Frequently Asked Questions

How do I stay in touch with the team?

All team communication takes place in TeamSnap, a web and mobile app platform. We ask that all student athletes keep their practice and event RSVPs up to date so we can plan our activities.

What skills do I need?

To start, you just need to know how to ride your bike! Our coaches are trained to provide ‘101’ skills for mountain biking, and we work with our student athletes in groups accoriding to their level of skill.

You’ll learn everything you need to ride trails safely including body position, braking, and handling obstacles.

Want a head start? Check out the video below for a preview of the skills you’ll learn:

What type of bike do I need?

Any mountain bike will do to start! A ‘mountain bike’ is a bicycle rated for use off-pavement, with flat handlebars and knobby tires. If you are just getting into mountain bike riding and are looking for a bike, we recommend a ‘hardtail’ – a bike with front suspension only. They are light, fast, and easy to maintain.

As a student athlete gets more into the sport, there are certain bikes that are more suited for ‘cross country’ (XC) riding and racing. The courses we race are fast, open, and not overly technical.

For more information about how to choose a bike, speak with a coach or check out our guide here.