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September 25, 2020 Contents
1. Director's Note
2. Singletrack Solidarity Upcoming Schedule
3. Season Award Nominations and Golden Pick Award
4. Single Track Spotlight: Pro Road Cyclist Cormac McGeough, Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS), Class of 2014
5. Sponsor Highlight: Rack Starz
6. Seeking Colorado League Board Members
7. Primal Logo Design Contest - Top 3
8. Member Benefits

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Terri and Bern Krueger express fond memories of the Colorado League.

Director's Note

The community connections, camaraderie, and personal growth that evolve through high school mountain biking are infinite and deep-rooted. A recent note from Bern Krueger is a testament to this fact. He was a consistent course marshal for many years when his son Caleb rode with the Vail Valley Composite team from 2010-2012. A recent fall ride brought a flood of happy, healthy memories of the years the Kruegers participated.

I was riding my bike in this beautiful fall weather wearing the jersey you gave me and I fondly remembered marshaling races while supporting my son,... Nothing better to be doing in the fall, besides archery hunting. Fond memories for sure. Thanks for all you continue to do.-Bern Krueger

This season is certainly different yet the mission of positive youth development from the saddle of a mountain bike continues to be accomplished. This is evident in the active participation of more than 1,800 student-athletes from 74 teams. Whether designing a logo, working on trails, honing skills, racking up miles, or making a new friend youth are relishing the ride. The stellar leadership of coaches is off the chain. The tremendous support from sponsors and dedicated volunteers, such as the Rules Committee and Board of Directors is critical to this harvest of positive impact.

Yours in solidarity,

Kate Rau
Executive Director

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Singletrack Smiles Winner 2 Golden Gilrs Rock Maddie Blair

Maddie Blair of Golden was the winner of Delta Dental Singletrack Smiles #2.

Singletrack Solidarity Upcoming Schedule

There are several more weeks of challenges and contests. Keep the momentum rolling!

Optic Nerve Photo Contests

Winners will receive an incredible swag package from our generous sponsors!

Best Helmet Hair - A true sign of singletrack fun is a new do. Submit photos HERE by September 27th at 11:59 PM.

Furry 4-Legged Friends - Pets bring us immense joy. Share a photo of your buddy HERE by October 11th at 11:59 pm.

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Cheyenne Mountain takes the gold for Temporary Tattoo Spirit Contest #1. Click on photo to watch the video.

Alpine Bank Spirit Contests

Spirit #2 Honey Stinger Feed Zone Flair: Teams create their own feed zone, show off your team style, and flare, and demonstrate your feed zone skills. Creativity and Honey Stinger product placement are HIGHLY encouraged! Submit your team’s spirit contest video or photo HERE by September 27th at 11:59 PM.

Spirit #3 Disco: Dress to impress! Show off your 70’s style with original costumes and groovy tunes! Submit your team’s spirit contest photo or video HERE by October 11th at 11:59 pm.

Spirit #4 Anything Goes:Just like it sounds! What wacky wild theme will you create? We want to see where your passions lie! Submit your team’s spirit contest photo or video HERE by October 25th at 11:59 pm.

Season contests details are HERE.

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Upcoming Ride Challenges

Riders who are "Practice-Ready" by Monday, 8:00 AM of the challenge week are eligible to participate in all upcoming challenges. You only need to register once for the season.

Challenge #1 Sensational Short Course results are HERE.

Challenge #2 Massive Mileage Team results are HERE.

Challenge #3: “Let’s Go Places" - Team Mountain Goat Madness: September 28th - October 4th

Challenge #4: “Let’s Go Places" - Sensational Short Course 2.0: October 12th - 18th: Individuals ranked by category for team scoring by division within Region.

Challenge #5: “Let’s Go Places" - Hill Climb Time Trial: September 28th - October 18th: Individuals ranked within geographic pods.

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Season Award Nominations and Golden Pick Award

Everybody associated with the Colorado League is a champion in their own right! To recognize coaches, riders, volunteers, and peers please nominate a worthy candidate that embodies the season of Singletrack Solidarity. The nominees should emulate the 5 core principles of building strong minds, bodies, and characters in an atmosphere of inclusivity and equality.

Please consider nominating someone for a Season Award HERE.

Golden Pick Award

What is the Golden Pick Award?

The award is given to the North and South team that logs the most hours of trail work per rider between April 1st - Oct. 18th.

All hours must be submitted HERE by Tuesday, Oct. 20th @ 5:00 PM.

How will the winning teams be selected?

Avg. Volunteer Hours = Total Team Hours/Total Registered Student-Athletes as of Oct.1st

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Cormac McGeough

Singletrack Spotlight: Pro Road Cyclist Cormac McGeough, Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS), Class of 2014

We are delighted to highlight inspiring community members of the Colorado League. Cormac McGeough is a prime example of how one awkward pedal stroke can transform into a healthy life passion and career.

