We are a sanctioned team with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and the Colorado League. Like other high schools racing in the Colorado League, our program seeks to strike a balance between being a competitive individual/team sport and retaining recreational club qualities. For athletes new to cycling, immediate immersion into training, racing, and the perceived pressure to perform may be intimidating. Also, some kids just want to learn to be better riders, to enjoy the camaraderie of the sport that a structured team provides, and they have no intention of racing. For those who want to race, the League has carefully designed individual racing classes so beginners, intermediate and advanced riders are pitted only against peers of similar ability and experience. The following are basic aspects of the team:
We are an official club sport through Montrose High School.
The team will consist of both racers and riders. There is no expectation or pressure that all participants will race.
There are 4 categories of racers: freshmen, sophomore, junior varsity, and varsity.
There are 4 League season races in different locations around the central part of the state, plus a 5th State Championships race for those who qualify.
The season runs from August through the end of October.
All high school students are welcome to participate, but must meet minimum academic standards, similar to those for other school-sanctioned sports.
All coaches are certified through NICA and all adults involved with the team must have background checks.
There are fees to cover insurance, races, and uniforms, but our team is working hard to obtain sponsors to help cover as many of the costs as possible.