1. What grade level can participate?
Any high school or middle schooler. No elementary students are allowed to participate
2. Can girls participate?
3. What schools can participate?
Any student from Asheville or Buncombe County schools, charter and private schools as well as homeschool students from in and around Asheville can participate. We may accept Students from surrounding counties (Henderson or Madison) It will depend on team size.
4. My kid is a homeschooler?
Homeschool students can participate if they are middle or high school age.
3. How much will it cost me?
Fees are for the entire season and are not pro-rated
NICA fees Pisgah Rage Team Fee: $100
NICA fees: Student Athletes $25
NICA fee $175 registration fee
$20 per race (X5 races)
$300 for a student athlete who is “All in”
Optional fees include: Team jersey and races
4. When is the season and what days do you ride?
Pre-Season starts Oct 15 and Season ends May 30th
Practice days are Wednesdays late afternoon and Saturdays or Sundays afternoon
5. Where do your ride?
All local trails (Mills River, Bent Creek, Alexander Park, Richmond Hill, Kolo, Dupont, etc)
6. My son/daughter does other sports is that a problem?
Not a problem….kids can drop in and out of practice as needed based on the season
7. Does my son/daughter have to race?
Races are not mandatory but we do encourage all team members to try a race
8. My kid has never ridden a bike or my kids is a beginner or my kid is super fast?
While we don’t have time to teach a kid to ride a bike we do base group rides on ability
We also teach basic mountain bike skills. If your son/daughter is an advanced rider we
will break them up into a faster group.
9. What kind of training do coaches have?
All coaches are NICA trained and have concussion and risk management training as well as a background check.
10. Do you guys do races?
NICA provides 5 races across the state of NC. The closest race is in Wilkesboro at this
point and the farthest is near Wilmington. Most races are near the Charlotte area.
11. Who does my kid race against?
Kids will only race against kids their same grade level. For example, a 6th grader will
only race against other 6th graders.
12. Do you provide bikes and transportation?
No transportation but we may be able to provide a loaner bike if necessary.
13. Can I ride/coach with the kids?
If you do the NICA concussion and risk management training as well as background check you can coach. Some fees may be paid for by the team.
14. Can I be a sponsor?
Yes we are actively seeking sponsors for financial support of the team. See one of the coaches if interested. Also see our sponsor page on the web site.
15. Are there scholarships or bikes to help offset the cost?
The team is willing to help offset costs if needed. Also NICA does have a few loaner
bikes if needed. See a coach for more information.
16. Isn’t Mt. biking dangerous?
NICA has a strong track record of being very safe, however, mountain biking like any
sport/activity can be dangerous. Students are required to wear helmets and ride with a coach at all times.
17. I just found out about the team can I join mid-season?
You could possibly join mid season provided we have enough coaches for all of our rides.
18. How can I start a team at my own school?
While our team is a composite team of different schools, the goal is to have each middle
or high school start its own team. It is best to speak with the Pisgah Rage team director or email the NC NICA director directly.