking tire inflation, brakes, and chain viability.

Equipment Required: Helmet and cross country style mountain bike (not BMX or downhill bike)

Equipment Recommended: bike gloves, eye protection, padded bike shorts, water bottle, energy/food

Not Allowed: Fat Bikes

* Emergency prescription medication like inhalers or Epi-Pens must be carried by student rider at all times on their person. Bike jerseys and cycling jackets have three rear pockets that easily carry these items.

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Do boys and girls race against each other? Do students at different age levels race against each other?

High School mountain biking is a co-ed sport and boys and girls train together. However, races are always separated by gender.

Typically students race against riders in their own grade level. Riders with previous race results may sometimes "move up" a grade level or two depending on their past race performances. Deviation from racing within your grade category is done rarely and on a case-by-case basis only.

Who do we compete against?

We compete against all high school teams in Minnesota at every race, including Lake Conference schools.

Lake Conference schools who have teams include Edina, Minnetonka and Hopkins.

What is the attendance policy? What if I know I will have a number of conflicts?

We take attendance at each practice.

  • If you are sick or will miss practice (or a race) for another reason notify Sheryl Golin as early as possible by email at sherylgolin@gmail.com or text at 612-401-0933.
    • Coach Sheryl will let you know what training and skills sessions you miss if you are absent from practice.
    • If you are going to miss a race, Coach Sheryl will need to remove your name from the week's start list.

If you have two unexcused practices you will need to meet with the coaches to discuss.

If your grades or attendance at practice start slipping, Coach Sheryl will request a meeting with you and your parent/guardian to discuss. Please remember: Parents and school officials report to us on school attendance and grades. Your schoolwork is your first priority.

What team apparel is required/optional?

Each participant is required to purchase a race jersey. This jersey can be used in consecutive years.

Spirit wear and cycling jackets are also available for purchase during the summer months. These purchases are optional.

Registered team members will be alerted of apparel availability via Team Snap and also at preseason activities.

Can I earn a varsity letter?

No. The Wayzata Mountain Bike Team is currently not a high school sport and therefore does not allow for sports lettering.

It is our hope that in the future we will gain high school sport status. You can help us by recruiting more club members and being great teammates these first few years. This will build our reputation as a viable and growing club.

Can I score individually?

Yes, there are both team podium and individual podium awards at each race. At the state awards banquet in November, there are individual and team awards based on season point totals.

Do I need to provide my own transportation to practices and races?

You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from all practices and races. We encourage you to coordinate rides with other participants by:

  • talking with them during the May informational meeting or the August orientation, or
  • by using our communication hub on Team Snap.

* Students should be picked up promptly at the end of practice. It is often dark when we finish riding.

What kind of volunteer commitment is expected of student and their parents/guardians? Why?

The Minnesota League is completely volunteer run. On race days, we ask that all parents/guardians sign up for a short volunteer shift during Race Day. When they are not racing, student riders are also expected to volunteer by:

  • cheering on your teammates
  • operating team walkie-talkies
  • managing the team tent and supplies
  • managing team race food
  • helping with course tear-down

Each year, our team volunteers in the community by:

  • cleaning and fixing bikes for FreeBikes4Kidz
  • doing trail-building work in the community

Our team is as much about character development as it is about race competition. Participants learn to:

  • lead by example
  • be loyal
  • persevere
  • encourage one another
  • work together to meet challenges
  • practice discipline and good sportsmanship

This is not a superstar-focused team; it is a cohesive and caring group that happens to be developing great fitness, racing well and achieving goals!

What is NICA's Pit Zone?

After you register online, you will receive an invitation to register through the NICA Pit Zone.

Riders must be registered in the NICA Pit Zone prior to practicing with the team or racing.

Registering with NICA Pit Zone assures you will be covered under the national insurance protection.

What is Team Snap and how do I get access?

Team Snap is a private website for paid and registered members of the Wayzata Mountain Bike Team. It is our communications center and houses information on practices, races, photos, forms and team information.

After you register, you will receive an email inviting you to join Team Snap.

Can I participate in another fall sport while doing mountain biking?

We don't require that mountain biking be your only fall sport. We believe now is the time to try new sports and activities to discover your strengths and interests and offer you the flexibility to do that. But please be aware of the following facts.

  • Mountain biking is a physically demanding endurance sport.
  • Students who try to manage two fall sports often struggle with balancing two sports, their schoolwork and good self care. Becoming rundown can lead to illness and/or falling behind in school.

If you have concerns, contact Sheryl so she can work with the coaches to coordinate a healthy approach.

Where can I learn more about high school mountain bike teams?

Right to Privacy

You will grow close to your teammates socially and share many experiences together. In the event of family or personal crises, school suspensions or other private developments in your life, make sure you let Sheryl know. Coaches will protect your privacy and protect you from inquiries from your teammates.