Ultimately, all high school sports are niche sports. The niche occupied by football is just a lot larger than the one filled by golf, for example.
In the grand scheme of things, the niche for high school mountain biking is, at present, small enough that most people may not be aware it exists.
But that may change, if the passion of those taking part in the four-year-old SoCal High School Cycling League is any indication. The league — which counts six Inland teams among 28 entrants — continues to grow and draw new participants, both male and female.
“It’s really a sport that kids who haven’t played other sports can get into,” said David Peery, coach of the team at Riverside Woodcrest Christian. “And I’ve seen that every season. If you get a bike and come out, you can be a part of it.”