According to our Coach Mike, velonews doesn’t even cover mountain biking. Yet, hot off the presses, they have published an insightful article that invites you into the thinking of NICA, established leagues, and, most importantly, student athletes.
Article teasers: North Carolina’s League Director, Mike Long, “NICA is supposed to be epic in personal achievement.” Remarkably, he notes, “By the end of the season, three kids who had never owned a bicycle or raced prior to the league’s inception wound up on the podium.” And, a compliment to Williamsburg and the Virginia League, “NICA launches new leagues in places where community support is high, passions run deep, and commitment is paramount.”
Take a look: http://www.velonews.com/2017/07/from-the-mag/u-s-mountain-biking-thrives-high-school-leagues_444843
You are going to need music for this one! Click the PLAY button in the audio box above, turn up your speakers, and watch the slide show. How low can Ana go?
Coach Randy took the lead last night and, with the help of Coach Irene and Coach Bryan, these riders hit the trails at Freedom Park. The woods were filled with the sounds of “Stay hydrated!” This statement sums up this post-ride photo: I ride because somehow COMPLETELY exhausting my self is the most RELAXING part of my day. (Anonymous)
Autumn, James, Caleb, and Jewel (from our development team) are heading to Snowshoe, West Virginia for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships. Our best wishes for safe, fast, and fun racing go with you! The whole local cycling community is cheering you up those hills, over those rocks, and under the banner of the finish line.
UPDATE from Coach Rick: Here is a link for photos of the entire week with all disciplines https://www.usacycling.org/usacgallery/album/mountain/2017-mountain-bike-photos/2017-mountain-bike-national-champi
On Saturday, at York River State Park, Coach Joel did some coaching at the pump track. He referred to pumping action as “free speed”! Check out his technique.
Through the lens of Nancy’s camera watch the team in action. Skills practiced under the watchful eyes of the coaches are reinforced on the trails during group rides.
Keep an eye on these riders. Their skills and confidence have grown immensely in just one week of practice. Keep pedaling Josh, Travis (development team), Ben, Carson, and Heather. We are rooting for you!
Coach Rick is shouting with the sentiment of all the student-athletes and their families: I also would like to give a shout out to our new coach Irene and her husband Jack. They do not have any kids of their own in the league or on the team . We really appreciate their time and efforts going forward.
Before the picnics and the fireworks could begin, Colonial Revolution Composite practiced at New Quarter Park. Several new faces in the crowd today. Welcome riders and families. We are glad you are here!