Athens Co. Cougarbats MTB Team

Your county-wide KIDS mountain bike team in Athens, Ohio, welcoming all middle- and high-school age students for skills development, riding, racing and fun. All abilities welcome!

It's 2020 and we are excited to see what the new year brings for the Cougarbats. We invite all Athens County girls and boys in grades 6 through 12 to participate in the 2020 season. All levels of riders are welcome, from complete novice riders to expert racers. In April we will host an information session for students and parents. Stay tuned for details.

We are proud of the accomplishments we achieved during our inaugural season:

* Hosted 6 pre-season recruitment events with total attendance of 56 kids and adults
* Welcomed 13 team members
* Licensed 8 coaches
* Hosted 28 team practices
* Rode together as a team for 58 hours
* Collectively rode over 1,300 miles of trails
* Attended 5 race weekends in West Virginia
* Secured 9 podium finishes

Wow! Please get in touch if you have any questions about the team.

The inaugural Cougarbats season is a wrap. See y’all in 2020! #morekidsonbikes @westvirginiamtb

Some more great pics by WVICL from the final at Stonewall, and that’s a wrap for the Cougarbats’ first season. We will be back in 2020 looking for Athens County kids who want to join the team and parents who want to coach. No experience necessary! NICA and WVICL give us the tools and resources we need to teach anyone to mountain bike. Feel free to get in touch with questions during the off-season. GO COUGARBATS! #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #athenscougarbats @ Stonewall Jackson Lk State Pk

WVICL photographers have done it again, taking awesome action shots of kids racing mountain bikes! Here are our Cougarbats at the season final. A couple Coach pics too. GO COUGARBATS!! #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #athenscougarbats @westvirginiamtb @ Stonewall Jackson Lk State Pk

More pics from the weekend. Muddy in the pitzone! And we made it through a first-year rite of passage: our pop-up canopy was destroyed during a storm. 😂 @westvirginiamtb @ Stonewall Jackson Lk State Pk

Cougarbat racers and families have loved being part of WVICL this year!! Thank you @westvirginiamtb for welcoming us into your league. Y’all do it up right. #morekidsonbikes #mtbskills @ Stonewall Jackson Lk State Pk

Sun’s out and we are ready to race! @westvirginiamtb #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #athenscougarbats

We will be cheering for eight Cougarbats tomorrow at the final WVICL race. Pre-riding is done and the kids are ready to go! #cougarbats #athenscougarbats #morekidsonbikes @westvirginiamtb @ Stonewall Jackson Lk State Pk

The Cougarbats invited the Singletrack Serpents for a group ride and they showed up! 20 athletes and coaches made a huge choo-choo train at Strouds Run today. What a bunch of capable kids. FANGS OUT!! 🐍 🐆 🦇 #morekidsonbikes #mtbskills #cougarbats #athenscougarbats #singletrackserpents @westvirginiamtb @nationalmtb

Check it out! A cool opportunity.

Trail construction positions are open for the Appalachian Conservation Corps!

Full-time, seasonal AmeriCorps positions will begin in spring of 2020 for young adults 18 - 29. The crew will be based in Athens, Ohio, and will work on The Baileys Trail System, an 88-mile mountain biking trail network on the Wayne National Forest. Benefits will include the following:

• Bi-weekly stipend of $600
• AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,290 or more
• Food and camping while in the field
• Training and uniforms
• Professional development
• Hands-on experience

Apply at visit; interviews will begin in January of 2020. For questions, please contact [email protected].

More info on The Baileys Trail System:

More racing action from Defend the Bend last weekend. Thanks for the pics @westvirginiamtb! #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #athenscougarbats @ North Bend State Park

Cougarbats in action at Defend the Bend last weekend! Thank you @westvirginiamtb for taking such nice pics of all the kids. #morekidsonbikes #mtbskills #cougarbats #athenscougarbats @ North Bend State Park

These Cougarbats superfans made the trip from Athens to cheer for our kids. Thanks @the_fortnight and @jbalovely for being loud and supportive out on the race course!

There was heavy traffic on this switchback today at Defend the Bend. Spencer looked great! #nailedit #cougarbats #athenscougarbats #mtbskills #morekidsonbikes @westvirginiamtb

Jazzy Jasmine raced her mountain bike for the first time today! Jumped right in with the JV girls and made us proud. #morekidsonbikes #mtbskills #girlswhoshred @westvirginiamtb @ North Bend State Park

Yesterday’s pumpkin slide contest at Defend the Bend was a hit with the Cougarbats. Henry never needs any encouragement to skid his rear tire, so of course he won a huge pumpkin (sorry no footage of his winning skid)!

