5 Core Principles


Strong Body * stRong Mind  * strong Character

inclusivity * equality

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About Us

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, while emphasizing the value of each participant (no bench) and placing camaraderie, 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 


Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Character, Inclusivity and Equality



making history

We have made history since our inception in 2012, with our unprecedented growth. Starting as the "Largest first-year league in NICA history", we have experienced 904% growth in only 6 years. But we are more than just our growth; the following are additional Utah League accomplishments and "NICA firsts".  

First league to:

  1. start a league loaner bike program
  2. Develop Utah League Scholarship program for students/teams in need
  3. establish Elevate program for disabled students
  4. create Student Leaders Summits
  5. start as a "Project League" with NICA
  6. One of two leagues chosen to pilot NICA Safety Study
  7. One of three leagues chosen in 2014 to pilot Junior Devo program

Board of Directors




Lori Harward

Founder & Executive Director
Lori started her cycling passion in eighth grade. She tried her first mountain bike race in 2002, and it changed her life—she was hooked!  She began training and racing and earned her USAC coaching certifications and worked with JR Smith Coaching from 2004 to 2011. Lori discovered NICA in 2011 and knew it would make a difference for Utah's teens and that she had to start a league in Utah. 

Lori's passion and enthusiasm for the Utah League mission and core principles are contagious. With the help of a great board, race crew, and coaches, the league has seen unprecedented success and growth, and has led the way in developing and implementing several new programs (Elevate, Student Leadership, Junior Devo, League Loaner Bikes, etc) and in hosting the largest events in NICA. 


South Region Director
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.

tasha heilweil

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.

Shawn Nielsen - Operations Assistant

shawn Nielsen

Administrative Assistant




League staff

Executive Director - Lori Harward (lori@utahmtb.org) tel: (801) 502-8516
South Region DirectorJason Christiansen (jason@utahmtb.org) tel: (801) 885-6884
Central Region Director - Brooke Howard (brooke@utahmtb.org) tel: (385) 277-5741
North Region Director Tasha Heilweil (tasha@utahmtb.org) tel: (801) 448-2234
Admin Assistant & Registration Manager- Shawn Nielsen (shawn@utahmtb.org)


New Coach Mentor - Greg Steffen  (greg@utahmtb.org) tel:
Coach Training Specialist - Heather Williams tel: 801-710-7560
NICA Coach Licensing Program - coachlicensing@nationalmtb.org

North Region Board Representative- Heather Williams  tel: 801-710-7560
South Region Board Representative - Ron Jensen  tel: 435-862-1666

Rulebook Committee

Chief Official: Heather Goodwin-Nelson
Chief Course Marshal: Wesley Rassmussen
Chief of Timing: Stephen Campbell
League Director: Lori Harward
Board Coach Representatives: Ron Jensen (south) and Heather Williams (north)


 Stephen Campbell (timing@utahmtb.org)


President - Jim Wedge
Sponsorship -  Spencer Shaffer
Trails - Jamie Pogue
Rules and Ethics - Drew Jordan


Utah High School Cycling League
1500 Kearns Blvd, #C202
Park City, Utah 84060











National Interscholastic cycling association

NICA Contact Info

What We Do

Be Safe
Have Fun

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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. 

Photo © Greg Steffen

Photo © Greg Steffen

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. We offer 3 events per season that are focused on NICA's 5 principles, skill development, and FUN.  


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. We offer 5 races per season across Utah at some of the best MTB venues in the world. 


Coach Licensing

The NICA Coaches License Program is designed to ensure that high school mountain bike coaches are sufficiently knowledgable so as 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 four license levels.

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