Join Aaron Gwin in supporting high school mountain biking November 17th


World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin Highlights SoCal CycleFest 2012 Benefiting High School Mountain Biking

Riverside, Calif. — The 2012/13 High School Mountain Bike season kicks off November 17, 2012 with SoCal CycleFest, a gala fundraising event in support of high school mountain biking. This year’s CycleFest takes place at Meanda Grove in Riverside.

This annual event includes a BBQ dinner, drinks compliments of Stone Brewing and Martin Rey winery, 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 29er, signed jerseys, a SRAM XX groupo, and a Turner Flux frame with Fox fork. The event will include presentations by SoCal League student-athletes Hannah-Rae Finchamp, current XTerra World Champion, and Yucaipa High School’s Alex Bagg discussing their experiences in the League. The League will also be awarding its first ever Community Impact Award to Mountain Bike Action’s Editor in Chief Jim McIlvain for ongoing work bringing the SoCal League and high school mountain biking to a broader audience.

A highlight will be an interview with reigning two time World Cup Downhill Champion Aaron Gwin. “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, knows how important CycleFest is to sustaining and growing high school mountain biking. “The League does its best to put together the best program possible for our student-athletes. However, we are a completely self-sustaining organization and can’t do it without community support. Several organizations have purchased tables in support including including Toyota, Trek, Mountain Bike Action magazine, Turner Bikes, SoCal Endurance, and the Hemet, John Burroughs, and Woodcrest high school mountain bike teams. However, we still have tickets and tables available. Come on down, you just may find yourself talking mountain biking with multi-time World Champion Brian Lopes or La Ruta winner Pua Mata.”

Limited numbers of tickets and tables are still available. 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 [email protected], Tel. (818) 415-1133.

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