Cycling at CRMS provides students with the opportunity to adventure on beautiful mountain and desert trails just minutes from campus and throughout the spectacular surrounding areas. Students in the program learn about safety and how to ride, in addition to using their equipment and developing bike-handling skills. The cycling program provides unique venues to challenge students’ perceptions of balance and even what is possible on one wheel.
Recreational mountain bikers will find themselves out on the trails between two and four days a week in the first and fourth quarters. During the fall and spring competitive seasons, cycling athletes will have the opportunity to compete in four to five high school races throughout Colorado.
The bike program is based on improving both the students’ skills and endurance. Riders will work on pump tracks to learn how to control their speed and work with their environment. They will then apply these skills with hands-on experience on a variety of different trails and paved tracks. Students also pursue aspects of contemporary mountain biking, such as trail rides that involve hopping, jumping, and riding over obstacles.
Most disciplines of cycling are supported within the program, including cross-country and road-based disciplines. CRMS understand that students will most likely lean toward a single discipline, but the school encourages the development of well-rounded riders who can excel in multiple disciplines at all levels from beginner to competitive.
The CRMS bike program enjoys some wonderful amenities, including its in-house bike shop. Participating students not only maintain the upkeep and overall safety of the bikes for athletes, students, and staff but also strive to promote bicycling as an efficient and healthy means of alternative transportation for all in the CRMS community.
When it comes to riding, students in the bike program experience beginner to moderate to difficult terrain on world-class trails and also have an opportunity to ride paved roads in the area. Just a stone’s throw away, students regularly ride the renowned trail systems of Red Hill and Prince Creek. For paved trails and long climbs, riders head up to Missouri Heights or down the Rio Grande Trail (paved all the way between Glenwood Springs and Aspen). Bikers also venture out of the valley to ride in world-class destinations such as Fruita, Colorado, and Moab, Utah.
In the fall, there are four races a season for mountain bikers. In the spring, athletes compete in Aspen Cycling Club events and travel to mountain biking races nearby. The Aspen Cycling Club is a high school league that puts on four races a season with 17 teams, and these events draw up to 200 to 300 athletes. In 2014, CRMS placed third overall with 150 student participants.
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