Info & Forms

Team & League Information

Suggested Team Donation: $100

Payable in cash, check or PayPal.   If paying by check, make check payable to Corona del Mar High School. Checks can be turned in to Coach May in room 322.

Optional League Registration & Race Costs – although club members are not required to compete in the race series, members electing to participate in the SoCal High School Cycling League race series would pay the following directly to the SoCal High School Cycling League:

League registration: $50

Race registration: $45 per race

These costs are separate from any team donation and covers team registration, league management, rider education, race promoter fees, awards, insurance, etc.

League Liability Waiver Form

A completed, signed form must be presented to a team coach prior to participating in any team practice or event.

RACE INFORMATION

The 2017 (tentative) race schedule is as follows:

Feb 18-19 Beach to Boulders, Perris

Mar 4-5 Vail Lake Challenge, Temecula**

Mar 25-26 Cruise the Keys, Keyesville**

Apr 8 -9 Vail Lake Challenge, Temecula**

Apr 29-30 Tehachapi**

May 11 State Championships, NorCal

**middle school race Saturday

GENERAL INFORMATION

As with any sport, joining the team requires a commitment not just from the middle/high school student, but from the family as well. Members commit to one to three practices per week from January through the first week of May, up to five races at various locales in Southern and Central California that are a 2-4 hour drive from central OC, and periodic mandatory team meetings. The team does not provide transportation to practices and events, and there is a financial commitment as well (scholarships are available for qualifying families).

Like other SoCal League schools, our program seeks to strike a balance between being a competitive individual and team sport while retaining some gentler club qualities. For athletes new to cycling, immediate immersion into training, racing, and the pressure to perform may be intimidating. This is the reason the League has carefully designed individual racing classes so beginners, intermediate and advanced riders are pitted only against peers of similar ability and experience. Each school’s coach does their best to carefully place riders in the following categories: freshmen, sophomore, junior varsity, and varsity.

RACING PROGRAM

The five regular season league races are all in Southern/Central California, most a 2 – 3 hour drive away. The CdM team arrives at the race course in the cars of parents. You may take another rider to a race, and your son/daughter may ride to the race with another parent.  Riders are scored individually and on a team basis. Girl’s scores and boy’s scores are added together in the team computation. Riders must register with the League in order to race.

The CdM Team is a cross-country mountain bike team, a specific form of cycling that is distinguished from road riding, downhill racing, dual slalom, trials, BMX, cyclocross, and track racing. In cross-country bike races, the average speed is usually around ten to twelve miles per hour. This is an endurance sport where the fittest athletes win. Cross-country races are won or lost on climbs and flat sections, not on downhill portions.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Training and racing with a team provides life lessons in self-discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship, along with the fitness and camaraderie. Some sports tend to favor certain body types. Cycling is different. The bicycle is an equalizer, capable of adapting to each rider with correct frame sizing, adjustment of seat height and stem length. Since good “bike-fit” is important, be sure to consult with the coaches before purchasing a new or used bike!

RISK MANAGEMENT

We are not a downhill or “freeride” stunt team, and we do not condone or tolerate high-risk riding activity on team rides or races. The league’s helmet rule is strictly enforced and we teach each athlete bike-control skills early in the season to minimize the risk of crashing.  Your team coaches are both certified in Wilderness First Aid and we carry extensive emergency medical supplies to aid us in stabilizing an injured rider.

In other words, we do our best to minimize risk, however, we cannot eliminate it. Any sport that requires the participant to wear a helmet is a sport that involves the possibility of injury, or worse. Even with our best efforts, crashes and injuries occur.

The vast majority of our training rides are held in local suburban wilderness parks such as Whiting Ranch, Aliso Canyon and El Moro. On our training rides, we strive to have at least one coach present as well as one or more adults serving as ride leaders. Coaches are equipped with a first aid kit and there are numerous cell phones available. In some instances, we will designate and equip a student/athlete who we believe is adequately mature, responsible and capable in the ride leader role.

HOW WE BUILD OUR TEAM AND TRAIN 

We don’t have tryouts. If you try, and keep trying, you’re on our team. We have a proven history of creating capable and confident riders out of timid, out-of-shape beginners, year after year. Athletes who are already in good condition (like cross-country runners) adapt quickly and do very well.

Each year, new riders and parents are often surprised when we tell them that by season’s end they will be able to easily ride a full three hours in hilly terrain, or complete a multi-hour road ride, but it’s true! Riders who “make it to practice,” that is. Athletes who follow our progressive training schedule will steadily gain fitness and those who skip practice will soon find themselves struggling to keep up.

