Support High School Cycling with Aaron Gwin at CycleFest November 17


Downhill World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin Highlights SoCal CycleFest 2012 To Benefit High School Mountain Biking.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The 2012/13 High School Mountain Bike Racing season starts November 17, 2012, with the much-anticipated SoCal CycleFest, a gala event supporting the most successful youth cycling program in the region. The Board of Directors of the SoCal High School Cycling League is proud to announce that this year’s CycleFest will take place at Meanda Grove in Riverside.

This fifth annual event will include dinner and both silent and live auctions. Highlights of the auction include a fully supported four day mountain bike trip for two on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park by Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, a Specialized Carve, and a Turner Flux with Fox fork. The event will include presentations by two SoCal League student-athletes discussing their experiences in the League. The League will also be awarding its first ever Community Impact Award to Jim McIlvain and Mountain Bike Action Magazine for their ongoing work of bringing the SoCal League and high school mountain biking to a broader audience.

A highlight of the evening will be a special guest interview with reigning two time World Cup Downhill Champion Aaron Gwin. Gwin is looking forward to CycleFest 2012. “There’s a long history of mountain bike racing in the US. I was fortunate to be exposed to bicycle racing at a young age, and it’s helped me achieve the goals I’ve set in my career. High school mountain bike leagues are very important, and they deserve to be on the same level as the traditional stick and ball sports in schools.”

Matt Gunnell, the Executive Director of the SoCal League, is confident this will be an event to remember. “I’m thrilled to be able to present high school mountain biking in such a great setting with so many great supporters,” he said. “As the SoCal League enters its fifth season we are truly becoming a fixture in the southern California high school sporting scene. But we are growing the organization with a combination of generous sponsors and donors as we receive no school district funding. Come attend our gala dinner and support our goals of growing strong student-athletes and lifelong cyclists!”

Tickets for Saturday night’s gala dinner event are now available at $100. Group tables of 10 are also available and come with additional recognition. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website at:

About the SoCal High School Cycling League

The SoCal High School Cycling League was organized to provide a well-defined race season for youth racers and to promote the formation of teams at public and private high schools. With the cooperation of local race promoters and our sponsors, the League organizes a first class series of races designed for high school aged riders and is the easiest way for youth to get involved in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling. The SoCal League was kick-started with a generous grant from the founding SoCal sponsor, Easton Foundations, and is also generously supported by founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as JEEP, SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Clif Bar and Co., Primal Wear, QBP, Cynergy Cycles, El Monte RV, Kaiser Federal Bank, Kayo Clothing, Rock N’ Road Cyclery, Turner Bikes, CamelBak, GU Sports, Kinetic, Maxxis, adidas Eyewear,, Dirt Rag, Feedback Sports, Fort Lewis College, Fox Racing Shox, Mountain Bike Action, Ritchey Designs, Sidi, and WTB. For more information on the League, visit or contact Matt Gunnell at, Tel. (818) 415-1133.

source: Matt Gunnell

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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