Georgia League race events provide student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals, to achieve their personal best. The Georgia league programs have succeeded and continue to expand, with the addition of the Middle School program in 2015. Growing from 122 riders in the inaugural 2014 season. Over 1,000 registered student-athletes, 650 coaches, and 73 teams from across Georgia are expected to participate in the 2020 season.Professional race promotion, timing, course preparation and risk management guarantee every participating student athlete is given a fun and fast environment.
Middle school is defined as 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
While the Georgia League does hold a race series, our philosophy is to balance competitive and non‐competitive mountain biking pursuits. At the middle school level, we want to de‐emphasize the competitive aspects of the sport even more. We prefer to introduce the younger riders to competition slowly. Though some kids relish competition, many do not. We would prefer the kids get excited about cycling before being expected to compete. We want middle school programs to focus on fun, fitness, skills, and responsible trail etiquette and sportsmanship.
Key functional aspects of the Middle School participation
- The race duration will be between 30 and 45 minutes, typically in a one lap format, and run on the same course as the high school student athletes.
- The middle school races will be held on Saturdays of each race weekend.
- The middle school boys will start together, divided by category, and the middle school girls will start together, divided by category, in separate waves.
- All middle school students will join a school based or composite team. Based on the school that the student attends, that school then feeds to a specific high school. The middle school students will participate on the team that their school feeds to (school is listed on Georgia team map list).