Contents: 1. Directors' Note 2. 2013 Registration Open 3. Scholarship Applications Due August 26th 4. Optic Nerve Promotion Supports Colorado Leag



1. Directors' Note
2. 2013 Registration Open
3. Scholarship Applications Due August 26th
4. Optic Nerve Promotion Supports Colorado League
5. Racer Categories and Individual Rules
6. Volunteer at Races and Earn a New Primal Colorado League Jersey
8. Calendar


Core supporters raised money for Colorado League, COMBA and Trips for Kids at the Bailey HUNDO race.

Director's Note

The 2013 race season of the Colorado High School Cycling League opens with the Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede September 8th. Volunteer for the race series and earn a Primal jersey (see more below).

Register now and prepare for a rewarding season of riding trails, making new friends, and mentoring those new to the program. Scholarships are available to reduce barriers for coaches, teams and riders to participate (see more below).

The steady growth and stable foundation of the Colorado League is the direct result of the tireless commitment of passionate partners. More than 200 sponsors, coaches, volunteers, student athletes, and Board Members have contributed to the Colorado League since the inaugural season in 2010!

This video
produced by Austin Smart, Let the Bike Roll Productions shows the importance and rewards gained by providing a solid program where youth, with the guidance of exceptional coaches, create a positive peer culture, while engaging in a healthy lifelong outdoor activity.

Remember to participate in a local trail project and get involved to ensure recreational access. Check out the Optic Nerve promotion and the calendar of events below where your participation contributes to including the Colorado League and/or a local team.

We look forward to seeing familiar faces and welcome new teams, riders, coaches, and volunteers to join in the dirt revolution.

Grateful to all our pedal partners,

Kate Rau

Pit Zone Log in

2013 Registration Open

Registration is open for the 2013 season. Team Directors for all returning teams have received an email inviting them to register their team in the NICA Online Pit Zone.

Returning racers are re-invited into the Pit Zone registration system. New racers need to provide an email address to their coaches to receive an invitation link.

New independent racers and Team Directors please contact Kate Rau to receive a registration invitation. You will receive an email from the NICA Pit Zone "". Go to the invitation hyperlink to create a user profile in the Pit Zone. If you need an invitation to register a new or existing team, please contact
Kate Rau.

Login and start inviting coaches and riders to join your team. Team Directors can re-invite riders and coaches from the previous season.

Team Fees:
Division II Teams (11 or less members):
Compliant with licensed Team Director: $100 (includes insurance)
Non-compliant: $250 (includes insurance)

Division I Teams (12 or more members)
Compliant with licensed Team Director: $225 (includes insurance)
Non-compliant: $375 (includes insurance)

Coach Fees:
Coach license renewal fee: $25
Background check: $24
To complete a background check sign up here.

Deadline for Team and Coach registration is August 26th. Late fees will be applied starting August 27th.

Rider Fees:
$50 CO League/NICA rider membership fee
$40 entry per race
Many questions regarding Pit Zone registration can be answered here.

If a rider wishes to join a team and not race the must pay the $50 Colorado League/NICA membership fee and submit all forms.

NICA Booster

Scholarship Applications Due August 26th

Thanks to the generous support of many people at the 2013 Colorado League Cyclefest with Heather Irmiger and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski we are able to offer financial financial assistance to riders, coaches and teams. Support from the NICA Booster Fund in 2013 increases our ability to expand access to Colorado League programs, especially student-athletes, teams, and coaches from underrepresented areas and disadvantaged backgrounds

Scholarship applications are for amounts up to $500 and must be submitted by August 26th. Funds can be applied toward travel expenses, equipment, or coach education.

Rider Scholarship Application

Coach Scholarship Application

Team Scholarship Application

Monies are to offset expenses directly related to participation in the Colorado League and team activities. In partnership with NICA, we are promoting the mission for every American teen the opportunity to strengthen their body, mind and character through participation in NICA high school mountain biking.

Racer Categories and Individual Rules

Racing category is based on grade and/or on previous year's results. Team Directors and riders can view their 2013 assigned placement category based on last year’s results, here.

For riders who are Freshman, their category is automatically Freshman. Below is a summary of category placements. It is highly recommended to race according to the guidelines outlined below. If a coach or a student-athlete believes that a rider should race in a different category please consider this carefully. Riders can petition to change their category placement by filling out a petition with their coach and parent. Send the petition to Kate Rau.

For further information about how categories were calculated see the NICA Rules and Guidelines.

Who can participate in the Colorado NICA League?
* All students who attend public or private high school (grades 9-12) in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Home-schoolers are also welcome to compete on local composite teams.

Students to ages 13-19 (In the case of 19 year olds, they must turn 19 on or after January 1
of that school year/season, in the case of 13 year olds, they must turn 13 on or before January 1 of that school year/season).
Independent riders are welcome to join. Please contact Kate Rau to be invited into the Pit Zone and register for the season.

Optic Nerve Neurotoxin

Optic Nerve Promotion Supports Colorado League

Optic Nerve is an active sponsor of the Colorado League. The have a broad array of quality eyewear for year round outdoor pursuits. From now until August 31st purchase any Optic Nerve product and receive 30% off and 10% of the proceeds will support the Colorado League. Use the promotion code: COMTB when you order. Protect your eyes with a high quality pair of sunglasses or googles!

For nearly 25 years Optic Nerve has been a leader in the sport sunglass industry. Countless years, have been spent in the mountains of Colorado testing and refining their products to deliver only the finest sunglasses on the market. It all comes down to what Optic Nerve stands for - intelligence, awareness, and style. Intelligence in the way they build eyewear; with only the finest, durable frame material and highest quality lenses. Awareness in what the stand for and the non-profit youth organizations they associate ourselves with. As for style, the product line speaks for itself.

Thanks to Optic Nerve for making quality products and taking care of people for more than a quarter of a century!

Black CO League Jersey

2013 Colorado League Primal jersey.

Volunteer at Races to Earn a New Primal Colorado League Jersey

It takes a “village” to put on quality youth mountain bike races. Getting involved with race production is a fun and rewarding experience. The first 5 volunteers who sign up and complete 4 hours of volunteering will earn a new Primal Colorado League jersey.

Sweep a group of racers, watch the action up close as a course marshal, or sell Colorado League merchandise. We have venue and course set-up opportunities the Saturday before each race, and many volunteer opportunities on race day (Sunday).

Volunteering is as easy as ABC: 

A. Check out the various Saturday and Sunday volunteer positions available here.

 Click the Sign Up to Volunteer button to login with VolunteerSpot. Here you will confirm your position and find useful guides for each volunteer position.

C. We’ll see you at the volunteer tent to sign you in and review your position at the time specified. You will receive confirmation emails regarding your commitment.

Race Dates and Venues:

Race 1 Sept 8 Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede, Granby
Race 2 Sept 22 Cloud City Challenge, Leadville
Race 3 Oct 6 Peaceful Valley Invitational, Elbert
Race 4 Oct 20 Haymeadow Classic, State Championship, Eagle

If you have any questions or need help signing up, please e-mail


August 1-31 Cycle Burn Challenge
August 8, Singletrack High, Leadville Mining Museum, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
August 17 Prestige Imports Vuelta A Salida
August 21, Singletrack High, Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Sept 1 Cirque du Wheels, Keystone
Sept 8 Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede, Granby
Sept 22 Cloud City Challenge, Leadville
Sept 29 Nederland Oktoberfest 25 mile mountain bike race
Oct 6 Peaceful Valley Invitational, Elbert
Oct 20 Haymeadow Challenge, State Championship, Eagle

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