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BOISE, Idaho – For the first time in the history of scholastic club sports in Idaho, cross country mountain biking will be available to student-athletes statewide, run by the Idaho High School Cycling League, a 501(3)(c) company.
The Idaho League is part of the fast-growing National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), the national governing body for middle and high school mountain biking in the U.S.A.
Dylan Gradhandt, director of the new Idaho League, said, “This isn’t just another race series. NICA, which we represent here in Idaho, is a youth development organization with programs that focus on inclusivity – there are no bench-warmers, so everybody on the team gets to race if they want to; equality – it’s a co-ed sport, and if you can’t afford a bike we’ll help you get one; and personal growth – we’re about building strong bodies, strong minds and strong characters. But with all that said, NICA student-athletes remain students first.”
NICA now has 15 state leagues, over 500 high school teams, 5000 students-athletes, and 2000 certified league coaches. The organization has been growing steadily since 2008, and enjoys average participation growth of 35% every year, nationwide.
The 2015 schedule for the Idaho League starts January 14th, with the first in a series of visits to communities across the state, giving folks the lowdown on being a NICA coach and starting a team in the Idaho League. These informational events are called Coaching 411 and include Idaho Falls, January 14th, Teton Valley, Jan. 15th, and Ketchum, Jan. 16th. Another round of Coaching 411 visits is March 2nd - 6th, taking in McCall, Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello, Salmon, Hailey.
The first of the Idaho League’s coach training events, called Leaders’ Summit, is scheduled for April 11th - 12th at Avimor Community Center northwest of Boise and more of these events will run during summer, along with a series of student-athlete skills clinics.
Team registration opens April 1st. Pre-season runs from April 1st through June. In-Season starts July 1st with up to 4 practices a week. Racing begins the first weekend after Labor Day. A four-race series that runs September 12th - October 17th.
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It just happens to be in Idaho.
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Idaho Trails Recognized as the world's best
TETON REGION, WYOMING/IDAHO
Within 30 minutes of Victor, ID, you’ll find the Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, greater Snow King area, and Teton Pass, providing enough trails to entertain for several days of riding. Beyond the resorts, you could spend weeks riding everything from bike parks and beginner-friendly trails to flowing purpose-built, downhill-specific trails. Numerous trail systems can be linked without getting in a car. The Teton Ride Center experience is also a lifestyle located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, filled with a variety of outdoor adventures complemented by awe-inspiring views, wildlife, rivers, brewpubs, ethnic restaurants, live music and mountain culture.
(Text descriptions courtesy Mark Eller/IMBA.)
IMBA has used the Epic designation for more than a decade.
the original intent of the designation — demanding, singletrack
adventures in a natural setting. The current Epics celebrate true
backcountry riding experiences that are technically and physically
challenging, more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length.
GRAND TARGHEE LOOP, WYOMING
Prepare for solitude in the Tetons and an escape from the summer’s heat
on this ride that begins and ends conveniently at the Grand Targhee
Resort. The Grand Targhee Loop is 25 miles on 100-percent singletrack. It
features a mix of smooth, intermediate-friendly trail with plenty of
technical sections to keep skilled riders alert and excited. The route
winds through alpine meadows blanketed in wildflowers, forests of pine
and aspen trees and jaw-dropping views of the Tetons.
2014 FLOW TRAILS
SADDLE UP, SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
A world-class ride at a world-class ski resort, this 4-mile trail was
created to provide a fun and friendly experience in the Sawtooth
Mountains. The grades are tame and the rollers are smooth, but
experienced riders seeking airtime need only to stay off the brakes.
Will Idaho join the National Bicycle Route System?
From the Adventure Cycling web site:
The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a proposed national network of bicycle routes, which will link urban, suburban, and rural areas using a
variety of appropriate cycling facilities. In some states, Adventure Cycling routes will be incorporated into U.S. Bikes Routes, along with other
regional and state routes. To date, 8 U.S. Bike Routes have been established in 10 states: Alaska, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Michigan,
Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia. Currently, more than 40 states are working to create U.S. Bicycle Routes.
Phase I: Planning
Idaho is interested in designating routes for the U.S. Bicycle Route System as a transportation system that supports mobility, economic vitality
and tourism potential for communities. The bicycle and pedestrian office is currently working on developing systems within the DOT that will
support the effort, including conducting a bicycle corridor suitability project and forming a state bicycle and pedestrian committee.
For more information or to volunteer, contact ITDbikeped(at)itd(dot)idaho(dot)gov
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