NorCal League Junior Development Program

6th-8th grade mountain bike riding and racing

Mission: The NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League’s Junior Development Program is structured to introduce young people to the fun and inclusive sport of interscholastic mountain biking. NorCal League coaches offer 6th-8th graders opportunities to be active outdoors as they develop their cycling skills in a supportive environment, which empowers them to be successful lifelong mountain bikers! NorCal produces junior development clinics, camps, and races to give youth the chance to build strong body, mind, character, and community with a whole lot of stoke along the way.

Please contact: Emile Mulholland – for more information about Junior Development Programming.

Team Composition Options:

NorCal Junior Development teams can either be integrated into an existing (or new) high school team or can be stand-alone, independent teams.

Independent Junior Devo team:

This type of team has its own Team Director and Head Coach and is single school-based.

Example: Petaluma Junior High MTB Team

High School Junior Devo team:

This type of team is integrated into a high school team but has dedicated coaches who work with middle schoolers only.

Example: Piner High School Mtb Team, Junior Devo team

Junior Devo Composite team:

This type of team is composed of student-athletes from multiple schools in one county. Composite teams must get annual approval for their geographic scope.

Junior Development Introduction Rides

Are you a middle school coach or adult who is interested in starting NorCal team for middle school riders in your area? Please join us for a ride with our new middle school program manager. We have dates planned to ride in all four of our NorCal regions and we’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts and insights as we enter our first year of middle school mountain bike racing.


Middle school outline of race days

*All tentative timing!!!

Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00 am middle school pre-ride

Saturday 10:30 am to 12:30 pm middle school races

Categories and Timing:

Race Category:

After Race #1, student-athletes MAY be moved into A and B categories. This will have to be based on what our registration numbers are like in 2022.

A category (intermediate/advance): Student-athletes who have experience riding and racing bikes, and have the appropriate fitness and skills.

B category (beginner): Student-athletes who are beginners who do not have experience with racing bikes, prior to joining the NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League.


Ride Category:

(All abilities): Student-athletes in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who want to experience riding a NorCal race course, but are not interested in competing for places.

  • Medals will be given to the top five finishers in 6-8 grades, in the Race Category.
  • No overall medals will be given to individuals
  • No team scoring or team trophies
  • No medals for ride category 

Resources, specific to junior development