Westside Wins Third Straight Cycling Championship
A few years ago, teachers Nick Joslin and Nathan Moseley had an idea: a cycling club.
“To grow interest in the sport and provide an opportunity for kids to stay active and healthy,” said Moseley. Four years later, that idea has grown to include eight schools, more than 60 student racers and three state championships for Westside High School.
Joslin and Moseley, along with representatives from Millard West, Ralston and Seward, created the Nebraska Interscholastic Cycling Series in 2014, to allow student cyclists to race rather than just take part in group rides.
“[Westside’s] club has grown from seven kids the first year to nearly 30 this year,” said Moseley. “We wanted to provide this opportunity for kids that might not otherwise be able to compete in sanctioned team sports. Thus, the series was born.”
NICS held five races in the Fall of 2014, with more than 30 racers taking part. In 2015, Omaha North and Papillion-La Vista South joined the Series, and more than 40 racers competed. Prior to this season, organizers hired a race director and promoter to bring NICS to the same competitive level as racing series events in Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California. This year, Papillion-La Vista and Omaha Central also joined, and more than 60 racers took part in events for 2016 including Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys and JV categories.
“Westside has won the team championship all three years,” said Moseley. “In the new sub-categories started this season, Westside won the championship in JV and Varsity Girls and also Varsity Boys.”
Westside was also well represented for individual medals. Ben Fischer won 1st Overall for Nebraska JV Boys. Ella Vraspir won 1st Overall for Nebraska JV Girls. Elise Choquette won 2nd Overall for Varsity Girls, and Danielle Dircks won 3rd Overall for Varsity Girls.
Planning has already begun for 2017; Bellevue East, Bellevue West, Elkhorn South, Lincoln Southeast and Millard North have already expressed interest. Nathan Moseley is also planning ahead for Westside, hoping to draw in community support and donations to support the cyclists he’s brought together.
“Perhaps the biggest need is that a number of these kids are riding bikes that are questionable at best,” said Moseley. “The biggest thing [we need] now (even as an end-of-year tax deduction) is either consider donating usable bikes that are gathering dust in their garages or donating to the program.”
For more information on how you can help the Westside Cycling Team, or Nebraska Interscholastic Cycling Series (NCIS) email Nathan Moseley at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the NCIS group on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.