A Sport To Check Out: Mountain Biking

The SoCal High School Cycling League is taking its show on the road and providing a series of informational events to people interested in seeing a high school or middle school mountain bike club form at their local school. This year they kicked off the tour last Thursday May 26 at Haro Bikes in Vista (north San Diego County), but there are plenty more opportunities to find out more about the sport.

“Many people have heard of the SoCal League and want to start or be involved with a high school or middle school club but they just don’t know where to begin,” said SoCal League Director Matt Gunnell. “Outreach events are designed to give people a brief overview of the League to allow them to confidently head down the path toward participation as a team founder, coach, or student-athlete. Learning how to get the ball rolling before school is out for summer will allow folks to get a head start on forming clubs for the spring 2017 season.”
Mtn Biking
There is no charge to attend and no RSVP is needed. Events are targeted at prospective club founders, prospective coaches, teachers, school administrators, parents, riders, and supporters. You will hear a one hour presentation and then have plenty of time for Q&A. Please help us spread the word.

A downloadable and printable PDF tour flyer and full information on the tour stops is available HERE and the dates/locations are as follows:

Wednesday June 1 at 7:00 PM
• Rock n’ Road Cyclery, 6282 Irvine Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92620

Monday June 6 at 7:00 PM
• JensonUSA, 1615 Eastridge Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507

Tuesday June 7 at 7:00 PM
• Jax Bicycle Center, 217 West 1st Street, Claremont, CA 91711

Monday June 13 at 7:00 PM
• Newbury Park Bike Shop, 1602 Newbury Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320

Tuesday June 14 at 7:00 PM
• Rusty’s Pizza Parlor, 3800 Auburn Street, Bakersfield, CA 93306

Thursday June 16 at 7:00 PM
• MJs Cyclery, 3841 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103

Monday June 20 at 7:00 PM
• Palm Desert Cyclery, 77750 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211

About the SoCal High School Cycling League
The SoCal High School Cycling League was organized in 2008 to provide a well defined race season for high school student-athletes and to promote the formation of teams at public and private high schools. In 2014 that grew to include a middle school program designed to introduce middle school aged riders to the sport of mountain biking focused heavily on skills, fun, fitness, and responsibility with a taste of the competitive aspects of mountain biking. With the cooperation of local race promoters and our sponsors we produce a first class series of races in addition to providing training for coaches and riders. The League is working to make interscholastic racing the easiest way for youth to get involved in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling. NICA and the SoCal League exist by virtue of a range of fundraising activities, as well as generous donors, and sponsors including founding national sponsor Specialized Bicycle Components, Easton Foundations, SRAM, and Trek Bicycles; major sponsors Kenda Tire, Primal Wear, Bicycling, Clif Bar & Company, Giro, Podiumwear, and Quality Bicycle Parts; sponsors Casino Bicycles, Haro MTB, Husqvarna Motorcycles, Hyper Threads, ICE Sportswear, Jax Bicycle Center, JensonUSA, Camelbak, GU, and Maxxis.

Note: There is also a NorCal league for mountain biking and there’s an annual state championship. It’s similar to cross country, except the competitors are riding bikes on courses.

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