The Grand Traverse Varsity Mountain Bike Team

With 182 kids, the Grand Traverse Regional Youth Mountain Bike Team is now 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 6 area middle/high schools and are dedicated to the sport at an elite level.

In 2020, Norte will be stepping up its game to better support, nurture, and develop these committed and very fast kids as they tackle local, regional, state and (soon) national-level races. Part of this effort is to design a special jersey that will identify them as elite Varsity team members and honor their commitment.

Norte is committed to supporting our many great local bike shops. Thank you to Brick Wheels, Suttons Bay Bikes and Einstein Cycles for supporting these dedicated local kids. 

These participating shops are providing the following shop discounts to Varsity riders (not their families and friends) for the 2020 calendar year:

  • Brick Wheels:  20% off Cannondale bikes
  • Einstein Cycles: 10% off storewide including labor and 20% off Bearclaw Bicycle Co. Complete bikes
  • Suttons Bay Bikes: Cost + 10% on bikes, parts, clothing, and accessories


  1. Sign up: Fall after-school program registration HERE
  2. Tryout:  These happen in the spring and fall featuring a time trial on the Kolo TC Speed of Light course and is open to all 6-12th graders in the 5 county area (Varsity is primarily for high school students but exceptions are made for middle schoolers based of their experience, ability and tryout times).
    1. Fall 2020 tryout details:
      1. Period: August 10 – August 30. 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 Ty at before midnight August 30.

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

Questions? Get at us.