Bike Skills Camp 2017

Thank You from Boise Braves MTB Bike Skills Camp at Jug Mountain Ranch

From our informal survey, BSC2017 was an absolute success!!! It was a fantastic weekend full of new and old friends, excellent food, great trails and fun adventures.

A lot of hard work went into making BSC2017 go off so smoothly. We would like to thank everyone who made it happen:

  • The Food & Beverage committee — Anne, Clancy, Jen and Kevin — incredible efforts providing excellent hot food and drinks in early cold mornings, great food and snacks throughout the day and they kept the team fueled while never skipping a beat to serve close to 90 hungry riders at every meal.
    • Thank you to Kevin for arranging Saturday night’s dinner with food from Sockeye Grill and Brewery, Sysco and Hayden Beverages. We look forward to dinner at Sockeye Grill in the near future!
  • Our Logistics team, Bob, Joe, Jerry, and Ray did an excellent job organizing and setting up the tents, bike racks, radios, bike workstation and tools. They made Boise Braves MTB look well-run, and professional.
  • Our Registration team, Megan and Stephanie, worked well together under pressure and got everyone signed in to camp in a timely fashion. Well done!
  • Volunteer wranglers, John and Roy, signed up our student-athletes for meal set-up and clean-up duties. Thank you!
  • A big shout out to the bike mechanics Kelly and Josh with Bob and Clancy doing double duty wrenching on bikes, with final bike safety checks and ensuring that the bikes were safe to ride.
  • The medical team Megan (Nurse) and Roy (EMT) assessed and comforted those that fell off their bikes or had too many mosquito bites. Thankfully, with the team leaders managing risk, we had no major injuries this weekend.
  • Skills coaching, which is our critical part of the program, was lead by Josh, Carolyn, Kevin, John, Bob, Renée and Andrew.  These skills are the foundation for the program. We look forward to watching student-athlete skills develop throughout the season.
  • Team Director and Coach Renée worked tirelessly since February to negotiate venue agreement, manage insurance, NICA Pit Zone registrations, payments, website and integration across the rest of the planning groups to really pulled the event together. Merci!
  • A big thank you to all of the Ride Leaders and Coaches! There are too many of you to name individually, but if it were not for you, such an informative, valuable and FUN skills camp would not have been possible.
  • Thank you to all of the BSC2017 Sponsors! Without your support, both in sponsoring the event itself and in your ongoing contributions to the mountain bike team, the BSC2017 could not have been such a great success.

BSC2017 Sponsors

Last but not least, the amazing Student-Athletes. Thank you all for coming to Jug Mountain Ranch and participating in the BBMTB Bike Skills Camp. You inspire us with your strength, passion and courage to try new skills. Your smiles are our reward. Without you, there is no mountain bike team, so once again thank you so much for your attendance and support in the Boise Braves MTB.

Just in case you were wondering, we have already discussed our interest for 2018 with Jug Mountain Ranch and they promise to have a location where we will be able to do this again next year!

Photos and videos from the BSC2017 weekend skills sessions are available on our team Facebook site under Boise Braves MTB Team (NICA).  Please share your best photos.

What a truly inspiring weekend! We look forward to an incredible season and can’t wait for our first official practice on 1 July 2017 at Camel’s Back Park.

Happy trails!
The BBMTB Leadership Team

Ride Leaders & Coaches

To all the Ride Leaders & Coaches of BBMTB:

The Boise Braves MTB team is pumped thanks to your efforts at the Hillclimb TT and especially at BBMTB Bike Skills Camp (BSC). BSC2017 was a huge success!! Thank you for keeping our student-athletes safe, building their confidence through proper mountian biking techniques, making it fun and inspiring them in the love of the sport.

This is the last week of pre-season. Our first official practice is this Saturday, 1 July 2017 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. We understand this is a holiday weekend and know we will have a small turnout from student-athletes and ride leader/coaches. We are prepared for this. Please use Team Snap to mark your availability (Yes, No, Maybe). Hint – Managing Team Snap is super easy with the Team Snap app on a phone.

Field Work (per NICA)

Level 3
Level 2
80 hours 20 hours

Working directly with youth is the best way to learn and implement best practices learned through NICA’s Coach Licensing Program.  To this end, NICA requires volunteers looking to obtain a Level 2 or Level 3 certification to track hours worked with interscholastic student-athletes on the mountain bike.

Field work hours are to be self reported in the Pit Zone. (BBMTB – Please collect full amount of hours for each level and then upload hours. Julia (NICA) will not keep track throughout the season.)

What Counts as Field Work?

Field work is any time spent in contact with NICA student-athletes in a mountain bike team setting.  This can be time spent participating in team rides or skills clinics. Leading team meetings also builds valuable leadership experience.  Time spent at races and camps supporting NICA student-athletes counts as well.

BBMTB Specific:

Hillclimb TT – 6:00 – 8:00 PM (2 hrs working with SA’s)

Bike Skills Camp – Friday, 4:00 – 7:00 PM (3 hrs working with SA’s)

– Saturday, 8:45 AM – 6:00 PM (9 hrs 15 mins working with SA’s)

– Sunday, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM (3 hrs 30 mins working with SA’s)

If you actively attended and worked with student-athletes at both events in full, you have already accumulated 17 hours and 45 minutes.

Next set of Ride Leader and Coaching classes offered by the Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League*:

Leaders Summit, Level 1-3 NICA Coach – Saturday, 29 July 2017 at Grand Targhee Resort

Ride Leader Training , Level 1-3 NICA Coach – Sunday, 30 July 2017 at Grand Targhee Resort

*This is the last offering of classes for 2017 season

**If you are thinking about attending either of these sessions, please sign up immediately. Only 20 attendees per day. You can lodge or camp and Grand Targhee has AMAZING trails!





Important June Updates

The BBMTB Team Store is now open! Order your team kits this weekend.
  • Store open 2-11 June 2017
  • Password – See Team Snap
  • Promo code – See Team Snap
  • Promo gets you one free jersey (must have team dues paid)
  • Link –
  • Forget your size?  Your jersey and shorts sizes are being inputted to  your Team Snap account.  If you missed the meeting on 20 April, you can go to World Cycles and try on the fit kit.
  • NOTICE – BBMTB jerseys and shorts will be updated with new logos this year!
Desert Dirt Shredfest
Next BBMTB  Team Planning Meeting
  • Tuesday, 6 June 2017
  • Healthwise Multiuse Room
BBMTB Bike Skills Camp
  • Registration will open Wednesday
  • Meeting Minutes from last Wednesday’s meeting are posted on the Team Goggle Drive.
Questions?  Comments?  Send to René
*announcements posted from mobile phone – please excuse typos