Happy Holiday Season As we head into the heart of the holiday season we begin to focus on the most important things in life; family, friends, and goo


Happy Holiday Season

As we head into the heart of the holiday season we begin to focus on the most important things in life; family, friends, and good will to others. At the SoCal League we are exceedingly grateful for all of the people who support our program. We have generous sponsors and donors, coaches who go above and beyond what anyone might hope for, parents willing to help student-athletes who don't belong to them, volunteers who ask nothing more than a simple thank you, and student-athletes who not only compete on the race course but give of their time and energy to support the trails and their community.

Though we are a competitive high school sports league, we like to think that racing is only one facet of what we stand for. It's something we can all rally and plan around but, in the big picture, activities like the one highlighted below can have at least as much impact on our student-athletes.

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Bike Angels

The City of Burbank is wrapping up its 3RD annual “Burbank Bike Angels Program.” In 2009, a volunteer group of city employees and local residents from Burbank started looking for donations of old bicycles from throughout the community. In partnership with the Salvation Army, the plan was to repair and refurbish these bicycles to nearly new condition. Once restored, the bicycles are distributed to underprivileged children through the Salvation Army, which takes requests from needy families for Christmas presents. “When families come in to fill out the Angel Tree tags, they usually include what the kids need, like socks, shoes and other clothing,” said Salvation Army Lt. Kari Rudd. “But what the kids want is a bicycle — it’s the tree topper of all toys.” In its first year in 2009, the program delivered 10 bicycles. Now in its 3rd year the program is just delivered 146 bicycles for Christmas!

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Kevin Meza and Jay Parks of Burroughs HS turn a donated bike into holiday magic.

This year, members of the Burroughs Racing Crew stepped up and pitched in to help with these efforts. Our riders took time out of their busy academic schedules to pick up a wrench and work on some of these bikes. Burroughs rider Jay Parks participated in the program, “Because it’s important to help people out in need.” Jay also went on to say, “If I was in need I would want to get a bike for Christmas too.” When asked how he would describe his experience volunteering in this program Jay said, “It was fun! I got to learn a lot about fixing bikes too!”

Kevin Meza, another Burroughs rider involved in the program said, “This is a great program. It feels good to know I’m making a difference and giving back.”

The Burroughs Racing Crew is looking forward to making our participation in this program a yearly event as our way to “give back” to our community.

Maurizio Barba
Team Director
John Burroughs HS


2011 NICA Awards

The second annual NICA Awards banquet is an annual event to recognize and celebrate NICA’s outstanding student-athletes, dedicated coaches, and passionate volunteer community who support the high school mountain biking revolution. The banquet will take place on Saturday January 14, 2012 at the CLIF Bar & Company headquarters in Emeryville, CA and will feature the presentation of awards as well as an in depth interview with pro mountain biker Adam Craig who will trace his path from a high school mountain bike club through winning the Junior World Championship through his professional career and on to his quest to compete in the London 2012 Olympics.

The 2011 awards recognize student-athletes, coaches, volunteers, and partners from the four NICA leagues active in 2012; NorCal, SoCal, Colorado, and Washington. We are thrilled to recognize these dedicated NICA members and proud that the SoCal League is very well represented amongst the awardees. A full press-release announcing the 2011 awardees is coming soon.

For more information on the NICA Awards, the NICA Awards banquet, and the 2010 NICA Award winners, click HERE.

2012 Winter Rider Camps

The SoCal League is pleased to host 3 rider camps ahead of the start of the spring 2012 racing season. Two one day camps and one two day camp.

The one day camps are open to all League riders as well as middle school riders (grades 6-8) who have some riding experience. They are geared toward beginner and intermediate riders interested in learning or refreshing basic skills, meeting new League friends, and going for a good group ride with riders of similar skill and fitness level. Day camps are being offered at the Stumpgrinder Dirt Club in Los Olivos (the State Championships venue) on Sunday January 22nd and at Bonelli Park in San Dimas on Sunday January 29th.

The two day camp is an intensive skills camp. We are bringing in NICA skills guru Lee McCormack for this camp. Minimum requirement for this camp is one year racing experience in any NICA league. For those who have taken a Lee McCormack clinic, you know there are few people who can break down riding dynamics as well as Lee. For those experienced riders wishing to enhance their skills this is a rare opportunity.

Registration is open and riders can sign up HERE.

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Coaches work through a scenario at WFA-MTB

Wilderness First Aid for Mountain Bikers Report

Mountain biking, like any other sporting activity, has inherent risks. As a conscientious program entrusted with high school student-athletes the SoCal League strives to minimize and mitigate the risks involved in our sport.

One of the cornerstones of that risk management program is our Wilderness First Aid for Mountain Bikers (WFA-MTB) class. Through WFA-MTB attendees learn the necessary skills to prevent as many incidents as possible through a combination of ride area assessment, equipment, communication, and pre-planning. They then learn how to calmly react to and address incidents that do arise so that those involved have the best possible outcome.

We are proud that on the weekend of December 10-11; 28 coaches, 1 volunteer, and 3 student-athletes completed the WFA-MTB course at our host school, Crescenta Valley HS. Additionally, 14 coaches, 1 volunteer, and 3 student-athletes completed the CPR course we offered alongside WFA-MTB. We sincerely thank all who attended for their commitment to the well being of those in their care!

SoCal Facebook Pages

The SoCal League has two official presences on facebook. We have left our facebook "group" and gone to a facebook "page" for general league information. Please "like" and share the official SoCal League page by clicking HERE.

We also have a group for our coaches and staff to interact. This is a closed "group" called the SoCal High School Cycling League Coach Zone. If you are currently a coach, a volunteer that is part of the ongoing management at races, or seriously considering launching a new club you can ask to join by clicking HERE.


January 28: Beginner/Intermediate Rider Camp, Los Olivos

January 29: Beginner/Intermediate Rider Camp, Bonelli Park

February 4-5: Intermediate/Advanced Rider Camp, Riverside

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