Practice will not take place each weekday like some sports. For fitness sake, three one-hour rides do not equal one three-hour ride. Longer rides are much more effective in creating the endurance and fitness we need. If your athlete ignores our schedule and trains intermittently on his own, he/she will likely fall short of potential. Accordingly, we do our most essential training ride on the weekends, typically Saturday morning and Sunday early afternoon. Combined with 1-2 shorter weekday workouts this schedule is designed to get us fit in a time-efficient way, minimize time on the bike, avoid injury, fatigue, and mental burnout.

Each athlete will need to continually monitor his/her own fatigue level and discuss it with the coaches. Rest and recovery are a critical part of any training plan.

GIRLS ARE V.I.P.S

Bike Racing is Girl-Friendly:  There are lots of girls racing in the League. In fact, girl participation is the fastest growing demographic.  The league goes beyond encouraging girls to join the fun: having girls on a team is a requirement to score high in team standings at races. Both the league and our own CdM team culture is truly co-ed, and we work hard to provide an experience that encourages and celebrates girls’ different needs and tastes.

NUTRITION

Athletes are expected to be informed and responsible with their eating habits. Your athlete will need more high quality calories from complex carbohydrates and will also need more protein than is required for a non-exercising lifestyle. An inadequate or junk food diet will put your athlete at a disadvantage against those who are eating to win.  Do not use any of the popular “high this, low that” fad-of-the-month diets. Nutrition will be discussed more as the season progresses.

SKILL BUILDING

Outside of the training and skill building we do as a team, the league offers Skills Camps periodically that all new riders are strongly urged to attend.  Even seasoned bike riders invariably learn something new at these camps. Specifics about the camps, including registration information, is available at the league website:  www.socaldirt.org

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Road trips to the races (with overnight stays in local hotels or camping if weather allows) are the best of all. You will discover that the other teams in the League are full of delightful kids, with encouraging coaches and wonderfully supportive parents. At the races, the whole gallery of spectators cheers and rings cowbells not just for their own kids, but yours too! This is a very friendly sport.

Parents are encouraged to join their athletes in training and especially at races.  Your help is critical in helping the team travel to each venue. For those of us on the brink of sending their kids away to college and adult life, this is a special time to share. Each of these families who were introduced to the sport in this way described the experience as incredible, eye-opening, and lifestyle-changing. And parents are essential to league operation, filling the numerous volunteer roles accompanying each race.

COMMUNICATING WITH ATHLETES

We use email to communicate with parents and athletes and all important information will be both emailed and posted on our blog (www.cdmmtb.com).   Consider making the blog your homepage on your internet browser.  This method is used because word-of-mouth, flyers, and phone communication has proven time consuming and ineffective.  Posts and blog updates will discuss training schedules, offer feedback about rides completed, include team news, tips, motivation and encouragement, recognition, strategic planning for races, travel planning, unrelated fun tidbits, bike culture and more. Please check your email and the blog daily!

We also use text messaging for reminders and last minute updates, however, this should not be relied upon as the sole communication method.

ABOUT COMMITMENT

If your athlete regularly misses workouts, especially the Sunday rides; he/she will not progress at the same rate as fellow athletes. We guarantee that this will become a source of frustration for your student once they start having difficulty keeping up and will send a clear signal to others that they are not committed to the club.

We promise to treat your athlete like a responsible young adult. Accordingly, we will interpret a habit of missed practices and a pattern of disinterest as a signal that they are either not interested in what we have to offer or are too busy with other items in their lives. If your athlete is unable to attend any of the agreed-upon practice rides because of school homework, job schedules, family commitments or other concerns, it is really important that they consult with a coach so we can create an alternate plan to keep the season on track.

CODE OF CONDUCT

We are committed to safety. We think about safety, teach safety and require each rider to always ride in a safe and controlled manner. Riders who repeatedly flaunt our safety rules or engage in behaviors that present unnecessary risk to themselves or others will be dropped from the program.

As visible representatives of our team and sponsors and as ambassadors of cycling, athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with that status and follow the CdM rules of behavior at all times. If a team member is seen riding without a helmet at any time during the season, the rider will sit down with a coach for verbal reprimand.  A second offense will result in removal from the team – no excuses.

FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

$100 per year suggested team donation

Covers jersey, insurance and race day incidentals.  This is an incredible value, considering the jersey alone would cost over $60 at retail.   Our sponsor Surf City Cycles offers team members a significant discount on shop bike shorts which will color match our jersey. We have scholarships available for those who cannot afford the dues.  Please see Coach May and he will discuss the process of requesting financial assistance.

League Registration & Race Fees – required for participating in league-sponsored races

League registration is $50.

Race fees are $45 per race

These fees are separate from team donations and cover team registration, league management, rider education, race promoter fees, awards, insurance, etc.

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