The Blankets Creek East team of Cobb County raced to their first Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League (GA League) Mountain Bike State Team Championship Sunday, November 6th at Dauset Trails in Jackson, GA, ahead of Johnson High School (2nd Place) and Hall County Tappa (3rd place). The Blankets Creek East team had taken the top spot on the podium for the four previous races and continued their winning ways at the final race, and series championship, on Sunday. Blankets Creek East team members, Muriel Hanback (Sophomore girls), and Hayden Dillon (JV Boys), also won individual State Championships in the respective divisions. Molly Hayes ,(Johnson High School), and Gabriel Mendez (Independent Rider), won the Individual State Championships in the Varsity Girls and Boys divisions. For a complete list of current individual, team, and series results from the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League 2016 season, log on to: http://georgiamtb.org/events/2016-results/.
Thirty teams with close to 400 middle and high school students, from all over the state of Georgia and two in South Carolina, competed in the 2016 GA Peach State Championship race. The race at Dauset Trails was the final in a 5 series season for the GA League which began on September 11th at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.
The Georgia League was recognized in June as one of the fastest growing leagues in the Southeast by its umbrella organization, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). NICA also recognized the GA League for leading the way in female student and adult recruitment through its Crank Sisters program. The GA League began its season on September 11th by doubling its participation numbers for the second season in a row. Over 400 registered student-athletes, 150 coaches, and 29 teams from across the state, and 2 in South Carolina, participated in the 2016 season.
The Georgia League is a 501c3 nonprofit organization currently operating under the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) umbrella, providing exclusive mountain biking programs for middle and high students. The Georgia League is one of nineteen leagues in eighteen states overseen by NICA, established in 2009, with over 10,000 student-athletes and 3,700 licensed coaches participating across the nation. The Georgia League is open to all Georgia students, regardless of ability, believing that cycling is about lifelong health, not just today’s win. Scholarships and loaner bikes are available to students in need. For more information about starting a team in your area, League Sponsorship or Volunteer information, or for more information on the Georgia League, visit www.georgiamtb.org or connect with them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/georgiamtb, on Twitter at @gamtbleague, or on Instagram at georgiamtbleague.