Most mountain bike teams start small and grow
quickly; it’s a tremendous challenge but highly
rewarding! While the New Mexico League does host a
race series, there is no requirement to race in
order to be part of a club/team.
Extensive mountain biking experience is not necessary. One should simply have the desire to introduce
kids to the joys of mountain biking. Once you have decided to create a club/team, the New Mexico League can
help educate you and provide you with all the tools necessary to be an excellent coach.
Administrators, teachers, parents, students and/or community members can start a mountain bike club/team
at their local middle school or high school. While a school “insider” (teacher or administrator) has
intimate knowledge of the process of starting a club/team within the school (as each school/district might
be a little different), remember that parents are also members of the school community and can certainly
partner with their school administration to get a club/team formed.
Visit your school and ask questions about their current sports programs and clubs. Whether considered a
club, or an athletic program, it is important to find support from the school. Discuss your plans and
ideas with your school administration, and you’re ready to get started.
Please also check out the Coach License Requirements HERE and feel free to reach out to the New Mexico
League for information and resources that may help you in answering questions your school administration
may have for you.
Teams are available for both Middle School and High School students. While the New Mexico League does host a
race series, there is no requirement to race in order to be part of a club/team.
School-Based Teams are comprised of students grade 6-12 from the same middle or high school, public or
private. School-Based Teams can be “official” or “unofficial”. A School-Based Team provides students with:
Composite Teams cover a specific geographic area and serve all middle and high schools within that area.
Composite Teams are intended to be temporary solutions toward building school-based teams.
Homeschool students may join Composite Teams according to the location of the school they would attend if
The New Mexico League includes the entire state, and student-athletes attending middle school or high school
in New Mexico are eligible.
The New Mexico League is a Fall League. Clubs/Teams organize in the Spring, and the season starts July 1st and ends November 1st. Clubs/Teams practice and ride together all season long, working towards adventure rides and a Fall race series. The season wraps up two weeks after our last event.