Texas High School Mountain Bike League

Through my involvement with this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, I was introduced to a new organization called the Texas High School Mountain Bike League.  We held a couple raffle draws during the bike show and all proceeds went to the league.  Prior to that, I had heard the name a couple times, but didn’t exactly know what they were….or how big they were on the verge of becoming.

Before moving into the details and information on the league, I’d like to start off by asking if you could “like” the Texas High School Mountain Bike League on Facebook.  They are looking to have 1,000 “likes” by April 30….Please visit them here to do that.

The League:

The Texas High School Mountain Bike League (www.texasmtb.org) was founded to support the involvement of high school (grades 9 – 12) student athletes in the sport of mountain biking….and serves the entire state of Texas. They are part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA – www.nationalmtb.org), whose other chapters include the NorCal, SoCal, Colorado, and Washington leagues.  The network of high school leagues is expanding as many people in the cycling world feel as if these leagues are the future of the sport.

The SoCal Mountain Bike League 2010 Season Opener

Coaching:

Starting and/or coaching a team in your community can make a huge difference in the lives of many kids. The league is having a Coaches Conference / Leader Summit on October 22 and 23, 2011 at Reveille Peak Ranch. This will begin the process to certify their Head and Assistant Coaches. Coaches and League Directors from California will  cover the NICA Coaches curriculum which has been developed through the past 10 years.   Lee McCormack (www.leelikesbikes.com) will teach the coaches how to teach core mountain bike skills on the pump track at Reveille Peak Ranch.  Lee is the author of Mastering Mountain Bike Skills (http://www.leelikesbikes.com/mastering_mountain_bike_skills_2nd_edition) with Brian Lopes.  Brian is 4 x World DH Champ, 6 X World Cup DH Champion and 9xNational DH Champion.

Racing:

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