Performance Team – Competitive Mountain Biking

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Performance Team – Competitive Mountain Biking Program Information

2017 Competitive Mountain Bike Program is now full. If you wish to be added to the email distribution list for future programs, please email here

2017 Performance Mountain Bike Team: April 29 – Aug 26, 2017 (16 weeks), no classes Mon May 22 & Mon Aug 7

Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm in West Bragg trails & Saturday mornings 9:30 am -12:00 in Station Flats (off Hwy 66)

The full fall calendar is listed under “Calendar” at top menu bar of web page.

Performance Mountain Bike Team:

New this year is our first competitive mountain bike program for youth ages 12-17.

The group will consist of 20 riders.  Riders will be placed into sub groups with other riders of similar ability/speed regardless of age and are assigned by coaches.

The focus of this performance team is to have fun cycling across the various sub-disciplines in mountain biking, gaining a well rounded skill set, with an introduction to racing. The group will start out fairly small with future growth planned and skill sets tailored towards the needs of the athletes participating in the team.

  • Monday 6:00-7:30 pm – XC Skills, Techniques and Racing Strategies @ West Bragg Creek Trails
  • Saturday 9:30 am-12:00 – Technical Climbing and Descending Skills @ Station Flats
  • (no classes Mon May 22 & Mon Aug 7)

Options for additional rides will be discussed

Rainy Days – options for indoor spin classes or equipment care & maintenance

Goals: focus on introducing athletes to MTB competition in an unintimidating atmosphere centered on fun events. Targeted events would be AB cup XCO events within the Calgary Area, Team Relay Events which would allow parents and coaches to also participate in the events, and select short course Enduro Events where the team would complete the event together with only 4 or 5 individual timed sections.

Events to keep in mind:

1.  AB CUP XCO EVENT # 1 – Coulee Cruiser Lethbridge AB Cup#1 May 6/7th

2.  AB CUP XCO EVENT # 2 – Canmore Mountain Maiden AB Cup # 2 – June 3rd

3.  TEAM MARATHON EVENT #1 – Dead Goat Giv’r 6 in Canmore June 4th

4.  AB CUP XCO EVENT #3 – Bragg Creek Fluffy Bunny AB Cup #3 Provincials – June 10th

5.  ENDURO EVENT #1 – Crownest Enduro Short Course June 17 and 18th (BC Enduro Series and Canadian National Enduro Series Event) and Bootleg Bikefestival with guided rec rides, bike demos and possibly a porker run.

6.  ENDURO EVENT #2 – Kimberly July 22 and 23rd (BC Enduro Series Event)

6.  Alternative Event National Mountain Bike Championships and Canmore Bike Fest July 22/23rd 

7.  TEAM MARATHON EVENT #2/SEASON ROUND UP – Cranbrook 6 in the Stix Sept 17th/18th

Optional Addition of a couple cyclocross events on MTBs

Equipment Required for this Program:

Mandatory requirements for performance team athletes: well functioning & maintained mountain bike with front shock and clipless pedals, helmet, and the purchase of a performance team club jersey.

Please see membership requirements below.

XC Bragg Creek Ski & Bike Society:

XC Bragg Creek is about to start its 7th mountain bike season. We have grown significantly from that first season when we started with 25 kids. We currently run a spring & fall program recreation mountain bike program and a full season competitive mountain bike program.

XCBC Mission Statement

The club is built on the beliefs that; every child can learn to ride skillfully (technical proficiency); riding fast is fun (physical fitness); riding is challenging (personal development).

Club Membership

For reasons of safety and liability we will require that ALL people (adults and children) participating any group activity become members of XC Bragg Creek & have valid insurance through ABA ( Alberta Bicycle Association) – registration for XCBC memberships on zone 4 with program registrations. ABA memberships through ABA: ABA memberships/licenses

The annual fee for an XC Bragg Creek membership is $5 for an individual or $17 for a family.

ABA insurance general memberships are $40 for adults and $30 for children annually.

ABA racing licenses are $135 for adults and $90 for youth with additional of a $35 insurance fee.

Please note that parent riders who wish to ride with the competitive group must be able to keep up. Coaches cannot be responsible to assist parent riders.

Days & Times

Information on class days and times.

Schedule

Performance Team Mountain Bike Program

Apr 29-Aug 26, 2017

Mon – 6-7:30pm West Bragg
Sat – 9:30am-12:00 Station Flats/Elbow Valley Trails

Program Costs

Costs for season

Costs

Program fees $350
plus annual XCBC Membership Fee $5/person
plus annual ABA memberships
***Required to ride with XCBC***

Join Our Club

To join our program!

Club Involvement

If you wish to join a program or become a parent volunteer
Contact Program Director: Program Director

Events Register

Zone 4 registration.

Information

2017 Mountain Bike Performance Team registration is full.

If you wish to be put on a waitlist or on our email list for future programs, please contact Nicole

Performance Team further information:

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Equipment Requirements:

Mandatory requirements for performance team athletes: well functioning & maintained mountain bike with front shock and clipless pedals, helmet, and the purchase of a performance team club jersey.

Required Memberships:

For reasons of safety and liability we will require that ALL people (adults and children) participating any group activity become members of XC Bragg Creek & have valid insurance through ABA ( Alberta Bicycle Association) – registration for XCBC memberships on zone 4 with program registrations. ABA memberships through ABA: ABA memberships/licenses

The annual fee for an XC Bragg Creek membership is $5 for an individual or $17 for a family.

ABA insurance general memberships are $40 for adults and $30 for children annually.

ABA racing licenses are $135 for adults and $90 for youth with additional of a $35 insurance fee.

First aid – each coach will carry a first aid kit with basic supplies. Each coach will create an emergency response plan to react to first aid situations.

