Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team
It’s time to take your mountain biking to the next level! Join the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Mountain Bike Team (CBMST) and be a part of the most comprehensive program in the valley for progressing skills both on and off the bike. If you are into gravity based downhill, cross-country or enduro (which combines DH & XC) we have a group for you. CBMST will take advantage of access to the diverse trail network of the Evolution Bike Park as well as the famous singletrack trails throughout the Gunnison Valley. Recommended age for CBMST biking is 9 years old and older, with mountain biking experience and appropriate reliable equipment.
CBMST offers a flexible scheduling option again for the 2018 summer season. You are able to sign up for the entire 11 week summer, 2 days a week, which will equate to 22 sessions throughout the season (best deal per day) or if you have a busy summer planned you may sign up for a minimum of 8 pre-scheduled sessions over the 11 weeks that will efficiently custom fit your schedule.
A Partnership for Success
For the second year in a row, gO Orthopedics (previously Griggs Orthopedics) is extending the Crested Butte gOgirl program and partnering with CBMR's Mountain Sports Team, to develop the gOgirl Mountain Sports Team. The program will be offered June 11-August 24, 2018, two days a week (Mondays and Wednesdays). Each day will start with an important life lesson directly linked to a mountain biking or other sporting skill, followed by lift-served or other trail riding at the upper end of the valley, in addition to many other fun activities. Both entities are excited about the partnership, in hopes of providing the most robust athletic program for young girls in the valley.
The gOgirl Program was started by Griggs Orthopedics in 2015, as a mountain biking program for Gunnison Valley female youth. Now in its fourth year, the program falls under the gO Initiative, a 501c3 Colorado Corporation created to educate, inspire and develop athletes of all ages and abilities in mountain sports. As with other gO Initiative programs, they provide financial support and opportunities to optimize a strong body and mind through functional fitness, healthy lifestyle guidance and achievement. The gOgirl Program has always focused on developing confidence both on and off the trails by giving them the resources they need to not only become a successful competitive or non-competitive athlete, but also a successful member of our community or any community in which they live. The gO Initiative scholarships are available for the gOgirls on a limited basis; please email email@example.com for more information.
Age and Ability Levels
gOgirl & MST groups will be organized based on athletes’ interest, ability level and age. During the first week coaches and athletes will work together to establish groups and determine the right fit for each athlete. Riding trails at the Evolution Bike Park and other trails around the valley will present a lot of great opportunities to develop a wide skill set. After a day of riding the group will learn about bike maintenance and enjoy the other amenities around the CBMR base area.
Why get Lifted?
We feel that what really sets this program apart is the access to lift-served riding at CBMR. The thought of ‘downhill mountain biking’ can be a bit scary for kids, but even more daunting is often times the work involved to get to the top. With the ability to hone in on skills without having to worry about getting back up there to do it again, so many important skills can be learned at an early age to avoid bad habits in the future, kids can really benefit from lift-served riding while they don’t have to worry about expending their energy on a big uphill. Instead, they can focus on what their coaches are teaching them, especially during the 10-minute ride to the top, right before they start heading down! Here are a few reasons that we think that downhilling can be hugely beneficial for all of us.
Balance. Technique. Cornering.
The three essentials for mountain biking! Concentrating on body positioning on your bike is probably the single most important part of mountain biking. A solid stance and balance on a bike will only allow for more technical riding in the future. Teaching this early on is essential to avoiding bad habits in the future. With learned balance and technique, cornering comes along very nicely!
Coach, how long to the top?
With so many essential skills that need to be learned at an early age, kids don’t need to expend their energy on a huge uphill. In relation to the downhill, the uphill portion of a certain ride or trail can be much, much longer. With lift-served riding, coaches can concentrate on relaying important skills that won’t be forgotten because of fatigue. And let’s face it.. what kid wants to spend their day on one big uphill when they can go downhill all day?
The Need for Speed
For newer riders, speed is the most intimidating factor, especially when you’re learning about balance and how to control your speed. You can’t necessarily learn to go faster until you actually start getting accustomed to speed itself. With lots of trails on CBMR that allow downhill-only traffic, kids can practice their skills and slowly begin to get comfortable with a speed that suits them. Eventually they’ll be confident enough to really enjoy some fast, flowy turns!
Again.. Again.. Again!
Repetition builds muscle memory, even at a young age. When you learn certain skills, one would hope that those skills will last a lifetime. Learning bad habits so young can lead to injury and therefore less time on our bikes. We need to be sure to instill good habits as early as possible.. with lift-served riding kids are able to focus on these skills and repeat them over and over, so that the next year they will pick up right where they left..
For more information on the gOgirls, the gO Initiative and/or gO Orthopedics please visit www.thegoinitiative.org.
CBMST groups will be organized based on athletes’ interest, ability level, age and gender. During the first week coaches and athletes will work together to establish groups and determine the right fit for each athlete. Riding trails at the Evolution Bike Park and other trails around the valley will present a lot of great opportunities to develop a wide skill set. After a day of riding the group will learn about bike maintenance and enjoy the other amenities around the CBMR base area.
Please check back for 2019 registration information.
Please direct questions to: Woody Lindenmeyr - Director of CBMST
firstname.lastname@example.org | 970-349-4441
For younger riders, Mountain Adventures offers mountain bike programming for 7-14 year olds, from beginner level to intermediate. Please reference the Mountain Adventures page for more information here.
The Mountain Adventures beginner, intermediate and girls only mountain bike programs will continue to serve as a valuable asset to the progression of our team as it continues to produce a “pipeline” of talented athletes while also creating an avenue for cyclists of all levels to develop their passion for mountain biking.