We’re a community of students, parents, and volunteers who love riding and racing mountain bikes. Our team members are high school age boys and girls who attend public schools, private schools, and homeschools.
What We Do
We are building a community around having fun riding and racing mountain bikes with friends. Some of our team members want to win, some just want to get in better shape, other just want to improve their skills and make new friends. Some are extremely skilled and accomplished riders, others are just learning to mountain bike. We will seek to help you accomplish your own mountain biking goals.
Woodside Beasts Composite is a mountain bike racing team for high school students. It got its name from Woodside High School in Redwood City where the founding members attended. A composite team is not specific to a single school; students from any school in the area can join the team. The goal of the league is that each high school have its own team, and many high schools in California do, but for now we’re a composite. We have kids from Carlmont, Sequoia, DTech, Menlo Atherton, Gunn, Palo Alto High, Everest, Priory, Nueva, Aaragon, Kehillah, Los Altos.
There are no hard and fast region boundaries. We have students from San Mateo down to Los Altos. If you live further south, check out the Black Mountain Composite team (who also have a claim to Los Altos!). If you live further north, checkout the San Francisco Composite team. If you still can’t find anything, contact us.
Who Can Join
We welcome any high-school boy or girl in the area. Middle schoolers are welcome to join and practice with us but unfortunately the NorCal Mountain Bike League only has race categories for students in grades 9 to 12. There are no try-outs to make the team, no previous experience required, and no attendance requirements. Racing is optional, although we’ll encourage you to try it, at least once, because it’s fun and it’s a great opportunity to learn something about yourself!
Middle School Kids
If you are a middle school kid, or a parent of a middle school kid, the Woodside Beasts might not be be the best, mainly because kids are growing fast and one year makes a big difference. There are always exceptions and we have had grade 8 kids join the team. Take a look at this page for alternative options for middle school kids.
About Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes, but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain.
Mountain biking can generally be broken down in to multiple categories: cross country, trail riding, all mountain, downhill, freeride, dirt jumping, and trials. The vast majority of mountain biking falls into the recreational cross country and trail riding categories.
This individual sport requires endurance, core strength and balance, bike handling skills, and self-reliance. Advanced riders pursue steep technical descents and, in the case of freeriding, downhilling, and dirt jumping, aerial maneuvers off both natural features and specially constructed jumps and ramps.
Mountain biking can be performed almost anywhere from a back yard to a gravel road, but the majority of mountain bikers ride off-road trails, whether country back roads, fire roads, or singletrack (narrow trails that wind through forests, mountains, deserts, or fields). There are aspects of mountain biking that are more similar to trail running than regular bicycling. Because riders are often far from civilization, there is a strong ethic of self-reliance in the sport. Riders learn to repair their broken bikes or flat tires to avoid being stranded miles from help. Many riders will carry a backpack, including a water bladder, containing all the essential tools and equipment for trailside repairs, and many riders also carry emergency supplies in the case of injury miles from outside help. Club rides and other forms of group rides are common, especially on longer treks. A combination sport named mountain bike orienteering adds the skill of map navigation to mountain biking.