NEWPORT — History was made on Sunday, Sept. 9, not only in Newport but in the state of Oregon.
The Interscholastic Cycling League, a brand new cycling league to the Beaver State held its first inaugural race ever — and Newport was the chosen destination.
“It was an unbelievable even for Newport,” said Bike Newport owner and event director Daniella Crowder.
Part of a four-race season, Newport was chosen as the first site to host the race that held 75 student-athletes. Once the course was deemed safe for middles and high schoolers to compete on, the course was ridden 157 times for a total of 471 miles with an elevation of 141,300 climbed throughout the Gnarnia.
In the coming weeks, the Newport team made up of sixth-graders to high schoolers — and still hoping to add bikers to the team of seven — will compete at Mt. Hood, Stub Stewart State Park and in Bend.
“It’s been a dream of ours and many others to have a youth bike league,” Crowder said. “To have it happen here in Newport is like a dream come true.”
Riders of all experiences are welcome and encouraged by Crowder to join the team. Scholarships and bikes are available for interested riders who don’t have the means for a bike. The team practices on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and on Saturday mornings, typically at 9 a.m.