Independence Youth Cycling supports both interscholastic/state-wide and local/bike shop-based teams operating in leagues and series in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These teams participate in a variety of mountain bike disciplines, each with its own unique characteristics and race formats.
Note: Interested in cyclocross? IYC also supports Cyclocross, or CX. Cyclocross is also a competitive cycling format similar to mountain bike racing.
To learn more about our youth mountain bike teams, select a program below:
- Mid-atlantic Super Series (MASS) and Eastern States Cup (ESC) team Circle Cycle Racing.
- Statewide, interscholastic teams participating in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League/National Interscholastic Cycling League.
Here are some of the most common mountain bike disciplines supported by IYC:
- Cross-Country (XC): Cross-country is one of the most traditional and popular mountain biking disciplines. XC races are typically long-distance races that can vary in length from a miles to over 10 miles. Riders compete on a variety of terrain, including climbs, descents, and technical sections.
- Adventure/Freeride: Adventure/Freeride is a discipline that involves riding technical and challenging terrain, often in natural settings. It’s less focused on racing and more on exploration and creative riding.
- Short Track Cross-Country: Short track XC is a condensed version of traditional cross-country racing. Courses are shorter and often consist of laps around a relatively small loop. Races are typically fast-paced and can involve tight, tactical racing. Short track XC is great for spectating.
- Enduro: Enduro is a discipline that combines elements of both downhill and cross-country riding. Riders must complete timed downhill sections while also riding untimed transfer stages between them. The rider with the fastest combined time wins.
- Endurance/Marathon: Marathon mountain bike races are long-distance events, often spanning 20 miles or more. These races emphasize endurance and can take several hours to complete.
- Downhill (DH): Downhill racing involves racing downhill on steep and technical courses. Riders use specialized downhill bikes and full-face helmets for protection. DH races are typically gravity-assisted, with riders taking shuttle rides or using chairlifts to reach the top of the course.
Less common mountain bike disciplines not currently supported by IYC include:
- Dual Slalom: Dual slalom racing involves two riders competing on parallel downhill courses, navigating gates and jumps. The rider with the fastest time advances to the next round in a knockout-style competition.
- Pump Track: Pump track racing takes place on a closed-loop track filled with rollers, berms, and jumps. Riders generate speed by pumping their bike through the terrain rather than pedaling.
- Dirt Jumping: Dirt jumping is a freestyle discipline that involves riders performing tricks and jumps on specially designed dirt jump tracks or terrain parks.
- Slopestyle: Slopestyle is a freestyle discipline that takes place on courses filled with jumps, ramps, and obstacles. Riders perform tricks and stunts, often incorporating spins and flips.
- Bikepacking: While not a racing discipline, bikepacking involves long-distance, self-supported rides over varied terrain, often with the goal of covering large distances and exploring remote areas.
These are some of the main mountain bike disciplines, but there are other niche and hybrid disciplines that have developed over the years as well. Riders often choose the discipline that best suits their skills, interests, and the type of terrain they enjoy riding on.
Independence Youth Cycling also supports Cyclocross, or CX. Cyclocross is also a competitive cycling format similar to mountain biking.