ARIZONA HIGH SCHOOL CYCLING LEAGUE ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL CYCLEFEST APR. 27 IN PRESCOTT Mountain Biking Icon Juli Furtado Highlights Evening of Celeb

       

ARIZONA HIGH SCHOOL CYCLING LEAGUE ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL CYCLEFEST APR. 27 IN PRESCOTT

Mountain Biking Icon Juli Furtado Highlights Evening of Celebration and Festivities That Also Includes Silent Auction and Encore Screening of "SingleTrack High"

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Scottsdale, Ariz., Apr. 1, 2013 – The Arizona High School Cycling League, in cooperation with Epic Rides, will be hosting its first annual CycleFest fundraising event at the historic Elks Theatre in Prescott, Ariz. on Apr. 27. A rare public speaking appearance by cycling legend Juli Furtado highlights the evening, which also includes a silent auction and an encore screening of the film "SingleTrack High." All proceeds support the League and its mission of providing safe, quality high school mountain bike programs for student-athletes and teams from public, charter and private schools throughout the state.

Where: Elks Theatre | 117 E Gurley St | Prescott, AZ 86303
Who: Arizona High School Cycling League
What: Drinks, silent auction, guest speaker Juli Furtado and an encore screening of “SingleTrack High.”
When: April 27, 5:30 p.m.
Why: Fundraiser and promotional event for the Arizona High School Cycling League
Tickets: $25, available now online or at the door

To learn more about the event, visit www.arizonamtb.org/events/cyclefest.

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Juli Furtado, or Queen Juli, is an icon in the world of mountain biking. Furtado shared a winter sports background familiar to more than a few cyclists, growing up skiing in Vermont. In 1980, she was named to the U.S. Ski Team where she competed until 1987. Furtado left skiing when knee injuries ultimately led her to transition to the bicycle as a means of rehabbing her six reconstructive knee surgeries.

After winning the U.S. National Road Racing title in 1989, Juli graduated from the University of Colorado’s Business School in 1991. She then switched her focus to mountain biking, amassing a long string of international World Cup victories and national titles. In short time she won 3 overall World Cup titles, 2 World Championships and 5 National titles. Juli’s still the only mountain biker to win both Cross Country and Downhill world titles. In 1994, she had an amazing run of 17 first place finishes out of 18 events, only losing the last race of the season. Sports Illustrated named her as one of the top 100 women athletes in the 20th century, the only mountain biker to achieve this honor.

Furtado’s historic career took a dramatic turn during her 1996 season, which would include her participation in the Olympics. Furtado had begun feeling lethargic and her racing season was suffering and placed 10th in the Olympics. In 1997, Furtado was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune disease most often referred to as Lupus, ultimately ending her career.

After retiring from racing, Juli moved to northern California and enjoyed time away from mountain biking to regroup and pursue other endeavors, including a stint as a radio news announcer, interviewing homeless people, and sitting on the board of a non-profit organization helping children stricken with cancer. Twelve years ago she originated the idea for the first women’s specific bike, the Juliana (her full name), and worked with Santa Cruz Bicycles to develop the women’s market. Shortly thereafter Juli began helping Santa Cruz in their marketing and sponsorship department. Currently she is in the process of directing the production of an entire line of Juliana bikes, due to hit the market shortly.

Juli continues to live in northern California in a slightly chaotic household containing her partner Anouk, 5 year old son Wyatt, and a bunch of animals.

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At the age of 16, many American kids trade in two wheels for four. Trusty bicycles that once gave them freedom to explore on weekends now collect dust in the garage. For a growing number of high school students, however, two wheels don’t get dusty, they get dirty. Their lives continue to revolve around weekend rides, but now those rides have a finish line.

“SingleTrack High” follows a diverse group of high school student-athletes through the 2012 mountain bike racing season in the NorCal High School Cycling League. For Eliel, high school bike racing is a competitive outlet at the highest level. For Carlos, it is a means to escape the rough neighborhoods of South Sacramento. For Mackinzie and Allie, it is a chance to break into a sport traditionally dominated by the boys. These are some of the kids of “SingleTrack High,” Through their experiences, the film explores the positive impact high school mountain biking can have on boys and girls alike, from all walks of life.

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About the Arizona High School Cycling League

The Arizona High School Cycling League promotes personal development and teamwork through mountain biking, and encourages the formation of teams at public, charter and private high schools. With the cooperation of local race promoters and our sponsors, the League will organize a first class series of races to commence in the fall of 2013, designed for high school aged student-athletes. The League makes high school racing the easiest route for youth to get involved in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling.

The League is generously supported by founding league sponsor Pivot Cycles, founding national sponsor Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as establishing sponsors Easton Foundations, SRAM and Trek Bicycles; major sponsors Sho-Air, Clif Bar & Company, Clif Foundation, Primal Wear, Quality Bicycle Products, Epic Rides, GU Sports, Kinetic, Maxxis, DNA Cycles, Empire Cat, Enve Composites, Mountain Bike Association of Arizona, Trek Bicycle Store of West Phoenix, CamelBak, Feedback Sports, Ft. Lewis College, Fox Racing Shox, and Ritchey Designs; media partners Mountain Bike Action, Dirt Rag, and Cyclingnews. For more information on the League visit www.arizonamtb.org or contact Mike Perry at mike@arizonamtb.org, Tel 480.636.0698.

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