Live slow. Ride Fast. Finish It!

About

The Boulder High School Mountain Bike Team (BHS MTB) was founded by Head Coach Ben Boyer in 2010. It is a charter member of the Colorado High School Cycling League, which is sanctioned by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).

The team has grown rapidly since its founding, having over 80 team members in 2014. It is the largest high school mountain bike team in the state.

BHS MTB is the reigning Colorado State Champion, and won three consecutive titles between 2010 and 2012.

Why mountain biking?

Mountain Biking is a life-long sport. The BHS MTB team focuses on individual growth, teamwork, hard work and FUN! We provide students with the skills to achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross country mountain biking goals in a safe and
fun environment. Training with our team provides life lessons in fitness, nutrition, self-discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Team

Who Can Be On the Team?
Any Boulder High School student, age 13-19 (on January 1 of the school year). We can no longer accommodate “independent” riders (riders from another school that don’t have a team).

How Do I Join the Team?
Sign up here.

When are Practices Held?
Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4PM – 6:30PM, starting from the Science Wing. The team also rides Sunday mornings, usually 8AM – 12PM. Starting points vary and will be announced each Friday through the email list and in the BHS MTB blog.

Where Does the Team Practice?
Most of our practice rides are in Boulder City and County Open Space, including Marshall Mesa, Heil Ranch, Hall Ranch, Picture Rock and Betasso Link Trail.

Can parents ride with the team?
YES! Ride leaders for Tuesday and Thursday afternoon practices are especially needed. Please contact Coach Boyer at ben.boyer@bvsd.org.

Races

Where and When Are the Races?
Race information can be found here or visit the Colorado High School Cycling League website.

How Do Races Work?
NICA Quick Start Guide

Are there rules?
Yes. 2015 NICA Rules & Guidelines

Is emergency medical support available at races?
Yes. The League provides emergency medical teams, which include EMTs and paramedics. The teams are at the race site on race day, as well as the day before for pre-rides. During the race, ten to fifteen stationary and roving course marshals are in immediate radio contact with the medical team, as needed.

How can I help out?
Be a course marshall or fill another volunteer position through the Colorado High School Cycling League.

High School Mountain Bike Team Organizations:

National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)
NICA is the national governing body for grades 9-12 inter-scholastic cross-country mountain biking.

Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops high school mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events, and supports every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character through their efforts on the bike.

Colorado High School Cycling League
The Colorado High School Cycling was established in 2009 and is an associate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).

The League provides a well-defined race season that promotes the formation of teams at public and private high schools. With the cooperation of local race promoters and our sponsors we put together a first class series of races designed for high school aged riders. A primary focus is to develop strong mind, bodies and characters by engaging juniors in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling.

Photographs and Videos

Is There a Team Photo?
Yes. A group team photos has been taken by a professional photographer each year. A copy has been provided to each team member as part of their team membership.

How do I view and download pictures from Flickr?
Our Flickr handle is boulderhighmtb. Access it here.

If you have other questions, contact Coach Boyer at ben.boyer@bvsd.org.