With a focus on skills, fitness and fun, the New Hampton Mountain Bike Team trains at various local trail networks during one of the most spectacular times of year in New England. The terrain ranges from dirt roads and smooth flowing single track to very technical and rugged trails with steep climbs and rocky descents. These trails help riders of all ability levels to develop and sharpen their skills and build confidence while having a lot of fun. We also ride and maintain our ever-improving home course on a regular basis.
The team competes in the Lakes Region and Northern New England Race Series against public and private schools and clubs. “Cross-country” style races are held throughout the season at various schools, with each race having three different levels for boys and girls. All riders compete against others with similar ability, from experts to beginners. We welcome all adventurous riders to join us in one of the most exciting life sports.
Sam Conkling grew up in New Hampton and graduated from NHS in 1985. He earned his BA from Colby College in 1989, and then moved to the Rocky Mountains to lead outdoor education programs and start work in the ski industry. Six years later Sam returned to NH to earn his MEd and begin his teaching and coaching career. Sam is a member of the English Department and the head coach of the NHS mountain biking and freeski teams. As a lifetime skier, Sam has been involved in many different aspects of skiing and has been teaching and coaching the sport for over 20 years. After coaching the NHS alpine team for two years, he and his sons started the freeski team in 2016. Sam started mountain biking in the early 80s and has pursued that passion all over the USA. He is extremely proud of the NHS mountain bike trails and loves taking the team to his favorite local riding areas. Sam lives near campus with his wife Norah and their three children: Liam ’16, Conor ’18 and Bridget ’20. He enjoys spending as much time outside as possible, especially mountain biking, telemark skiing, hiking, and engaging in most water sports.