Mountain Biking Grows In Popularity

Nicolas Spanger and Max Handron

  Riding in attack position, mountain biking seeks to claim its newly appointed seat in the collection of clubs at SVHS. Cross-country mountain biking consists of a variety of courses typically 21 miles long, with freshman, sophomore, junior varsity, and varsity riders.

  While local courses are Trione-Annadel State Park, Skyline Wilderness Park, and China Camp State park, races take the bikers as far as southern California. The team frequently stays in hotels on their further trips, but they occasionally reserve a campground for an authentic experience.

  Senior, Liam Sheldon, explains how, “you don’t need any prior experience in mountain biking or even a bike” as the club aims to have a place and bike for everyone. Sheldon also states that “participation at the trainings is the key to getting better.”

Trainings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and the weekends, along with two day meets, which happen every three weeks. The current roster of the club is around 12 people, yet this number continues to climb.

  Marin County teams such as Drake High School consistently produce strong teams and are among the toughest competition SVHS faces.

  The mountain biking meets consist of 45 to 50 racers per category with approximately 400 total riders.