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PELHAM, AL - The wheels are turning, and the gears are grinding for a newly announced Alabama High School Cycling League.

"Basically it's another conditioning opportunity for kids in other sports that they are more familiar with, basketball and football," James Jones, head athletic trainer for Birmingham city schools, said.  "But there are also kids in Birmingham that are looking for something else to do."

The league was officially announced in April by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. The club sport is already drawing interest from at least 30 schools across the state. Alabama league director Eddie Freyer and the NICA have certified four venues in the state that would be good for races.

"Oak Mountain is one of them, Tannehill Park in McCalla is another, Sokola Park in Tuscaloosa and Chewacla State Park in Auburn is our fourth," Dreyer said.  "Our first year, we will have four races. Three races, then a state championship at those four different venues."

It's a sport thats growing. With 13 cycling leagues, in 12 states, with the addition Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, they will soon compete in a regional championship.

"It's really unique," cyclist Savannah Meredith, 14. "That's neat about it. It get me out in nature and pushes you to the limit."

The cycling league will take place in the spring, with schools forming teams when they return to class in the fall.

"This is parent-driven because it's a club sport," Freyer said. "We're looking for parents interested in becoming coaches that can help lead the teams, build the teams, and be there for the kids."

By: Kyle Burger - Follow on Twitter @kyle_burger

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