BOULDER, Colo.— Weeks after the Northern and Southern California Youth Mountain Biking Leagues joined forces to create a National Youth Mountain Biking League, the freshly-spawned National Intercollegiate Cycling Association (NICA) announced the formation of a state teen mountain biking league in Colorado.
“With the launch of the Colorado High School Cycling league, we estimate having at least 100 riders competing in Colorado races this season,” says Matt Fritzinger, Executive Director of the NICA. “Colorado has a rich cultural history surrounding the sport of mountain biking so there is a lot of demand for organized teen mountain biking programs there.”
As part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), the Colorado League is based on and supported by a long-running, successful high school mountain biking program established in California, where mountain bike racing has become a varsity high school sport.
Teen Mountain Biking Leagues in Northern and Southern California have been established since 2001 and 2008, respectively. Following the Colorado League launch, the NICA plans to expand its teen mountain biking programs to Washington state.
“Colorado’s mountain biking culture runs deep throughout the state,” says Fritzinger, “The state is a natural venue for teen mountain biking adventures.”
Wilderness Ventures has been running teen mountain biking programs in Colorado for the past decade. Our Colorado-Utah Mountain Bike Leadership Adventure is open to adventurous teenagers (7th grade – 12th grade), and visits the best mountain bike adventure destinations in both Colorado and Utah. Notably, this wilderness adventure visits the high desert single track ribbons of Fruita, Co., the stunning alpine riding in Telluride, Co., and the famous slickrock of Moab, Ut. Teen wilderness adventures students also raft the Colorado and Arkansas Rivers, learn rock climbing skills on the granite spires surrounding Telluride and develop friendships that last a lifetime.
For more information about the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, or for information on our Colorado Utah Mountain Biking Adventure, call 800-533-2281.