About the Boulder High Mountain Bike Team

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 well over 100 team members in 2019. It is the largest high school mountain bike team in the state and about the third largest in the nation.

BHS MTB is the reigning Colorado State Champion, and won eight titles between 2010 and 2019.

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 ups happen in May and June each year. When sign ups are open a link will be available on our Join the Team Page.

When are Practices Held?

Beginning in 2020 (virus related health regulations permitting), the team will practice four days a week.  Mondays and Wednesdays will generally be for freshman and sophomores.  Tuesdays and Thursdays will generally be for juniors and seniors.  There will be some exceptions.

Practice begins and ends at school.  Details are communicated via TeamSnap.

Where Does the Team Practice?

Most of our practice rides are in Boulder City and County Open Space, including Marshall Mesa, Heil Ranch, Betasso, and other locations.  Groups numbers and coordination are regulated by senior coaching staff and in accordance with rules and regulations.

Can parents ride with the team?

All coaches must be certified by NICA and The Colorado League.  If one is interested in becoming a coach, contact help.boulderhighmtb@gmail.com to be put in touch with current new coach coordinator.

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.  Colorado League races have become large, complex, and professional events.

How can I help out?

Volunteers are welcomed and cruicial.  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.  This is an important tradition.

How do I view and download pictures from Flickr?

Our Flickr handle is boulderhighmtb. Access it here.
If you have other questions, email: boulderhighMTB@gmail.com