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Contents September 2021

1. Sept. 20th Deadline: Race #2 XC, Coach, and Team Scholarships
2. Neutral Support at Races - Wheat Ridge Cyclery, Scots Bicycle Service
3. Race Awards and State Championship Criteria
4. Alpine Bank Scholarships - State Championship Travel & Collegiate
5. 2021 Season Award Nominations - Due Oct.18th
6. Race Weekend Volunteers Needed
7. Race Venue Protocols: COVID and E-Bikes
8. Know Before You Go - Rulebook
9. Member Benefits
10. Calendar
1. Sept. 20th Deadline: Race #2 XC, Coach, and Team Scholarships
2. Neutral Support at Races - Wheat Ridge Cyclery, Scots Bicycle Service
3. Race Awards and State Championship Criteria
4. Alpine Bank Scholarships - State Championship Travel & Collegiate
5. 2021 Season Award Nominations - Due Oct.18th
6. Race Weekend Volunteers Needed
7. Race Venue Protocols: COVID and E-Bikes
8. Know Before You Go - Rulebook
9. Member Benefits
10. Calendar
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Durango Cheering

Durango and Animas cheers for all the racers.

Director's Note

The positive energy generated by all involved is off the chain! The spirited exuberance demonstrated by teams, the resilience of riders, and the generosity of time and resources by sponsors, volunteers, and supporters keep the mission rolling.

Thanks to Head Coach Anita Wilke of the new Riverdale Ridge team to take the time to express the impact and ethos of the movement.

"More kids cheered for the last finishers than the top bikers. In all of my years of coaching in Wyoming and here in Colorado..., I have not witnessed the camaraderie in competing teams, (and) the accountability for our young riders....

Thank you for creating this and growing it into one of the most amazing kid/parent-friendly non-profits in the state of Colorado.... the Colorado League allows kids of other sports and activities to participate alongside their other activities/jobs/family life etc. It promotes camaraderie, inclusiveness, and equality like no other organization I have ever been a part of."

Thank you all, especially coaches, for continuing to create a community that fosters self-confidence, healthy habits, and a positive peer group.

Looking forward to more riding and shining,
Kate Rau, Executive Director and Team

Telluride Mountain School Team

Telluride Mountain School team members at Chalk Creek.

Girls at the Finish

Racers celebrate one another's efforts in Steamboat.

1. Sept 20th Deadlines: Race Registration by Noon, Coach and Team Scholarships

Traditional XC races will be in Eagle and Snowmass! Every category is assigned a start time. Racers in their respective category will be staged according to their individual rank. If racers are late to staging, they are not allowed to move to their call-up position. They will be staged where the staging staff directs them. Please be sure to know your staging time.

How many laps does each category ride?

NEW lap counts for 2021.

3 laps = Varsity Boys and Girls, approximately 18 miles
2 laps = JV Boys and Girls, approximately 12 miles
2 laps = Soph Boys and Girls, approximately 12 miles
2 laps = Freshmen, approximately 12 miles

Regions and teams are assigned a specific location and race day. Riders and teams cannot change their race day. If you have questions about registration, contact registration@coloradomtb.org.

Race registration is online ONLY and closes NOON, Monday before every race weekend

Steps to be Race Ready

1. Colorado League Membership Fee
2. Race Registration Fee - check your profile & auto-confirmation receipts
3. Read the race flyer for specific information for:
1. Colorado League Membership Fee
2. Race Registration Fee - check your profile & auto-confirmation receipts
3. Read the race flyer for specific information for:
▪ Weekend Schedule
▪ Start times: - Call-up lists will be published by Thursday before the race weekend
▪ Race plates are distributed by coaches on site. Be sure to keep them all season. There is a $10 replacement fee.
▪ Racecourse details
▪ Lodging and camping information
▪ Venue specific requirements
▪ Check COtrip for the most up-to-date road conditions.
▪ Weekend contest #2 is "Tattoos"
Weekend Schedule
Start times: - Call-up lists will be published by Thursday before the race weekend
Race plates are distributed by coaches on site. Be sure to keep them all season. There is a $10 replacement fee.
Racecourse details
Lodging and camping information
Venue specific requirements
Check COtrip for the most up-to-date road conditions.
Weekend contest #2 is "Tattoos"

Register by NOON, Monday September 20, for Race #2 All Regions

2021 Haymaker Classic North Conference

Platte and Yampa race in Eagle, Sept. 25-26. Click on image for race details.

