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Utah High School Cycling League National Ability Center Created Elevate to Provide a Safe & Inclusive Program



SALT LAKE CITY – MAY 12, 2016 – Utah High School Cycling League, in partnership with National Ability Center, announced today the 2016 Elevate program designed to provide a path to safely learn to mountain bike to Utah high schoolers with physical, cognitive, or intellectual disabilities, and to join their high school mountain biking team. Interested families must register online at before Elevate’s Demo Day June 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the National Ability Center in Park City.

The Elevate program creates opportunities for students of all abilities to learn how to safely mountain bike with the goal of competing as a member of their school’s mountain bike team. Utah High School Cycling League is the largest and fastest growing high school mountain biking league in the United States, with more than 1,600 athletes, 641 coaches, and 76 teams.

“The Elevate program is such a rewarding part of Utah High School Cycling League, and is an ideal way to teach inclusiveness, equality, and strong character to Utah high schoolers, and their families,” said Lori Harward, Utah High School Cycling League Founder, and Executive Director.

The National Ability Center provides professionally trained staff, adaptive cycles, and all the necessary equipment to be able to teach ANYONE of ANY ability to ride a bike.

“We are excited to partner with the Utah High School Cycling League to create inclusive recreational and competition opportunities,” said Steve Robinson, Sports and Recreation Program Supervisor at the National Ability Center. “ Adaptive mountain biking provides a great opportunity to develop social relationships, healthy habits and a feeling of belonging so we are excited to help bring the sport to students of all abilities.”


There are two introductory events for families in June 2016:


Provides an opportunity for students to demo a variety of adaptive cycles and work with trained NAC staff.

WHEN: June 4, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: National Ability Center in Park City

COST: FREE – Registration:



Elevate utilizes the “I Can Bike” program, which has successfully taught 20,000 people with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bike. The program accepts children ages eight years old to adult.

WHEN: June 20-24, 2016, at at Summit Academy High at the Point of the Mountain

WHERE: Summit Academy High at the Point of the Mountain

COST: FREE – Registration:



Students in the Elevate program will have weekly practices every Tuesday evening, beginning June 7 at National Ability Center in Park City. Session One runs June 7 – July 5, and Session Two runs July 12 – August 16, and costs $75 for each Session. Elevate students register under their high school or junior development team, and are invited to participate with the team as specified by the head coach.



The Utah High School Cycling League was organized in 2011 under the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, a 501(c)3 non profit organization. The League facilitates the development of high school cycling teams/clubs for grades 7 – 12 and provide the education, training, licensing and insurance for coaches and volunteers. Through a high-quality mountain bike racing experience, The League emphasizing the value of each participant (no bench) and placing camaraderie, positive sporting behavior and the cultivation of health over competition. The group’s mission is to establish a fun, enduring and relevant high school mountain biking program to improve Utah’s Communities and the lives of Utah’s teens.




The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, Utah, it is one of the leading community programs in the country that provides sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The National Ability Center is recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a US Paralympic Sports Club. World-class facilities and program excellence have also elevated the National Ability Center to be a premier provider and partner in the delivery of programs directly supported by the Wounded Warrior Project and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. The National Ability Center provides more than 28,000 experiences each year. For more information, visit



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Brad Rutledge

for Utah High School Cycling League



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