Mountain bike team prepares for one final ride

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Mountain bike team prepares for one final ride

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The mountain biking team was named Arizona State champions at their final event in October. Not only did they win State in the team category, but sophomore Grace Tipton also won State in the individual category.

Winning state can be attributed to the amount of time that the team spends practicing. They practice four days a week for two hours. This can lead to vast improvement amongst the riders skills.

“[I enjoy] watching the beginners do things they never thought they could do,” said Kara Nicholls, coach.

They normally have five races a year, but due to weather cancellation, the team only competed in four this year.

The team consists of 40 members, who practice and compete together, often becoming friends.

“[I like the} social aspect but also mountain biking is a great way to be outside and have a lot of fun,” said Bryce Brown, a junior on the team.

Sonoran Preserve, McDowell Mountain Regional park, and Cave Creek Regional Park are common practice sites for the team. They start practice in July.

“The team is very close and we can all enjoy practices together,” said Grace Tipton, a sophomore.

The team gets to keep their uniforms, but members are expected to bring their own bikes (if bikes are really needed, then some will be supplied)

Each team in Arizona has to register with the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling association. Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League is registered with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), since every state’s league must register with NICA.

The Mountain Bike team is not recognized by the Arizona Interscholastic Association as a school sport, so it is considered a school club.

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