2018 Colorado League Season Award Recipients Everyone associated with the Colorado League is a champion in his or her own right! The Colorado League


2018 Colorado League Season Award Recipients

Everyone associated with the Colorado League is a champion in his or her own right! The Colorado League established Season Awards in 2010 to recognize those who made outstanding contributions to our mission. The recipients embody NICA's 5 Core Principles of developing strong minds, bodies, and characters, in an environment that is inclusive and equal.

There are countless student-athletes, volunteers, and partners who shine! These inspirational stories represent the positive impacts provided by the dedicated members of this passionate, close-knit community. We are grateful to all who contribute to establishing and sustaining the magic of the dirt revolution.

Coach of the Year - North and South

Acknowledges a head coach whose qualities as a leader and motivator, embodies the mission to provide student-athletes with the coaching and camaraderie to help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive goals in a safe and enjoyable manner.

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Coach Torrey Carroll, South Coach of the Year

Torrey Carroll, Crested Butte – South Coach of the Year

In 2010, Torrey Carroll immediately stepped up to establish a team in Crested Butte. He is a professional educator and has raced mountain bikes for 2 decades. Torrey cultivates a holistic, fun environment. His mantra is "Safety first, fun second, competition third!" He attends to every riders’ personal goals with humble kindness. He strongly advocates the positive power of mountain biking on youth and families. The team has flourished as a result of Torrey’s dedicated, unassuming leadership.

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Marla Dyer-Biggin, North Coach of the Year

Marla Dyer-Biggin, Summit – North Coach of the Year

Marla’s oldest son raced in 2010. After he graduated, she started a team in Summit County, secured sponsors, raised funds, and built a website. She is an avid champion for the student-athletes by establishing letter criteria and promoting their accomplishments to the local press. The team has thrived under her kind, quiet determination. Marla was very helpful in securing the Frisco race venue. She provides constructive feedback about League rules, a constant at Coach Summits, and is highly respected for her thoughtfulness. Marla certainly exhibits the deeper meaning of Aloha spirit.

All-Star Team - North and South

Acknowledges a team that displays exceptional leadership skills, extraordinary sportsmanship, and a commitment to their coaches, athletes, and volunteers, provides service to their communities, and consistently goes above and beyond assisting with race production.

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Steamboat - North Team of the Year

Steamboat, All-Star Team - North

Blair Seymour, Head Coach of the relatively small Division 1 team fosters a close family environment. The Steamboat team contributed 152 volunteer hours to race weekends. They graciously roll out the red carpet and welcome the high school race community to their hometown race. The team spends many hours maintaining and building trails in the area. They find creative ways to participate in the weekend spirit contests. Their veteran riders mentor new team members. They cheer for all competitors with animated energy. The team proudly represents their town and high school.

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Cheyenne Mountain - South Team of the Year

Cheyenne Mountain – All-Star Team, South

The Cheyenne Mountain team, led by Larry DeWitt and Doug Bursnall, contributed 98 volunteer hours to race weekends and enthusiastically participated in weekend spirit contests. They were vocal supporters of all teams and riders on the race course. The team members are very encouraging of one another and meet one another at the finish line celebrating everyone’s personal accomplishments. The team was established in 2010 and was able to convince their school principal to attend the Conference Championships where the team took first place overall in the Division 1 competition for the 2018 season. The team contributes time to local non-profits such as “Kids on Bikes” giving back to the community.

Exceptional Student-Athlete - Female and Male

Honors exemplary student-athletes whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others. They demonstrate outstanding leadership, sportsmanship, academic performance and volunteerism in their team, school, and community.

Alyssa Fienberg Durango

Alyssa Feinberg, Exceptional Female Student-Athlete.

Alyssa Feinberg, Fairview, Varsity Legacy Rider

Alyssa is an integral part of the Fairview Mountain Bike Team, competed in Varsity for 2 years and is a Legacy rider. As captain, she interacts with all members of the team. She organized presentations by Dr. Allen Lim about nutrition and race day preparation. She led team fundraisers and established a team scholarship for members who need financial assistance. She devoted countless hours to various youth cycling programs and the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.

