Denver, CO (February 23, 2011)-
Gary Fisher, iconic mountain bike inventor, former international competitor, and bicycle designer happily confirmed as the guest speaker for the Colorado High School League fundraising dinner Saturday, May 14th in Denver, Colorado. The annual CylceFest Weekend includes dinner and silent auction at Palette’s Restaurant in the Denver Art Museum. The following morning Gary will host a bike ride and lunch at Bacaro Venetian Tavern in Boulder, Colorado.
All proceeds from these events support the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League. Event tickets will be available in early March. The inaugural 2010 CycleFest dinner sold out with many regional and national bike celebrities in attendance and raised $25,000 to launch and support the race series, coach training, and associated infrastructure. The 2011 CyleFest fundraising target is $30,000. The first Colorado League season in the Fall of 2010 included a competitive 4-race series with almost 200 high school athletes participating.
Fisher a Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee met Kate Rau, Excecutive Director, Colorado High School League, while visiting Boulder in 2008. Rau stated, “I asked Gary how to start a high school league similar to NorCal. He responded with enthusiastic conviction that I needed to watch Children of the Dirt. He sent me the movie and within 2 years we held our first race series.”
In a recent Mountain Bike Action interview, Fisher stated ,“The U.S. will again be a superpower because of the high school leagues. We are going to have a generation of kids who really understand BIKES-and the world’s most enthusiastic sponsors: parents.”
About the Colorado High School Cycling League The Colorado High School Cycling League (Colorado League) is a project league of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). The Colorado League was kick-started with a generous grant from the founding SoCal sponsor, Easton Foundations, and is also generously supported by founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Clif Bar and Co., Primal Wear, Osprey Packs, Yeti Bicycles, Wheat Ridge Cyclery, GU Sports, Shimano, Mellow Johnny's, Fox Racing Shox, CamelBak, Dirt Rag, Feedback Sports and Mountain Bike Action. For more information on the League, visit http://www.coloradomtb.org.