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 2023-2024 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, West Salem, LaCrescent, and Bangor schools.
NICA GRiT (Girls Riding Together) is NICA’s effort to recruit and retain more girls and female coaches in NICA programs. NICA is making a concentrated effort to increase the number of girls and female coaches in NICA programs by focusing on creating a more welcoming environment for girls to join through girls-only events, rides, camps, clinics and social opportunities. GRiT's goal is to empower female student-athlete's to make their mark, on or off the bike. All NICA leagues have an individual GRiT Coordinator to implement programming. Our 2023 GRiT coordinator is Anna Stindt. Feel free to reach out to Anna with any questions or ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
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.