The Utah High School Cycling League, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was organized in 2011 and is an affiliate league of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. We facilitate the development of interscholastic cycling teams/clubs for grades 7 – 12 and provide the education, training, licensing and insurance for coaches and volunteers. We also provide a high-quality mountain bike racing experience that emphasizes the value of each participant (no one is benched), camaraderie among peers, a positive sporting behavior and the cultivation of health over competition.
Enable every Utah teen to strengthen body, mind and character through the life-long sport of cycling
Establish a fun, enduring, and relevant interscholastic mountain biking program to improve Utah's communities and the lives of Utah's teens
Fun, Inclusivity, Equity, Respect and Community
Since it’s first race season in 2012, the Utah League has made history with unprecedented growth. Starting as the "Largest first-year league in NICA", the league has experienced over 1000% growth. But we are more than just our growth; the following are additional Utah League accomplishments and "NICA firsts.”
First league to:
Start a league loaner bike program.
Develop Utah League Scholarship program for students/teams in need.
Establish an Elevate program for students with disabilities.
Create Student Leaders Summits.
Start as a "Project League" with NICA
One of two leagues chosen to pilot NICA Safety Study
One of three leagues chosen in 2014 to pilot the Junior Devo program
Board of Directors
Dallen joined the league in 2018 after serving in the United States Army for 32 years. He retired as a Brigadier General and his final assignment was the Commander of the Utah Army National Guard. The most rewarding aspect of his military service was training young men and women to accomplish more than they thought possible. Dallen got hooked on mountain biking over twenty years ago after spending a weekend in Moab. His department store bike fell apart on the first morning, so he rented a bike for the remainder of the trip and has been a recreational rider ever since. “I have been all over the world, but when I see the Utah mountains from the airplane window; I know I’m coming home.”
Director of Operations & Logistics
Jason had the opportunity to participate in the League as a student for the 2012 and 2013 season. Jason's former High School coach, Judd Zimmerman, was the true reason why Jason got into mountain biking. Since his High School graduation in 2014, he has stayed connected within the league and has wanted kids to experience the same excitement that he did. Jason has been pursuing his cycling passion by attending USAC's Pro XCT level races, and has now transitioned to the Ultra-Endurance races (focusing on the 24-hour solo discipline), and Enduro. In 2016, Jason competed in the Scott Enduro Cup Series (Pro-Men's Division) and finished the season with an overall 8th place.
North Region Director
Tasha started racing bikes during the inaugural year of the UHSCL in 2012 and was immediately hooked. She fell in love with the mental and physical aspects of riding bikes along with the camaraderie of having a supportive team. After graduating high school, she stayed connected to the Utah league in order to help other kids fall in love with the lifelong sport of cycling. Since getting a start racing cross country with NICA, she has dabbled in long distance, enduro and downhill racing. When riding, she prioritizes having fun and exploring new trails.
Central Region Director
Brooke joined the UHSCL staff just in time for the 2017 season to kick off. She has been on the side lines cheering on her boys who have been racing in the league since the junior devo program's conception. Her oldest son is now racing Varsity and her youngest will race Freshman in 2018.
Brooke fell in love with mountain biking after watching and supporting her husband and two sons race. This inspired her to be involved in the sport and help grow the mountain bike industry. She has over 7 years of experience as a race director with the Midweek MTB- race series and has spent countless hours working on trails to give back to the community.
In her off time, you can find Brooke out riding bikes, enjoying time with her family and friends or cruising around in her Razor.
South Region Director
Ginger began cycling over a decade ago, but found her true love when she first touched dirt. She has been involved with NICA since her oldest son raced the inaugural season in Texas in 2012, first as a race volunteer, then an assistant coach and finally head coach of the Lubbock Bombers (8 kids strong!). Following the allure of unlimited singletrack, Ginger and her husband, Danny, moved their family to Cedar City in August 2014 and quickly signed their middle son up for the race season. Together, they formed the Iron Giants mountain bike team in 2016. Her youngest completed her first season as an Iron Giant in 2018 and is looking forward to the 2019 season. Coaching the mountain bike team has been one of her biggest joys and there's simply nothing better than cheering each and every kid on as they start and finish race. What Ginger loves most about NICA is the community that it provides.
When not on her mountain bike, Ginger loves hiking and sitting in the middle of rivers. She also sings...badly.
Jason has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 2013 and has been with the league as the head coach of the Pleasant Grove Biking Vikings since 2014. He loves the sport and watching as it changes the lives of young women and men (including his own children). Jason has also been instrumental in helping to design and develop trail systems in Utah Valley including the Valley Vista trail system in Pleasant Grove. He believes that “trails save lives” by giving people a place to increase their physical and mental health and has a passion for providing more trails wherever he can. He regularly works on trails with the USFS, the National Parks Service, and Pleasant Grove City. Jason owns his own trail building company and sits as an active member on the Utah Valley Trails Alliance.
When he is not coaching, building trails, or riding his bike he enjoys table top games, building reef aquariums, and adventuring with his family.
Ali grew up around bikes and bike races. During high school she rode with the Pleasant Grove Biking Vikings Team for two years. She has since gotten her Associates degree from Southern Utah University and is continuing her education in Hospitality Management at Utah Valley University. When she moved back to Utah Valley she knew she needed to find a way to get involved again with the league. Ali joined the league in May last year as an intern and is excited to start the next season as a staff member. She loves getting to share the love she gained for the sport and team camaraderie with other students.
Executive Director - Dallen Atack (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Operations and Logistics Director - Jason Christiansen (email@example.com)
Central Region Director - Brooke Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
North Region Director - Tasha Heilweil (email@example.com)
NICA Coach Licensing Program - firstname.lastname@example.org
North Region Board Representative - Jon Lowe
Central Region Board Representative - Grant Crowell
South Region Board Representative - Kim Christensen
RACE SCORING & TIMING
Stephen Campbell (email@example.com)
High School Mountain Biking
Mountain biking isn't an official high school sport yet, but that isn't going to stop us from having the biggest high school mountain bike clubs in the country. Our teams range from 5 to 150 students and provide our students with a unique opportunity that you don't find in traditional school sports. NICA rewards both individual achievement and teamwork and priority is placed on demonstrating NICA's 5-core principles not just winning.
Jr. Devo Mountain Biking
Our Jr. Devo program is one of the first middle-school mountain bike programs in the nation and it is growing as fast as the kids are. This program is focused on providing a fun and positive environment for 7th and 8th graders to get a taste of mountain biking.
Interscholastic Race Series
Our High School and Middle School races give our student athletes an opportunity to push themselves in a competitive and fun atmosphere to help them build strong bodies, strong minds, and strong characters.
The NICA Coaches License Program is designed to ensure that high school mountain bike coaches are sufficiently knowledgable in order to have a positive impact on student-athletes. The program includes professional education, first aid, background screening and field work requirements at varying levels for the three license levels.