Since the spring of 2018 Portland Metro Composite has “blazed the trail” for interscholastic cycling as our city’s first team to participate in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (“NICA” NationalMTB.org) and the Oregon Interscholastic Cycling League (OregonMTB.org).
Members of “Portland Metro” practicing at Powell Butte in 2018.
With volunteer leadership and coaches (all trained and certified through NICA) we have built an inclusive community that supports middle and high school “student-athletes” to develop the skill, ability and confidence required to participate in cross country and trail mountain biking and challenge themselves at Oregon League Race Series events held throughout our state.
Competing against teams from Bend, Corvallis, Newport, K-Falls and other destinations we finished 2nd place overall in 2018 and 1st place overall in 2019. When league racing was canceled in 2020, we masked up and carried on with weekly practices and team rides anyway, providing a critical outlet that kept our riders healthy and happy. In 2021 we continue to grow and with 30 riders and an expanded lineup of coaches and assistant ride leaders, we are looking forward to rejoining the Oregon League (now more than 20 Oregon teams) this fall.
We Depend Upon Community Support: Like most NICA teams, we rely on financial gifts from our community, in the form of straight forward cash donations/“sponsorships” that offset the cost of running our team. Team jerseys, nutrition provided for our athletes on race weekends, training fees and first aid supplies for our coaches, a team setup for the “pit zone” at races including pop-up tents (we have been in need of two) are what we’re seeking funds for this season.
For more information, you can email our coaches at firstname.lastname@example.org