2021 Snowmassive Chase Cover Sheet

Crystal and Piedra race in Snowmass. Click on image for details.

Coach and Team Scholarship Applications – Due Sept. 20th

There are many scholarships available to riders, coaches, and teams. Yeti Cycles doubled their investment to honor the legacy of Sam Schneider a Colorado League, Mountain Vista team alum.

We are committed to making our program accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Whether a coach, team, or individual rider, scholarships are provided to offset expenses related to participation in Colorado League activities.

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Rob at WRC Working on a Bike

Carl Smith, Wheat Ridge Cyclery Mechanic.

2. Neutral Support at Races - Wheat Ridge Cyclery & Scots Bicycle Service

Who are the folks that keep your bike rolling at races? It is a collaboration of generous supporters:

▪ Wheat Ridge Cyclery
▪ Scots Bicycle Service
▪ Squirt
▪ SRAM
Wheat Ridge Cyclery
Scots Bicycle Service
Squirt
SRAM

We are grateful for these organizations' commitment to youth!

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3. Race Awards and State Championship Criteria

Race weekends are full of spirited competition. Various awards are presented during a race weekend. Award recipients for Race #1 ITT will be acknowledged during the Race #2 award ceremony. Awards include:

Team:

▪ Top 3 per region and division
▪ Spirit contest, 1 per region per weekend
Top 3 per region and division
Spirit contest, 1 per region per weekend

Individual:

▪ Top 5 per category for regular series and State Championships
▪ Yeti Skills zone, male and female per region per weekend
▪ Slingshot, rider with most improvement from the previous race, relative to field size, 1 male and female per region per weekend, applicable to Race #2, #3, and State Championships
Top 5 per category for regular series and State Championships
Yeti Skills zone, male and female per region per weekend
Slingshot, rider with most improvement from the previous race, relative to field size, 1 male and female per region per weekend, applicable to Race #2, #3, and State Championships

The points leader for each category and region will receive a Leader jersey at the next race to wear. A regional Champion jersey will be awarded at race #3. This is based on the most points earned. The Toyota Slingshot recipient will receive a special Slingshot jersey.

Slingshot
Yampa Leader
Platte Champ Jersey Back

Specific criteria are required to qualify for the State Championship race in Durango, Oct 23-24. Team division awards will be presented. Individual awards by category will be awarded 5 places deep.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP CRITERIA

If a rider does not meet the criteria, there is an exception petition process. Please CAREFULLY read the petition prior to submission.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP EXCEPTION PETITION

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4. Alpine Bank Scholarships - State Championship Travel & Collegiate 2022 Graduates

Who is ready for a road trip to Durango? Platinum sponsor Alpine Bank provides 4 travel scholarships for the State Championship race weekend in Durango. Each scholarship is $500 for a grand total of $2,000.

Alpine Bank - State Championship Travel Scholarship - Due Oct. 18th

Considering attending college in Colorado and participating on the cycling team in fall of 2022? Alpine Bank distributes $500 to 6 Colorado League student-athletes to Spring 2022 graduates.

Alpine Bank Collegiate Scholarship - Due June 1, 2022

Congratulations to the 2021 Graduates who received this valuable support.

▪ Kirianna McNerney, Manitou Springs
▪ Jacob Baker, Rock Canyon
▪ Peyton Wilkerson, Estes Park
▪ Liam Goettelman, Summit
▪ Luke Eddington, Legend
▪ Declan Knies, Rocky Mountain
Kirianna McNerney, Manitou Springs
Jacob Baker, Rock Canyon
Peyton Wilkerson, Estes Park
Liam Goettelman, Summit
Luke Eddington, Legend
Declan Knies, Rocky Mountain
Crested Butte Dirty Face

Crested Butte rider after racing hard in Leadville.

Boulder Summit Varsity Girls

Legacy Varsity racer Samantha Hessel sprinting in Frisco.

