Race Team Riders Must Read:
- We at Cog Wild and Cascadia Junior Cycling follow the PMBI certification & methods for Mountain Biking Skills Instruction, check them out if you want to know more at https://pmbia.org/
- Skills with Phil — fun behind the scenes videos
- Ben Cathro — World Cup DH previews, recaps and more
- Red Bull Bike — from live World Cups & comps to rider profiles and features
OBRA – Oregon Bicycle Racing Association
This is local bike racing organization. They produce local events as OBRA and national events as NABRA. They rank riders in several disciplines through “Best All Around Rider,” race series competitions and other individual & team rankings.
- Become an annual OBRA member if your events require it — road / cx / xc
- OBRA “State Championships” are good events to target
- Junior race series info can usually be found here:
- Use their Google group to post items for sale or post a “want to buy” message
This is our national governing body. They produce National Championships, rank riders in several disciplines, and have several resources for our riders.
- Become an annual USAC member if your events require it
- Member Well Being Resources for things like mental health, nutrition, concussions, etc.
- USAC points are structured so “lower is better”
UCI – Union Cycliste Internationale
- World governing body.
- Riders with a racing age of 17+ may need a UCI waiver or ID to race at USAC Nationals — this is usually free but involves verifying citizenship with paperwork. If you decide to race in another country then you might actually need a true UCI license, which is a larger fee.
- UCI points are awarded in UCI events (category 1 & 2, C1 / C2) structured as “more points is better” and are only available at the highest level races in the USA.
National interscholastic racing league, now in Oregon, check them out for middle & high school mountain bike racing in the fall.
Stop the Bleed
Great information for teens when they start riding more on their own.
Take a Red Cross online course for CPR / AED and basic first aid.
Training for Coaches / Parents / Athletes to protect yourself from bullying and abuse.
High School sports trainings for Athletes / Parents / Coaches on a wide variety of topics. Their Knee Health & Concussion Training courses are excellent (and free).
Riders can take the PMBI course once they’re 18. It’s an excellent move if you’re thinking of working in the field for mountain biking.