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In 2015 when the Teton Valley Composite Mountain Bike team formed as part of the Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League it had seven members, including kids from Jackson, Wyo. Now Jackson and Teton Valley each have teams with between 40 and 70 members.

Youth cycling team to hold info meeting

In 2015 the Teton Valley Composite Mountain Bike team formed as part of the Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League. It had seven members, including kids from Jackson. Now Jackson and Teton Valley each have teams with between 40 and 70 members. But they’re always looking for more.

The program is open to all riders in grades 6-12, regardless of which school they attend. Join TVC coaches, team captains, riders and parents to learn more about our program, to register for the 2019 season and to try on sample uniform sizing at the team information meeting at Driggs Elementary on April 30 at 6 p.m. Financial assistance is available for team and league fees — just ask team director Amanda Carey.

Team captains Sara Olerud (a rising senior) and Arden Jacoby (a rising junior) have participated in the program for several years, and in their time on the team they’ve both stood on podiums and risen to the highest level of competition within the league. But that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have a good time and goof around on bikes.

“It’s a fun learning experience in a really supportive environment,” said Jacoby, who can often be seen wheelie-ing his bike down the trail or street.

Pre-season practices will begin in June. These sessions will be skills, equipment, and team-building focused. The team begins practicing twice a week on singletrack in July and the race series, hosted across Idaho, goes from August to October.

“It shows you how much you can improve,” said Olerud, who last year claimed the title of state champion after a tough season of racing. “The race environment is super inclusive and positive.”

Racing is not a requirement of team membership, however. Nor is prior experience.

“You can go as hard or as easy as you want,” Jacoby said.

As a fundraiser, the team is hosting a community bike swap on May 4 at Teton High. For a fixed rate of $25 or $5 for kids’ bikes, drop off bikes to sell on Friday afternoon, or come check out the goods on Saturday morning.

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