Who We Are
The Gilmer Cartecay Youth Mountain Bike Team (Team Cartecay) is a 501(c)(3) youth development program that focuses on building character through cross county mountain biking. We like to say we’re building character in our youth, one pedal stroke at a time.
Our mountain biking team is comprised of private, public and homeschool student-athletes in grades 6-12 from Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and regions of Fannin counties. Athletes who choose to race compete in the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League Race Series, an affiliate league of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).
Team Cartecay held its first practice in July of 2017 with four student athletes. By the end of that first season, 17 registered racers competed, representing experience and skill levels ranging from seasoned athlete to absolute beginner. By 2019 Team Cartecay grew to 35 student-athletes along with 22 volunteer, certified ride leaders and coaches. The team grew so large, Team Cartecay had to divide into two separate race squads: Cartecay Composite and Gilmer High School.
Team Cartecay has Adventure and Performance team options. Everyone is welcome on the team and encouraged (but not required) to participate in the five league races as a Performance rider. Athletes who choose to join the team as Adventure riders will experience all aspects of the team experience, including challenging practices and skills development…they simply will not race on the race weekends. Many of our athletes who start as Adventure riders end up choosing to race once they see the fun of race weekends!