Now in our seventh season, we've grown from four athletes to a team of about 25 riders (from 7-10 different San Francisco High Schools) who range from total beginners to those who are on the podium for all six league races.
Thanks for being interested in the San Francisco Composite High School Mountain Bike Team (aka “SF Composite” or “SF Comp”). SF Comp is a co-ed club team open to any student attending high school in San Francisco. Whether you’re an interested rider, parent, or coach, or a returning member of the team, this document should answer most of your questions. Once you’ve gone through it, get in touch and we’ll take it from there.
Team philosophy: this team is about sharing the fun of mountain biking with teenagers, bringing those teenagers into a great community, and helping them improve as bike riders, teammates, and individuals. We also race. No racing (or biking) experience is required, just a positive attitude, a desire to learn, and a willingness to push yourself.
As with most things in life, what you get out of this team directly corresponds to what you put in. We spell things out more in the “Expectations” sections, but the gist is this: you’ve gotta show up, and you’ve gotta be willing to work hard. We have too many people interested in participating to fill the team with folks who don’t show.
SF Comp participates in the Southern Conference of the NorCal League (www.norcalmtb.org). “NorCal” is a part of a national organization called NICA (www.nationalmtb.org), whose mission is to help teens build strong body, mind, and character through interscholastic cycling programs. These programs include primarily cross country mountain bike racing during the season, and optional camps during the off-season.
In the Southern Conference, SF Comp competes against teams from SF/Berkeley to as far south as Fresno, and against all teams in California at the “States” race in May. There are over 500 riders that participate in the Southern Conference, of every different ability level.
Expectation is that all riders will attend a minimum of 2/3 of total rides/practices as well as races. We use the TeamSnap app to track participation and share info about practices.
1-2 planning meetings
2-4 pre-season rides, typically on Saturdays or Sundays (“recruiting” rides)
Team fundraiser in early December
Weekday practices begin in early January and end following last race in mid-May
Indoor practices at spin sessions
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Outdoor weekend rides — 1-2 per month
Team camp in early February (Sat/Sun)
Team roster finalized at team camp (after making sure everyone can make ⅔ expectation)
Race-season: Late February-May
Outdoor practices February-May (typically Golden Gate Park)
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Outdoor weekend rides — 1-2 per month (non-race weekends)
Race every two weeks based on schedule below
End of season party, late May 2019
2019 Race schedule - dates and locations tbd:
Race #1 – February 24 or 25
Race #2 – March 10 or 11
Race #3 – March 24 or 25
Race #4 – April 14 or 15
Race #5 – May 5 or 6
California High School State Championships – May 20
2017 locations included: Laguna Seca, Fort Ord East Garrison, Granite Bay, Six Sigma Winery (Lake County), Petaluma
About half of the riders spend the night before at race location; the other half travels the morning of the race. We’ll try to camp out as often as possible, as it saves a bunch of $ and is super fun.
Many parents have assigned jobs for the season. In addition, families need to do what they can to personally and financially support the team — offering rides, preparing and serving food, schlepping equipment, soliciting sponsorships, inviting friends to fundraiser, etc.
To participate in SF Comp, you’ll need the following equipment. We routinely get donations and loaner bikes, so don’t let lack of gear stop you from joining us — we’ll work it out!