High School Program: August 1 thru October 31
Welcome to High School Mountain Biking for the Grand Valley!
Did you know that Mountain Biking is the Fastest Growing High School Sport??
Boys and Girls from the Grand Valley area high schools (Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, Central) will make up the team. We even have a few folks who reside in this area but attend other schools/home school.
Both experienced and beginner riders are welcome. In fact, we have many riders who barely rode a bike at all before joining the team! Don’t be shy. Your skill level will increase tremendously after a few weeks of practice.
The team is affiliated with NICA, Colorado High School League, and the area high schools.
A great deal of information is over on the high school league website: www.Coloradomtb.org, and we are beginning to have more information on our own website. Please free free to email the team if you have specific questions.
Each rider is required to wear a helmet, goggles/sunglasses, and needs a mountain bike in good working order.
Do not let the state of your mountain bike deter you from joining the team!! You will see crazy $10k bikes, and you will see Walmart specials. Just get out and ride… you will quickly find that no one judges you for the age or wear of your bike (well, maybe if you are riding the $10k bike…then we’ll judge you if you don’t buy dinner for the team).
Coaches and Volunteers
This team is supported by an amazing set of volunteers, starting with our head coaches, Geoff Williams and Gerry Verdoner. We couldn’t ask for better leaders for these kids, and their investment in each of their lives is immeasurable.
As much as we love our coaches, Melissa Pipkin, takes the cake. She is the glue that keeps the whole organization together. As the team has grown exponentially since its inception a few short years ago, her work has become more and more complicated. But she does it with an incredibly fun and encouraging attitude.
Our Ride Leaders are critical volunteer staff that allow us to have a ratio of adult leaders to student riders hovering around 6-to-1, which is amazing. Three nights a week, a large group of parents saddle up and ride the trails with our student athletes, and develop a camaraderie with the team that is nothing short of magical.
Finally, each of the parents give back to the team throughout the season, through managing our hectic race days, hosting team dinners, bringing food for the team tent, etc. etc. etc. We couldn’t do it without the parents!