Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Texas High School Bike Racing League

McKinney Velo members Justin Hicks (pictured here) and Austin McCown are among hundreds of Texas high school bike racers who are gearing up for the 2012 Texas high school racing season.

High School boys road racing has two categories: B races for Beginner/Intermediate racers, and A races for Advanced racers. The Texas H S League also has a separate category for girls. Texas H S races are scheduled on weekends so schools from all across Texas can compete at the same events. Most of the weekends include a road race, a crit, and a TT. Points are earned in each event. Small medals or trophies are earned at each event, and there is an overall award at the end of the season for overall team points and individual points.

Here is the league website: http://www.texashighschoolcycling.org. Andrew Armstrong, a teacher at Jesuit High School in Dallas (and a Cat 1 racer with MV's sister RBM sponsored Matrix team), heads up the league and does a great job.

Here are the 2012 tentative race dates. The HS races piggy-back on the college events – we use the same course, officials, etc. It’s fun for the HS kids to see the college racers, and sometimes they will run the HS A group with the college C group.

March 3/4 - Texas A&M (College Station, TX)
March10/11 - Denton Crit/Jesuit Roundup RR (Denton and Celina, TX)
March 24/25 - Univ of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
March 31/April 1 - SMU/TCU/UNT (Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX)
April 14/15 - Midwestern State (Wichita Falls, TX)
May 5/5 - Coldspring RR & Crit (Houston, TX)

If you're a Collin County area high school student and interested in bike racing, drop us a line at info@mckinneyvelo.org... we'd like to see if we can help you pin on a number.