What the team will look like in a covid-19 world
There will not be big, state-wide races this season. The Wisconsin League is investigating putting on a time trial series to satisfy the competitive spirit for riders who like to race.
During the 2020 season, the team will concentrate on:
To limit the possibility of contracting or spreading the virus, practices will be held in small groups this season, ideally with two coaches and 6-8 kids. We will try to organize small groups to contain riders from the same family/house and groups of friends who are already riding together. If you don’t fit in one of these groups, we will try to group by neighborhood proximity. This may evolve into more interest, skill, or fitness based groupings as the season moves on.
We will maintain social distancing during practice. Riders will avoid physical contact during all games or trail rides. In addition, all riders are required to wear a “buff”, bandana, or face mask that can be easily lifted to cover the mouth and nose.
Be Self Contained
This year we are asking all riders to come to practice with the following:
An inner tube
A tire pump or CO2 cartridges
Food (granola bar or other mobile snack)
If your rider has a mechanical breakdown, a coach will try to guide them through a repair without touching their bike.
Every rider will need a face covering. We recommend a buff or a lightweight neck gaiter that can be lifted above the nose and mouth when in proximity to other trail users.
Riders who are not prepared for practice may be asked to return home.
If a parent/rider needs help affording any of the above items, contact a coach regarding scholarships.
If you are a returning rider/coach, you should have received an email with an invitation to register with NICA.
If you are a new rider/coach, please read the “Join” page, and fill out the team waiver. When we receive your waiver, we will send you an invitation to register with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) .
OH NO! We are back in red
July 22, 2020
Practice is postponed: After posting the opposite just this morning, We learned that La Crosse County has gone back to Red -Severe Risk of Covid-19 Spread. So practicing with non-family members is on hold for another week.
The trails are still open for solo and family rides... we're trying to remain positive.
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/
Race Weekend (Probably not a thing until 2021)
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.