The Stillwater Area High School Mountain Bike Team, MN State Division 1 Runner-Up in 2016, will be holding an informational meeting and bike swap on May 21 at 3 p.m. at Valley View Park’s Upper Parking Lot.
Entrance is on the east side of Osgood, 1 mile south of Hwy 36 and just north of the Oak Park Heights Prision. If you have bikes, clothing or gear you have outgrown, bring it to the swap! Students and parents/guardians of the classes of 2018 – 2023 [7th – 12th grades] are welcome.
Stillwater still boasts the largest high school mountain bike program in Minnesota. The program is entering its 5th year in the Minnesota High School Cycling League and will be one of almost 60 competing high schools in 2017.
Informal practices start after July 1st, 2017 and racing begins around Labor Day and ends around Halloween.
Unlike many similar programs around the state, Stillwater practices right after school like other typical fall sports, assembles on the high school grounds at the Bike Shed, and departs and returns to the high school every Tuesday – Thursday from 3 – 5PM.
The program is run by the non-profit group SASCA (Stillwater Area Scholastic Cycling Advocates) but is aligned and registered with District 834 as an independent provider activity. Students can earn high school letters like any other varsity sport.
SASCA is also working on new single track natural surface biking trails in Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights.
The project is ongoing and expected completion is August 1, 2017. This new 2.5+ miles trail system will be open to the general public, but will offer the team a simple 3 mile ride from the high school to ride on practice trails similar to those on which they will race.
The trails will allow for students to learn and develop mountain bike handling skills for the race season and for a lifetime. Currently, practice locations include Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Reid Park and the Tech Park training land across Hwy 5 from the high school.
Anyone interested in learning more about this exciting sport should come to the meeting on Sunday. All are welcome. More information at www.stillwatermtb.com and www.sascatrails.com.