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Give Back Tahoe: Nevada Interscholastic Cycling League

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Strong Bodies, Strong Mind, Strong Character through efforts on the bike. It’s really fun too!

There is no bench. There are no cuts. As the Nevada Interscholastic Cycling League kicks off its inaugural mountain bike season late this summer and early fall, everyone is welcome — regardless of any prior experience on the bike. The Nevada league is one of the newest members of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, whose mantra is, "More Kids On Bikes!" It's all about the fun: the chance to make friends, get fit and enjoy the beauty of Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. Students, teachers, parents and community members are all invited to participate.

"One of my favorite aspects of interscholastic mountain biking is the community it creates; the ability for parents to be involved with their kids during practice and on race day makes it an activity for the entire family, a lifestyle that extends outside the school to vacations and family outings," said league director Doug Bedient.

This fall, starting at the end of August through mid-October, the Nevada league will provide cross -country racing opportunities to middle and high school students from all over Nevada and the Eastern Sierra through four events. These events provide opportunities for student-athletes to experience mountain bike racing in a student-only, fun, safe, and supportive environment — and while competitive, are meant to be a celebration of the outdoors, a culmination of all the adventure athletes have undertaken throughout the summer and fall months. Recognition is provided through individual and team scoring, with both specific race and overall season awards.

For more information on how to get involved, start a club or team at your school, or help support the Nevada league through a sponsor partnership or donation, contact Bedient by emailing doug@nevadamtb.org. The Nevada league is a project league as part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. Visit http://www.nevadamtb.org online to find out more.