Owen J Roberts Mountain Biking Team

Who

Owen J. Roberts students in grades 6-12. Beginners are welcome. This is a great sport for everyone and your skills WILL improve!

What

Get better at skilled mountain biking on all kinds of trails and race against schools from around Pennsylvania. Make friends and learn to love a sport you can do all your life!

Where

We practice within the school district at Coventry Woods and races are around the state.

When

We practice 2-3 times a week in season and races are on weekends.

Why

It's a blast! As you get better it gets more fun and we're here to help you get better!

FAQ

Q: OJR already has a Bike Club do we need a mountain biking team?
A: Unlike the OJR Bike Club the OJR Mountain Biking Team will feature a safe, fun environment to learn mountain biking skills with the goal of racing in a competitive interscholastic league against student athletes from all around Pennsylvania.

Q: I'm already in the OJR Bike Club and we get to ride, why would I want to race?
A: As a part of the OJR Mountain Biking Team, we won't just go on rides… … You will build skills, no matter what level you're at, from experienced coaches who are currently racing themselves.

… You will be a part of something bigger than yourself with a goal of achieving something greater than a bike ride.

… You will be a part of a uniformed team and you can win points for the OJR team and for yourself.

… You be in on the ground floor– a newer team at OJR and the second year of the Pennsylvania league.

… You will mountain bike a lot and you'll get really good at it!

Q. Who can join the OJR Mountain Biking Team?
A. Any OJR student in grades 6-12. We have a girls coach, a high school coach and a middle school coach. We are focused on being safe while having fun on mountain bikes.

Q. What are the coach's qualifications?

A. Besides racing themselves they have been accredited by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and are recognized coaches by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League (PICL). They are certified in CPR, concussion detection and Wilderness First Aid and they are sufficiently knowledgeable to be a positive influences on all student athletes.

Q. Is the OJR Mountain Biking Team fully insured?
A. Yes, NICA provides General Liability insurance for the OJR Mountain Biking Team including coverage for trail maintenance and repair by the club, club rides, training rides, races and other club functions such as meetings and clinics. Coaches are covered while acting within the scope of their duties for the OJR Mountain Biking Team.

Q. Can I participate in another sport and race for the OJR Mountain Biking Team?
A. Student athletes can participate in two sports in the same season however the onus is on the student to do well in school as academics come first for the OJR Mountain Biking Team.

Q. I've been on several teams and never got to compete. Will the OJR Mountain Biking Team be different?
A. We want to introduce kids to mountain biking and make it fun for all. Everyone races and every race counts as long as you finish!

Q. What are the core values of the team?
A: The five core values of NICA, PICL and OJR Mountain Biking Team are: Inclusivity: no bench-warmers, every finish counts Equality: no try-outs; everyone rides.
Strong Body: lifelong fitness and good health start here.
Strong Mind: student-athletes are students first.
Strong Character: work hard, play fair, respect others and the community.

Q.  When is the OJR Mountain Biking Team's season?
A. We can hold six team events before July 1 and start practicing after that. We will practice three times a week with a lot of optional rides available on great local trails. 4-6 races will be on races are on Sundays with course set-up and pre-rides on Saturdays in September and October. We want to get kids on their bikes as much as possible and make practices fun and effective.

Q. What will practices be like?
A. With a focus on safety and fun, practices will be split up by ability so that everyone can learn at their own pace.

Q. How is this going to help me in the future?
A. First of all, you can mountain bike most of your life and exploring great trails with friends on weekends is a lot more realistic than continuing to play other scholastic sports after high school. Many colleges have mountain biking teams and you can compete at a collegiate level and, even better, Teen Trail Corps Initiative is an excellent addition to your college application.

Q. What is Teen Trail Corps Initiative?

A. NICA has partnered with IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and REI to create Teen Trail Corps. The program is designed to educate student-athletes in advocacy as well as to encourage them to take action now and as leaders in the future. This optional leadership program for students allows cycling athletes to create a sense of community on the trails and to ensure continued access to our public land uses.

Q. How much is this going to cost?
A. The team dues of $150 for the season includes the OJR Mountain Biking Team uniform and allows our team to participate in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League. Each race will cost about $40 to fund timing and race day costs. We plan on organizing fundraising and sponsors to defray race costs. Oh, and you'll also need a bike! If you're on the OJR Mountain Biking Team you'll receive a team discount from our sponsoring bike shop on Cannonade or Trek bikes.

Q. What is a race day like?
A. It's a blast! You'll hang with your friends and make new ones from all around the state. You'll be prepared to compete and race against athletes of similar experience and skill. When you're not racing you'll cheer on teammates and points from boys and girls in all age categories contribute to the team points.

Coaches



Dusty Stone (Head Coach)

Torrey Marks

Bob Horton

Ryan Stava

Board of Directors


Lydia Stutzman- President
Jackie Danielsson - Vice President
Kim Oren- Secretary
Clare Herkendaal - Treasurer
Dusty Stone - Head Coach
William Richardson - School Liaison 
Kristen Horton - Parent Advisor



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