The Elevate Program is for students with physical or cognitive disabilities, and was started in 2015 thanks to a wonderful young man named Elijah Palmer and his family (see video below). 

Several students each year with disabilities are able to be fully integrated onto their team and race the standard race course with special accommodations to meet their needs. For example, one student with severe double vision had a coach guide on the course with him. 

The Utah League also adapts race courses to meet the needs of Elevate students, and can provide distance and technical challenge appropriate to the Elevate students' ability.  Each student has 1-2 volunteers assisting them at all times. Races take place in conjunction with the high school races, so teams can cheer on their participants.  Specific details will be posted on each race flyer. See Racing

Please contact Lori Harward lori@utahmtb.org for additional information.


partnership with the national ability center

The National Ability Center (NAC) and the Utah High School Cycling League have partnered to provide a unique opportunity to any high school student with a disability. The Elevate program is specifically designed to create opportunities for students of all abilities to learn how to mountain bike with the goal of competing as a member of their school's mountain bike team.

The National Ability Center has professionally trained staff, loads of adaptive cycles, and all the necessary safety equipment to be able to teach ANYONE of ANY ability to ride a bike.

weekly practices

Weekly practices held every Tuesday evening from 5-6:30pm, June 13th - July 11th at the NAC under their direction with trained staff and adaptive cycles for all Elevate Students. These practices will provide the opportunity for students to train together at their own level under trained staff while still being a part of their high school or junior devo team. Please click here for flyer. Click here to register online. 

training for utah league coaches

June 15th or 25th from 6-8pm, NAC will provide training for our coaches wanting to have special needs students integrated into their teams. NAC will provide training in both skills and behavioral management. This training is particularly helpful for those teams too far away for students to attend weekly practice at NAC.

Please contact Lori at lori@utahmtb.org to register. 


partnership with cycleability

This non-profit organization utilizes the renown "I Can Bike" program, which has successfully taught 20,000 people with disabilities to ride a conventional 2-wheel bike. This five-day camp is scheduled for June 20-24, 2016, and lasts 75-minutes each day and accepts children ages 8 to adult.  Please see the video from 2015's program. 

Click here for more information and to register.