Training and Practices

Ride sites

Most rides will start at Carrabelle Park. From there we ride in Calero, Quicksilver, Santa Teresa on weekdays. We strive to set meeting times and places that work with everyone’s school schedule, and aim to finish before dark.

Saturday rides will be at varying locations such as Wilder, Saratoga Gap, Soquel Demo Forest...

Required Equipment

  • Mountain bike in good working order. Ideally an aluminum or carbon fiber frame with disc brakes. Steel is usually heavier.

  • Helmet, should include MIPS for best protection

  • Hydration pack

  • Spare inner tube

  • Snacks

  • Bike lights (front and rear) for evening rides

  • Protective eye wear, inexpensive option RockBros

Need a bike?

If you want to ride but don't have a bike, we have extras. Contact us for more information.

Recommended Gear

  • Full fingered bike gloves

  • Padded bike shorts

  • Bike bell (to alert hikers you are on trail), recommend Timber Bell (ask for team discounts)

  • Warm layer for cold rides

  • Dry shirt to change into after completion of rides

  • Strava app downloaded onto your cell phone to help you and coaches track your progress. This will also help ensure you are in the appropriate ride group. Wearing a watch and manually logging times is option for those without cell phones.

  • Flat pedals and hard soled shoes.

Fees and Sign up Requirements

  • Complete our form on our Contact Us page so we can email you a registration link from NICA.

  • Fees

      • Norcal charges $50 for registration

      • NICA charges a $40 membership

  • You can sign up for races in the NICA pitzone (races are $50 each)

  • Team kit $65 for jersey (required), shorts and socks are approx. $60. (optional but preferred)

  • Each family is asked to donate $250 or more to help with team expenses. See donations page. Parents should also donate 4 hours of time at races and/or for other team requirements.

  • We offer a few scholarships for those that don't have the financial means to pay fees.