Alyssa is a member of the National Honor Society, the Fairview Amnesty International Club, and the co-founder of the Fairview Orchestra Council. She is the founder of HappiHeadwear and you can find her products in 3 Title Nine Colorado stores. She is a true leader who shares her knowledge, experience, and joy for life through her many endeavors.

Chris Anderson in Eagle

Chris Anderson, Douglas County, Exceptional Male Student-Athlete

Chris Anderson, Douglas County, Varsity

Chris is an International Baccalaureate student who deeply believes in the power of interscholastic mountain biking. He joined the Douglas County team as a Freshman and “found his people”. The positive impact of riding and being part of a team inspired him to create the opportunity for a high school student who would benefit from the experience. Chris established the “Go Ride” scholarship fund to raise approximately $5,000 to purchase a bike, helmet, shoes, and other gear to reduce barriers to participation.

Chris is a leader on his team, mentors new riders, and earned Varsity status his Junior year. He donated original artwork to support the Primal Shift Art Party, a fundraiser for the Colorado League. He conducts himself with poise, works in a bike shop, and is extremely humble. He plans to expand the “Go Ride” fund to ensure more youth have the chance to be involved.

Most Improved Athlete - Male and Female

Recognizes student-athletes who worked hard to develop their skills, demonstrated consistent improvement and achieved many accomplishments during their tenure.

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Tristan Hanley, Loveland, Most Improved Male student-athlete

Tristan Hanley, Loveland, JV Legacy Rider

Tristan Hanley is a Legacy rider from Loveland. He started his Freshman year 58 of 63 competitors. He gradually improved and almost qualified for State Championships his Sophomore year. This sparked Tristan’s motivation going into his Junior year when he finished 45th of 148 at State Championships where the top 70 riders from each conference compete. As a Senior he focused on training and nutrition. These efforts resulted in a North Conference 14th Overall rank in JV and he placed 31st in a field of 159 contenders at 2018 State Championships. Tristan’s positive attitude focusing on fun the first 3 years, afforded him consistent advancement. He is easygoing and an excellent example of how internal drive brings success.

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Anya Boardman, Boulder High, Most Improved Female student-athlere

Anya Boardman, Boulder High, Varsity Legacy Rider

Anya joined the team in 9th grade and was very new to mountain biking. With her positive attitude and willingness to train hard, she steadily progressed. Anya earned Varsity status her Senior year and finished 10th Overall in the North Conference. This accomplishment was the result of her focus and passion for the sport. She placed 12th out of 53 competitors in the 2018 State Championships. Anya served as team captain, an honorable recognition of her character. She inspires others to achieve a high standard both on and off the trail. Anya models confidence and the ability to reach your aspirations.

Volunteer Service Award

Honors an exceptional volunteer with 2+ years of commitment. They demonstrate the values of the organization, are exemplary in their level of commitment, and are dedicated to the mission.

Kathy Fennel Award

Kathy Fennell (right), Volunteer Service Award.

Kathy Fennell, Cherry Creek Composite

Kathy is the proud mother of Varsity Legacy rider Abigail Fennell. She has been a solid volunteer at Colorado League race weekends for 4 years. She enjoys serving as a course marshal all day, which is critical to supporting a safe, welcoming format. Kathy “adopted” the Cherry Creek team by coordinating the team banquet, making a concerted effort to engage with all the team members, and helping the coaches with the many details of running a team.

She is a shining example of the many valuable contributions provided by the hundreds of volunteers that are necessary to host our weekends. We are beyond grateful for her sunny disposition and generous commitment to the program.

Trailblazer Award

Trailblazers are a student-athlete, coach, or community member who has persevered through challenging circumstances, overcame adversity and is a positive role-model.

Rylie at the Start

Rylie Young, Buena Vista, Trailblazer Award Recipient.

