Couple of interesting last names in the results, including Phinney and Kloser
Colorado High Schools Say Yes to Mountain Bike Racing
144 students and 17 schools at inaugural race
Contact: Kate Rau email@example.com (720) 272-9282
Colorado High School Cycling League Race #1 - Chalk Creek Ranch, Nathrop, Colorado
Full race results here.
Photo gallery here.
NATHROP, Colo.—Sunday morning Chalk Creek Ranch was buzzing with high school mountain bike racers from all over the state for the Colorado High School Cycling League opener. Over a year of planning was rewarded with the smiles of 144 racers from 17 teams, and a handful of independent riders. The turnout was overwhelming.
Kate Rau, the executive director of the Colorado High School Cycling League, said it was clear that the first race surpassed all expectations. "I'm over-joyed by the support from the cycling community, coaches, parents, and volunteers. I'm thrilled to be spreading high school mountain biking." said Rau who has been working for this day since October of 2008.
At 10 am close to 20 girls rolled out on the dirt to the cheers of organizers, volunteers, coaches, parents and spectators. The Varsity girls rode 3 laps of 6 miles. They tackled the loose dirt and rocks like seasoned athletes. Laurel Rathbun, racing in the Freshman/Sophmore class and an Independent rider had a lap time of just over 30 minutes, finishing her 2 laps in 1:03:25. It was clear that girls had been training hard for their first race.
As they climbed the first hill course marshals and racers mixed. Even with the tough terrain spirits were high. Ellie Atkins of Boulder High School placed first in the Varsity girls category with a time of 1:33:50. Lindsay Dye another Independent rider was hot on her heals and finished less than a minute back.
Varsity boys started at 11:40 with a lead out from Colorado legend Dave Wiens and Animas High Coach, Chad Cheeney. They climbed the "sandy hill of pain" with speed and efficiency. Spectators cheered and racers thanked them with huge smiles. Skyler Truijillo from Fort Collins Composite team had a stunning 24:15 lap time placing him in first and finishing his 3 laps in 1:14:20. He was closely followed by Garrett Lundberg (Salida-BV Composite) and Luke Falcone (CO Rocky Mountain School).
Angel Huerta, a student at Douglas County HS, had spoken a few months earlier at the Cyclefest fund raiser for the Colorado High School Cycling League. He was so excited to race he could barely stand still. "I've been waiting for this ever since the Cyclefest!" he exclaimed. Huerta (Douglas County HS) was joined by 46 other Junior Varsity Boys, a huge field for the first league race.
While this was an historic day for Colorado mountain biking, history of another sort played out when Christian Kloser (Vail Valley Composite), the son of world mountain bike champion, Mike Kloser, topped out the JV boys. He was followed by James Lipe (CO Rocky Mountain School) and Joe Christiansen (Lyons Composite).
In the JV girls race, Kelsey Phinney (Boulder High School), younger sister of the newly-crowned national time trial pro champion, Taylor Phinney, continued the winning ways of her sibling and both her parents.
Despite the presence of high athletic pedigree, the event was mainly about school kids getting out on mountain bikes and having a blast with their peers. Parents cheered louder and harder than ever as they watched their high-schoolers compete, many in their first ever mountain bike race. Cow bells rang from start to finish. Max Bradley, acting president of the Colorado League, commented, "It’s nice to see the hard work come to fruition. We would have been happy with 100 kids. The sport is so popular in this state, we really needed a program like this. NICA has given us a solid foundation to build on."
The second race in the series is on October 3rd in Fraser, Colorado, at Devils Thumb Ranch.
Full race results here.(abbreviated results below)
Photo gallery here.
About the Colorado High School Cycling League
The Colorado High School Cycling League promotes personal development and teamwork through bicycle racing, and encourages the formation of teams at public and private high schools. With the cooperation of local race promoters and our sponsors, the League organizes a first class series of races designed for high school aged riders. The League makes high school racing the easiest route for juniors to get involved in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling. The Colorado League was kick-started with a generous grant from the founding SoCal sponsor, Easton Foundations, and is also generously supported by founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Clif Bar and Co., Primal Wear, Yeti Bicycles, Wheat Ridge Cyclery, GU Sports, Shimano, Mellow Johnny's, Fox Racing Shox, CamelBak, Dirt Rag, Feedback Sports and Mountain Bike Action. For more information on the League, visit http://www.coloradomtb.org.
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