The Grand Traverse Regional Varsity Mountain Bike Team

The Grand Traverse Regional Youth Mountain Bike Team is the largest youth mountain bike team in the state of Michigan. Within this team is the Varsity squad, an elite group of young men and women who represent six area middle and high schools. These students hit the trails at an elite level with dedication and persistence.

Although there may be fewer races due to the pandemic, Norte is committed to developing the skills needed to race. Part of this effort is to honor their commitment with a unique race jersey that will identify our riders as elite varsity team members. These dedicated and speedy young riders will look just as flash once they start to tackle local, regional, state, and (soon) national-level races.

Norte is committed to supporting our many great local bike shops. Thank you to Brick Wheels, The Cyclery, Suttons Bay Bikes, Mission Cycles, and Einstein Cycles for helping these dedicated local young people.

The following shops provide shop discounts to Varsity riders (not their families and friends) for the 2021 calendar year:

  • Brick Wheels:  20% off cycling accessories, clothing, and parts
  • The Cyclery: 15% off cycling accessories, clothing for Varsity riders, 10% off bike service labor & parts for Varsity riders, $2 off 1/2 day or full-day bike rentals for direct family members of the Varsity riders
  • Einstein Cycles: 10% off store-wide at EC and 10% off BBCo.
  • Mission Cycles: Cost Plus 5% Storewide (Excluding Service/Labor), 50% off Labor/Service, and special pricing on Niner Bikes, Derosa Road Bikes, Stans No-Tubes Wheels
  • Suttons Bay Bikes: Cost + 10% on bikes, parts, clothing, and accessories

HOW TO JOIN VARSITY IN 2021:

  1. Sign up: Spring after-school program registration and select the Varsity practice session at Timber Ridge Resort.
  2. Tryout:  Tryouts happen in the spring and fall featuring a time trial on the Kolo TC Speed of Light course. Trials are open to all 6-12th graders in the five-county area (Varsity is primarily for high school students but exceptions are made for middle schoolers based on their experience, ability, and tryout times).
    • Spring 2021 tryout details:
      1. Period: Anytime in the month of April. You can try it as many times as you would like during this period
      2. Strava Segment: 2018 Speed  Of Light (basically the Vasa 25K counterclockwise, Woodchip climb to 4 corners, not Madeline’s)
      3. Rules: Must use Strava and be ridden solo – no drafting allowed.
      4. Criteria: 55 minutes girls; 48 minutes boys.
      5. If successful: Email your Strava activity link to Ben at ben@elgruponorte.org before midnight May 5.

2021 RACES AND EVENTS:

  • TBD

Big thanks to Keen Technical Solutions and Kolo TC for their support of Varsity as well.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS FOR ALL TEAM PRACTICES (PDF)

Questions? Get at us.