The Cougarbats are ready for a weekend on bikes at @northbendstatepark. Course pre-rides on Saturday, then team dinner and camping, then racing on Sunday. Kids love that #mtblifestyle too! #morekidsonbikes @westvirginiamtb @nationalmtb

These Cougarbats are pumped to attend WVICL’s Defend the Bend race at North Bend State Park this weekend. See you in the woods! @westvirginiamtb @nationalmtb @northbendstatepark #morekidsonbikes #mtbskills @ Athens County, Ohio

Athens Co. Cougarbats MTB Team's cover photo

The Cougarbats will be on the road again this weekend, participating in WVICL Defend The Bend, the fourth race in the West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League's series. Racing action is on Sunday, and the North Bend State Park isn't too far away from Athens for any Cougarbat fans who want to see the kids do their thing. Find all the race info here: Go Cougarbats!

Ain’t nothing gonna stop a Cougarbat coach from hauling a bike to a team ride. Strap that thing on and GO!

These trail-hungry Cougarbats feasted on 10 miles of singletrack today at Strouds Run. #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #athenscougarbats #stroudsrun

You know you want one! Cougarbats T-shirts available in unisex sizes small through XL. Send a message and we can ship or arrange for local pickup. @the_fortnight #cougarbats #athenscougarbats

Wow! Thank you @willykwv and @happy_glamper for these beautiful pics of our Cougarbats racing on the ferny, loamy, rocky trails at Big Bear over the weekend. #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #athenscougarbats @westvirginiamtb @nationalmtb @ Big Bear Lake Campgrounds

Cougarbats fans: here are some action shots from Sunday’s Battle at Big Bear. 📷 by @jmharrison2 #morekidsonbikes #mtbskills @ Big Bear Lake Campgrounds

This one’s for you @vonblowseph. Go Cougarbats! #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #athenscougarbats @westvirginiamtb

The Cougarbats raced and camped so well together this weekend! Six team members raced, with a 💯 success rate: everyone earned a bonus lap and everyone finished. Whew! #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #athenscougarbats @westvirginiamtb @ Big Bear Lake Campgrounds

The Cougarbats camping area is ready for the team to arrive! We will feast on ferns and rocks this weekend. #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #athenscougarbats

Cougarbat merch! We are selling these royal blue beauties for $20 as a team fundraiser. Super-soft cotton/poly/rayon blend. Unisex sizes XS through XL. Place your order via FB message and we will arrange local pickup or ship to wherever you are ($5). Cougarbats can also hand deliver to the WVICL race circuit. This is the way to be a superfan! @westvirginiamtb #cougarbats #athenscougarbats

Cardboard skid contests before we hit the trails tonight. This is a great spectator sport!! #morekidsonbikes @westvirginiamtb #cougarbats #athenscougarbats

Here’s a Cougarbat thriving in his natural habitat #morekidsonbikes #cougarbats #stroudsrun @westvirginiamtb

Another Cougarbat’s bike up and running thanks to Coach @vonblowseph #morekidsonbikes

These Cougarbats tore through this tree no prob #morekidsonbikes #thunderbunnytrail @ Strouds Run State Park

Cougarbats superfans: Please enjoy these photos of Cougarbats in action a couple of weeks ago at the Little Creek Classic. Thanks @westvirginiamtb for the pics! #morekidsonbikes @nationalmtb @ Little Creek Park

More pics of Cougarbats in action ... thank you West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League for taking and sharing all of these photos! These were taken at the second race of the season, the Rally in the Valley at Canaan Valley State Park in Davis, W.V.

Hey Cougarbats superfans ... here are some pictures of team members racing at the first race of the season, the Little Creek Classic in Charleston, W.V. Thank you West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League for taking such great photos of all the kids and teams.

West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League

For those of you who haven't attended some practices or a weekend race event, this gives you a great idea of what kids, coaches and parents are experiencing.

Check out this great article from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine featuring some of our neighboring leagues! #NICA #WVICL #morekidsonbikes

Another exciting weekend of Cougarbat racing. Five racers, two podiums, good spirits, great attitudes. Next up: Battle at Big Bear. #morekidsonbikes #athenscougarbats @westvirginiamtb @ Cannan Valley State Park West Virginia

Six Cougarbats and four coaches attended the Rally in the Valley this weekend at Canaan Valley State Park. Great racing in the mountains of West Virginia!

Who doesn’t like a start/finish area with mountain views? #cougarbats #morekidsonbikes

Getting ready to preride the course at the Rally in the Valley on Saturday! #cougarbats #morekidsonbikes @westvirginiamtb @nationalmtb

The Cougarbats attended their first West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League race today. Seven starters, seven finishers and two podiums! A successful first race weekend. Also the ancillary camping, bonfire, mulch-pile jumping etc. Go Cougarbats!

Commentary: The future of American cycling looks dirty –

Our team is an official team of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and we are proud to be getting more kids on bikes! Junior participation at USA Cycling's mountain bike national championships is soaring. Why is this so important to the overall picture of U.S. bicycle racing?

The Cougarbats are now a team of 12 student-athletes! We started our official practice season last week with some skills practice and conditioning. It's going to be a fun season! Anyone is still welcome to try a practice and join the team.

Athens Co. Cougarbats MTB Team's cover photo

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