The Washington High School Cycling League offers a mountain biking program for Camas and Washougal high school students to ride locally and compete against riders from all over the state.
In the league’s inaugural season in 2011, the Clark County Mudslingers captured second place out of 14 total teams in the state. The 10 riders from Camas, Washougal and Vancouver formed the largest team in the league.
This spring, there will be three teams from Southwest Washington blazing the trails. The first one is a Camas High School specific club led by Camas Bike and Sport owner Ed Fischer and his staff. The other two are composite teams based out of Vancouver and Woodland.
The league will have its first race at the Washougal Motocross Park on Sunday, April 15. Fischer said he hopes this race generates enough interest to create a team in Washougal. In the meantime, anybody from the high school is welcome to join the Vancouver composite team.
Camas currently has eight riders signed up, but Fischer wants to see more.
“The league and the teams are co-ed, and all abilities are welcome, especially beginners,” he said. “This is a ‘no-cut’ program where no one sits on the bench. Everyone with a desire to ride gets a chance.”