Performance Team – Competitive Mountain Biking

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Performance Team - Competitive Mountain Biking Program Information

2018 Competitive Mountain Bike Program registration is now full & closed for the 2018 season

If you wish to be added to the email distribution list for future programs, please email here

XC Bragg Creek Performance MTB teams goal is to develop well rounded cycling athletes with a skill set that will allow them to excel in various cycling disciplines as they progress throughout their cycling/sports career. The performance teams goal will be to achieve  these goals within an environment focused on community, fun, developing a life long passion for the sport of cycling ultimately gaining confidence in there abilities as they achieve their potential.

2018 Performance Mountain Bike Team Schedule:

April 15 - July 29, 2018 

Sundays 9:30 am-12:00 & Thursday evenings changed to: 6:30 pm -8:00 pm 

(Full calendar is listed under “Calendar” top menu bar)

XC Bragg Performance MTB Team - Tier 2

The goal for the athletes in Tier 2 is to help the athletes achieve their maximum potential at a provincial level, with the intent maximizing their performance at Alberta Cups Events. The program will focus on a race specific training program focused on Zone Training, Improving V02 and Watt Outputs, Race Strategies, and improving the athletes technical abilities.

Expected Ability:

Able to complete 20km rides with 800 metres of elevation gain and limited breaks. Technical ability to ride Black Diamond XC trails or Blue DH style trails (Ridgeback 1,2,3, Family Guy etc).  Ride Examples: Climb Sugar Daddy, down Bobcat, Ridge Back 1 & 2 with limited breaks).

Requirements:

Age 13-17 (exceptions at coaches discretion for previous club members who have come through the Tier 1 program).

Previously completed a season in Tier 1 or have previously completed an ABA race and passed an evaluation with the coaches.

Must attend 3 regional races.

Expectation is 2 team training rides per week plus a take home interval training sessions.

Insurance ABA race licence.

Team Race Kit required: Performance Team jersey and bib shorts.

Proper fitted and well maintained "raceable" XC mountain bike, clipless pedals, helmet. (Athletes 5' fall recommended larger wheel sizes - 29"/best wheel size). Stationary trainers for indoor training, heart rate monitor strongly recommended (basic inexpensive model).

XC Bragg Performance MTB Team - Tier 1

The goal for athletes in Tier 1 focus on building the skills, fitness and techniques required to race regional races "Trailblazers", Grassroots events and ABA Events. Ultimately creating a foundation for the athletes to step into our Tier 2 (or other equivalent program). This is to be completed in a supportive environment focused on community, fun, and reaching the athletes maximum potential.

Expected Ability:

Able to complete 15km rides with 600 metres of elevation gain. Able to ride Blue Tech. Ride examples: Sugar Mama to Bobcat, Ranger Summit to Strange Brew or Snagmore to Boundary out and back. Ride up to 2.5 hrs at a consistent pace.

Requirements:

Age 11-17 (exceptions at coaches discretion)

Must attend 1-2 races (Trail Blazers).

Expectation is 2 team training rides per week.

Team Race Kit required: Performance Team jersey.

Proper fitted, well maintained performance mountain bike, clipless pedals, helmet, 26" wheel size minimum (larger 27.5" and 29" wheel size for 5' tall athletes recommended).

***Please note that the lead coaches maintain the right to move athletes between tier 1 and 2 dependent on their abilities if required. 

***New members to the program will be contacted by the coaches to discuss the athlete's abilities to ensure that this is a proper fit based on ability, commitment and fitness. Acceptance to the Performance Team will be at the head coach's discretion.

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

Membership requirements:

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) if required for their specific programs (see registration).

-Registration for XCBC memberships are on zone 4 along with the program registration. (Annual fee for an XC Bragg Creek membership is $5 for an individual or $17 for a family which runs April to April of each year).

-If required, ABA memberships are purchased through ABA

(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).

ALL applicable riders must send proof of their ABA licences to Head Coach Dustin prior to the program start date. 

Forward your confirmation email received from ABA after payment is received to: Coach Dustin

For your safety and club liability -  no ABA insurance confirmation, no rides, no exceptions.

XC Bragg Creek Ski & Bike Society:

XC Bragg Creek is about to start its 8th mountain bike season. We have grown significantly from that first season when we started with 25 kids. We currently run a recreational spring & fall mountain bike program and an seasonal 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).

Days & Times

Information on class days and times.

Schedule

Performance Team Mountain Bike Program

Apr 15-July 29, 2018

Sun  - 9:30am-12:00pm
Thurs- 6:00pm-7:30pm

Program Costs

Costs for season

Costs

Program fees $350
plus annual XCBC Membership Fee $5/person
plus annual ABA memberships if required for specific programs
***These are 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

2018 Mountain Bike Performance Team registration is now full & closed

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.  Please see specific requirements under the detailed program description for Tier 1 & Tier 2.

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) if the specific program requires this.  Registration for XCBC memberships are on zone 4 with the 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 which is valid April - April of each year.

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

  • Sundays 9:30 am -12:00 pm
  • Thursdays 6:00 pm - 7:30pm

Options for additional rides will be discussed

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

XC Bragg Performance MTB Team - Tier 2

The goal for the athletes in Tier 2 is to help the athletes achieve their maximum potential at a provincial level, with the intent maximizing their performance at Alberta Cups Events. The program will focus on a race specific training program focused on Zone Training, Improving V02 and Watt Outputs, Race Strategies, and improving the athletes technical abilities.

XC Bragg Performance MTB Team - Tier 1

The goal for athletes in Tier 1 focus on building the skills, fitness and techniques required to race regional fun races "Trailblazers" or Grassroots events, and create a foundation for the athletes to step into our Tier 2 (or other equivalent program). This is to be completed in a supportive environment focused on community, fun, and reaching the athletes maximum potential.

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. Emails will be sent for registration notifications.
  • Q: What is the cancellation policy? A: XC Bragg Creek reserves the right to cancel classes if there are dangerous or extenuating circumstance such as bad weather, strong winds or conditions that may damage the trails system.
  • Q: How and when will I be notified of a cancellation? A: Class cancellations will be made by 4pm Saturday (for Sunday rides) & by noon on Wednesday (for Thursday rides). Notifications made via email.

  • Q: What is the refund policy? A:  Changes to the evening in which you are registered can only be done under extenuating circumstances and only prior to the registration deadline if spots are available. 

    • Program cancellations are only accepted prior to the registration close date and are subject to a $25 administration fee per registrant.
    • Program cancellation requests after the registration close date for extenuating circumstances only (a doctors note is required) will be considered and are subject to a $25 administration fee per registrant.  
    • No refunds or credits due to cancellation of program due to inclement weather

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

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10 mins west from Bragg Creek Hamlet.

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