Rylie Young, Buena Vista, JV Legacy Rider

Rylie is the first female Legacy rider from the Buena Vista team. She survived multiple serious injuries while competing with her father at the 12 hours of Mesa Verde. These included several broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. Rylie is a skilled mountain biker and was determined to return to competition despite the long, arduous road to recovery. Late in the 2017 season, her doctors cleared her to ride and she insisted on competing to meet the Legacy requirement to race at least once per year while in high school. She competed in 2 races in 2017 and 3 in 2018 and earned Legacy status. Her shy constant smile displays tenacity and potently reflect her many triumphs. She has earned immense respect from her supportive team and peers. Rylie’s bravery and achievements are tremendous.

Isaac on the hill of death

Isaac Mohr, Evergreen, Trailblazer Award Recipient.

Isaac Mohr, Evergreen, JV Legacy Rider

Isaac is a team captain and Legacy rider who discovered the health benefits of mountain biking as a Freshman. The more he rode he realized how it contributed to his well-being. Isaac effectively manages mental health conditions and cycling is an important aspect of his self-care. He courageously advocates for awareness, access, and improvements to mental health services. Isaac openly discusses this topic and is making great strides in reducing the stigma associated with common mental health issues. His modest confidence and activism are truly impressive. Isaac’s caring concern for others and leadership at school earned him the prestigious Jeffco Hero Award.

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Christopher Ziemann, Trailblazer Award Recipient.

Christopher Ziemann, Golden High, Sophomore

Christopher started racing in 2017 as a Freshman. He has autism and was immediately embraced by the team despite assigning an individual coach to accompany him during practices. The team purchased a bike for him after he displayed serious commitment and incremental success. He was hooked and eagerly participated in every race. Golden Coaches Pete Townsend and Cynthia Hazel escorted him while he competed. The bike gave him freedom and expanded his options. In 2018, Christopher progressed to completing races without assistance. He is a loyal team member and traveled over 6 hours to support his teammates at State Championships in Durango. Christopher demonstrates tremendous courage as he continues to broaden his horizons with gusto.

Lena in Eagle

Lena Stolper, rides with her oxygen nasal canula, Trailblazer Award Recipient.

Lena Stolper, Ralston Valley, JV

Lena was born with a variety of challenges from autism to cysts on her lungs. As a child, she withstood many procedures to keep her alive and improve her ability to manage her various conditions. Her older brothers, who are Legacy riders with Ralston Valley, motivated her to participate in high school mountain biking. She competed in races while carrying an oxygen tank in a backpack accompanied by her father. The Ralston Valley coaches, including her brother Patrick, joyfully support her participation. Lena inspires us all.

Outstanding Partner Award

Recognizes an individual or organization whose outstanding partnership is integral to the success of the Colorado League's race series.

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Heather Otto (right), Podium Marketing accepts the Race Partner Award.

Your Hometown Toyota Stores, Presenting Sponsor

Your Hometown Toyota Stores support is fundamental to the Colorado League as the presenting sponsor. Their commitment to the mission of fostering healthy habits in youth and strengthening family bonds aligns with their corporate culture. “Toyota, has a strong commitment and an established tradition of supporting our local communities,” said Deck Hughes, President of the Denver Toyota Dealers Association. “Our group of six Toyota stores is thrilled to partner with the Colorado League. The League has grown year after year. We are very excited to align with youth mountain biking." We are extremely grateful for their generous support.

Please stop by any of their 6 locations to let them know they are valued partners.
AutoNation Toyota Arapahoe
Groove Toyota
Larry H. Miller Boulder Toyota
Mountain States Toyota
Stevinson Toyota East
Stevinson Toyota West

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Gaige Sippy, Outstanding Partner Award recipient.

Gaige Sippy, Race Director, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Once Gaige Sippy learned that the Durango Mesa may be available to host events, he quickly took action to get the Colorado League to hold a race in Durango. His race event expertise brought the dream to reality. He worked tirelessly gaining local support, obtaining permits, and coordinating trail construction. His acumen for bringing pizazz to events resulted in building a flyover in the figure-eight course. Gaige ensured an enjoyable and entertaining element to the premier Chamionship weekend for both riders and spectators. Gaige is a parent of 2 student-athletes, committed to showcasing Durango, and graciously hosted the Colorado League.

Moira Compton

Moira Montrose Compton, Race Partner Award recipient.

