Please note - We have a hard cap on the number of junior spots available. No Exceptions. We apologize for those who were unable to get in this year**, but we are unable to accommodate any more than our allotted number due to safety and the number of volunteer coaches available.
The MT Alpha Junior program is SMALL and LIMITED in numbers. This is for both safety and so that we can provide our littles with as much one-on-one time as possible to really develop their MTB skills. Its a girls-only program (including coaches!), which give the girls the confidence to push themselves and have fun doing it! This space creates a team dynamic among the girls; a very special thing. The girls will learn basic-to-advanced technical skills on their mountain bike (depending on ability level), gain knowledge about bike mechanics and riding in the mountains, and develop new friendships. Rides will last 1.5-2 hrs and will be focused on having fun.
We have an extensive waitlist this year. Because of this waitlist, we would like to emphasize the importance of your little Alpha's attendance at every practice. If you do not think your little will be able to attend every practice, we ask that you reconsider joining MT Alpha. There are littles on the waitlist that have a demonstrated track record of good attendance. Missed practices (without objectively legitimate excuses) will mean that your little will not be on MT Alpha the following year and that they will not be able to attend our end of season party/trip.
** Waitlist - This year, we expect to have a pretty extensive waitlist. While we wish we could accommodate EVERY girl who wants in, we are limited by the number of volunteer coaches available. __________ We are still considering the possibility of an end of season (overnight) party/trip depending on the COVID situation. We will update you when decisions are made! *** ***In order participate in this program, our girls have to meet the following requirements:
We want to instill a sense of being a part of a community, being a part of a team and commitment in our girls. This is why we are requiring:
Attendance at ALL practices
If your Alpha is absolutely unable to attend (due to sickness, vacation, other legitimate excuse), she can miss 2 practices and still come on the retreat. But she is encouraged to come to an MTB Missoula Trail Day (click here). If she misses 2 practices, she MUST participate in a Trail Day or volunteer at another MTB Missoula event (contact us to arrange).
Be encouraging to our team mates;
Refrain from using cell phones/ text messaging;
Try our hardest and be positive.
The girls MUST have the following at each ride:
Mountain bike with hand breaks and proper tire tread (if you have questions on this, email us!)
Parents are expected to arrange rides so that the girls are at the trailhead by 5:30 and picked up at 7:30 each week. We will have extra water, snacks, bike tools and post ride fun every week;
Parents are encouraged to volunteer at least 1 ride per season;
Also, Moms should join our Race or Club team!
Riders will be broken into groups based on age and ability and each group will be meeting at a different location to reduce possible contacts.
Riders will be required to wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained. While riding they will be not required to wear a mask. Please do not send your child if they have any symptoms of COVID.
other mt alpha opportunities for junior girls:
MT Alpha Skills Clinic
Our weekly skills clinics are open to Juniors and we encourage them to sign up. It is a fun day of new instructors and new skills!
Late summer cyclocross Clinic
In addition to the weekly rides, MT Alpha will be offering a late summer cyclocross clinic... Stay tuned for this!
With the MTCX TGIF races, there will be many opportunities for the girls to test their new skills in a race setting. We encourage our girls to try racing but we know how intimidating it can be. We try to provide a comfortable and excited atmosphere so our girls feel inclined to try a race with no pressure but racing is always optional.