2022 is our fourth season as Southeastern Lakes Scholastic Mountain Bike Association (SLSMTB). SLSMTB is a is a 501(c)3 charitable organization mountain biking team comprised of private, public and homeschool student athletes in grades 6-12 from SE Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. The team competes in the Wisconsin High School League, a league of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). NICA was founded in 2009 and develops programs throughout the United States. Our team was started in 2014 by Head Coach, Dave Bender, with one athlete under the team name Westosha Composite. In the past eight years, we have grown to a team of over seventy athletes!!! We expect to experience significant program growth in 2022, with current projections indicating 90-100 athletes.
In 2020 we became a sanctioned USA Cycling club. This allows us to expand our team to include athletes younger than 6th grade, and conduct training in almost every format and setting throughout the year.
For 2022 the team will be open for athletes that want to participate, in two different ways.
SLS Competition Program
This program is for athletes who want to race. You don't need to be the best or the fastest to be in the Competition program, you just need the desire to compete and to push yourself and find your limits. If you want to participate in the various races over the spring and summer months, such as WORS events or other mountain bike races, this is the program you want. If you plan to participate in the NICA races in the fall, this will help prepare you and get you ready for the competition. Workouts will vary from endurance rides to practicing sprints and everything in between. You will get support at the team targeted events with coaches helping ensure you are ready to take the start line.
SLS Ride Program
This program is for athletes who love to ride but are not interested in racing or competition. You will still practice important skill building but will leave out the ones that you really only use in racing. Our ride speeds will be based more on what the group feels like doing. There won't be a focus on hard efforts or hill repeats. Athletes in the Ride program will still be split into ability level groups. If after a while you decide that you do want to participate in some competition and compete in the fall NICA season (for Middle and High school athletes only) you can make the switch to the Competition program.
Our team is open to all athletes that want to participate with both the ride or competition options.
Everyone is welcome and everyone rides. While we have humble beginnings and continue to develop, we are proud to share that our team was ranked as the Division 2 State Champs in 2017.
Our team is managed and coached by Dave Bender along with a volunteer board of directors. Dave is
assisted by 48 volunteer coaches. These coaches are certified by NICA and trained at various
levels to include safety, risk management, and skill development.
2018 Westosha Composite Year End Video
We build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling.
SLSMTB provides all youth that have a desire to ride a bike an opportunity to build strong body, mind and character through cycling. SLSMTB encourages athletic excellence and good sportsmanship towards all participants and supporters.
SLSMTB is proud to give back to our community! All of our student athletes perform trail work to maintain and improve trails in our county parks.
Board of Directors