In 2018 “Portland Metro Composite” became Portland’s first interscholastic mountain biking team to participate in NICA (NationalMTB.org) & The Oregon League (OregonMTB.org). It has been the team’s goal to pioneer on behalf of the sport of mountain biking and “blaze the trail” for youth mountain bike programs to benefit kids in this city.
Our first-year team was been comprised of ten “student-athletes” grades 6-12–from a variety of private and public schools from across the Portland Metro Area–and four volunteer coaches, each trained and certified through NICA and the Oregon League.
- The goals expressed by team leadership were simple… Portland Metro Composite seeks first and foremost for riders and coaches to get outside together and have some fun on mountain bikes.
Meanwhile, this objective was backed with a curriculum of on-the bike and off-the-bike instruction for the purpose of developing each individual on the team as an ethical and upstanding member of the mountain biking community, while instilling in them an enjoyment for bicycling, being in nature and getting exercise (on and off the trail), which has the potential to benefit them throughout their lives.
The team held weekly practices–from June through October–including on the bike skill development and “training” at locations such as Gateway Green, Powell Butte Nature Park, Fernhill Park, Forest Park, Stub Stewart State Park and the Sandy Ridge Trail System. Coaches also sought to develop rider’s abilities as competitors within the sport of cross-country mountain bike racing.
- In NICA and on Portland Metro Composite, there are no cuts, everyone rides and contributes to the team no matter his or her ability.
In 2018 the team attended a schedule of race events–hosted by The Oregon League around the state, in Newport, Government Camp, Stub Stewart State Park and Bend–when and where race weekends would include team activities outside of the races themselves including campouts, team meals and other team “field trips.”
- The team has been awarded for top results in the points-based and statewide “Team Competition” at every race event it attended.
Portland Metro Composite is a volunteer-run organization that additionally works to keep participation affordable for all our rider’s families. Scholarships and assistance are provided to riders in need, and to promote team camaraderie, team jersey are purchased by the team, as well as basic team supplies and food provisions for race weekends.
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