Colorado will get its chance to rival California's successful high school cycling leagues this upcoming fall. The Colorado High School Cycling League kicked off its fundraising efforts this past weekend in Denver and Boulder. It was a chance to see support from the cycling industry and community alike. Supported by local industry leaders like Yeti and Wheat Ridge Cyclery, the dinner Saturday night included Colorado's past, present, and future cycling namesakes. The local chapter is spearheaded by Colorado Founder and Director Kate Rau, whose own personal enthusiasm for the league is immeasurable. Saturday and Sunday's special appearances included none other than Gunnison, Colorado's famous cycling duo, Dave Wiens and Susan DeMattei. They support the league as a gauge of support from the Colorado cycling community. Other notables in attendance included former World Champion and founding member, Ned Overend, Team Garmin-Transitions director Jonathon Vaughters, and the NICA Executive Director Matt Fritzinger. Matt was missing his own California league races over the weekend but was excited about the league's potential here in Colorado.
Saturday's dinner event was held at the swanky Palettes Restaurant at the Denver Art Museum. Patrons were able to ogle over the vast donations from support like SRAM, Specialized, Yeti, Niner, Cliff, GU, Shimano, Fox, Rock Shox, and many others. Like any good fundraiser, a plentiful donation from the Boulder Beer Company helped the generosity increase as the night wore on. There was a live auction that included Dave Wien's 2004 Leadville trophy and an evening with Tom Danielson with a 4 course meal prepared in your home by Fabio Flagiello. Dave and Susan were on hand to chat with everyone and were later brought on stage to talk about racing and the expansion of the league to Colorado.
The Beti's attended the event on Saturday in our on-going effort to support the sport of mountain biking. We all have stories of how we each got into mountain biking, and none include being exposed to the sport while in high school. We, like the many attending this weekends events, all feel strongly that the NICA leagues growth to Colorado is a productive way to get involved with the next generation of our sport. We are committed to helping the Colorado league in future endeavors and encourage other teams to get involved.
Sunday's event included a road ride in Boulder with Dave and Susan. Following the ride, people were treated to an exclusive lunch with Fabio Flagiello. We were not there personally, but if it was 1/2 the fun as Saturday, it was definitely worth the cold, wintery weather that ensued. Rumor is that 75 attending attended despite the not-very-May-like weather.
The league will surly be a success if the weekend's events are any indication of the initial support from the community. Get involved. Spread the word. It's the next generation of great Colorado legends in the making.
If you'd like to help with the Colorado HS Cycling league in any capacity from coaching, leading rides, or helping at races, please contact:
For more information about the Colorado HS Cycling League, visit www.coloradomtb.org
, and www.nationalmtb.org
regarding the history and future of the league. The league is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, all donations are 100% tax deductible.