Hunterdon Composite Mountain Bike Team
2 Taylor Street
High Bridge, NJ 08829
Welcome to the Hunterdon Composite Mountain Bike Team! We are one of the 15 charter members for the inaugural New Jersey Interscholastic Cycling League. My coaches and I look forward to a season of introducing our student-athletes to the woods and trails that we have all come to love during our time mountain biking. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for every rider to learn new skills and enhance existing ones. We will be working on building endurance and strength, knowledge of our bike, and on the trails, knowledge of ourselves.
To provide a safe and enthusiastic environment that fosters the love of mountain biking, provides opportunity and education for increased proficiency in the sport, and nurtures stewardship for the parks, trails, and communities that we ride in.
We are committed to making this a safe and fun experience for all of our student-athletes. We will do our best to schedule official team practices to work with our student athlete and parent’s busy schedules. The best way to improve skills and fitness levels on a mountain bike is with time spent on the bike, so we expect our student athletes to attend as many practices as their schedules allow. When your student-athlete can attend, it will be necessary for them to have all of the required gear (see below) in order to ride with the group. This is a full participation sport(no one sits the bench) and that is what we hope to see at practice. Please remember to support and encourage one another during practices and races. We are individual racers and results might not directly affect one another, but we practice as a team and it is important to practice kindness and treat everyone with respect and high-fives.
We also have a Facebook page called Hunterdon Composite MTB. Please like our page. We will be posting pictures and videos of our fun times as a team. Please let us know if you would prefer us not to post pictures of your student athlete.
Student Athlete Costs-
League registration fee - $300 for 2019/2020 season (Paid through Pit Zone at the start of the season)
- NICA National Registration ($25)
- NJICL League Registration ($50)
- Rider and Coach Insurance Coverage for local team practices and NJICL events ($25)
- 5 Professional-Caliber Spring Races ($150+)
- Expanded Loaner Bike Program ($75+)
- Adventure Rides on Race Weekends ($75)
- Adventure Weekend Event, new for 2020 ($75)
- Summer Camp Discount ($100+)
- Teen Trail Corps Activities
- GRiT Events
- Professional NJICL Year-Round Staff
- Professional Skills Training
- Discounts available through race weekend volunteering for parents Volunteer Payback program information
- There is a 6 month payment plan through paypal and scholarships available. Please speak to Coach Kevin
Team Registration - $60 (Due by January 1st)
- Team purchases (parts, tools, first aid supplies, team equipment)
- Team Consumables (Food and water incase forgotten or more is needed at practices
- Team Communications (Printing, apps)
* All team finances will be available for parents to view
Team Kit (uniform) - $60
- Race Jerseys in team colors with Logos (required)
- Race bike shorts/bibs in team colors with logos (optional)
- Black cycling shorts and/or baggies (required)
- See pricing sheet for all options
Season Total - $420.00
Collection dates for fees
League Fees - No Later then Dec 1, 2019
Team Dues - No Later Jan 1, 2020
Team Kit - February 1, 2017 (which is paid through portal when we order)
- Safe and functional bike designed for true mountain biking
- Safe and current bike helmet
- Sturdy shoes designed for mountain biking with non-slip pedals
- Hydration system or water bottles
- Spare tube, tire levers, and a method of inflation(CO2 or hand pump)
- Full finger gloves for cold weather and warm weather
- Eye protection
- Bike shorts with Chamois padding
- Knee pads (this is just shy of being required)
Clothing tips for riding in the cold
- No cotton - Cotton doesn't wick the moisture away from the body and will cause the rider to stay wet and cold
- Layers - a thinner base layer to wick moisture away from body. Second more thermal layer, and a third layer for additional warmth and potentially wind protection. All layers will continue to wick the moisture away from the body
- Layers are important to maintain comfortable body temperature. Cold start in the morning can have a warm midday where a layer may need to come off to prevent over heating.
- This goes for legs and torso even as warm as the 60's
- Merino wool is a great choice for socks and base layers.
- No clothing has to be specific to cycling to work. The cycling specific clothing however is design to move on your body as you cycling.
- Ski clothing is a great cross over for cycling clothing.
V5 Cycles is our shop sponsor. They will be providing team members with discounts of in store purchases as well as helping you purchase the right Trek mountain bike at a generous discount through Trek.
Student-Athlete Homework - Don't worry it’s fun!!
We would also like you each to come up with a goal for yourself for this first season. They can change and evolve as the season moves forward. The coaches are here to help you the rider achieve these goals. Please write down and have with you at the next practice.
Youth sports always requires volunteers, we are no different, both on the team level and league level. Throughout the season there are many opportunities to help out. We always need help with coaches/volunteers out on the trails. Race season is where it really gets busy as our races are large productions. Every parents should expect to volunteer at least twice during the race season. It is a ton of fun and you get to meet other members of this great mountain bike community. The team relies on our community of parents to feed the team on race day.
Bike maintenance is another item we all partner on. The riders need to be a major part of making sure their bikes are in good working order but parents are relied on to get the bikes to the shop when needed. Coaches will help with determining it is time for more thorough bike shop tune up, but it should be anticipated that the bike will hit the shop twice per season. The bikes should have a tune up at the start of the season and then at the start of race season. This is a minimum as there may be issues that come up during the season. The basic maintenance of cleaning the bike after rides and keeping the chain lubricated will greatly reduce trips to the bike shop.
A final major role for parents is helping with fundraising and sponsorship. We use the money we raise for consumable and durable goods for the team, help reduce the cost of trips and paying for training throughout the winter. It is a full team effort to raise the money that makes our team run smoothly.
The success of the Havoc program rests with each of us. I am always available to talk with and bounce ideas off of, so don't be shy
I look forward to another great year with the Havoc family!
Kevin Watkinson - Head Coach
Mobile - 908-246-0256 call or text
John Love - Assistant Coach
Jon Olson - Assistant Coach
We look forward to a great 2019-20 season!