Teton Valley Composite is under the umbrella of the Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League (IICL) of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Second to having fun, our goal is to encourage student-athletes to develop a love for mountain biking and become lifelong riders!
NICA has developed four different programs which we incorporate to some degree during every season. From longer Saturday Adventure Rides where student-athletes learn to fuel, manage energy, and ride longer distances, to GRiT Ice Cream Socials, Trail work in partnership with Mountain Bike the Tetons, and our fall race series, there is something for every student-athlete.
Pre-Season activities begin the first Monday in June. We practice every Monday from 5:30-7pm at Sherman Park in Victor.
Goals for Pre-Season include:
Bikes checked out and in good riding condition
Bike Park Maintenance & clean up
Teach and refresh fundamental skills
Determine ride groups & set goals
Get ready to ride dirt!
These activities are essential for our coaching staff to evaluate each student-athlete's skills, fitness, and current level of abilities so we can sort the team into appropriate ride groups for trail riding.
Regular Season Practices begin in July and run from 5:15-7:30 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings. We ride every Monday at the Southern Valley Trails meeting at the Mike Harris Trailhead. Wednesday practices are held at Grand Targhee Resort.
Race Specific Practices take place in August. Mass starts, passing, and close-quarter riding can be intimidating for beginning racers and we want to make sure those that plan to race feel prepared! During August a few of our practices are back at Sherman Park to learn and practice race-specific techniques.
Ultimately, if you want to race we will make sure you are ready! If your goal is just to finish your first race, we’ll give you the same amount of support as if you’re riding to stand on top of the podium.
Adventure Rides occur throughout July, August, and September. These take place on Saturday mornings at 9:00am and typically run until noon or 1pm depending on the location. Details will be provided in TeamSnap.
Trail Work days are scattered throughout our season as we work with Mountain Bike the Tetons to help maintain and clean up the trails we ride. We will also begin to incorporate Teen Trail Corps activities into our season.
GRiT stands for "Girls Riding Together" and embodies NICA's goal to increase female participation in the program. We kick off the season with an ice cream social in May, and then add other events as planned by our GRiT Ambassador team.
Other league activities are scheduled during the season by the IICL. Register in PitZone.
The IICL Race Series takes place in the fall. These are youth-specific events at venues across the state, and they are fun! Student-athletes can pre-ride the course on Friday night or Saturday morning, and racing usually begins around 9am. Student-athletes are divided by grade in Middle School and Varsity, JV1, JV2, and Freshman in High School.