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    High School MTB team

    My daughter attends Sir Francis Drake High School at ground zero for mountain biking, San Anselmo California. The school is two blocks from the place where Gary Fisher and I opened a business called "MountainBikes" in 1979, where we assembled and sold bikes built on Tom Ritchey's frames.

    Drake High has a varsity mountain bike team, and I see the kids in their matching jerseys riding in groups, always with a coach, on weekends at the local private singletrack course. The team won the NorCal championship a couple of years ago.

    Some kids from a video class interviewed me for a project on hiker v. biker conflicts, and during the conversation I learned something wonderful.

    In a school with fewer than 1100 students, there are SIXTY members of the MTB team! It is by far the most popular varsity sport, even though the kids have to supply their own bikes and arrange transportation to the events.

    If football players had to buy their own equipment and get to the games on their own, football would disappear.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
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    That is cool.
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    I wish my school had a MTN bike team...
    I'm mad that they don't. My school spends all it's money on football.

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    Same with mine.
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    Start one.
    I started a cycling club. It's not that hard, just drag some friends out, and spread the word through school.

    Whats cool is that repack supposedly worked with Gary Fisher back in the day. Thats cool.

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    My friends don't like MTN biking, they think I'm weird for doing it, but screw them to, eh?
    My principal, cares only about football, and how his school looks.
    so, mountain biking team is out of th question, even though my though my history teacher could be the coach, she's big into biking

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    School is for fools.

    I just ride my bike.

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    I suppose you just got your education because your just so great?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    I suppose you just got your education because your just so great?
    My edumacation is not yet complete

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    I can tell.

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    Even if you can't start a varsity sport start a club. Thats how a sport will start anyways. Looks good on the college application too maybe.

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    i wish my school had a mtb team. that would be really cool. i think that a lot of schools dont have them because a lot of people dont ride and it isnt all to popular and it would be hard getting races together and stuff like that.

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    theres already a club that overpowers anything I could ever start
    Sorba-omba.

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    There's a High School mountain bike League in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, but I don't think there's enough interest in Biking at my school to even get a 3 man club started. =[[
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    Clearly, football is the problem.

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    Bike companies would be wise to offer up some equipment, get as many kids into it as they can.
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    San Andreas High School Football Rules!!!
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    Bound to cover just a little more ground

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrapin Ben View Post
    San Andreas High School Football Rules!!!
    Ted Theodore Logan

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    Sorry, trivia buff. That would be SAN DIMAS High School.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
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    I stand corrected.

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    I mean, it wasn't lost on you or anything. the point got across. *air guitar*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    If football players had to buy their own equipment and get to the games on their own, football would disappear.
    I don't mean to sound gruff, but I think this is a ridiculous assertion. Look into ice hockey. Parents fund their child's hobby by working two jobs for 13 years, and it is more expensive than either football or cycling. Of course you don't have hockey in your area to the same degree as even warmer climes, like Dallas or Orlando. My point is, I was raised in your neck of the woods, went to school 2nd grade through college in Santa Cruz, and as a former hockey parent (living outside of the Golden State), can say that your varsity sports will never be replaced by cycling. Perhaps (remotely) in a school district with rich private schools, but otherwise...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    My friends don't like MTN biking, they think I'm weird for doing it, but screw them to, eh?
    My principal, cares only about football, and how his school looks.
    so, mountain biking team is out of th question, even though my though my history teacher could be the coach, she's big into biking
    Don't blame the principal. It's the alumni and parents that are on his case constantly about football that leads to this level of attention. That and basketball.

    Parents pay lip service to academics. But they HOWL about bad athletics.

    I like the case of Drake high school. Ultimately, I think there will have to be lawsuits about money following the student's interest instead of the alumni foisting their athletic priorities upon them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddorado View Post
    I don't mean to sound gruff, but I think this is a ridiculous assertion. Look into ice hockey. Parents fund their child's hobby by working two jobs for 13 years, and it is more expensive than either football or cycling. Of course you don't have hockey in your area to the same degree as even warmer climes, like Dallas or Orlando. My point is, I was raised in your neck of the woods, went to school 2nd grade through college in Santa Cruz, and as a former hockey parent (living outside of the Golden State), can say that your varsity sports will never be replaced by cycling. Perhaps (remotely) in a school district with rich private schools, but otherwise...
    I'm not so sure about saying his was a ridiculous assertion. When I played HS football, there were many many kids on the team who were there just to be there. Football never made cuts. If all of those kids were forced to buy there own equipment, I honestly don't think we could have fielded a team. The kids playing hockey on the other hand, really wanted to play hockey, and they loved it. Not the same passion with all the kids playing football. I think we would have had maybe 20 kids on the team if we had to buy the equipment. Not enough.

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