Leadville Hosts High School Cycling Race This Weekend
Wondering why you might not be able to find a hotel room this Saturday night in Leadville? Well, you can blame it on some teenagers!
In fact, more than 600 of them will be in town this weekend, Sept. 20 & 21, as the Leadville Racing high school cycling team hosts the Cloud City Challenge, a cross-country mountain biking race for ninth to 12th graders. The race is part of a four-race series held by the Colorado High School Cycling League.
Colorado Mountain College’s (CMC) campus in Leadville will transform into a mountain bike course this weekend as 600 high school cyclists participate in the race, according to Stacy and Bruce Kelly, the team Coaches.
The course will include portions of the CMC trail system, combined with the Lake County trails maintained by the Cloud City Wheelers, offering some versatility, including some more technical options for advanced riders.
The students compete in teams with up to 30 riders from both private and public high schools. The race series started in Breckenridge on September 7, where the Leadville Racing team placed third overall, for complete details: LINK.
The Colorado League focuses on developing strong mind, bodies and characters by engaging high school students in competitive cycling. It also offers summer camps to prepare racers for the upcoming season. The Colorado League was established in 2009 and is an associate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). NICA is a national governing body for grades 9-12 inter-scholastic cross-country mountain biking.
For more information about the race and the Colorado League, visit www.coloradomtb.org.