CycleFest review and Colorado High School Cycling League events

DENVER, Colo.--The inaugural Colorado CycleFest on May 1-2, graced by a dazzling array of cycling stars and even a Colorado State Senator, proved a runaway success – selling all tickets and surpassing the fundraising target with a total of $25,000.

League director Kate Rau said, "This was a truly great evening for all involved with the Colorado League. To have such resounding support at the outset is incredibly exciting and shows how much potential there is for high school mountain biking in Colorado. We are expecting at least 12 teams to sign up. For our first year that would be brilliant!"

Mountain biking celebs Susan DeMattei, Dave Wiens, Greg Herbold and Travis Brown, joined pro road team manager Jonathan Vaughters at the gala evening. Also present was Colorado senator, Chris Romer. Addressing the gathering, he stated the importance of youth sports such as mountain biking in creating a healthier adult population.

Auction items that helped most greatly in surpassing the fundraising target included Trek District and Specialized Ruby bicycles. Other items and support came from Clif Bar & Co, Easton Foundations, Primal Wear, Poudre Valley Health System,SRAM, Yeti, YetiBeti, Wheat Ridge Cyclery.

Coming up in less than a month is leadership training for the Colorado League. This will be provided at the first annual Colorado High School Cycling League Leader's Summit. On Day One of this two-day summit, participants will spend a lot of time on mountain bikes and receive Lee McCormack's expert training in teaching mountain bike skills ranging from basic to advanced. Experiential teaching techniques, accommodating different learning styles and abilities, and creating positive learning environments.

The second day presents a series of seminars on successful management, leadership of and working with a high school mountain bike team. Topics covered include: culturally competent coaching, engaging and motivating adolescents, securing and sustaining sponsorships, race day procedures, recruiting, female students.

What: The Colorado High School Cycling League's first annual Leaders’ Summit
Where: Tahosa Boy Scout Camp, Ward (near Boulder), Colorado
When: June 12-13, 2010. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Who: Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Ride Leaders, Parent Volunteers
Why: Develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, build community
Cost: One day $85; both days $150

About the Colorado High School Cycling League
The Colorado High School Cycling League promotes personal development and teamwork through bicycle racing, and encourages the formation of teams at public and private high schools. With the cooperation of local race promoters and our sponsors, the League organizes a first class series of races designed for high school aged riders. The League makes high school racing the easiest route for juniors to get involved in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling. The Colorado League was kick-started with a generous grant from the founding sponsor, Easton Foundations, and is also generously supported by founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Clif Bar and Co., Primal Wear, Shimano, Yeti Bicycles, Wheat Ridge Cyclery, GU Sports, Fox Racing Shox, Dirt Rag, Feedback Sports and Mountain Bike Action. For more information on the League, visit http://www.coloradomtb.org.

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