The Mountain State became the 22nd state league added to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, and this past Sunday, made its debut race, through rain or shine at Little Creek Park.
West Virginia became an official league back in early 2018 and attempted their first inaugural race a few weeks ago, but was canceled due to rain. Hoping the second attempt would be better, Mother Nature had other intentions, rain again, but this time the race was a go.
The two-mile course was slick and things got very muddy, but it didn’t stop the racers, supporters, and organizers from having some competitive fun.
The race allows ages 12-18 to race and divisions split among gender and middle/high school.
West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League Director, Cassie Smith said, “the West Virginia League and National is about getting kids on bikes. We want to build character, strong bodies, strong minds through cycling, and that’s what’s really important to us. I’m a cyclist, I’ve been riding for twenty-something years and it’s been really good to me. I really love what cycling has done. I’ve raised my son through cycling and it’s just really a positive thing for kids.”
The course was two miles long in distance, but to complete the race, every kid having to complete 3-4 laps, weather permitting.
Racer, Ian McDonald said, “I just love to ride, I’ve been doing it since I was five, and I have no plans to ever stop. I meet a lot of friends through doing this and more kids should try it out, it won’t disappoint.”
Since the state’s league debut earlier this year, there are now 129 registered riders among nine teams statewide, with a mission to only grow bigger.
If you’re interested, or think your child would like to join and race, there is a list of teams statewide. Follow the link to find the closest team near you.