WHAT A SEASON COSTS
This page will give you an overview of how much a season of mountain biking costs. Please note that we have financial scholarships available to student athletes that want to participate in our program but cannot afford the associated costs. Please talk to a coach if you want more information about scholarships.
In 2018, we changed our team dues from $250 to $495. While this may seem like a large increase — all it really did was roll several costs you would have paid anyway into the team dues. The new team dues include:
“Base” dues of $250 to cover all the team costs (explained below)
$150 credit toward your cycling kit
Team bag and team casual apparel
A season pass to the all new Prairie City Wednesday Night series. This is a fun race series that, this year, is being realigned to focus on fun and family. We’ll have picnic dinner, and fun new race formats. It’s going to be a blast. The season pass is a $135 value.
To help with the higher team dues, we now offer an "installment plan” in which you can choose to pay the dues in three monthly payments rather than all at once.
TEAM UNIFORMS / CYCLING KIT
There are many options available for team kits. Your $150 credit will cover the cost of a pair of team shorts and a team jersey. Many other optional items are available as well, like arm and leg warmers and jackets.
The cost of a basic, cross country racing, mountain bike starts at around $1,200. That cost reflects generous discounts available to high school athletes. Talk to any one of the coaches prior to making any bike decisions. During a typical season of riding you should also be prepared for maintenance items such as tires, chains and brake pads.
TRAVELING / HOTEL COSTS
There are usually a few races that we will stay in hotels or if not hotels we will camp overnight. The tentative 2019 race schedule is HERE. You should plan for several of those races to be out of town and require an overnight stay. These are the races you are committing to as part of your team.
Registration with the NorCal league costs $50 and each race has an additional $50 fee. This brings the total cost for NorCal League to $300 - $350 (depending on whether you race in the State Championship race).
Most riders will participate in some local preseason races as well. TBF is a local organization that runs races early in the year that serve as great tune ups for the NorCal races that start in March. Those races cost about $30 each and usually we will participate in 2 or 3.
We have financial scholarships available too.
A total cost break down for a season of Mountain Biking
Identified below are approximate costs of the major things you need.
✓ Cycling Development dues-- $495
✓ Team kit (jersey and shorts) --Included above
✓ Light for night rides--$50-$100*
✓ Clothes--$0-$150 Many options are available
✓ NorCal fees--$350
✓ Travel cost to NorCal races--$250+
✓ Other Race Fees --$60
✓ Bike--$0 to $5,000* We have a limited supply of loaner bikes.
*Don’t buy these items without first talking to a coach. Discounts will be available through team order periods and bike-shop sponsorships.
Cycling Development Budget: Income sources in descending order are:
✓ Corporate donations
✓ Rider dues
✓ Family donations
Cycling Development spends about $30,000 annually. All expenses benefit the riders; the board of directors is not paid and there are no coaching stipends. Major expenses in descending order are:
✓ Pit Zone used at races including trailer, shades, bike racks, stoves, tools, etc.
✓ Loaner bikes
✓ Federal, State and CPA fees to maintain tax-exempt status
✓ USA Cycling, NICA and NorCal registration fees
✓ Race food
✓ Bike replacement parts
✓ Supplementary insurance
All fundraising must be executed by parents and athletes. Fundraising can be in any form as long as it is approved in advance by the Board.