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High school mountain-biking league offers chance to try sport

The Try-It-Out tour stopped at Fort Boise on Wednesday.
The Try-It-Out tour stopped at Fort Boise on Wednesday.

The Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League is trying to build on last year’s debut success of high school mountain biking by touring the state and letting students take loaner bikes for a test ride.

The Try-It-Out campaign began Wednesday at Fort Boise.

Upcoming stops in the Treasure Valley include:

Thursday: Nampa Rec Center, 3-6 p.m.

Friday: Middleton High, 3-6 p.m.

Saturday: Eagle/Ada Bike Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday: Ontario (Ore.) High, 3-6 p.m.

Tuesday: Fort Boise, 3-6 p.m.

After stops in Twin Falls and East Idaho, Try-It-Out will swing back through the Treasure Valley for at least three special events in May.

The cycling league held its first mountain-biking season in 2015 with 253 athletes on 19 teams. The per-capita participation was the largest for a debut season in the 19 states with leagues, said Dylan Gradhandt, the league director. He expects large growth this year.

The league offers high school and middle school divisions. High school events include freshman, sophomore, junior varsity and varsity divisions. Many of the participants are new to mountain biking.

The Idaho league will expand from four races to five this year, with stops at Jug Mountain, Galena Lodge, Grand Targhee, Magic Mountain and Avimor. The first race is Aug. 27.

The cost to join the league is $50 for high school and $30 for middle school students. Races cost $35 high school and $25 middle school. The league offers a loaner-bike program by application.

Boise High is the defending state champion.