Friday, September 29, 2023

MI Mountain Biking Team Season is Underway

Although the city's new bike skills area is still pending construction, and apparently will not open until late fall or spring of 2024, the Mercer Island Mountain Biking Team's season is underway.The MI MTB team has 29 athletes and 12 volunteer coaches for the fall 2023 season. The team practices 3 times per week including, practices on Mercer Island on Wednesday afternoons.

The team has competed in the first race of the season at Port Gamble on September 17th. The team had 3 top 10 finishes in this race, including a 3rd place podium finish by June Bailey in the girls intermediate category. The team is now preparing for the final race at the Squilchuck State Forest on October 8th. 

An important part of mountain biking is learning about building trails. The team volunteers at local dig-day events and work with Mercer Island Parks and Rec to build and maintain trails. The team has volunteered over 150 hours in 2023 in trail projects!