For the past 5 years, Specialized has organized a 6-day Ride to Vegas charity ride with key dealers and staff. Fully-supported by the superstars at Western Spirit this year’s ride is in support of NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association). With Utah high school mountain biking kicking off this past Saturday in Park City, it was perfect timing to hear from the Utah High School Cycling League as well.

The kickoff dinner featured the NICA President, Doug Selee giving the lay of the land with NICA and the state of high school mountain biking. He mentioned that there are three new states coming online next season. The official announcement will come next week at Interbike. Selee brings years of experience in the non-profit space and looks to help guide NICA’s vision to take mountain biking to all 50 states by 2020.

Lori Harward, Executive Director of the Utah High School Cycling League and Mike Sinyard, Founder and Chariman of Specialized Bicycles.

The stars of the evening were the high school racers with a handful on-hand, including the current series leader (sporting his leader jersey). If you’re interested in volunteering at any of the upcoming races, visit the volunteer page.

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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