Moira Compton, Durango Mesa Manager

Moira was integral to navigating the myriad of details to allow the private landowner to support the proof of concept of hosting over 800 high school mountain bike racers. Her attention to every aspect of the season finale State Championship weekend in Durango was fundamental to the event’s success. She applied her exceptional organizational skills to all aspects of event production. Moira’s efforts were fundamental to ensure the weekend ran smoothly. Moira’s was extremely attentive and thanks to her efforts the weekend was very special. She is a parent of a Legacy rider and Moira knows the importance of making the weekend memorable.

Out of the Saddle Awards

Acknowledges individuals who are integral to the success of the Colorado League. Their years of commitment, dedication, expertise, and enthusiasm go above and beyond to make a difference in the organization.

Brian Stevenson

Brian Stevenson, Head Coach, San Luis Valley Composite, Out of the Saddle Award recipient.

Brian Stevenson, Head Coach, San Luis Valley Composite

In 2017, Brian selflessly embraced the daunting task of establishing a regional composite team in the San Luis Valley. He successfully engaged youth and families from many schools across an expansive area. He secured a grant and resources to provide substantial assistance in the economically disadvantaged region.

Brian faces challenges with ingenuity and resourcefulness. He is an avid advocate for the burgeoning mountain bike culture, an experienced youth athletic coach, and tremendous asset to the community. The team continues to thrive under Brian’s unassuming, dedicated leadership.

Dorothy Award

Dorothy Cothran (left), Head Coach, Teller County composite Out of the Saddle Award recipients.

Dorothy Cothran, Head Coach, Teller County Composite

Dorothy immediately shared her passion for mountain biking and youth when she started teaching at Woodlawn Park High School. The team was started in 2015 and was unable to gain much traction in this economically challenged area. The community was hesitant about the prospect of an unconventional interscholastic sport such as mountain biking.

Dorothy catapulted the team to the next level. She recruited coaches, secured sponsorship, engaged with school administrators, and received invaluable guidance from the neighboring Highlander Composite team. She expanded the visibility and acceptance of the sport locally. The team participated in the Woodlawn Park homecoming parade and the Principal attended 2 Colorado League races. Because of Dorothy’s passionate perseverance, the team will be formally recognized as the Woodland Park High mountain bike time in 2019.

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Halsay Lucas, Out of the Saddle Award recipient.

Halsey Lucas, Town of Eagle Open Space, Colorado League Legacy Rider from VSSA

Halsey takes immense pride in everything he does. He is a BMX State Champion, top-ranked freestyle skier, and member of the Colorado League race crew. When he was in 8th grade, he took initiative to ensure the Eagle race experience was exceptional. He monitored the adjacent BMX track to maintain an element of order for riders and to protect the structure built by him and his father.

During his career racing with VSSA, Halsey volunteered countless hours to race production. He was often sent home so he could rest and prepare for his own race. He is adept with tools, machinery, and has a keen eye for safety and venue layout. He works for the Town of Eagle Open Space, attends Mesa State, and is an Eagle Scout. We are extremely fortunate that Halsey applies his skills with enthusiastic professionalism to our events.

Paul Von Boek Award

Paul von Boeck,Highlander Composite, Out of the Saddle Award Recipient

Paul von Boeck, Highlander Composite

Paul began contributing to the Colorado League in 2010 when his son started competing. He founded the Highlander team in 2013. This small composite team progressively expanded, as did Paul’s contributions to the Colorado League. He serves on the Petition Committee and generously provides thoughtful input on ways to improve the program.

He is well respected, supports the establishment of new teams, and mentors coaches and riders with quiet, knowledgeable compassion. He is an avid rider and strongly believes in the positive youth development component of high school mountain biking.

Team Golden Pick Award, Boulder High

The Colorado League team that completed the most trail building hours between April 1 and October 1. Boulder High earned this award sponsored by John Shipp of Roadhouse Hospitality Group. The team logged 20 hours of trail work during the 2017 season. Way to give back to the trails that are fundamental to the sport we all love!

Boulder Golden Pick

Boulder High, Golden Pick Award recipients.

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