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Practices

2024 Practice Schedule

  • Mondays & Thursdays

  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Locations vary from Corner Canyon, Park City, Snowbird, Eagle Mountain, and Butterfield Canyon

Ride Groups

  • At the start of the season, the team holds a time-trial where each rider is timed riding the same course.  The team uses the results to place riders into one of 13 ride groups where they can ride with peers that have similar speeds and abilities.

  • Each ride group is led / swept by at least two adult ride leaders who have been trained and background-checked by the league.

Bike Recommendations

Most ride a hardtail or full suspension XC bike.  If you need a bike, but are unsure what to look for, check out the specs and features of the below bikes, both of which are more than adequate for the team.  These bikes are only included as a reference for researching components, sizing, and prices.  (Note: Trek is a league sponsor and riders can receive a discount on most Trek mountain bikes.  Contact a coach for more details.)  The cost for a new bike will be around $1,200.  Once you know what features to look for, purchasing a used bike is an excellent option and can save a lot of money.

Trek X-Caliber (hardtail)

Trek Top Fuel (full suspension)

Many who are new to mountain biking ask what they should avoid when looking to purchase a bike.  We hesitate to answer this question because we don't want to discourage anyone from participating with the team.  The best bike to ride is the bike that is accessible to you!  In our experience, however, we have found that bikes with 26-inch wheels, 3x drivetrains (3 chainrings in the front), or enduro / downhill bikes are at a slight disadvantage when compared to the above examples.  Features such as carbon fiber frames and dropper posts are great but aren't required and increase costs.

Races

The junior development ("devo") riders participate in races 1-3 and the high school athletes participate in races 1-4 races with the potential to qualify for the state championship.  The 2024 race dates have been established but the race venues are TBD.

Region 3 Race Dates

Race 1:  08/24/2024 - Manti

Race 2:  09/07/2024 - Price

Race 3:  09/21/2024 - Vernal

Race 4:  10/05/2024 - Eagle Mountain

 

State Championship

10/18/2024 - Cedar City

Race Flyer

  • CRUCIAL!  Prior to a race, please read the race flyer.  It will provide location, start times, volunteer opportunities, and answer most of your questions

  • www.utahmtb.org > Race > Races > Region 3 > Click on Applicable Race

Required Gear

The below gear is required for each practice and race

  • Helmet (if your helmet is more than 3 years old, throw it away, it is no longer safe!)

  • Gloves (full-finger preferred)

  • Sunglasses or clear safety glasses

  • Hydration (water bottle or hydration pack)

  • Extra tube

  • Hand pump or CO2 inflator

  • Multi-tool

 

Recommended practice attire

  • Biking shoes. We recommend MTB flats, MTB clipless, or shoes with sturdy flat soles (running shoes are not recommended - they are too flexible) 

  • Cycling shorts with chamois padding (no gym shorts)

  • Cycling jersey or shirt with wicking fabric

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