Utah high school cycling league is raising money for second season

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah High School Cycling League will host its second annual fundraising dinner, Cyclefest, on Saturday, May 11 at the Douglas Ballroom in the University Guest House on the campus of the University of Utah, featuring special guest Ned Overend.

The Utah league will kick off its second season of high school mountain bike racing this fall with a five-race series beginning on Sept. 14 in Heber and finishing up with the state championships in Moab on Nov. 9. Cyclefest raises money to support the league’s operation and provide scholarships and equipment for young riders across the state.

“Our first year established Utah as one of the biggest, most successful new leagues in the country and we’ll be bringing on 10 new teams for 2013,” said league director Lori Harward. “Cyclefest gives us a chance to reflect on last season and share all the exciting developments for the upcoming year, plus having a cycling legend like Ned Overend there will be an amazing opportunity for our supporters.”

Overend, now 57 years old, is a former world and U.S. champion in mountain biking, cyclecross and XTERRA triathlon and continues to ride at an elite level as captain of the Specialized cross country team.

For more information, www.utahmtb.org. and for tickets:  www.utahmtb.org/events/cyclefest.

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