In 2011, a chance encounter with the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) mountain bike team as a sophomore gave him the confidence and drive to improve. The once shy teenager earned a Varsity category placement after his first year of racing. His growing panache was expressed by wearing neon pink accessories.

After his first high school race, Cormac was hooked! He raced with Fort Lewis College for 4 years and is a professional road racer with the Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling Team.

We were thrilled to catch up with Cormac as he shared some of his experiences now and then. Read the full story HERE.

These stories are brought to you by Your Hometown Toyota Stores.

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2013: Cormac riding with confidence at his final CO League race in Eagle.

Favorite memory:

My favorite memory has to be the very first race I ever did, at Nathrop as a Sophomore. I had no idea what to expect and was totally green. I was at the point with my skills where I had to consciously shift my gears to account for changes in gradient up the trail. I wasn't sure how hard to go or what place I was in, or anything like that, and I was just completely oblivious. I ended up getting 2nd and had such a great time racing, camping, hanging out with my team and coaches, and doing something that felt out-of-the-ordinary and exciting.

How did participation in the Colorado League impact you?

My passion for the sport was unlocked and fostered by the League and my CRMS high school team.

Racing bikes changed me from a meek teenager to a confident athlete and did this in all aspects of my life. Cycling made me want to further challenge myself as an athlete, and in anything else I did. In life, we should always have a passion that we are trying to improve at, outside of our studies, or work, and the Colorado League cultivated that thirst for something more and created a bit of excitement in life.

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Cormac with Wildlife Generation team.

How have your experiences with the Colorado League transfer to adulthood?

It's such a beautiful and sophisticated sport, and having had the opportunity as a teenager to compete and develop a passion for cycling has affected so much of my life as it is today. I wish all kids had the opportunities I did. I am so happy and grateful to wake up every morning as a pro cyclist, to get out and train and do what I enjoy. Simply put, the Colorado League gave me my passion for cycling.

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Sponsor Highlight: RackStarz Vehicle Rack & Hitch

Rack Starz are the experts at transforming your vehicle into the ultimate carrier or mobile campground, with solutions for every vehicle and every adventure. From rooftop tents and Roadshower products to LED lighting and fuel packs, RackStarz has 35 years of collective experience.

Visit a showroom in Colorado Springs or Boulder for all your summer and winter needs. They also offer mobile service for those of you in Denver, Boulder, Golden, and the greater Front Range region.

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Primal Logo Design Contest - Top Three

Chloe Lumburg, a Woodland Park Freshman, received over 330 votes. She is the winning artist! Griffin Moyer, a Lakewood Junior earned 2nd place, and Reese Bush a Sophomore from Stargate Academy earned 3rd. Thanks to all the creative artists for sharing your talents. We will produce stickers of the winning design. Primal will create a vector file for each of these and send them to the artists.

1st Place Chloe Limburg Woodland Park

1st Place Chloe Lumburg

2nd Place Griffin Moyer Lakewood

2nd Place Griffin Moyer

3rd Reese Bush Stargate

3rd Place Reece Bush.

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Seeking Colorado League Board Members

Do you have a passion for getting kids on bikes as a way to promote healthy lifestyles, build community, and teach life skills? We are seeking candidates to serve on our Board of Directors. We are looking for people who believe in the power of positive youth development from the saddle of a mountain bike.

We strive to create a diverse Board of women and men with a variety of personal and professional experience and skillsets from all areas of Colorado, southern Wyoming and northern New Mexico

More details and a candidate application are HERE. Contact Antonio Gallegos, Board Chair directly to learn more.

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Member Discounts - Available NOW

Companies that support Colorado League programming offer special discounts for League members. CLICK HERE to access your benefits!

Available Discounts
* Primal Wear - cycling and lifestyle apparel
* Honey Stinger - organic, gluten free nutrition options
* Yeti Cycles - bikes and more
* TREK - helmets, shoes, bikes, and more
* Optic Nerve - snow goggles, sunglasses for sport to fashion, and prescriptions
* Osprey – packs, luggage, commuter bags and more
* Feedback Sports tools, trainers, repair stands
* Rack Starz - adventure accessories for your vehicle
* Saris Racks - array of racks and cargo options
* Today’s Plan - training plans for any level of rider
* Roll Massif Sunrise to Sunset - variety of events

Check out additional benefits provided by NICA sponsors HERE.

Some vintage photos of Seniors from Granby Ranch 2017.

Eliza Fox Steamboat

Eliza Fox, Steamboat.

Nate Ball Crested Butte Freshman 2017

Ezra Potts, Fountain Valley and Nate Ball, Crested Butte.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

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