Welcome to Anderson MTB 2019!

Anderson MTB team welcomes riders in grades 6-12 (during the 2019-20 school year) from Anderson District 5, Anderson private schools and home- schoolers to ride with the team. The team rides and races in the Georgia Cycling League (www.georgiamtb.org). Our team philosophy is fun first and our central goal is for students to develop a strong body, mind and character through mountain biking. There are no tryouts. Everyone rides no matter his/her ability and skill level. Racing is optional and not required to join the team.

AMTB competes in cross-country style racing, based on National Interscholastic Cycling League standards (www.nationalmtb.org), starting in the fall. Some of our student-athletes may compete in other fall sports and practice with us in the summer. Again, a student athlete may choose to be an adventure rider and not race at all.

AMTB coaches and ride leaders receive background checks and are trained per NICA standards in concussion awareness, risk management and first- aid, as well as mountain bike skills.

Practices: Pre-season events start on May 18th with a ‘Try it out day’, with other events and rides listed below. Regular practices start July 1. Our practice schedule is Tuesday 6-7:30 PM, Thursday 6-7:30, and Sunday 4-6. The full team schedule is always on TeamSnap.

Registration: All students must register in two places: in the Georgia League’s “Pit Zone” and in the team’s TeamSnap platform (https://go.teamsnap.com). AMTB uses TeamSnap for all team management and communications instead of email. Our TeamSnap page shows practice, race and event schedules and allows team members, coaches and parents to communicate with each other. Returning riders MUST be registered in the “Pit Zone” by their 1st practice. No exceptions. We will send unregistered riders home.

Fees: Each student pays 2 separate fees. $125 to the team and $175 to the NICA/Georgia League. Please make the $125 check to AndersonMTB. Fees include a team jersey.

Equipment: Riders need to have his/her own mountain bike and are required to wear helmets and closed-toe shoes when riding. Gloves and sunglasses are strongly recommended. Riders must carry their own spare tube, mini-pump, and water at all practices. Each rider is responsible for having and maintaining his/her own mountain bike. We require every rider to establish a relationship w/ a local bike shop for bike tunes, equipment maintenance and questions. Many local shops offer discounts to team members for equipment and repairs, but we work most closely with the Speedshop on Clemson Blvd.

Please let the head coaches know if you need help finding and or purchasing a bike. We can help riders find bikes as we have a few team loaner bikes. The Georgia League also has a loaner bike program and scholarships are available for equipment, racing and team fees.

Racing: Racing is optional but encouraged! Race entry fee is $150 for the entire 5 race series. Parents and students are responsible for providing transportation to/from all races. Middle school races are on Saturday and High school races on Sunday.

Race Dates

September 8/9 - Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA September 22/23 - Allatoona Creek, Acworth, GA October 6/7 - Bartram Trail, Milledgeville, GA October 20/21 - Heritage Park, Watkinsville, GA November 3/4 - Dauset Trails, Jackson, GA

Important Dates!

May 18 and June 22 10 AM, Try It Out Days! Sadlers Creek State Park, meet at the ballfield. There is a $2 fee to get into the park. July 9, 6PM, First practice at Anderson Civic Center

Questions?

The coaches are here to help! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the team director if you need help finding a bike, have questions about the team or if costs associated with the program or equipment are unaffordable. We think everyone who wants to ride deserves to participate! We have access to lots of donated equipment, including bikes.

Head Coach contact info: Cary Hughes, andersonmtbike@gmail.com Team Director, Britney Fransen, Britney@andersonmtb.org