Parent Roles – Parents wishing to ride along with the performance team must speak with the head coach for this team to ensure that they can keep up and manage the riding terrain.

-Ensure your children arrive on time and are picked up at the end of sessions on time

-Ensure that all necessary equipment comes with the rider & all equipment is in working order. No helmet, no ride, no exception

  • Monday 6:00-8:30 pm – XC Skills, Techniques and Racing Strategies @ West Bragg Creek Trails
  • Saturday 9:30 am-12:00 – Technical Climbing and Descending Skills @ Station Flats

Options for additional rides will be discussed

Rainy Days – options for indoor spin classes or equipment care & maintenance

Goals: focus on introducing athletes to MTB competition in an unintimidating atmosphere centered on fun events. Targeted events would be AB cup XCO events within the Calgary Area, Team Relay Events which would allow parents and coaches to also participate in the events, and select short course Enduro Events where the team would complete the event together with only 4 or 5 individual timed sections.

Mountain Bike Safety

Safety Ground Rules

Pre and Post Ride
– Don’t ride on roads without a coach
– Stay well away from parked and moving cars
– Ride the stunts in a clockwise direction only
– Stay within site of the meeting place

Lead & Sweep Riders
– The lead rider (should be a coach parent or responsible child)
– Must stop at all trail junctions to regroup.
– Don’t proceed until the next adult has gotten to the junction
– This is very important to ensure that no riders get lost.
– When leading a group call out i.e. “Day O”around corners and blind spots to ensure that other trail users and animals are aware of your approach
– Always have an adult riding sweep -know who is in your group and how many kids – do regular head counts.
– Kids must not take short cuts and must stay with the group. No Exceptions.

Injury & Illness
– If you hurt yourself or don’t feel well tell your coach or an adult
– Drink water when you get a chance

Trail Etiquette

– Be aware of other cyclists and stay out of each other’s way
– Don’t block trails – don’t stop in blind spots, at bottom of hills, at the peak of a climb
– Never leave bikes laying on the trail
– Best place to stop is just past the top of a climb allowing enough room for other riders to group behind you
– Always yield to horses and pedestrians- slow right down or pull over and stop
– Be polite and respectful to other trail users
– Leave plenty of space between you and the rider in front of you. – at least 4 or 5 seconds gap
– Only pass when there is room and it is safe to do so.
– When approaching hikers and bikers from behind notify the riders – “passing on the left” (or right)
– When meeting riders ‘head on’ both riders should slow down and move to the right to allow space to pass. If not enough space then be prepared to stop and pull off of the trail and yield to the other rider
– Yield to riders going uphill. It is easy to remount your bike when descending as opposed to when you are climbing

Leave No Trace
– Stay on trails- don’t cut corners
– Don’t skid
– Don’t ride when it’s too muddy
– Don’t litter
– Don’t frighten or endanger wildlife
– Watch for Wildlife – Bear Safety

Be Good to Your Bike
– Keep your bike clean, lubricated and in good working order
– Never lay your bike down on the drive train side
– Leave other rider’s bikes alone

Enjoy the ride
– This is not a race.
– There are all levels of riders – Don’t be discouraged if you can’t keep up with everybody
– Challenge yourself – be confident and try things even if they are hard and scary
– You will be amazed at what you are capable of
– Team work – Be supportive and encouraging of other riders “good job” “you can do it”
– Ask questions
– Have fun and try hard

1. Assess the Situation: determine the nature of the emergency and what type of response is required (first aid, search for a lost person, etc.).

2. Develop a Response Plan: based on the nature of the emergency, develop an appropriate response plan (first aid treatment, initiate search, etc.)

3. Call for Assistance: use the two-way radio on channel 2 to call for assistance from one or more of the other XCBC groups.

4. Assume leadership of the group and delegate responsibility: group members should assist in patient care if needed, If needed designate one or two adults to go for help.

5. The group with the victim(s) should:
• Make the victim(s) as comfortable as possible, maintain his/her body temperature and protect the victim from the elements.
• A trained first aider should be with the victim at all times.
• Children should never be left unattended
• Give the other group members something to do to get their minds off the situation

If Emergency Medical Services is required designate one adult to call 911.

Provide the following details to emergency responders:

• Details of emergency
• Your location
• Assistance required

Designate one person to go to trail head to meet EMS.

If necessary use the Emergency Contact List to call the contact person of the injured person.

FAQs

  • Q: How to register? A: Registration is through zone 4 online. Email notifications can be sent for notifications.
  • Q: If a session is cancelled? A: An email will be sent out by 4pm the day of the lesson.

What Member’s Say

Both my son Mark and I think this program is absolutely great! The whole thing started very professionally and the level of professionalism does not seem to be changing, if anything, it’s increasing. We love the rides, we love the technical and riding tips and the mental coaching, basically all the advice. We also find the coaches very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to help. The group we have seems to have great dynamic as well and kids are just having a blast. Adults all seem to get along just as well. The program is seriously focused yet has a friendly, family atmosphere/feeling.

I cannot use enough superlatives to describe the absolutely positive impressions about the club and staff and we only want it continue the same way. If it does we will be members for life.

Warmest regards and thanks to all coaches and organizers. What a great group of people!!! Please let them know we think the world of them.

Milan and Mark Springl

Milan and Mark Springl

Thank you all! Thomas loved every ride!

The coaches were great leaders and we are very thankful to be part of this exceptional group of kids and parents!

Looking forward to more rides 😉

Thomas, Luiza, Cris and Alexia

Thomas, Luiza, Cris and Alexia

West Bragg Trail Head

10 mins west from Bragg Creek Hamlet.

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15mins from Bragg Creek hamlet, west along Highway 66.
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