Thanks to the efforts of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) mountain biking is the newest and fastest-growing high school sport in the country, with more than a thousand racers in seven states and plans to go coast-to-coast by the end of the year.
This summer, Moab-based outfitter Western Spirit Adventures is teaming up with NICA to launch two new backcountry skills camps, in Sun Valley and Durango, for girls and boys ages 15 to 18. In Colorado, aspiring student racers will bomb down a 2,000-foot singletrack descent in Telluride, ride technical alpine terrain along the Colorado Trail and Durango's marquis ride, Hermosa Creek. Sun Valley campers log an average of 20 miles a day on narrow, steep trails, many of which are above 10,000 feet. At both, campers spend their nights camping out trailside. Six-day camps, ages 15-18, $1,185.