Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is TNT?

    • Founded in 2015, TNT Junior Development Cycling Team is a local non-profit (501c3) organization that supports and promotes youth cycling in the Truckee/North Tahoe area.

    • We organize rides and training, offer coach support at events, secure funding from sponsors and donors and involve our riders in trail stewardship and advocacy.

    • TNT is all about getting kids out on bikes, exploring and appreciating trails and the natural environment, hanging with friends, getting in shape and having a good, productive, and healthy time doing it. We adhere to progressive and inclusive Values and Mission Statement, both of which can be found on our website... rideontnt.org > About Us

  • How is the TNT program Structured?

  • >TNT has a three Team Programs...

    • Devo Team: Generally for younger riders, but is intended to be for any rider building their confidence level. Devo coaches: Jon Mitchell and Jim Easterbrook.

    • Sport Team: For any rider looking to develop skills, confidence and endurance. This team is for competent riders who want to adventure and advance, but are not necessarily interested in competing.

    • Elite Team: For riders interested in maintaining a high level of skill and fitness, and in racing. Comp team will have coach/equipment support at various events and coaches are available to help develop fitness programs. Elite Team coaches: Rich Maile, Sarah Krammen and Phil Hynes. 

  • What is TNT’s Schedule?

  • >TNT is a seasonal program. Our biggest hurdle is limited trail access dby trail access; our season is essentially what the trails allow. We begin in the Spring, and ride through the Fall. We may offer a couple of rides at lower elevations during the winter months.

    • Devo Team rides Wednesday 4-6pm.

    • Sport Team rides Sunday mornings, and Wednesdays 4-6pm, until school is out, and then Sun and Wed mornings, as well as Adventure Rides.

    • Elite Team rides Sunday mornings, and Wednesdays 4-6pm, until school is out, and then Sun and Wed mornings, as well as Adventure Rides.

  • What is an Adventure Ride?

  • Adventure Rides are awesome! They are offered at least one Sunday a month and are often full day outings. Rides vary but are typically shuttled with actual riding time of 3-5 hours. These rides range from coveted local trails to renowned trails in the greater area - Downieville, Quincy, Nevada City, South Tahoe, Incline, etc. Occasionally we look for transportation help from parents, otherwise a minimal fee (under $20) per rider to offset fuel/wear and tear on our coaches’ vehicles may be requested.

  • Do TNT riders Race?

    • Yes. The Elite Team is geared for riders who wish to compete in XC and/or Enduro events. We currently participate in the California Dirt Series and select California Enduro Series events. Many TNT riders will also choose to compete in the NICA's Nevada League  race series as well. Depending on logistics, TNT tries to offer trailer and tool support to NICA events as well.

  • What is California Dirt Series (CDS)?

    • CES is a series of five races. Four of these are local (Nevada City to Susanville)​ and will be supported by TNT. The fifth, is an early season event is Monterrey and is not TNT supported. See https://ybonc.org/events/dirt-classic/ for more info.

  • What is Enduro and the California Enduro Series (CES)?

    • Enduro is a discipline that evolved out of the advancement on bike technology. Modern bikes are designed so well that a bike that climbs well can now descend exceptionally well too. Enduro Riding, as with Enduro Racing, is essentially riding to a high point on a trail in a fairly casual manner; the descent is when the racing starts.

    • Enduro racing has become an immensely popular mtb discipline with events ranging from the small, local series to State, National and World Enduro Series. 2019 will see EWS in our own backyard of Northstar!

    • The California Enduro Series (CES) is a for-riders, by-riders operation. The goal is to create enduro events where everyone from amateurs to pros can enjoy enduro racing in amazing locations in California. See  http://www.californiaenduroseries.com/

    • TNT assess the interest in CES events and plan accordingly.

  • Why Join TNT?

    • TNT offers structured rides nearly six months a year.

    • We have certified and educated coaches who are NICA certified, participate in coaches clinics instructed by top ranked mtb instructors, and are intimately familiar with the local/regional trails. Our coaches’ EMS credential’s include First Aid, CPR, WFR, EMT, Paramedic and are equipped with first-aid kits and radios.

    • We offer our riders skills sessions with top ranked mtb instructors.

    • We enjoy a diversity of rides, locations and events that are suitable for all riders’ ages and abilities, including Adventure Rides to some of the best trails in all the land!  

    • Our registration fees are kept very modest due to support of our sponsors and volunteer coaches. Members are afforded generous discounts at all the bike shops in our area and we issue shirts and hats with registration.

    • TNT provides coach, trailer and equipment support.

    • We educate our riders on the natural history of our area, participate in trail stewardship, and aim develop young adults with strong minds and bodies.

  • What is NICA / Nevada League and how do they relate to VELOcity and Lakers?

