BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of mountain bikers from all over the state made their way to the Brunswick Nature Park this weekend for a tournament that took a little over two years to plan.
The teen mountain bikers are competing in the North Carolina interscholastic cycling league state championship race.
“It’s a proven model across the nation. It gets kids out, it gets them on bikes it gets them out having a fantastic time,” league director Mike Long said.
Mountain biking is a sport that is growing nation wide.
Hosting the championship in Brunswick County was an exciting opportunity for the Cape Fear bike team.
“I think that it’s awesome that its here, our home course and I think it’s cool seeing that there are other kids that love this sport,” Emery Kapeusta, member of the Cape Fear bike team said.
Many of the competitors are still new to mountain biking, but that did not stop them from impressing their coach Austin Fenwick with all of their hard work this season.
“I am extremely proud of them, 27 kids that have raced or will be racing and they all have come such a long way. We’ve been training since December and a lot of the kids, it was their first time on a bike at the first practice. They are leaps and bounds so much better in every way,” Fenwick said.
Even though this race wraps up the season, Long said they are already planning for next year.
“We want to see this grow, we want to reach more kids we want to reach kids that don’t know about this that wouldn’t normally have a chance to do this, we want to get more girls out there, we want to get kids of every stripe,” Long said.