My name is Brad Huber, I live in North Logan, Utah and am almost 17 years old. I started Mountain biking nearly two years ago. One of my friends (who sadly doesn’t bike much anymore) infected me with the addiction to mountain biking. He took me up Green Canyon, a local trail about a mile from my house. The trail is a local favorite. It‘s a four mile out and back trail with some flowy downhill. I was hooked. Even though my bike wasn’t even close to being a good one, I was still hooked. I was riding a hand-me-down Marin Hawk Hill. It was about 12 years old, rusty and with zero suspension. But It worked. Which was all I needed.
One of my buddies told me to download Strava and explained the benefits. I started using Strava for every ride and became competitive with the leaderboard. I was more aggressive on the downhill, but still pushed on the uphill, and was pleased when I made it into the top 50 on the leaderboard. I kept using Strava through out that summer. One afternoonn I got home and uploaded to Strava, I looked at the segments and saw a segment titled Cache Valley High School Mountain bike team interval section.’ I had never heard of the mountain bike team before, so I did a Google search and found more about it. I emailed the coach right away and found out that the season was just starting. Their first race was in 2 weeks. I started coming to the practices and enjoyed being with other people who loved to mountain bike, it was much better than being alone on the trails.
I wanted to race, but my bike really wasn’t race worthy. I started to look around on the local classifieds site but I couldn’t afford anything very expensive. I found the right bike just before the first race. My Dad and I drove to Salt Lake City the night before the race to pick up the bike. I paid $650 for a Giant Yukon in good condition. We then went down to my first ever Mountain Bike race in Draper Utah. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done. The High School Mountain bike series are set up as cross country riding, with races consisting of multiple laps on a 4-5 mile course depending on skill level. I raced in the sophomore division, where we had to do 2 laps. I ended up having to walk parts in the second lap, and was totally exhausted after I finished. I had done pretty well for my first race, I placed 16th in a field of 60 riders. I was pretty consistent in the last 4 races. I placed in the 20 to 30 range most of the time, which I was happy about. My ultimate goal was to make it onto the podium and I felt hopeful. I loved the team as well, It was a great group of people that all loved to mountain bike. I really felt like I belonged.
After the season was over I didn’t stop riding. I road as much as possible, and every ride was a workout. For spring and summer riding, I joined a local club team that reimbursed race fees. Starting in May, I started doing a mountain bike series, called I-cup. They were similar to the High school series, but with harder courses. I did okay in the first few races but could tell my bike was holding me back. I rode that Giant Yukon to pieces. After months and months of daily use on the trails, It was time to look for a better bike. It weighed all of about 32 lbs, and it was a size small. 26 inch wheels, full suspension, beginner level drivetrain. It definitely wasn’t a race bike. By the middle of June 2014 I had found my new baby. Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29 with about 5 rides on it. I paid $1700 of my hard earned money and raced it the next day.
I finally made it on the podium. I took second in a field of about four kids my age, which was a little bit disappointing. But boy, did my new bike perform. It flew up the hills and descended better than my Giant. That summer I trained my butt off. I had 2 more podium finishes, the last of which is where I got my first win. I won the Men’s Sport category 13-18
I-Cup series State Championship at Solitude Ski resort in Utah. I was stoked with the win.
I e just finished the High School mountain bike series this fall. I ended up crushing the JV category, with a 2nd place in the first race, a 3rd place in the second, and then 1st in the last 3. I was the overall points leader.
Since this last season I have done some races on my mountain bike. My favorite cyclocross race was when I took 2nd in the Men’s B category, and barfed afterwords! That race took over as the hardest race I had been in.
Mountain Biking has truly changed my life. Before I started Mountain Biking I was struggling to find a sport where I belonged. I had played soccer previously, but over time I lost interest as well as skill. I was too small for basketball and football(5’3′ at the time) and too slow when it came to running. I have truly found a sport where I belong. I have grown a lot since I started biking. I love my team and am excited too see and help everyone on the team. We just recently found my little sister a good mountain bike, and I am looking forward to teaching her all that I know come spring. Hopefully she will want to race in the High School Series! The selection and great prices at Price Point have kept me racing. Thank you Price Point.