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5. 2021 Colorado League Season Awards - Due Oct. 18th

We are fueled by the inspiration demonstrated by all involved! Everyone associated with the Colorado League is a champion in their own right. To recognize coaches, racers, volunteers, and peers please nominate a worthy candidate that embodies the inclusive philosophy of the Colorado League where leadership, character, and a healthy lifestyle are fostered.

Awards range from Coaches, Student-Athletes, to Partner Organizations. The recipients will be recognized Saturday, October 23rd during the Awards Ceremony on Durango Mesa.

Please consider nominations carefully. It is recommended that all nominees have participated in the League for at least 2 years. We recommend that you consider participants beyond your team.

For your reference, the 2020 Season Award Recipients are described HERE.

2021 Colorado Season Awards Nominations - Due October 18th

SRAM sponsors the Golden Pick Award for the team that volunteers the most trail work hours per rider.

Golden Pick -Submit Team Trail Hours - Due Oct. 18th

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Rover Volunteer Nathrop

Roving Course Marshals one of the many volunteer positions.

6. Race Weekend Volunteers - Sign Up

Race weekends are inspiring, fun, and rewarding! Teams will experience firsthand the energetic buzz of the Colorado League community of coaches, teams, and families while supporting student-athletes.

Teams are assigned to “host” a race weekend. We ask teams to provide at least 1 volunteer per 4 athletes for each race weekend and 2 volunteers per 4 athletes for your “host” race.

Teams are assigned a weekend to rally members.

Platte & Yampa Team Weekend Volunteer Assignments

Crystal & Piedra Volunteer Weekend Assignments

PERKS for volunteers!

▪ Sweet volunteers t-shirt for 8-hours or more
▪ Parking volunteers get a $10 voucher, per shift, for the merchandise tent.
▪ All-day course marshals get lunch delivered to them by a friendly roving marshal.
▪ Volunteer of the day drawing each day.
Sweet volunteers t-shirt for 8-hours or more
Parking volunteers get a $10 voucher, per shift, for the merchandise tent.
All-day course marshals get lunch delivered to them by a friendly roving marshal.
Volunteer of the day drawing each day.
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Face Mask Sign

7. Race Venue Protocols: COVID and E-Bikes

We are pumped to gather and play in the dirt! Masks are required in three where people gather. Racers will only need to wear masks for about 15 minutes.

▪ Staging
▪ Start chute until 30 seconds to start
▪ Feed Zone (excluding racers)

All are responsible for following these requirements. Not adhering to these requirements will result in a Yellow-Level Consequence:

1st offense = Warning
2nd offense = 5-minute penalty or 50-point team penalty
3rd offense = 10-minute or 100-point team penalty

We strongly encourage everyone to get a free COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This will reduce the spread of the virus and increase everyone's safety and comfort.

Class 1 E-bikes are allowed on the trail systems in ONLY three venues:

▪ Frisco
▪ Nathrop
▪ Granby Ranch

Coaches may ride a Class 1 E-bike during pre-ride.
All other non-racers, such as parents and family members may ride a Class 1 E-bike after pre-ride has concluded.

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2021 Rulebook Cover Page v.4

Click here for the 2021 Rulebook.

8. Know Before You Go, Be Familiar with the Rules

Are you ready for a race weekend? Do you know how teams are scored? What is the staging process? Do you have to wear a helmet? Are there time penalties for receiving mechanical assistance or changing bikes?

Answers to all these questions can be found in the rulebook. It is linked in every race flyer and on the website.

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9. Member Benefits

We are extremely grateful for the support of each and every Colorado League sponsor. As a member of the League, many of these sponsors offer special discounts. Take advantage of your benefits more information is HERE.

Available Sponsor Discounts
* Toyota
* Honey Stinger
* Primal Wear
* Yeti Cycles
* Optic Nerve
* Osprey
* TREK
* Feedback Sports
* RackStarz
* Roll Massif Sunrise to Sunset
* Saris Racks
* Squirt Lube
* The Pro’s Closet
* Today’s Plan
* Lee Likes Bikes - RideLogic Classes

Calendar

2021 Colorado League & Partnering Evens visit the Website Calendar for more events and deadlines.

Colorado Race Season Schedule

Partnering Events

October 2-3 Yeti Beti Bike Bash | Lakewood, CO
October 14 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships | Durango, CO

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Their generosity keeps the wheels rolling!

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