Everything you need to know for the 2020 season

If you missed the parent info night, here is the slide deck we reviewed.

View the google group forum or Team Snap for the most recent communications and the

team calendar for the schedule

Please make sure to read the entire page, see the menu 

Upcoming events:

Information for Race 1: Swasey Shred



REMINDER: Attendance at all practices is mandatory and roll will be taken. Absences may be excused by a parent ahead of time. To remain in good standing with the team, you must mark your availability for every practice on TeamSnap. If you are concerned about the commitment required to be on the team, reach out to Bianca and Coach Nick.


Training and Expectations
  • Must be signed-up in Pitzone before you practice with the team

  • 3 on-bike practices per week, 1 yoga

    • Tues, Thurs, Sun

    • Yoga on Wednesday

    • PE credit, as long as they maintain attendance expectations

  • Show up to practice, on time and prepared (water, food, tools)

  • Respect each other and your coaches

  • 5 League Races, 1 NorCal Championship

Training Schedule

Dec 1 - Dec 22

  • Sunday practices will meet at the Campinile at 9am

  • Cyclebar is Monday or Wednesday, check TeamSnap for your assigned day

  • Thursday will be on the bike meeting at Strawberry Creek park at 4:15pm

Jan 5- Jan 19

  • Sunday practices will meet at the Campinile at 9am

  • Cyclebar is Monday or Wednesday, check TeamSnap for your assigned day

  • Thursday will be on the bike meeting at Strawberry Creek park at 4:15pm

Jan 21 through the remainder of the season

  • On the bike practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays will meet at Live Oak Park at 4:15pm

  • Sunday practices will meet at the Campinile at 9am

  • Yoga on Wednesdays, must RSVP through Team Snap (space is limited)

Equipement recommendations

Discounts available through Mike's Bikes for all riders and coaches in good standing with the team. For pricing call in or come in.


Bikes to look into:

  • Specialized Chisel (what our loaner fleet is comprised of)

    • Great value for a starting/new rider

  • Specialized Epic (Comes in both full suspension and hardtail)

    • Very racing oriented, but they now offer a more all-rounder build with the EVO version

  • Specialized Stumpjumper

    • Trail riding oriented bike so not the best for the XC riding that the team focuses on, but still a great all-rounder for a rider that is more interested in going downhill rather than racing. Comes in both a 29” and a 27.5” wheeled configuration.

  • Santa Cruz Highball

    • Like the Chisel and Epic it comes in many different builds some offering great value and is more race oriented than other bikes on the list.

  • Santa Cruz Blur

    • Essentially a full suspension version of the Highball

  • Santa Cruz Chameleon

    • Trail oriented hardtail. Will be a better race bike than most full suspension bikes, but not a racey as the Highball, Epic/Chisel, or Alma

  • Santa Cruz 5010

    • Trail oriented 27.5” wheeled bike. Not the best for climbing and racing, but no slouch under a fit rider.

  • Santa Cruz Tallboy

    • Trail oriented 29” bike. Like the 5010 it descends better than it climbs, but can still be ridden quickly uphill with a fit rider.

  • Orbea Oiz

    • Like the Blur, this is a no compromise XC race full suspension

  • Orbea Alma

    • Orbea’s answer to the Highball and Epic. Great value race oriented hardtail.

  • Orbea Occam

    • Trail oriented 29” wheeled bike. Will not be an effective race bike, but will be a blast to ride outside of racing. 


In addition to a bike, you will need a helmet (helmets older than 3 years or that have had an impact need to be replaced), correct-size inner-tube, multi-tool, pump/CO2, lights (for early season practices), gloves, eye-protection etc. If you have any questions about equipment please let me know.


Coach Nick’s Recommendations:

All of these items can be purchased through Mike’s with the team discount.



Giro Chronicle

Giro Montaro

Specialized Ambush



Bikesmart Exotool 2.0



Bikesmart Masterflate

Blackburn Mammoth Pump



Nightrider 750 (front)

Blackburn Click USB (rear)



Handup Gloves


Eye protection: Below are a few nicer options, but carpenters safety glasses work great in a pinch and can be had for $5 at a hardware store.

Smith Attack Max

100% Speedcraft

Optic Nerve

Race Information
2020 Race Dates

All but 5 riders have been signed-up for the first two races of the season. Here is the flyer (we are in the south conference)

Parents, we will be scheduling a meeting to discuss the races and the support required of you, in February.

Race 1: March 8, Rally at Redding - race flyer

Race 2: March 22, Five Springs Farm Roundup (Petaluma) - race flyer

Race 3: April 5, Granite Bay Grinder (Folsom Lake State Rec Area) - race flyer

Race 4: April 25, Exchequer Challenge (La Grange) - race flyer

Race 5: May 3, Six Sigma Slinger (Lakeport) - race flyer

Race 6 - NorCal Champs: May 17, Six Sigma  (Lakeport)

TBF Races

A great way to get some experience/practice in before the race season starts. See the website: http://totalbodyfitness.com/site/races/

January 12, 26

February 9, 23

Extra events
NorCal Camps: https://www.norcalmtb.org/camps/

June 29- July 3 Mendocino Development Camp -link

July 12 18 Seirra Buttes Trail Stewardship Camp - link

Parent Involvement
  • Sign-up to support the pit on race day, sign- up on the Race Day Job card 

  • Ride with the team - contact Coach Elise at ecfortin@gmail.com

  • Join a committee! Email Bianca at director@bhscycling.org. We need 3-5 parent volunteers for the following:

    • Sponsorship

    • Race Day Pit Support

    • Stoke/Spirit

    • Fundraising

    • Events (away practice ride coordination, end of year picnic)

    • Help with getting 501c3 status


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