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High School MTB Racing Set to Start

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Feb. 23, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM EDT

Members of the Drake High School mountain bike team after the 2010 California State Championships. Photo by Sol Gutierrez

High school mountain bike race season starts Feb. 27 in Northern California, with Southern California and Washington leagues following shortly after

More than 1,200 student athletes are set to race in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s 2011 West Coast leagues, said Matt Fritzinger, the association’s executive director. The SoCal League starts March 6 with the first-year Washington league set for April 3.

“It’s going to be a very exciting spring,” Fritzinger said. “The fitness these kids achieve riding and racing their mountain bikes is one thing, but also we’re seeing many coaches, team staff and parents riding a lot, too.”

The NorCal series, which has been running since 2001, includes five races, February 27 – May 1, and the California state championship, May 15.

The SoCal series, now entering its third season, will have four races, March 6 – May 1, and the California state championship.

The Washington series, in its inaugural year, includes two events, April 3 and May 1.

This year, Northern California starts its process of breaking into two sections by holding a prologue event, the first event of the series, with one race for schools in the northern part of the region and another for the southerly schools.

One of the main targets of NICA is to have a coast-to-coast network of high school mountain biking leagues by the year 2020.

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