Be Brave.

2020 Adventure Season Cancelled Due to the Impacts of COVID-19

Since early this Spring, the Boise Brave MTB leadership team (Team Director, Head Coach and Board of Directors) have been planning an adaptive 2020 Adventure Season for our student athletes. Unfortunately, as our July / August team ride schedule approached and our leadership team considered the impacts of COVID-19 on the health of our student athletes, their families and our community, we decided to cancel the 2020 Adventure Season.

While this ends our season, it does not end our long-term commitment to our student athletes, families, volunteers, coaches and sponsors. To learn more about what’s next for the Boise Brave, see our recent team announcements and stay connected with us through social media on Instagram and Facebook
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While we are committed to the long-term success of the Boise Brave Team and doing everything we can to get our student-athletes out on bikes to enjoy the great outdoors, we heavily weighed this in the balance with the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and families amidst the impact and uncertainty of COVID-19. We are very disappointed to have to make this decision, but we feel it is in the best interest for our team.

We will send out more detailed information about next steps for ending our 2020 season while also supporting our student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and families as you navigate a busy and unpredictable beginning to your school year. Our next steps will include a Google Form for each family to complete, acknowledging that we are offering a full refund of your Team Registration fees. We will also offer an option to donate your fees to the Boise Brave Team; as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we can provide a receipt for tax purposes.

We encourage all student-athletes to continue to get out on the trails and to ride with your families, while following local health and safety guidelines. All student-athletes and licensed coaches will receive their 2020 Boise Brave Adventure Tech Jersey. Your Boise Brave Team Leadership will be proud to see them on the trails, knowing that you represent yourself, your team and your community while wearing them. We are very sad that we can’t ride together as a team, but this shouldn’t prevent you from continuing to ride and adventure while representing your Boise Brave pride.

If you have any questions or feedback as we pivot and plan for the future, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We realize that the last few weeks of uncertainty have been frustrating for all of the Boise Brave family. We want to learn from what we did well and what we can improve on as we plan for the future. Your Brave Leadership will continue to support a dedicated team of parent volunteers and coaches to help facilitate our Boise Brave Team as we navigate the rest of 2020 and look forward to 2021.

Take care, be healthy and stay safe –  

Carolyn Park, Team Director
carolyn@boisemtb.org
Andrew Shaber, Head Coach
andrew@boisemtb.org
Clancy Anderson, Board President
clancy@boisemtb.org

2020 Season Wrap Up
A Message From Your Team Director

Greetings, My Fellow Brave Team Members –

I’ve taken the last few days to reflect on canceling the 2020 Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team (BBMTB) season and I’ve acknowledged that with COVID-19, some things are out of my control. What I can control is the health and safety of my student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and families. I’m focused on the Brave spirit surrounding me. I appreciate those of you that have reached out directly to me via text, email or phone call. It’s been a challenging climb this week, but I’ve reached the top of the hill and my shocks are open – let’s hit the downhill!

Your 2020 Brave Team Leadership started this season alongside me with our first Board of Directors meeting in December of 2019. Yes – we have met monthly; and sometimes twice a month, since December planning this season. Planning a successful, safe and fun season for a team of 128 student-athletes and 60+ Coaches requires a lot of planning!

We set a calendar; a budget; appointed Committee Leads, Co-Leads & Board Liaisons. We overhauled our team website and updated our social media platforms. We set a team size and determined our Coach training requirements. 15 Coaches took Wilderness First Aid this year; a 16-hour course over a weekend to become a Level 2 or Level 3 NICA Licensed Coach! We couldn’t run the team without our Coaches – Coaches at all levels!!!

We updated our Team Handbook and Code of Conduct; registration materials and surveys! We received our 501(c)3 determination letter – celebrating all the paperwork to get there and switching out our email platform. COVID-19 entered the picture and we went into contingency planning mode. We decided to control what we could by hosting a “bike-thru” registration, continued our Coach licensing, invoicing our sponsors and ordering our Adventure jerseys.

The Brave Team Leadership has worked hard and will continue to do so alongside me wrapping up the 2020 season. We will take some time to thank our sponsors and reflect on the season that wasn’t and start looking ahead to 2021. This is my family’s 5th year with the Boise Brave Team; and boy has it been memorable, but not necessarily in the manner I would have hoped for. Silver LIning? We are a strong team, we work hard together and we will get through this period of time continuing to #BeBrave.

I feel very fortunate to be able to spend my time in this role of Team Director; as well as, a NICA Level 3 Licensed Coach, teammate and mom. The planning we put into this season; shifting from Race to Adventure, will only benefit the Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team in the future. I appreciate all of your time, investment and trust in me directing this team. I look forward to seeing our Jerseys out on the Trails and encourage you to reach out with any additional questions or comments.

Happy Trails + Be Safe.

Carolyn Park, Team Director
Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team
carolyn@boisemtb.org

2020
Adventure Jersey PLEDGE

Our kids will still be out riding on the trails and sharing their Boise Brave spirit with the community! The Brave leadership team felt that it was important to show that we are a TEAM – even if we can’t practice together currently – we can ride individually in a team jersey. Let’s show our Brave Team esprit de corps!

SPONSORS

Just like in a “regular” season, we wouldn’t be able to do all that we do without our amazing Sponsors! All of our Sponsors will be highlighted in future social media posts, on our Team Trailer and on our website.

Thank you to our GOLD $1,000 sponsors

Flavors!; Focus Physical Therapy; Pioneer Title Company; The Cleaning Authority; the Keystone Concept; Wallace Custom Design + Renovation;
Washington Trust Bank and World Cycle!

Thank you to our SILVER $500 sponsors

Slattery Orthodontics; Trail 27 – A Real Estate Company;
Tri Town; ZGA Architects; Sockeye Brewery + Grill;
Photography by Kam and Trail Butter!

COACHES

We are close to having 65 licensed Coaches; with a few more invited in the NICA PitZone, but we could always use more to help manage 125+ Student-Athletes. If you are new to the Team, this is a great way to get to know us, experience hands-on how we run our Team and do it all alongside your child – although typically we don’t Coach our own!  I know I talked to quite a few new parents at the registration kickoff that were interested, but I may not have captured your name. It’s not too late – send me an email today! In 6 simple steps you will complete your Level 1 licensing! The Idaho League is covering the coach licensing fee this season! Be brave and sign up today!

To receive a NICA PitZone invite for coaching, please email
Team Director Carolyn – carolyn@boisemtb.org

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