Blood, sweat and tears are going into the effort to host high school students for two weekends of serious mountain biking competition in the Vernal area. The Uintah High School Mountain Bike Team has grown from small beginnings three years ago to a group of nearly 30 high school club members and a staff of coaches committed to the program and with the experience to back it up. According to Assistant Coach Jennifer Atwood, the races to be hosted next month will bring thousands to the area for two consecutive weekends and the summer has been spent by club members, coaches and their families toiling to literally build a 5 mile mountain biking track at Buckskin Hills. “We had the idea last spring to host the event after the league director couldn’t find a place to do a race,” says Atwood. “We thought, hey, we could do it! This will bring in 2000 racers each weekend and their families so this is great for the whole area. We’ll need lots of volunteers,” continues Atwood, “so we hope we can get some help from the public.” The races will be held September 17th and September 24th. For more information, check out the Uintah High School Mountain Bike Team page on Facebook.