Middle School Racing

The Flagstaff Middle School Composite team welcomes riders in grades 6-8 (during the 2018-19 school year) from all Flagstaff middle schools to ride with the team. The team rides and races in the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League (www.arizonamtb.org) and is a program of the FLagstaff Youth RiderS (FLYRS). Our team philosophy is that riding should be fun and safe. Our central goal is for students to develop a strong mind, body, and character through mountain biking. There are no tryouts. Everyone rides no matter their ability and skill level. Racing is optional and not required to join the team.

FLYRS competes in cross-country style racing, based on National Interscholastic Cycling League standards (www.nationalmtb.org), starting in the Fall. We have club and race team options. Many of our student-athletes compete in other Fall sports and practice with us in the summer. Flagstaff students are invited to participate in the Arizona league on our composite team format, because many local middle schools do not have their own teams.

FLYRS coaches and ride leaders receive background checks and are trained per NICA standards in concussion awareness, risk management, and first-aid.

Practices: Pre-season practices begin June 7, 2018. Starting July 1 (in-season) we practice 2x per week: Thursday afternoons 4:00 – 5:15pm and Sunday afternoons 4-6:30pm. On Thursdays we practice at Buffalo Park. On Sundays we alternate locations between Ft. Tutill and Schultz Y. Practices are led by trained coaches and ride leaders.

Registration: All students must register in the Arizona League’s “Pit Zone” and complete the waiver and rider agreement. FLYRS will also use the Remind app for all team communications as well as email. Our Facebook page also shows practice, race, and events schedules and allows team members, coaches, and parents to communicate with each other.

Returning riders MUST be registered and “race ready” in “Pit Zone” by their 1st practice. No exceptions. We will send unregistered riders home. In the event a rider wants to test out and try one practice before registering and paying fees, please contact Team Director Chris Eaves directly.

Fees & Equipment: Each student pays 2 separate fees. $200 to the team and an additional $45 to the NICA/Arizona League to register as a middle school rider. Fees include a team jersey as well as support team operations and race weekend events.

Riders need to have their own mountain bike and are required to wear helmets and closed-toe shoes when riding. Gloves and sunglasses are strongly recommended. Riders must carry their own spare tube, mini-pump, water, and a second clothing layer at all practices. Each rider is responsible for having and maintaining their own mountain bike. We require every rider to establish a relationship with a local bike shop for bike tunes, equipment maintenance, and questions. Many local shops offer discounts to team members for equipment and repairs.

Please let the head coaches know if you need help finding and/or purchasing a bike. We can help riders find bikes as we often get bike donations. The Arizona League also has a loaner bike program and scholarships are available for equipment, racing, and team fees.

Racing: Racing is optional but encouraged! Middle school race entries are $30 per race. Parents and students are responsible for providing transportation to/from all races, though a carpool sign up will be utilized to help organize team efforts. Most families and coaches camp on-site at the races.

Race Dates:

September 9 – Race #1

Fort Tuthill County Park – Flagstaff

September 23 – Race #2

Pioneer Park – Prescott

October 7 – Race #3

Wren Arena – Fort Huachuca

October 21 – Race #4

McDowell Mtn Regional Park – Fountain Hills

November 4 – Race #5

White Tank Mountains Regional Park – Waddell

Questions?

The coaches are here to help! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Team Director if you need help finding a bike, have questions about the team, or if costs associated with the program or equipment are unaffordable. We think everyone who wants to ride deserves to participate! We have access to lots of donated equipment, including bikes.

Team Director contact info:     Chris Eaves  cseaves@gmail.com  520-834-6063