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The Salem Composite Descenders (or the mighty Descenders) are a cross-country mountain bike team for grades 6th - 12th.


Cross-country is a specific form of cycling and requires a broad range of skills to ride up and down mountain bike trails. Team members will develop both technical skills and improve their fitness through cross-country riding. Our season begins in July and culminates in four optional races, plus a State Championship in September and October. 

Now, with that out of the way, what are we really about? We're a team where we meet each other exactly where we're at. No bravado. Everyone is welcome. Everyone rides. We believe that friendship, building character, and rising to challenges are lifetime pursuits ---and we believe there is no better place for this than on a bike.

You may have noticed that racing is optional. It's true. We love racing, but we also know that it's not for everyone nor is it the point of what we do. Our point is rising to challenges, which looks a little different for each student-athlete. Performance, simple movement, adventure, and/or friendship---all worthwhile challenges and we are all in to help make it happen.

Our team is a member of the Oregon Interscholastic Cycling League, which is a league of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). 

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Videos created by the amazing Christopher Gray.

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