The Colorado High School Cycling League (Colorado League) promotes positive youth development through interscholastic mountain biking for high school students in Colorado, southern Wyoming, northern New Mexico, and recently Spearfish, South Dakota.
The Colorado League is a rapidly growing non-profit working with high schools to give access to a life-long sport that fosters healthy habits, confidence, leadership, strong family bonds, commitment to service, camaraderie, and respect for the outdoors.
We support the participation of teams, coaches, and student-athletes regardless of skill or resources. We provide a comprehensive infrastructure that fosters safe, respectful, friendly competition highlighted by the common goals to:
• Foster healthy habits in youth
• Develop self-confidence
• Cultivate leadership
• Strengthen family bonds
• Create community
• Develop a lifelong appreciation of the outdoors
• Provide opportunities for youth to shine
We strongly believe that prevention reduces the need for intervention. Together we impact the present and shape the future one pedal stroke at a time.
The inaugural race series was in 2010 with 183 student-athletes participating representing 20 teams from Colorado and southern Wyoming. In 2020 the League expanded and currently includes Northern New Mexico, 2 conferences, and 5-races. Participation increased to 1,929 student-athletes from 88 teams, representing more than 180 high schools.
From 2009 - 2011, the Colorado league was a project of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). NICA was the non-profit fiscal sponsor of the Colorado League to scale the model developed in NorCal and SoCal. The Colorado League became a stand-alone 501c3 non-profit in 2012 and in 2014 signed an affiliate agreement with NICA. In 2021, the Colorado League Board of Directors voted to not renew the affiliation with NICA.
The Colorado League appreciates the opportunity to help establish the proof of concept for interscholastic mountain biking. We sincerely value the past partnership with NICA and continue to share best practices with other interscholastic programs across the country.
"It has been so fun to see how the League has grown! Kudos to all for the strong vision that got the Colorado League where it is today. We love being a part of this community."
~ East High Parent
"Thank you SO MUCH, for getting the High School mountain bike league going. It changed Chantal's life forever. It gave her confidence and a sense of self that she was lacking until she started racing at Fairview. Biking will always be a pillar of her life."
-Fairview High Parent
Personally, I saw nothing but good sportsmanship while on course. These kids are tough as nails, and the lessons they may unknowingly take away from being a part of this league will carry out to more than just the dirt. - Parent
Thank you again, and please keep us in mind for future volunteer and outreach opportunities. - Parent
A quick note of heartfelt thanks for your tireless work throughout the season, culminating in a fabulous Championship weekend in Eagle. Although I was not able to attend any of the prior races with my coaches this year, the finale you put on in Eagle was phenomenal and I can't tell you how much we all appreciate your efforts. The venue was top notch, the organization fantastic, the volunteers friendly and outgoing, the food DELICIOUS, and the kids were able to really take flight thanks to the great work of your team and your leadership. THANK YOU!! - Will Webb, Head of School, Fountain Valley
I'd like to start by thanking you for continuing the legacy of the Colorado League and providing all of us racers a chance to race in these trying times. Thank you so much for fostering the incredible energy and community in this league that got me into the sport I love so much. My best memories from cycling so far are undoubtedly from the Colorado League races. I wish you the best of luck with the league in the future. Sincerely, -Chloe Fraser, Senior, Boulder High
It has been such an honor to be a part of the League as a parent and coach. I truly cherish my experiences as part of this amazing community and know that it has played a big part in shaping the great guy Ethan has become. Even though Ethan is graduating I know my husband (Cam) and I will stay active with the team - how could we not? We are also actively recruiting Ethan's 12-year sister to give bike racing a try (she's played soccer for years). - Nicole Wobus, Fairview
Congratulations on another great season for the Colorado High School MTB League! I made it to check out the race in Eagle yesterday and was really impressed with the entire setup and operation. Thanks to you, the entire Colorado League staff and all of the volunteers for keeping this awesome program alive and growing. - Jeff Fox, Osprey Packs