Why kids join
Not every person on the team is a racer…
Some kids join only to participate in practices and hang out with like-minded kids.
Some kids go to the race weekend campouts but do not race.
Some kids want a good workout
Some kids are competitive and enjoy doing the races
Who Can Join?
Students entering grades 6 through 12 in the 2019-2020 school year are welcome to join.
La Crosse Composite is one local team comprised of middle and high school students from our area schools. Current team members are from La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, and West Salem schools.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Myrick Park Gun Shelter
July through October
Practices can be as laid back or as intense as each rider desires.
We often warm up with skills or bike games in the park. Then we might do some intervals or a longer ride to the Hixon Forest Trails.
We organize groups with similar skill levels. You only have to push as hard as you want to.
Races are optional, but everyone can race!
Riders complete 1-4 laps of a 5 mile course based on gender, grade level and skill level.
Pre-riding the race course the day before the race is fun and the team often rides it together.
After pre-riding the course, many families will camp overnight at the venue. We eat and camp as a group. Many racers say camping is the best part about being on the team.
Transportation to the races is the responsibility of each rider's family, but we work together to carpool.
We need two kinds of volunteers at every race:
The race promoter needs volunteers for things like course set-up, course marshaling and start/finish line help.
The La Crosse Area team needs volunteers to prepare and send food for the camp-out, and to cook/serve at the campout.
You will be invited to go to Signup.com to sign up for a position.
We will send occasional emails asking parents to help out at team events such as parties and community outreaches. We usually use signup.com to organize volunteers.
Coaches & Ride Helpers
You don't need to be a mountain bike expert to be a coach. A coach is someone who can ride a mountain bike and shepherd kids though a practice session. We have 6th graders just learning how to handle a mountain bike, high school seniors who are very athletic, and everything in between. We will let you work with whichever group you think you can help the most.
Talk to one of our coaches, or go to the NICA site to learn more about becoming a coach: nationalmtb.org/coaching/