    • National Interscholastic Cycling Association (nationalmtb.org) is a national organization with hundreds of teams in over 30 states.

    • Each team falls under a league - our local is the Nevada League (nevadamtb.org), includes 14 teams ranging from Truckee and Tahoe, to Reno and Galena, down to Carson City and Mammoth Lakes.

    • Because this is an interscholastic organization, each team is affiliated with a school as a “club” team. VELOCity is specific to Truckee (ACMS and THS) and Lakers to North Tahoe (NTHS and NTMS).

    • These teams ride July-October.

  • What is the composition of TNT’s Governing Body?

    • TNT is governed by a diverse, seven member, all volunteer Board.

    • TNT is a non-profit (501c3) organization!

    • TNT has a Head Coach and Program Coaches and many “Worker Bee” Coaches!

    • On occasion, TNT contracts with specialists to instruct coach and rider clinics.

  • What Fees are associated with TNT?

    • TNT’s fee structure is consistent with the Team Divisions:

      • Devo: $75

      • Sport: $175

      • Elite: $175

    • There are occasionally minimal fees (under $20) associated with adventure rides to offset use of coaches commercial van.

  • How do I Register for TNT?

    • Go to rideontnt.org > Resources > scroll down to New To The Program where you will see registration Steps 1 - Step 5.

  • From where does the Funding for TNT durable items come?

    • TNT has been very fortunate to have individuals, families, organizations and businesses that have become team sponsors, or directly donated time, product and/or financial resources. This generosity allow us to provide goods for the team. Such items include: first aid kits, two way radios, tools, stands, gas grill, pop-up tents, banners, utility trailer, stickers, flyers/posters, etc.

  • How do I Register for Truckee VELOcity or North Tahoe Lakers?

    • If you are riding for Truckee VELOcity or North Tahoe Lakers, you will need to register with NICA. All NICA/Nevada League teams/participants require an invitation to register through NICA’s Pit Zone. This invitation will be issued from the Team Manager - for VELOcity please contact Phil Hynes and for Lakers please contact Jessi Ernst.

    • NOTE: The registration invitation will come from NICA.

  • What does the TNT Registration Fee go towards?

    • TNT registration goes directly to providing assets from which the riders specifically benefit in the same year that registration was paid. Examples of this include training and clinics; team and coach licensing and registration; coaches expenses; transportation costs for adventure rides; rider apparel; rider support program.

  • What is TNT Rider Support Program?

    • TNT will cover $200 worth of race expenses for our riders who participate in TNT supported races wearing TNT jersey, take a photo and submit an application for reimbursement. 

  • What are the TNT Coaches Qualifications?

    • Every TNT Coach is, at a minimum, NICA Level I certified. This certification includes concussion testing, background check, and risk management training. Visit NICA’s Coach License Program for details.

    • We have certified and educated coaches who, in addition to being NICA certified, participate in coaches clinics instructed by top ranked mtb instructors, and are intimately familiar with the local/regional trails. Our coaches’ EMS credentials range from First Aid, CPR, WFR, EMT and Paramedic. We offer coach incentives and equip them with first-aid kits and radios.

    • Many of our coaches coach other youth sports, are involved with ski patrol, are bike mechanics, race mountain bikes, are EMS instructors, and some even own/operate their own expedition and instruction outfits.

  • What type of Rides does TNT go on?

    • All sorts of rides! We tailor our rides to our three Team Programs (Devo, Sport, Elite), but that isn’t to say those teams don’t often ride the same trails.

    • Our traditional rides are in the Truckee and North Tahoe area, ranging from USFS land, private property, nordic and downhill ski areas, open space and state parks. These rides afford our riders everything from simple, smooth single track, to fast fire roads; from dense forested trails to sweeping 360 views of peaks, lakes and valleys; from sweet decomposed granite, fresh loam or tacky clay trails, to rugged granite, basalt and shale routes.

    • Every trail we ride is intended to be challenging, yet reasonable, safe, picturesque and FUN!!

  • Is TNT a Co-Ed team?

    • Wouldn’t have it any other way! The dynamic of a co-ed team is vital to TNT being an organization that promotes more kids on bikes and strong minds and strong bodies.

    • Although our male riders do outnumber our female riders, our gals have been some of our most successful and accomplished riders - two have won Nevada League Championships, with many, many others on podium finishes. And on our traditional rides, our girls are just as formidable and enthusiastic.

    • TNT does recognize the value in a balance in these numbers and actively works to achieve this, including coordinating rides with Bike Like a Girl.   

  • Are riders able to Graduate to another division team in the middle of the season?

    • Yes. If a rider feels they will be better served at a different level, we will simply have a discussion with the rider, parent and the two involved Program Coaches to insure appropriateness and a seamless transition.

