If you’ve been reading our emails for a while, you already know that Evergreen launched the Washington Student League (WSL) for middle school and high school students last fall. After a stellar spring season with more than 170 participants and 90 coaches representing 55 school teams across the state, we’re gearing up for fall with new ways to get involved in the League…Looking for fall riding opportunities? Dirt Explorers starts September 21st!
Registration is now open for this 4-week ride series for students in grades 7-12 who simply want to ride and have fun. If after four weeks students simply can’t get enough of riding on dirt, the Dirt Explorers is a great warm-up for the Spring League which starts in December.
Meet the League Rides are happening in September & October.
Considering joining the league as a coach, participant, or maybe you are a parent that wants to see what a typical Spring League team ride is like? Come on out and meet the local teams and riders, ask questions, and ride your bike.
Want to learn more about student mountain biking and the WSL?
Student League Movie Night at REI September 27th.
Evergreen is hosting an inspiring evening at the Seattle REI flagship store showcasing the wide-ranging, life-changing impacts mountain biking has on teens – and what’s happening with student mountain biking here in Washington. The evening includes a screening of the movie Singletrack High. All funds raised at this event go to support the WSL.
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See you on the trails!
Communication & Membership Director
Dirt Explorers 4-Week Fall Ride Series Starts September 21st for Students in Grades 7-12!Dirt Explorers is a 4-week ride series for students in grades 7-12 who want to experience the great outdoors on a bike. It’s a chance to explore new trails, make new friends, work on basic mountain bike skills and simply have fun on dirt.Open to riders of any ability or fitness level, Dirt Explorers starts each session with warm up drills. Then we hit the trails exploring twisting single tract, rallying over roots and logs, and playing balance and agility games.Participants meet Saturdays at 10am and ride for two hours. The first two weeks will be at one location, then we move to another location for the last two weeks to explore new trails.
If you live outside the greater Seattle area, be on the lookout for Dirt Explorers expanding statewide next year.
- September 21, 2013: Des Moines Beach Park – Des Moines, WA
- September 28, 2013: Des Moines Beach Park – Des Moines, WA
- October 5, 2013: Philip Arnold Park – Renton, WA
- October 12, 2013: Philip Arnold Park – Renton, WA
Space is limited. Go here for all the details and register now.
If spots fill up, you will be wait listed and notified when the next spot is available.
Join Us for an Evening of Inspiration and Youth Mountain Biking Featuring a Screening of the Film Singletrack High
September 27th at 7:00pm
Where: REI Seattle – 222 Yale Ave. N.
Want to be inspired? Come out and discover the wide-ranging, life-changing impacts mountain biking has on teens – and find out what’s happening with student mountain biking here in Washington.
First, follow the lives of 6 teenage mountain bike racers in Northern California, and see what it means to keep riding at an age when most of their peers have left their bikes gathering dust in the garage, in Singletrack High.
Then enjoy a special short video featuring Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s Washington Student League’s (WSL) coaches and team members sharing their experiences in their own words. And meet some of the WSL coaches and participants in person!
The Washington Student League’s comprehensive mountain bike program grew to 20 teams with students representing 55 different middle and high schools statewide, in its first year alone!
More than just a race league,WSL members participate in team rides, skill building clinics, a leadership summit, stewardship projects, and healthy, supportive competition. Instead of playing video games after school, these students are heading into the woods, and riding towards greater self-confidence, better health and a host of skills that will serve them well for a lifetime.
- $10 for Cascade Bicycle Club and Evergreen Members
- $15 for General Public
Evergreen members email me for your special discount code here.
“Meet the League” Rides Happening September & October
Thinking about joining the Washington Student League as a student, coach or school?
Meet the League rides for the Spring League will be starting in mid-September and happening through October. These rides are hosted by existing teams and coaches, and are an opportunity for anyone interested in participating in the League to come out, meet coaches and riders and go on a guided ride.
Rides are free and will be happening statewide wherever we have a league presence. Students in grades 7-12, parents, school administrators and others interested in getting involved are invited to join a ride. All skill, experience and fitness levels are welcome.
The Spring League includes a Student Leadership Summit, training rides and four races statewide in April and May. Students do not have to race to participate in the League.
Learn more and find a Meet the League ride near you here.
Want the League to do a presentation at your school or local bike shop? Email Lisa Millerto schedule one today.
Evergreen Mountain Bike AllianceIs a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating and protecting mountain biking opportunities in Washington State. All donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent permitted by law.