Golden Pick award for most volunteer trail building hours in 2019
4th Place 2019 State Championships in Durango.
Manitou Mountain Monsters Team is a mountain bike team for middle and high school students based out of Manitou Springs, CO. Our Season runs from April to November with riding starting in June. We want to share our passion for riding bikes with you! We strive to build strong bodies, minds and character, and to create a life-long love for cycling and a sense of adventure for life!
Our organization is run through NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) who provides insurance for our team, and hosts and creates race venues throughout Colorado. Unlike many other local programs, we accept and coach middle school students beginner to advanced. In contrast to most sports, we don’t have gender specific teams or tryouts; there is no “sitting on the bench”. Everyone who registers is part of the team!
Manitou Monsters are 50% female 50% male and the largest NICA team in the Colorado Springs area.
We have loaner bikes and scholarships available. If you don’t have a bike, can’t afford the fees, or have any other issues holding you back, please Contact us!
We teach students how to perform bike skills and basic bike repairs and to improve physical fitness while having fun. In addition, students learn sportsmanship and mutual respect, while creating strong and long lasting friendships.
The Manitou Mountain Monsters coaches and ride leaders are highly experienced and give the team positive encouragement. All of our coaches and ride leaders go through background checks, First Aid training, Concussion and Risk Management training, and have taken several Wilderness First Aid classes.
We have the opportunity to ride in amazing places like Red Rocks Open Space, Stratton Open Space, Ute Valley Park, Bear Creek Park, and more. While NICA races are only for high school students, they do offer a pre-ride the day before and the morning of race day for anybody to ride, high school or middle school students. The races offer an awesome way to explore new courses and other areas of the state.
Groups- we have 5 different group levels that are based on Skill level and Conditioning. Below is a new rider guide.
Beginner (Green) – ridden very little off road or not at all
Intermediate (Blue) -off road experience, on green and some blue trails
Intermediate +(Blue F) -confident on all blue level trails
Advanced (Blue/Black) -blue level trails, with some black
Expert (Black) -black level trails with good decision making when obstacles are over their ability
Not fit yet (Green) – will have trouble completing a 2 hour ride
Little fit (Blue) – can complete a 2 hour ride, but at a moderate pace
Fit (Blue F) – can complete a 2/3 hour ride at tempo
Race fit (Blue/Black) – can complete a 2 hour ride at race pace
Race fit +(Black) – can complete a 3 hour ride at race pace
We look forward to seeing you improve your bike skills, fitness, and grow as a person!
-The Manitou Mountain Monsters