Writer Tom Scanlon
It’s strange, in a way: Why hasn’t this sport taken off?
For generations, American kids have loved riding bikes, from the Schwinn generation to the current mountain bikers. Yet biking has never really been a popular organized sport in this country, especially at the high school level, where athletic kids might ride their bikes to practice and then focus on football, basketball or volleyball.
That might be changing, though. Last year, the Arizona High School Cycling League had its first season. It was almost an instant success, with 208 student athletes from 31 teams competing in the inaugural season.
A Boulder Creek team was right there from the beginning, not only taking part in the competition, but also establishing itself as one of the best teams, finishing sixth in the state.
You won’t find the BC team listed on the high school’s athletics website, as the bike squad is a “club” team, not officially affiliated with the...