A documentary showcasing the extraordinarily positive impacts of the high school cycling movement is about to begin a nationwide tour of the USA. Taking a close look at the National Interscholastic Cycling Associations (NICA) NorCal High School Cycling League, Singletrack High follows a diverse group of high school students through the 2012 mountain bike racing season.

The national screening tour kicks off with a special screening February 27 at the Specialized Bicycle Components Headquarters in Morgan Hill, California. This will be followed by stops in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and other states, finally returning for more showings in California.

The film explores the wide range of positive outcomes from keeping adolescents active on bikes at an age when many are trading in two wheels for four, as one of the subjects puts it.

NICA Executive Director, Austin McInerny, said, We are thrilled with Singletrack High! The film captures the challenges and rewards experienced by six diverse student-athletes throughout a season of racing with their respective mountain bike teams. By following the riders closely and talking with their coaches and parents repeatedly over many months, the film presents a compelling explanation of the value and need for high school-based cycling teams. I am confident that even non-cyclists will want to support our efforts after seeing this film.”

Filmmaker Jacob Seigel-Boettner, who produced the film with his brother Isaac, said, Even as former high school and collegiate cyclists, it was an eye-opener for us to see the impact that mountain bike racing has had on these kids. Being part of a high school bike team has helped them find acceptance, accept themselves, and expand their worlds. We are very grateful to the student-athletes of Singletrack High and their families for opening up their lives to us, both on and off the bike. We hope that their stories inspire kids across the country to grab their bikes and hit the trail.

Singletrack High was produced by Pedal Born Pictures, with the generous support of Specialized Bicycle Components and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. Additional production support was provided by GoPro and Sunnyvale VW.

Who: Pedal Born Pictures and the NICA Leagues across the USA
What: National Screening Tour of Singletrack High
Where/When: Click Here for National Calendar of Screenings.
Why: Raise Awareness of and Further Grow High School Mountain Biking
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/45295483

Interested in hosting a screening at your local theater, school, business or home? Visit here for more information.

About The National Interscholastic Cycling Association
Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops high school mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events, and supports every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character through their efforts on the bike.

NICA exists by virtue of generous sponsors, donors and partners, including the founding national sponsor Specialized Bicycle Components; as well as establishing sponsors Easton Foundations, SRAM, and Trek Bicycles; major sponsors Sho-Air, Clif Bar & Company, Clif Bar Foundation, Primal Wear, Quality Bicycle Products, GU Sports, Kinetic, Maxxis, CamelBak, Feedback Sports, Ft. Lewis College, Fox Racing Shox, and Ritchey Designs; media partners Mountain Bike Action, Dirt Rag, and Cyclingnews. For more information on NICA visit www.nationalmtb.org or call (510) 524-5464.

About Pedal Born Pictures:
Pedal Born Pictures is a Bay Area-based independent documentary production company. Founded in 2010 by brothers Jacob and Isaac Seigel-Boettner, Pedal Born’s goal is to shed light on compelling stories that are hidden in plain sight. Their first film, With My Own Two Wheels, wove together five stories from around the globe into a single film about the bicycle as a vehicle for change. It was an official selection of the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Mountainfilm in Telluride, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and Port Townsend Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary Featurette. Pedal Born Pictures has also produced promotional pieces for the University of California at Berkeley, Specialized Bicycle Components, and World Bicycle Relief. For more information visit pedalbornpictures.com.