The Development Team is for all athletes ages 11-15 (or younger with coaches' approval) interested in racing mountain bikes, participating in group cycling activities and generally learning about competitive cycling. Through the exploration of different dimensions of cycling as a sport, the team will develop mechanical, competitive, and bike handling skills. Additionally, athletes will learn the importance of stewardship and fundamental trail maintenance while working on designated trail work days. The Development Team focuses more upon Competitive Mountain Biking, but athletes will be encouraged to race in the SSWSC Road Race Training Series and select regional mountain bike competitions, including the Winter Park series, and the Mountain States Cup regional series. The Development Team will race in the Town Challenge Series and pre-ride the race course with a coach on Mondays prior to competition.