Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports teams at Adams State provide world-class support for their athletes. Teams have paid coaches, individualized training plans, and all competition expenses including travel, food, lodging and entry fees are provided. Adventure Sports develops new athletes and increases the success of experienced athletes. Students interested in climbing or cycling are encouraged to join a team even if they have no prior experience in competitive adventure sports.

Why join an Adventure Sports Team at Adams State?

  • The San Luis Valley provides incredibly diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation
  • Small class sizes with professors invested in your success
  • Develop lifelong friendships with like-minded student athletes passionate about outdoor pursuits
  • Learn how set and achieve personal goals
  • 300+ days of sunshine
  • Receive regular individual coaching instruction in Cycling or Climbing
  • All team members travel and compete for free

mountain bike race

What our team members have to say

"The climbing team allows me to spend time with other people who push and encourage me to work harder, climb stronger, and have more fun. Each member of the team is as excited to see me do well as they are when they do well."

-Seth Clock

"Being on the Adams state cycling team has been very beneficial to my cycling career, due to the amount of support that Adams provides the team. I KNOW that if it weren't for the resources afforded to me I would not have progressed from a cat5 cyclist never having raced, to becoming the cyclist I am today."

-Mark Johnson

Coordinator of Adventure Sports
Marshal Hartley

Marshal began riding a road bike at age 11 around the small Pennsylvania “village” where he grew up. He entered his first road race at 12 years old. As his racing experience and fitness improved he worked his way up through the ranks to compete in several Junior and Collegiate National Championships. Marshal attained his bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Brevard College located in Brevard North Carolina. During his time as a collegiate racer he was granted some incredible opportunities including being a member of a collegiate cycling team and experiencing all of the great opportunities that go along with it, as well as the opportunity to go overseas to race for an entire racing season on a development team based in the Spanish Basque Country. The primary goal Marshal has for the team is to simply follow its mission which is to provide the members of the team the resources and opportunities to excel in cycling, education and community.
“I firmly believe that the outcome of successfully carrying out our mission will result in a highly competitive team whose members are fully capable of moving on to professional cycling teams and/or professional careers.”

-Coach Hartley

More About Adams State

Our campus is centrally located between the Monarch, Taos, and Wolf Creek Ski Resorts. In addition for our Climbing Team and Mountain Bikers, Penitente Canyon offers world class rock climbing in a natural outdoor setting as well as some of the nations best training trails for mountain biking.

Our top-quality coaching, sports medicine, and training and conditioning staff encourage our athletes to perform to the best of their abilities, both on the field and in the classroom. Resistance training for injury prevention and improved performance is an important part of the ASU athletic experience and is maintained in both in-season and off-season programs.

The Department of Student Life and Recreation has developed programming for athletes to encourage sportsmanship and leadership. Because so many of life’s lessons can be learned through athletic participation, this is a natural place for us to teach our students the importance of integrity, courage, compassion, respect, responsibility, and honesty--the core virtues expressed in our professional programs.