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Mountain bike racing: A relatively new high school sport in Idaho

Posted at 12:26 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 14:26:51-04

NAMPA, Idaho — The Idaho Interscholastic Cycling Program made its debut in 2014, it's a program that has brought new opportunities to the youth of Idaho and a different way for kids to represent their school and region through athletics.

The race series features five races all over Idaho culminating in the state championship at Bogus Basin on October 12.

We caught up with the Canyon County composite team which has riders from Meridian to Nampa with both boys and girls competing in middle school all the way up through high school.

"I wish this was something that was around when I was in high school, it is something I totally would have been a part of," said Adam Haynes a coach for Canyon County.

The team practices in a unique location in the Owyhee range in the Wilson Creek trail system that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

"You learn how to move around in the sand and there are fun rocky downhill trails," said 8th grader Lyndie Jackson. "The uphill is challenging, but in a good way."

This week the team will travel to Magic Mountain in southern Idaho where they will race on Saturday.