Issaqueena Composite Mountain Biking is a co-ed mountain biking organization for students in 6th-12th grades in Upstate South Carolina from Oconee County, Pickens County west of Easley, and northern Anderson County.

The term “Composite” means that we come from different schools and homeschools. Though we practice together and do everything as one big family, in 2023 we will race in the South Carolina league of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association ( as three separate teams: D.W. Daniel (the 2021 & 2022 State Champions!), Walhalla, and Issaqueena Composite (student athletes who are zoned for schools other than Daniel or Walhalla or are homeschooled).

Who rides?

Everyone rides!

This is a no-cut sport with no-drop rides at practice: any student athlete from our region in grades 6-12 is welcome regardless of skill level or gender.

We have boys and girls that are new to mountain biking as well as individual state champions. At practice we split into different skill groups and train accordingly, working on mountain biking basics with new riders and improving skills, stamina, and speed with the more experienced riders.

Every skill group is led by one to several coaches: student athletes NEVER ride without at least one coach at practice.

Who races?

Everyone can race!

Though racing is not required of students on the team, most students choose to race and love the atmosphere, camaraderie, fun, and sense of accomplishment each race provides. Students race against grade- and gender-specific peers.

There are five races in the fall, one locally and then four others scattered around South Carolina. The racecourse consists of one lap that is approximately 4 miles long and athletes race 1-4 laps depending on their age and speed.