Mountain Bike Race Team

Blackhawk Composite Mountain Bike Team

Who We Are:  Blackhawk Composite Mountain Bike Team is a team in the Wisconsin High School Cycling Leage that is part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).  It is a Co-Ed team for 6th through 12th grade students in the Barneveld, Cross Plains, Middleton, and Waunakee school districts.  There are no try-outs, no cuts, no turning kids away.  If you have a proper mountain bike, approved helmet, and the ambition to have fun on the trails in a safe and respectful manner, then you are in!  
 
What We Do:  The goal of NICA, the WI League, and Blackhawk Composite is to build strong minds, bodies, characters, in our youth and create a community of life-long cyclists.  Riding mountain bikes teaches youth (and adults) how to mentally focus and physically work to literally overcome obstacles.  We do our best with our coaching to transition this into teaching young adults how to overcome obstacles in life.  We also emphasize being respectful and kind to others, environmental stewardship, and taking responsibility to care for yourself and your equipment.  
 
Where Do We Do This:  Practices begin at the East Chalet and utilize the outstanding network of trails at Blackhawk and Pleasantview.  We also participate in other cycling related activities throughout Middleton and sometimes venture to Badger Prairie in Verona or Quarry Ridge in Fitchburg.  Some of our adventure rides include riding through Pheasant Branch conservancy in Middleton, riding to Culvers, and other fun stuff!
 
When Do We RideThe season runs from July to the end of October with sign ups available in April.  The first 6-8 weeks of the season are devoted to learning, skills development, building strength and stamina, and adventuring.  Starting in September is race season.  There are five 100% OPTIONAL races at various locations throughout the state.  Practices still go on during race season and we continue to hone skills, adventure, and have fun!  On practice nights we ride 6:00-7:30 pm from July to Labor Day, and then 5:30-7:00 pm (or until daylight runs out) for the remainder of the season.   
 
Do you like to mountain bike too?  We know that having fun on bikes isn't just for the kids alone!  Moms and Dads are encouraged to sign up to be Level 1 coaches so they can come ride and have fun on the trails with all the kids at practice and pre-ride all the races!  An added benefit is that the various coaching levels earn discounts on bikes and gear at the local shops too! 

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Dirk Horne:  dirk.horne@blackhawkskiclub.org

COVID UPDATE:  All current Dane County Health Department recommendations are followed when gathering and riding.  As this is an individual sport that is outdoors, the primary mitigation strategy is physical distancing.  Coaches and riders are required to be aware of their surroundings and carry a face covering with them at practice.  Face coverings are used in all instances where distancing is not feasible.