The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) presented Lyons High School Senior, Zachary Tucker, the 2012 Student-Athlete Leadership Award sponsored by Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. The award honors student athletes
who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, sportsmanship, academic performance, and volunteerism in their team, school, and community.
Zachary raced for the Lyons High School mountain bike racing team from 2010 to 2013, under the direction of Coach Patrick Bacalis. Lyons was one of the founding member teams of the Colorado High School Cycling League, which started in 2010.
NICA presented the annual awards to 13 winners at the NICA Benefit Ride and Banquet on January 12 at the Specialized World Headquarters in Morgan Hill, California.
According to Bacalis, “Zach distinguished himself as a leader and role model not only on his mountain bike team, but also in the classroom and in his surrounding community.” Zach is an excellent student, maintaining over a 4.0 average throughout his high school career in addition to working at Planet Bluegrass, he co-owns his own sound engineering company, Red Wolf Sound.
“It’s an honor to have Colorado represented on a national level,” says Kate Rau, Executive Director of the Colorado High School Cycling League. “I’ve known Zach since the Colorado League began. He truly embodies the characteristics of this award. He is a driven and gracious competitor, an enthusiastic mentor to other athletes, and a valuable contributor the Colorado League program.”
“I love mountain biking and being able to mountain bike as part of the Colorado League was a fantastic experience, and another great way for me to pursue athletics in high school.” says Tucker.