A mountain bike workforce has made its method to the realm, giving native youths of all talent ranges in grades 6-12 an opportunity to compete in a sport that’s hiked in recognition throughout Nebraska.
The Maskenthine Composite Offended Owls mountain bike workforce is inviting riders from Norfolk and the encircling space to register and compete on the workforce — which was shaped by a gaggle of locals, together with Jason Tollefson and house owners at Cleveland Bike and Sport. The workforce rides and races within the Nebraska Interscholastic Biking League and is a program of the Nationwide Interscholastic Biking Affiliation (NICA).
The workforce’s philosophy, based on Tollefson, is enjoyable first, with a central purpose of serving to college students develop a powerful physique, thoughts and character by way of mountain biking. The Offended Owls mountain bike workforce doesn’t require tryouts, as everybody is inspired to affix no matter talent degree or expertise, Tollefson mentioned.
“An enormous factor is to assist these children develop a workforce angle and discover ways to assist the teammates they’ve round them,” Tollefson mentioned. “Everyone seems to be form of out on their very own after they’re biking, however they nonetheless compete as a workforce and assist one another.”
The price to register for the Offended Owls mountain bike workforce is $195, which covers two league races, insurance coverage, practices and member advantages and reductions. Riders are accountable for having their very own mountain bikes, Tollefson mentioned, and helmets and closed-toe sneakers are required when driving. Riders additionally should carry their very own spare tube, mini-pump and water in any respect practices.
Mother and father and college students are accountable for offering transportation to and from all races, Tollefson mentioned. Most households and coaches camp on-site on the races.
Tollefson inspired these wishing to affix Offended Owls to ascertain a relationship with a neighborhood bike store for bike tunes, tools upkeep and questions. Many native retailers provide reductions to workforce members for tools and repairs, Tollefson mentioned.
The coronavirus considerably altered this yr’s race schedule, as practices would sometimes begin in July and members usually would compete in 4 to 6 races all through a six- to eight-week interval within the fall. Offended Owls now has two races on its schedule, which workforce members are inspired however not required to compete in upon becoming a member of the workforce.
The primary of the 2 races is the Arkfeld Acres Time Trial close to Omaha on Saturday, Sept. 12, and the second is the Branched Oak Space 7 Time Trial close to Raymond on Saturday, Oct. 24. Tollefson mentioned members are inspired to register as quickly as attainable to be eligible for the races, with a purpose of getting at the least six workforce members this season.
If sufficient curiosity is generated, a 3rd race will likely be scheduled at a later date that may happen at Maskenthine State Recreation Space north of Stanton, Tollefson mentioned.
Practices will start at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and on Saturday mornings starting Sept. 19 both at a location in Norfolk or at Maskenthine.
Tollefson has mountain biked for 25 years, bringing a major quantity of expertise within the sport to Offended Owls. The workforce additionally could have different assistants who’ve been screened and educated on instructing college students easy methods to mountain bike.
“The endurance is an enormous a part of it, and it’s a must to be pretty bodily match,” Tollefson mentioned. “However I would say the technical abilities are what take the longest time to develop and normally strike essentially the most concern in younger riders. However that’s all stuff we educate you and are prepared to work with you on. There’s much more to mountain biking that somebody can be taught than you would possibly assume.”
Keen on registering?