HOT BLAST: Just what this region needs - a high school mountain biking team (updated with news about an Alabama HS league)
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The documentary "Singletrack High" follows six high school students participating in the NorCal High School Cycling League. (
The documentary "Singletrack High" follows six high school students participating in the NorCal High School Cycling League. (
[UPDATE: We were pleased to learn yesterday evening that a statewide high school mountain bike program is being considered. Organizers are looking for people in Calhoun County who might be interested in helping organize team(s) in this area. It's called Alabama High School Mountain Biking and has plans to begin league competition in spring 2015. It just started a Facebook page. Click here to learn more and to like the page.]


Last week we highlighted an event on Coldwater Mountain called Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. (Photos from the big event are here.)

This week a friend shared an Outside magazine article from April on the effort to make cycling a high school sport. Contributing to that push is a documentary about a high school league in California. Outside spoke with Jacob and Isaac Seigel-Boettner, the brothers responsible for creating the film, Singletrack High.

Here's a snippet from the interview:

So much has been written about childhood obesity and our inactive youth, this, and this film seems to show a sort of antidote to that.

 We definitely wanted to address that. Cody is a great example. A kid like him, who is a bit heavier, might normally be looked down on by the jocks. He would have no real hope of being accepted by a sports team. But anybody can mountain bike. It’s very open. It’s a cool sport because it gets the kids active and away from those screens. But cycling is also unique because it’s something you can do for the rest of your life. If you play football or baseball, you do it through high school, but for most people after that the most you’ll do is maybe toss the ball around with your kids when you have them. But biking, you can ride for the rest of your life.

So, we are back to the notion of creating a Bike City in Anniston and surroundings

Alabama's neighbors to the north and east have (or are in the process of creating) state leagues. Sounds like Alabama needs to step up and Anniston (with Coldwater as its home field) needs to take the lead.
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