Director's Note

We are getting geared up to provide an exceptional experience that allows all youth to shine! Whether a first-time student-athlete, an adventurous family pumped to travel the region or a seasoned competitor, the community warmly welcomes your participation.

We are heartened by the many people and organizations who invest their resources and time to keep the wheels in motion. Fort Lewis College has stepped up as a Platinum sponsor.

Every year we are honored to create an environment to host a tribe of fun-seekers where they may test their personal limits, encourage one another, develop lasting bonds, create magical memories, and celebrate the joy of playing in the dirt.

Thanks for staying informed on the many happenings this season.

Happy trails,

Kate Rau, Executive Director
John "Hutch" Hutchinson
Operations Director

Contents July 2018

1. Personalized Number Plates - July 30th Deadline
2. Scholarships Opportunities
3. Fort Lewis College Joins as Platinum Level Sponsor
4. Gear Up for fhe Season
5. Bike Maintenance
6. Race Conduct
7. Race Weekend Volunteer Sign Up
8. Primal SHIFT Art Party – Art Submission Process
9. Sponsor Discounts
10. Calendar of Events

Personal Number Plate 2018

Personalized Number Plates - July 30th Deadline

The Pit Zone registration system is open for the 2018 fall season. Register by July 30th to get a personalized number plate for the season.

Contact your coaches if you have not received an invitation link to register.

Independent riders please contact Kate Rau to be invited to register.

The Pit Zone login link and instructions are HERE.

Returning riders whose team affiliation is changing, as a result of moving schools, must login to the Pit Zone and update their registration documents before their team affiliation can be changed. Once registration is completed email Kate Rau to change your team affiliation.


Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarships available to support teams, coaches, and riders.

The 2nd Chance Fund funded by Mountain Island Construction assists with CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid. The importance of knowing CPR cannot be overstated. Rainer Barth, Boulder High alum, delivered CPR for more than 20 minutes to a person who was drowning as they traveled in the back of a pickup to the hospital in Costa Rica. Because of Rainer's training the person survived. Recently, a couple was hiking and one was struck by lightning. The other knew CPR and saved their boyfriend's life. See more the news report HERE.

Alpine Bank is offering 3 travel scholarships for State Championships in Durango. Team Evergreen Cycling, Yeti Cycles, and Mountain Island Construction are the three primary supporters of the Colorado League Scholarship Fund for teams, coaches, and riders. Please note the various deadlines for all scholarships.

Please understand that funds are limited, and we make every effort to meet each applicant’s needs.

Please note the various deadlines for all scholarships.


Fort Lewis College Joins as Platinum Level Sponsor

Fort Lewis College is Southwest’s crossroads of education and adventure. Set on a mesa above historic downtown Durango, the college provides an integrated liberal arts and professional education while inspiring an active and friendly community with a spirit of engagement, exploration, and intellectual curiosity.

This season, Fort Lewis College will be the site of our End-Of-The-Season picnic. Guided campus tours and information sessions will be made available during the State Championship weekend. Students and parents will learn about academic programs, campus life, the application process, and benefits of a Fort Lewis College education.

To learn more about Fort Lewis College, visit their website today!


Gear Up for the Season

Are you ready for the 2018 fall season? Check out these Colorado League sponsors who are ready to help you find the right gear to be sure that you have the best season yet!

Feedback Sports – Repair Stands, Tools, & More

Based in Golden, Feedback Sports is dedicated to creating products that support cyclists and mechanics since 2004.

Keep you bike ride ready with Feedback Sports work stands, tools, and storage solutions.

Colorado League Member Discount of 30% off. Code: COMTB2018. Place your order online at or call 720.536.2369

Honey Stinger – Nutrition

Located in Steamboat Springs, Honey Stinger is committed to designing products to give you that extra kick!

Stay fueled this season with Honey Stinger waffles, chews, bars, and energy gels.

Colorado League Member Discount of 30% off. Code: HSCOMTB. Place your order online at or call 866.GO.HONEY

Optic Nerve - Sunglasses
Longtime Colorado League sponsor, Optic Nerve, is committed to creating and testing products that exceed the competition. Based in Wheat Ridge, Optic Nerve has been independently owned and operated for over 40 years. Can you say true GRASSROOTS?

Colorado League Member Discount of 40% off. Code: COMTB18. Place your order online at or call 303.462.0444.

Protect your eyes and get some adventure ready sunglasses today!

