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High school mountain bike league taking off in Colorado

Scott Willoughby
The Denver Post
Adam Nicholson of Castle Rock test rides the race course that will be used in the Colorado High School Cycling League's inaugural state championship race on Oct. 31. Nischolson and other Douglas County High School students helped prepare the trail at Pleasant Valley Boy Scout Camp near Elbert during a volunteer work day last weekend. Scott Willoughby, The Denver Post
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ELBERT – Kate Rau hasn’t exactly reinvented the wheel. But she has taken a popular sport and created a new niche. It would seem the creation of a high school mountain bike racing league in a state such as Colorado is an idea long overdue. And Rau, a zealous believer in bikes and kids, couldn’t agree more.

Rau, from Boulder, is the catalyst behind the Colorado High School Cycling League, which brings together budding mountain bikers from across the state to ride and race, and represent their schools. Modeled after a successful program launched a decade ago in California (where bike team rosters sometimes outnumber those of the football teams), the Colorado league is the first outside California and sets the table for a national program.

“It’s a no-brainer for Colorado,” Rau said. “It’s going off. We’ve had more than 180 kids register and 144 competitors at both of our first two races. I can pretty confidently say our high school races in Colorado are historic in that it’s the first that many kids between ages 14 and 18 have raced at one time.”

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