Bringing High School Mountain Biking to Missouri - a new statewide mountain bike league | Terrain Magazine

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If former Lindenwood University Head Cycling Coach Chris Mileski has his way, high school students across the Show Me State will soon have another extracurricular activity in which to participate — mountain biking.

Mileski, a current member of the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference and one of the nation’s premier cycling coaches, is leading an effort to bring the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) youth mountain biking program to Missouri, with races starting as early as fall 2019.

“We don’t do enough for junior cycling,” Mileski said. “You go to a mountain bike race in Missouri, and there are three kids at the start, lined up with the adults. But you go to Utah or Arkansas, where they have NICA leagues, and you have hundreds of kids competing in their own races, against other kids on kid-friendly courses, being cheered on by their schoolmates and families.”

Under Mileski’s proposed Missouri High School Cycling League, teams from high schools around the state would participate in five or six races, one every two weeks starting in September and running through the fall. The league would oversee the development, training and education of teams and coaches in their communities, using NICA’s proven standards and guidelines.

MoBikeFed comment: The Missouri Interscholastic Cycling League is now up and running. Check it out or get involved at:

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