    • If a rider moves to a program that has a higher registration fee, that rider will be expected to pay the difference.

  • What is the involvement of TTUSD?

    • NICA is an interscholastic based organization and VELOcity and Lakers are ”club” teams under TTUSD. Jessi Ernst is the Lakers club sponsor, and Sarah Krammen is VELOcity’s.

  • Are riders from non-TTUSD Schools in our area eligible?

    • Anyone wishing to join TNT is absolutely welcome. However, if a rider wishes to join NICA, they need to be affiliated with a TTUSD school.

  • How can I Contribute to TNT?

    • Thank you for asking!! ;)

    • TNT incurs many expenses, yet we try to maintain minimal fees for our members. We achieve this due to generous financial, equipment and time contributions. These contributions have provided us with bike equipment and tools, trail maintenance tools, portable gas BBQ, TV for skills videos, utility trailer, helmets, flyers/posters, apparel, IT needs, safety equipment, rider scholarships, education and training, legal documentation, adherence to regulations, registration for leagues and organizations, offset coaches expenses, etc., etc., etc.

      • TNT is also critically dependent on volunteers. Coaches, coordinators, team parents are always very much in need. No matter how much time you have or what skills you possess (on or off the bike), we’d appreciate your participation!

      • TNT is a non-profit (501c3) organization, so financial contributions are tax deductible.

      • Equipment contributions. It’s very nice to be able to provide equipment when the need arises. If you have something worthy, please consider donating it.

      • We greatly appreciate Financial Donations. This is a very important component to us covering our expenses.

      • Consider becoming a team sponsor.

      • All donation info can be found on our website at rideontnt.org > DONATE

  • What are the Requirements/Expectations of TNT riders?

    • TNT is all about having a good time. Sure we get in shape, make friends, learn about our area, and develop skills, confidence and fitness along the way, but enjoying ourselves it key. So our requirements reflect that.

    • Personality requirements: Good attitude. Want to be on the bike and on the team. Try. Push yourself. Get out of your comfort zone (physically, emotionally, socially, etc.); Be curious. Be respectful.

    • Be familiar with TNT’s Mission, Vision and Values. See… rideontnt.org>About Us

    • Be familiar with TNT’s Code of Conduct. See… rideontnt.org>Resources

    • Complete Registration

    • Each rider is required to volunteer five hours toward trail stewardship each year.

  • What are the requirements of TNT Parents?

    • Be supportive of your child's endeavors and interest in TNT and mountain biking.

    • Parents are asked to contribute five hours volunteering for the team. This can be trail stewardship, volunteering at races, organizing events, arranging fundraisers, transportation, or get creative and propose something else!

    • Be on time - both dropping off for rides, and picking up.  

    • Become a part of the team, either officially or unofficially.

    • Ensure your child is adequately prepared and review Code of Conduct with them.

  • In what Trail Stewardship projects is TNT involved?

    • TNT has collaborated with Tahoe Donner Association and Truckee Trails Coalition to adopt and help maintain trails in our area.

    • TNT has adopted the portion of the Emigrant Trail from Donner Camp to Prosser Creek. We will need to invest a lot of sweat equity to keep that very popular section of trail in top condition! Parent involvement is not required, but is certainly encouraged.

    • For more information, please visit rideontnt.org>Resources, then scroll down to Outreach and Stewardship

  • Is There Community Support for TNT?

    • Without question!! TNT receives support from a number of local businesses, including bike shops, building contractors, graphic design shop, food supplier, coffee shop, law firm, community organizations, advocacy groups, nonprofits, mtb expedition and training organizations, etc.

    • We also collaborate with Truckee Ranger District/Tahoe National Forest for trail maintenance and development.

    • Tahoe Donner Association is very accommodating with access to their trail network and retail facility.

    • Please visit our sponsors page and show your appreciation to these generous organizations. rideontnt.org>About Us>Sponsor

  • Does TNT offer Financial Assistance?

    • Yes. TNT believes that anyone who wants to ride a bike should be able to. We have assistance available on an individual basis. Please go to… rideontnt.org>Resources and scroll down to Athlete Sponsorship

  • What other Disciplines does TNT offer?

    • TNT currently only offers Cross Country and Enduro opportunities. However, we recognize there is an interest for more diversity. We are looking at all cycling disciplines, but we are currently focusing on the prospect of adding Cyclocross and Downhill.

  • What Apparel options does TNT offer?

    • TNT will include a TNT T-Shirt and Ball Cap with 2019 registration.

    • TNT jerseys and not required for rides or Enduro events. However, we have a great looking freeride-style jersey and other items that you’d look great in! 

    • Apparel info for TNT, Lakers and VELOcity will available on our website as soon as it becomes available for purchase.

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