With the fall sports season coming to a close, people are sorrowfully waving goodbye to some of their favorite sports. I, for one, will be sad to see the end of the first season of the Memorial Mountain Biking Team.
For those who don’t know, mountain biking is a sport in which one rides a bike through trails in the wilderness. Interestingly enough, it’s less dangerous than normal biking. Road biking tends to lead to being hit by motor vehicles, while mountain biking leads to injuries via faulty jumps and turns.
The Memorial Mountain Biking Team sprang into existence this year. For the first time, JMM had enough student-athletes to form their own team. Until recently, the team had been folded into the Madison West Composite, comprised of West, Memorial, Verona, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Belleville, and Edgewood High Schools.
The team itself open-minded and has a good attitude. All members are encouraged to get involved to whatever extent they are comfortable with, meaning racing isn’t mandatory. “It’s very inclusive,” says Tess Magill, one of the freshmen athletes.
The team meets every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the season, and practices generally center around a set of objectives for the day, such as learning how to perform proper turns or improving uphill biking.
Races take place starting in September, and the team is encouraged to stay at the site for the whole weekend. “They’re really fun,” says Sara, a member of the West team. “Especially the camping.”
For those who stay to camp for the weekend, the team does all sorts of things. Athletes bring costumes and noisemakers, turning the campground into a small festival. It’s also a good time to build friendships with other team members.
For those interested in mountain biking, the season starts again next July and continues on until the end of October. If you want to get an early start, you could look into the mountain biking club during the spring, or investigate this sport for yourself during the spring and summer months.
By Elliot Weix
Learn more at madisonmtb.org!