Traverse City Youth Mountain Bike Team



The Traverse City youth mountain bike team is dedicated unleashing confidence through FUN! while also empowering youth to be independent, strong and gritty to help them overcome obstacles both on and off their bikes.

The JV squad is for elementary school boys and girls while the varsity team is for middle and high school’ers.



How It Works:

1. Varsity racers must commit to racing at least 3 Northern Michigan events (one has to be Iceman) in 2017 while JV rip’ers need only commit to racing the SlushCup.

  • Mud Sweat and Beers
  • Barrel Roll
  • Grit and Gravel
  • Peak 2 Peak
  • Iceman/SlushCup
  • Farmland
  • Cherry Roubaix
  • Many other mountain bike, fat bike and gravel road races including but not limited to Bearclaw, Highlander, Hanson Hills, Big M, Michigan Mountain Mayhem, King Vasa, Fat Chance!, 45th North Barrel Roll, X100.

2. Varsity racers must volunteer at 3 (JV at just 2) Norte! functions in 2017. Think mentoring the little kids at The Bike Mas Project or El Barrio Bike Fix or Estrellas. Or helping at one of our community outreach events like the Bike Valet or Adventurama! or Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day or Bike Night at the Bijou.

3. Attend team rides (Vasa Domingos, Fridays@TheCommons, Varsity-only group rides) as much as possible. 

4. Be a positive community role model and ambassador for Norte!.

5. Varsity racers should consider being a part of El Liderato, our new Youth Leadership initiative, and help Norte! up its youth-driven advocacy game.

6. Ride your bike. A lot. And inspire your friends to do the same.

7. Dream big and have FUN!

What We’ll Do For You As A N!YC Racer:

1. Cover 1/2 the cost of one very orange jersey (for Varsity racers) or one navy tech Norte! tshirt (for JV racers). JV racers are welcome to purchase a jersey at cost.

2. Pay for your Iceman or SlushCup registration.

3. Host team rides. 

4. Offer mentorship/coaching regarding training and racing.


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Riders looking to ride fast but not yet ready to commit to racing are welcome to join us any time. Full calendar of group rides HERE.

Email us at with questions.

If you are a local race promoter and would like to add your event to our calendar, please email us at