Colorado teens will likely get a chance to race in the state’s first high school mountain bike league in September next year.

Supporters recently formed the Colorado High School Cycling League and plan a fundraising ride this weekend, led by Tom Danielson of the Garmin-Slipstream team. The ride departs at 9 am from the Bácaro Venetian Tavern in Boulder, Colorado.

The new league is part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), and is based on the high school mountain biking program established in California, where mountain bike racing has become a varsity high school sport.

Leagues in Northern and Southern California have been established since 2001 and 2008, respectively. A league in the state of Washington is expected soon.

“This is big news for the sport of cycling in Colorado, and it’s just what we need. I can see a lot of high schools signing up to it,” said Dave Wiens, one of the state’s most accomplished racers.

Supporters plan other fundraising and awareness-raising events from now through August 2010.

The Colorado High School Cycling League is currently recruiting founding board members. Interested individuals should contact league director Kate Rau at kate(at)