The Rochester Bike Team competed against more than 40 other Minnesota high school and middle school teams at Gamehaven in Rochester Sunday afternoon.
Nearly 1,000 riders participated in the Minnesota High School Cycling League series, a number that has grown from around 100 when the league was founded in 2012.
"It’s kinda cool seeing the other teams that are bigger, smaller, and everybody’s here just to have fun," said Nathan Meier, a freshmen student-athlete competing in the race.
"We have over 400 new families experiencing mountain biking this season. When we get our exit surveys and we see that 99 percent of students are going to keep riding in this fantastic life-long sport, we know we’ve met our objective of getting more kids on bikes," said Joshua Kleve, executive director of the Minnesota High School Cycling League. "It’s wonderful to see grandma and grandpa, moms and dads, aunts and uncles out cheering on the kids and also the sportsmanship between all the kids cheering on their fellow competitors," said Kleve.
The next race in the series is in Detroit Lakes on Sept. 30th.