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 6-12. Beginners through advanced mountain bikers are welcome.
Wednesday, May 15 & Tuesday, May 21
Wayzata High School, Room B204
If you register in May and June you can participate in additional team rides and activities.
Grade 7-12 Practices (schedule is subject to change)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
After Labor Day
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday
Local trailheads (watch Team Snap for location updates)
Grade 6 Practices (schedule is subject to change)
There are five races held at various Minnesota locations.
- What is the cost to participate?
- I've never mountain biked before. Is that a problem?
- How do I know if I have the right equipment?
- Do boys and girls race against each other? Do students at different age levels race against each other?
- Who do we compete against?
- What is the attendance policy? What if I know I will have a number of conflicts?
- What team apparel is required/optional?
- Can I earn a varsity letter?
- Can I score individually?
- Do I need to provide my own transportation to practices and races?
- What kind of volunteer commitment is expected of student and their parents/guardians? Why?
- What is NICA's Pit Zone?
- What is Team Snap and how do I get access?
- Can I participate in another fall sport while doing mountain biking?
- Where can I learn more about high school mountain bike teams?
- Right to Privacy
Annual Registration Fee - $225 (scholarships available to qualifying families)
Minnesota State High School League Membership & Insurance - $100 (approximate)
Race Fee - $50 per race (approximate); five races per season
Team Race Jersey - $60 (approximate) Jersey's can be used for more than one season.
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. Questions? Call 763-745-5205.
No problem at all! We are glad 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 6-12 are welcome and accepted. Students are grouped by similar age and ability.
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.
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.
We take attendance at each practice.
If you are sick or will miss practice (or a race) for another reason notify Bo Bollom as early as possible by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or text at 763-226-5906.
**If you are absent from school, you are unable to practice or compete with the team that day.
- 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 Bo 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, Coaches may 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.
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.
Yes, the Wayzata Mountain Bike Team allows sports lettering for students in grades 9-12. Formal criteria includes team practice attendance, race participation, race results and volunteer hours.
Mountain Biking is not currently a MSHSL sport. 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. This will build our reputation as a viable and growing club.
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.
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
- 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!
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.
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.