NICA Utah State Champs 2021
State champs is over which means the mountain bike season has sadly come to an end. I wasn’t ready for it to end. I had a blast this year as the ride leader for the Iron Giants JV A and Varsity boys. I spent five months chasing them at practice. They always left me in the dust. I suppose most practices I rode by myself :) I loved that this group can ride farther and faster than anyone else, which means we were able to do more at practice, ride more challenging trails and ride more miles.
This year the league held the first-ever head coaches race. They raced after all student-athlete races finished. Coaches got time deductions for wearing costumes, reciting limericks, eating cookies in the feed zone, etc. The coaches' race drew a huge crowd, bigger than any single student-athlete division. The energy was amazing. It was a great reminder that having fun is a big part of the NICA way. It was also a good reminder that we shouldn’t take life so seriously all the time.