2021 SEASON BEGINS Monday, May 3rd
Race results are in the sidebar.
Our last group ride of the season was the Halloween Zombie Ride. The Fronek's won for most participating family and Bryce Tapert won for best costume. Thanks to KLM for donating the $25 gift certificates.
Coach Erick has created an online survey for students to fill out. Make sure you send us your opinions and ideas so we can include them in our planning process. Deadline is December 15th. Please fill out the online survey so that your voice can be heard.
NEXT SEASON - What to Expect
Next year will bring some changes to our team.
Race #1 - Hickory Glen
Race #2 - Addison Oaks
Race #3 - Cannonsburg
Race #4 - Milford
Race #5 - Merrell
Race #6 - Bloomer Park
6th Overall - Composite Teams
Advice from Coach Mike,
If you want to get faster on a mountain bike and prepare for the next riding season, there is no substitute for staying active during the winter season. We encourage participation in other sports, especially those that build leg strength and balance. Also, take at least the occasional spin on your bike to keep your legs moving. Here are some cycling specific things that you can do:
Outdoor Riding - It may be cold outside, but your bike will still work. When there isn't snow and ice on the ground, frozen singletrack can be ridden (but don't ride mud). Fat bikes (really big tires) can be ridden on snow. River Bends is groomed for fat biking in the snow, but avoid the Stony Creek Metropark ski trails when they are groomed for cross country skiing. If all else fails, Stony Creek Metropark keeps the sidewalk around the lake clear of snow. Just wait a day or two after the snow flies to give time for the sidewalks to dry so you don't end up with a rusty mess from the salt (keep your bike clean). The secret to riding outdoors in the winter is to dress in layers. You'll be cold to start, but as you ride you'll need to be able to remove heavier clothing. If you're riding single track, you can dress more lightly than if you're going to be spinning out 20 to 30 mile per hour laps around a lake. Write down the type of riding, weather conditions, what you wore, and how you felt (warm/cold, etc.) so the next time you ride in similar conditions you have a better idea what to wear.
Indoor Riding - The Lexus Velodrome (in Detroit) has a completely free youth cycling program (including all necessary equipment, classes, and track time). For information and introductory class times, contact them at email@example.com or phone (313) 265-6725.
Home Trainer - If you're serious about getting faster for racing, it's hard to beat a home trainer with an on-line structured training program like Zwift, TrainerRoad, or Sufferfest. (These and other programs are described in this recent article: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/fitness/indoor-cycling-apps-364282.) As you might guess from their names, this type of training is not for the faint of heart. Your fun will come when you get back outside and realize the hills aren't nearly as steep and long as they used to be and you're making your coaches work harder than ever before. You can also do more casual rides without any formal programming. Just put your bike on the trainer and spin away the hours as you binge-watch your favorite show, play video games, or even participate in your online classes.
Ye Olde Exercise Bike - Many people have a gym-style exercise bike sitting around in the house. Higher-end models may already have training programs you can use. The most basic models still provide what you need. Try creating your own training program like riding as hard as you can for two minutes followed by two minutes of easy spinning. Repeat for as long as you can. If you're putting in the effort, you'll be surprised how quickly you can build strength and endurance even without any formal program.
One last note on winter cycling training. If you start feeling burnt out, give it a rest and do something else for a couple of weeks or months. The burnt out feeling is your body and mind telling you to take a break.
Annual MiSCA Field Trip to Rays MTB Park in Ohio
Keep an eye on the MiSCA website for details about the upcoming trip to Ray's. Currently they are looking at date of March 13.
Check out this sneak peek of the new BeeLine trail.
Coach Karen had a chance to ride the new trails this past
weekend and they are AWESOME!!!
Fun, fast & Flowy! We will definitely be riding there next season.
Quote of the day, "It's like DTE but with parking!"
Rochester Mountain Bike Team has been granted "lettering" status from the RHS Administration. Due to COVID, our new Varsity program is moved to 2021. RHS student riders who join our optional racing program and meet our training and racing requirements will be eligible for a club letter.
Students that join us from other schools and/or districts, we will work on your behalf with your school’s administration to try to attain letter status for you.