Denver Academy (DA) is pleased to introduce the sport of Mountain Biking for DA middle and high school students in the 2018-19 school year.
The DA High School Mountain Biking Team will compete for the first time this fall in the Colorado High School League. The team, comprised of students in grades 9 through 12, will participate in four races from Aug. 25 through Oct. 22. DA has partnered with Campus Cycles, who is offering a discount to the high school team on Trek gear at their store. DA High School Mountain Biking is also sponsored by Heim Dental and individual donors.
DA’s Middle School Mountain Biking Program will be a club offered throughout the school year to students in grades 7 and 8. Find out more about DA’s clubs on the Denver Academy website. DA is honored to be one of 37 schools selected nationally to receive a 2018 Riding for Focus program grant from The Specialized Foundation for middle school mountain biking. The program integrates biking into the physical education curriculum with the intention of introducing students to cycling’s positive effects on academic performance, health and well-being. The grant supports the implementation of the middle school program at DA by providing the Riding for Focus curriculum, a fleet of specialized bikes, a starter maintenance kit and helmets. It also covers a training session with The Specialized Foundation staff to help integrate the sport into DA’s athletic program.
Mountain Biking at DA will be led by Coach Ben Ollett, an Olympic champion coach with more than 15 years of cycling coaching experience. He has coached athletes who have won 25 U.S. National Championships at the Pro, U23 and Masters levels. Ollett was awarded the Order of Ikkos Medal by the U.S. Olympic Committee for coaching Georgia Gould to an Olympic Bronze Medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He recently coached Howard Grotts to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“Bikes are great in so many ways – they are simple, human-powered machines that represent something different for everyone: recreation, transportation, freedom and fun. Riding bikes/cycling is great for physical and mental health, and there is strong research that shows it enhances brain function,” said Ollett. “I’m excited to bring a cycling program to DA and to offer another individual sport alternative in our PE and Athletics programs.”
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