BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN) Feb 22, 10:55 MT—Northern California's high school mountain bike league has grown to its limits and may have to be split in two next season to accommodate its growth. The league's five-event season kicks off February 26.
The NorCal League was launched in 2000 and became the first league for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, which now has seven leagues in six states.
The NorCal league expects 650 athletes this season, up 14 percent from last year. The league has 43 teams this year compared to 38 in 2011.
The league is launching a post-series trail care program this year, starting in June, for all venues on the race calendar. Student-athletes and other team volunteers will give back by performing trail maintenance work with the intention of leaving facilities in better shape than they found them.
The NorCal league is recruiting parents and coaches to join an advisory committee focused on restructuring the NorCal league into two conferences for the 2013 season.
League sponsors include the founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as Easton Foundations, SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Clif Bar and Co., Primal Wear, JEEP, Shimano, Santa Cruz Bicycles, GU Sports, Kinetic, Maxxis, Mike's Bikes, Capo Cycling Apparel, El Monte RV, Sheila Moon, adidas Eyewear, CamelBak, Dirt Rag, Feedback Sports, Fort Lewis College, Fox Racing Shox, Mellow Johnny's, Mountain Bike Action, QBP, Ritchey Designs, WTB, and Yakima.