The inaugural season of interscholastic Mountain Biking here in Idaho has been a triumphant success by any measure, but the Avimor Avenger State Championship this weekend is an event not to be missed! The folks behind the new Idaho High School Cycling League have been working hard to get this awesome program up and running. Now it is up to us to show our support for the organizers and participants!
Racing kicks off tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 17) at 9:30am and continues into the early afternoon. It should be a beautiful day for a bike race! There are several volunteer slots still open, so I hope you'll make time to pitch in and create a memorable, inspiring experience for all the young competitors. View available shifts and sign up at: http://www.idahomtb.org/volunteer/. Regardless, this will be a very spectator-friendly venue so head on up to Avimor to cheer on the young riders!
Also, we were excited to learn that professional mountain bike racer Rebecca Rusch has added the race weekend to her SRAM Gold Rusch Tour. She’ll be pre-riding the course with the kids on Friday afternoon and helping with some evening festivities. She'll also be doing call-ups at the start of each wave on Saturday and sweeping each race. It will be a fun event to be part of! Rebecca is an amazing athlete and stellar role model for young riders, so the League is stoked to have her support!
However you do it, I hope you'll show your support for interscholastic mountain biking here in Idaho! This season is just the beginning of a program that will expose innumerable kids to the fun and excitement of riding bikes; something we can all get behind. The skills, fitness, confidence, friendships and camaraderie that the participants will build through mountain biking will stick with them long after the race is over. It is up to us to build a successful High School Mountain Biking program that will help them find those things. See you at the races!