SHEN-ROCK: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the SHEN-ROCK Team

  • Basics
    • Does my child have to have previous mountain biking experience?
      • There are a variety of levels on the team. If you would like more information, contact us and give us the specifics. We want to grow youth cycling and make sure we get more kids on bikes. We are flexible and happy to help make the team work for your rider.
    • Does my rider need a bike?
      • Yes. Your rider should have a mountain bike. At this time we do not have loaner bikes specifically for the SHEN-ROCK Team. BUT do not let the lack of a bike hold you back. Reach out to Kevin Rogers ([email protected]) if you need help tracking down an affordable bicycle for your youth rider.
    • Does my rider need specific clothes or shoes?
      • Riders need to wear athletic wear. There is no need for special pedals or shoes although some team members use them. SHEN-ROCK jerseys are available for purchase, but are only required for races.
    • Does my rider need a helmet?
      • Helmets are mandatory for all riders. You must purchase your own helmet.
  • Practices
    • When and where are the practices? 
    • Are practices required?
      • Attending practices is encouraged, but NOT required. Riders should come to as many practices as they can. We know that there are many competing interests for youth sports and hope your rider can join us as much or as little as he/she is able and eager.
    • Are practices canceled due to in-climate weather?
      • Practices typically happen no matter the weather. Practices are canceled via the SHEN-ROCK Google Group (email), which you will be signed up for after you fill out the paperwork to join.
    • Is there transportation to get kids to/from practice?
      • There is no consistent transportation to and from practice. You are responsible for getting your rider to and from practice.
  • Spring Versus Fall Season and Racing
    • What are the differences between the Fall and Spring season?
    • When do the seasons start and stop?
      • The exact start and stop dates for the season are decided on as the season gets closer to starting. However, Spring season generally runs from the middle of March to early May. Fall season generally runs from the middle of August until the end of October.
    • How do the races work? Are they mandatory?
    • Is there transportation to get kids to/from races?
      • There is no consistent transportation to and from the races. You are responsible for getting your rider to and from races. You can work with other parents to try to arrange carpools via the SHEN-ROCK Google Group (email list).
  • Cost and Registration
    • How much does it cost?
      • Annually:
        • SVBC membership: $40 for a family membership
        • Massanutten Trail Pass: commit to 8 hours of trail work or donate $50 to SVBC
      • Fall Racing
        • Individual NICA League membership fee: $25 (required) 
        • Virginia MTB League registration fee: $40 (required) 
        • $40 per race (4 races)
      • Spring Racing
        • USA Cycling License: $35
        • $30 per race (5 races) or $95 if you pay all races in full
    • How do I register my rider?
    • How do I get updates from the team after we join?
      • After you register, you will be signed up for the SHEN-ROCK Google Group (emails), which is where all official communication for the team happens.
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