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Practices & Races

Team practices begin on December 1st. Practices are held three days a week and we ask that all riders attend practice unless they notify the coach or team director. Practices are Tuesday and Thursdays after school from 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm and on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am.  

Races begin in late February and Norcal usually has 6 races, plus state championship races for which you must qualify.  Races are in Northern California. The race season ends at the end of May. 

 

For more Norcal race information, please visit the NorCal League's website

Practice Schedule

Download our Team App to stay updated on the latest practice or race times, locations, and schedules. Visit our Team App website or download Team App on the Android or Apple Store. On the website or the app, search for Novato-San Marin MTB to find our team's account. Or email us for an invitation to join.

May 3, Tuesday

4:30 - 6:15 PM

Ride Location: Rush Creek

Meeting Point: Trailhead on Binford Road (off Atherton, next to the Park & Ride)

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May 5, Thursday

4:30 - 6:15 PM

Ride Location: Mt. Burdell

Meeting Point: Hamilton Skate Park

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May 7, Saturday

8:45 - 12:00 PM

Ride Location: Mt. Burdell

Meeting Point: Harvest Market Parking Lot

 

9:00 AM - team leads two groups of Tour of Novato family riders up Burdell

10:00 AM - Tour of Novato ride completes and photography/video shoot begins

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May 10, Tuesday

4:30 - 6:15 PM

Ride Location: Rush Creek

Meeting Point: Trailhead on Binford Road (off Atherton, next to the Park & Ride)

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May 12, Thursday

4:30 - 6:15 PM

Ride Location: Mt. Burdell

Meeting Point: Harvest Market Parking Lot

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May 18, Wednesday

4:30 - 6:15 PM

Ride Location: Mt. Burdell

Meeting Point: Harvest Market Parking Lot

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What to Bring to Practice

 

Riders must always wear a helmet and have a bike in good working condition. Please wear your team jersey if you have one. Bring extra tubes and air in case your tire fails.

 

During the winter months, you must have lights on your bike. Always bring plenty of water and a power snack, such as a granola bar high in carbs.  And of course, bring your enthusiasm! 

Race Day

 

Racing is what we train for all season long! Many families make weekend outings of our race days. There is an opportunity to pre-ride the course for the race usually the day before the rider's age or skill category races. It is important to know the course and plan your strategy for endurance, passing opportunities, and more. 

 

Riders are expected to have slept well, trained hard, and to be motivated and excited to race!

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Race Schedule

RACE 1

Exchequer Mountain Bike Park

 

This will be a camping venue, you can reserve a campsite here, Barrett Cove is full. You can reserve a camp spot at McClure Point or Lake McSwain by following the same link. If you have issues reach out to Danielle by calling 209-354-2955.

 

February 27 - Junior Development + High School

 

RACE 2

Six Sigma, Lower Lake

 

March 11  - Pre-ride for all categories

March 12 - High School Pre-ride

March 13 - High School Race

 

RACE 3

Swasey, Redding

Apri 1 - Pre-ride for all categories

April 2 - High School Race

April 3 - Junior Development Race

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Six Sigma, Lower Lake

April 29 - Pre-ride

April 30- High School Race

 

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Boggs, Cobb

 

May 20 - Pre-ride

May 21 - Championship Race (High School)

May 22 - Fun adventure rides on Sunday (open to High School and Junior Development riders)