Photo 1Sure, XC isn’t the same as CX. But get a Junior on a mountain bike, and maybe by the fall, he or she will be ready to hop on some skinner tires and test out ’cross.

From the promoter:

Interested in learning more about high school mountain bike racing? Or becoming a coach or volunteering at upcoming races? QBP and NICA are excited to announce the upcoming Pennsylvania High School Mountain Bike League Informational Meeting on Wednesday, April 30. QBP’s Gary Sjoquist, who launched a NICA-based high school league in Minnesota in 2012, will talk about costs, insurance, licensing, and how NICA works to co-create a league.

Why would cyclocross folks be interested in a Mountain Bike based program? Many of the Mid Atlantic ’cross racers have been introduced to cycling through the sport of mountain biking—think Weston Schempf and Jake Sitler. Schempf became passionate about the sport while attending Penn State with his roommate Ryan Leech (a former Collegiate National Champion) and Sitler raced MTB  as a JR for his local shop team (Gung Ho Bikes). Both riders are examples of how mountain biking was a “gateway” to cyclocross.

If all of this sounds like it is up your alley and you are interested in attending our meeting, here is the information:
The meeting will be held at Donegal Intermediate School, 1177 River Road in Marietta. Doors open at 6:30; Meeting from 7 to 9, and refreshments will be served. There is no charge for parking. Hope to see you there!