Mountain Biking

Perkiomen Valley Mountain Biking Story

Since 2022, Perkiomen Valley School District (PVSD) has been in  discussions with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League: “PICL” (Pronounced “Pickle”) about forming a Mountain Bike Team. After a careful investigation that included gathering student and parent feedback, PVSD decided to launch their own Perkiomen Valley Mountain Biking Team for the 2024 Season. This team is affiliated with PVSD as a club sport through our Community Education program.

In 2023, an independent mountain biking team named Perkiomen Valley Inferno was launched as part of the “Inferno” Youth Mountain Bike Teams Collective. This collective includes; Phoenixville Inferno High School, Phoenixville Inferno Composite, Inferno East Composite, and Perkiomen Valley Inferno High School teams within PICL are nationally recognized youth mountain bike teams under the National Interscholastic Cycling Association; “NICA” umbrella. 

 

The rules of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association state that whenever a school district-affiliated team is formed, all students of that said school district must join their school district team. Therefore, we are excited to announce that Perkiomen Valley Inferno will be merging with the newly formed Perkiomen Valley School District Mountain Biking Team that is yet to be named. We are excited to work together with Inferno and hopeful about our future as we seek to expand student participation with mountain biking in the Perkiomen Valley.

Co Ed athletes entering 6th-12th

Season runs from  July-October 

PV Mountain Biking Team Registration Fee is $140

Click here to create an account and register

         Mountain Biking can be found under programs for children & teens

2024 NICA/PICL Season Registration Fees

Registration is $250.00 for the season race bundle

Is your child interested in races? Add $85.00 for season races

 or, you can pay $45.00 per race ( 5 races per season)

 
                                               *Please note all participants MUST register through Community Education AND NICA/PICL to be eligible to ride.
 
 
 
 

For more details on Mountain Biking and registration please contact Aimee Shelton or Kenneth Picco.

Aimee Shelton (Team Director) -ashelton1996@gmail.com
Kenneth Picco (Head Coach)- kp229@aol.com

 

2024 Season Information

NICA/PICL and PV Mountain Biking Season 

Practice Schedule

Weekday Practices
Monday and Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Valley Forge and alternating locations: Green Lane, French Creek, Evansburg, etc.)
Wednesday “Practice +  6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Race Conditioning Practice (Locations vary: Valley Forge: Yellow Springs, etc)

Weekend Long Ride  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday or a Sunday Ride at:
Marsh Creek, Nockamixon, Green Lane, Brandywine,
White Clay, Trexler, Fair Hill, etc.
Weekend rides tend to be about 45 – 65 minute drive each way. 
Picnic After most times
PICL Racing Info
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League (PICL) is a “traveling” sport.
While our Inferno Team Practices remain “local”,
Race Weekends occur across the state: For example: Gettysburg,  Blue Mountain, Fair Hill, MD and (the best fun:) Raytown Adventure Weekend

Racing is optional* 

Races are held on a Saturday or a Sunday.
Many people spend at least one over-night at the location.
**Pre-Riding and 
Team Dinners are part of the race weekend experience!
NICA/PICL Registration Dues

Once you decide to join the team, we will send you an invitation to join NICA through PitZone after April 4th, 2024
-There is a NICA/PICL Registration Fee due at the time you register your child for the League. Cost is $250 for season. Due at Sign Up.
-Race Fees: If your child plans to race, you can pay per race or as a bundle. Cost is $45 per race or $85 for bundle.

-NICA Scholarships available for Registration Fe
es AND/or Race Fees.
 Click Here for more information.


Mandatory Equipment

Mandatory Equipment per NICA handbook
Deals and Discounts: https://nationalmtb.org/athlete-coach-benefits/

A Front-Suspension Mountain Bike in good working order.
(Bike Checks will be held at beginning of the season at our Meet n Greet
26″ tire, 27.5″ tire or a – 29″ Tires at least 1.5″ wide. See NICA RULE BOOK for all Details: 
Click Here
Helmet
Water Hydration Pack and or two bottle cages attached to bike.
Nutrition/Snack (Fuel)
Closed-Toe Shoes
Safety Glasses

2 Spare Tubes for your bike

Multi-tool
Hand Pump or CO2 Cartridges and adapters. 
Personal Emergency Medical Supplies as needed (EPI-Pen, Insulin, Inhaler, etc.)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:
Extra Water Bottle Cage and Water Bottle

***Padded Bike Shorts <—– seriously- this is Highly Recommended!
Bug/Tick Repellent 
Sunscreen
Additional Nutrition and Snacks (*Fuel)
Phone
Spare socks, and a jacket for colder weather.

***Bike Gloves Full or Half Finger*** H.R.!

 

 

Sponsors

More Kids on Bikes 

https://www.morekidsonbikespa.org/

MORE KIDS ON BIKES 501 (c)(3)  is a non-profit organization whose mission is to get more kids on bikes. Our primary focus is in support of youth mountain biking.
We believe that mountain biking is an exciting lifetime activity that not only offers an opportunity for physical exercise, but also supports mental health & emotional well-being.
One way we deliver on our mission is to engage with all socio-economic levels of families in the Phoenixville, PA community and offer resources to the student-athletes participating in the local youth mountain bike team. This allows kids to be part of the mountain bike team who may not otherwise have access to ride due to the steep and annual rising costs of the sport.
Mountain biking helps build self-confidence, teaches perseverance, and develops and nurtures the value of personal goal-setting, strengthens leadership skills, and highlights the importance of understanding team building dynamics. Youth mountain bike programs also focus on proper shared trail riding etiquette, education on natural resource stewardship, and community service work like trail maintenance and bike rider safety activism. We strive to be a space for all with an emphasis on equity, equality, safety, access and community.

 

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