Osprey – Packs
Whether you are looking for a back-to-school, hydration, or travel pack, Osprey has the right pack for you. Osprey guarantees everything they make, forever. Their products are built to last. If anything should happen to your pack, they will repair or replace your pack!

Colorado League Member Discount of 40% off. Apply HERE.

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Primal – Apparel
Primal has supported the Colorado League since 2010. They are committed to developing cycling clothing and accessories using fabrics that enhance a rider’s performance.

Check out the Primal line for this season's jersey, shorts, and accessories at

Colorado League Member Discount of 25%. Code: CLHSMTB. Place your order online at or call 800.275.6953.

Bike Maintenance

Bike Maintenance

Keeping your bike well maintained will save you both time and money in the long term. Here are some tips to keep your bike in tip-top condition.

Video: Bike Maintenance: 10 Essential Tips by Skratch Labs
1. Degrease Your Drivetrain
2. Wash Your Frame and Wheels
3. Inspect Your Frame for Damage
4. Inspect Wheels for Roundness
5. Check Tires for Tread and Sidewall Damage
6. Inspect and Set Your Suspension
7. Inspect Grips for Wear
8. Check Bolts for Proper Tightness
9. Check Shifting and Braking
10. Lube Chain


Race Conduct

Race weekends are full of action! To optimize the fun there are a few protocols to support safety and camaraderie.

Start Chute
You cannot win a race in the first 250 feet yet you could lose one. Riders can pass immedaitely after the exit the start chute and cross over the race timing mat. This is designated by the large Colorado League windblades.

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Feed Zone
This is a busy and important place. Feeders need to have a Feed Zone badge. This simple process will allow Coaches to support their riders:

▪ RED LINE: All feeders must remain behind the RED line when not feeding their team riders.
▪ YELLOW: All feeders must remain behind the YELLOW line when riders are within 100 yards of the Feed Zone.
▪ GREEN: All feeders must approach the GREEN line when feeding riders.
RED LINE: All feeders must remain behind the RED line when not feeding their team riders.
YELLOW: All feeders must remain behind the YELLOW line when riders are within 100 yards of the Feed Zone.
GREEN: All feeders must approach the GREEN line when feeding riders.

Be sure to stand still when passing fuel to racers. Running along side of them is dangerous for your and others. It helps to have a team spotter to look for incoming riders and call out names so the feeder is ready.

Pass With Class, Be Passed with Class
This is a Colorado mantra says it all. Communicate that you are going to pass. The passing rider is responsible for announcing in advance and is the one who needs to make the move. The passed rider can hold their line and does not need to move. No intentional contact is allowed from any riders.

Positive Sporting Behavior
Everyone has different goals and motivations for being part of the weekend event. Some are their to hang out with friends and family, others are working on their fitness, many have individual goals, and others are striving for a top 20 finish. No matter what the reason for riding is, be kind and humble.

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Race Weekend Volunteer Assignments

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

Dive in and sign up to support this fantastic community environment.


Primal SHIFT Art Party – Art Submission Process

The Colorado League is honored to be selected as a benefactor of the Primal SHIFT Art Party November 10th. It’s going to be an extravaganza celebrating the culture of cycling and the great outdoors.

We are looking for Colorado League coaches, parents, and student athletes who are interested in creating an original piece to be displayed and auctioned off. Please contact John Hutchinson for more information.


Sponsor Discounts

Companies that support Colorado League programming offer special discounts HERE.

Available Discounts
* Leadville Silver Rush
* Feedback Sports
* Honey Stinger
* Optic Nerve
* Osprey
* Primal Wear Inc.
* RockyMounts
* Today’s Plan
* Yeti Cycles

Check out offers provided by NICA sponsors HERE.



We are filling the calendar with a plethora of events for 2018.

Upcoming Events

August 13, Colorado League 10% Day, Jacque Michelle Gifts & Fashions
August 22, Skratch Guest Bartender Event
November 10 Primal Shift Art Party | Denver, CO

2018 Race Schedule
Race #1 August 25 (North) - 26 (South) Frisco Bay Invitational, Frisco, CO
Race #2 North September 9 Showdown In The Boat, Steamboat Springs, CO
Race #2 South September 9 Cloud City Challenge, Leadville, CO
Race #3 North September 23 Granby Ranch Round-Up, Granby, CO
Race #3 South September 23 Chalk Creek Stampede, Nathrop, CO
Race #4 October 6 (South) - 7 (North) Conference Championships, Haymaker Classic, Eagle, CO
Race #5 October 20 - 21 State Championships, Durango Mesa Pursuit, Durango, CO



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