The Casper Area Mountain Bike Youth Racing team captures the 2014 Trailblazer Award by the Colorado chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. Trailblazer recognizes a student-athlete, head coach, or team who has persevered through challenging circumstances and overcame adversity to develop and excel as a model.

Casper received this award due to the efforts of athletes like Eric Conyers, Kit Kat Gruner and coaches Leif Johansson and Adam Leiferman. The team has been in existence since 2013 and has come far in a short amount of time.

Kate Rau, spokesperson for Colorado High School Cycling League said,

“When you compare what Casper has done and achieved against mountain bike strongholds like northern Colorado, you can’t help but be impressed, they just finished their second season and it’s remarkable where they have come from to where they are. I think it’s because of the competitive nature of their athletes and, unquestionably, the coaching they get from Leif and Adam of Fat Fish Racing.”

Rau went on to say that Wyoming is developing its high school mountain bike scene in Cheyenne, Laramie and Casper through their unaffiliated high school teams.

CAMBYR is open to all interested high school aged mountain bikers whether they are beginning or developing their skills. Requirements to join include: registration with NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) $50; sports physical; attendance of at least 3 practices per week; good grades (weekly reports given to coach are mandatory) and a cross country style mountain bike.

To join CAMBYR and help set the course for high school mountain biking in Wyoming message them on their Facebook page: