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Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus at Glenwood Springs is the newest venue to be added to the Colorado high school mountain bike racing calendar. The campus’s trails above the Roaring Fork Valley will be the site of this year’s state championships from Oct. 20 to 23, 2022.

In front, JV boys Truth Mooney of Leadville and Sam Hollenbaugh of Glenwood Springs and at a 2021 Colorado High School Cycling League race in Snowmass. This year at CMC Spring Valley, student-athletes will be treated to three new miles of professionally built trails that connect with an existing trail network for a 5.5 mile course. Photo by Drew Rydland Photography

The event promises to bring 800 racers, including teams from Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida, plus coaches, families and spectators for an estimated total of 2,000 visitors to the Glenwood Springs area throughout the race weekend.

The championships are produced by the Colorado High School Cycling League. Since 2015, CMC has sponsored the interscholastic league, hosting races at the college’s Leadville campus.

Mountain bike racing became an Olympic sport in 1996, and high school mountain bike racing has kept pace, with increasing numbers of high school racers participating in the years since.

Spring Valley recently completed over three miles of professionally built new trails that connect to an existing trail network, which have been hand built over several years by students and community members while exploring the campus environs.

Along the way, CMC staff worked closely with the Colorado High School Cycling League to create a 5.5- mile course, purpose-built for high school-age student athletes.

This year, the league will hold two regular season races at CMC Leadville, and the season-ending state championships on Spring Valley’s 811-acre campus. The new trail construction was funded in part by a grant from the Catena Foundation, which supports opportunities for youth to engage and recreate in the natural environment. The league favors intermediate-level course designs that can accommodate a range of abilities from a first-time freshman racer to a seasoned senior who may also be a sponsored elite racer.

For more information about the Oct. 20-23 Colorado High School League State Mountain Bike Championships at CMC Spring Valley go to https://coloradomtb.org.