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Cycling Association gives Chisago mountain bike team coach top recognition

Cycling Association gives Chisago mountain bike team coach top recognition

Coach Boyle at an event with CL racer Kyle Hamlin. Mountain bike teams have proliferated in Minnesota high schools since the early- 2000’s and Chisago…

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Coach Boyle at an event with CL racer Kyle Hamlin.
Mountain bike teams have proliferated in Minnesota high schools since the early- 2000’s and Chisago Lakes Area High School organized its first team in 2016. Now, all across the state, the fall sport is operating under a full slate of four meets and a state contest wraps-up the season.

There ‘s about 10 to a dozen grade six through 12 riders on each team, according to the biking association website. Courses are on natural terrain, covering hills and valleys, and racing is done in wet and dry conditions.

For the relatively young program, it was a thrill when Wildcat team members learned that their coach, Jesse Boyle, won this year’s honor of being named Coach of the Year, by the MN Cycling Association.

Boyle is notable for his dedication to youth pursuing cycling.

He volunteers as a “rover” even when his team isn’t on the roster for an event, because he is a true ambassador for the sport, his selection statement reads. “He loves getting kids on bikes,” the nomination statement declares.

Boyle helped start the team from scratch and the association selection materials go on to say, “His positive attitude and enthusiasm for the kids and the sport have nurtured a close and supportive team culture among student-athletes, coaches and parents.”The Wildcat team has students from beyond the district boundary. Home-schooled students and riders from surrounding districts lacking a mountain biking program join in. Not surprisingly, […]

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