San Francisco Composite
 
 

LET'S RIDE

 

 
 
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SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSITE IS A DIVERSE GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER TO SHARE THE EXPERIENCE OF MOUNTAIN BIKE RACING.

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. 

 
 

SF Team Composite Ethos Video

 

 

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WELCOME

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. 

 

 

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WE'RE PART OF A NATIONAL MOVEMENT WITH OVER 10,500 HIGH SCHOOL RIDERS NATION-WIDE.

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. 

 
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OUR LEAGUE AND THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION SHARE A SET OF COMMON GOALS: TO GET MORE KIDS ON BIKES, FOSTER PERSONAL EXCELLENCE, RESPECTFUL TEAMWORK, A LIFELONG LOVE OF HEALTHY OUTDOOR ACTIVITY.

 

 

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Commitment Expectation

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. 

 

 

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Training

Pre-season: September-December

  • 1-2 planning meetings

  • 2-4 pre-season rides, typically on Saturdays or Sundays (“recruiting” rides)

  • Team fundraiser in early December

Early-season: January-February

  • 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

 

 

 

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Races

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. 

 

 

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SF COMPOSITE IS A VOLUNTEER, PARENT-RUN ORGANIZATION.

  • Team coaches are all volunteers.
  • We ask that each team member pay a rider fee toward team expenses (including bike clothing [team kit], race & league registration, supplemental insurance, etc.). Checks should be made out to “SF HS Mountain Bike Team” and sent to Tim Hurley.  Contact Tim if you want to pay via PayPal.
  • We provide partial or full scholarships for those who need them.
  • We raise money through a fundraiser, sponsorships, granola and kit sales.
  • 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.  

 

 

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Equipment

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!

  • Mountain bike in good working order
  • Helmet
  • Spare inner tube
  • Pump or CO2
  • Front and rear lights
 

 

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OTHER IMPORTANT INFO

  • Rider leadership roles: There will be opportunities for team members to take leadership roles within the team. These will change throughout the year, and we’ll provide more details at the start of the season.
  • Drug/alcohol policy: Pretty simple: no breaking the law! We don’t tell adults not to have beer at the campfire, but we also don’t tolerate underage drinking or illegal drugs of any kind on SF Comp outings. We’ll simply ask you to leave the team.
  • Coaches training: All adults working with teens on SF Comp are required to register with NICA, which includes a background check and CDC Heads Up (concussion awareness) training. Coaches with more responsibility will have a higher level of training. More details here: http://www.nationalmtb.org/coaching/
 

 

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CONTACT

Head Coach: Sara Headley, sara.clafferty@gmail.com,  443-243-0060

Co-Director: Tim Hurley, tim.hurley@wheelkids.com, or sonotimo@yahoo.com