Local mountain biking enthusiasts met last week to solidify their support for the newly established Laguna Beach Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team for middle school and high school students.
The kick-off meeting, led by team director Tony Zentil, was attended by students, parents and sport standouts Troy Lee and Hans Rey, and reps from Laguna Canyon Riders, Crankbrothers, Fizik, Laguna Cyclery, and Oakley.
“It’s so inspiring to see the community come together to support this endeavor,” Zentil said in a statement. “With nearly 15,000 acres of mountain biking terrain in our backyard, it’s the perfect fit for Laguna Beach students.”
There are no team tryouts for the co-ed mountain biking team, whose riders are expected to make regular practice and put in the training to make them eligible to compete.
The team, which will start practicing in December, will compete in the SoCal League sanctioned by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). The SoCal League has three middle school and five high school weekend cross-country races between February and May. Qualified student-athletes may compete at a state championship.