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High School Mountain Bikers Show Grit and Spirit Despite Fall Storms at Regional Championships

Granby Ranch Round-Up and Eagle Haymaker Classic - Race #3

Race Reporters Matt Muir and Kate Rau, editor Kate Rau

Lucas Lenoch Sweep

Poudre Alum Lucas Lenoch sweeps in Granby.

Palisade Family JV Boys

Hudson Seeman, JV, Palisade and family thrilled to race in Eagle after overcoming major injuries due to a hit and run.

Fickle fall weather impacted races in both Granby and Eagle for the 2021 regional championships October 9th - 10th. Granby Ranch hosted 700 riders split evenly between the Yampa and Platte regions. Eagle was the last stop of the series for 649 racers from the Piedra and Crystal regions. Developing and maintaining strong partnerships with these host communities is integral to a successful season.

Colorado League race staff consulted with both landowners to develop contingency plans and confirmed race evacuation protocols in preparation of weather forecasts. "Safety and trail conditions are the number one priorities. Land managers are very knowledgeable of how surface conditions respond to weather and we have encountered these circumstances before at both venues. Mutual respect and trust allow us to effectively collaborate to execute the agreed-upon plans. We are indebted to all the volunteers, especially, the course marshals who implemented the course evacuation instructions provided by our incredible Chief Course marshals," said Kate Rau, Executive Director. Category sweeps ensured that racers kept moving back to the race venue.

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Sunshine followed the rainbow in Eagle after the Piedra JV boys race was cut short.

Presenting sponsor Your Front Range Toyota Stores, Aleza Bautista, Country Financial, along with the trinity of educational partners Colorado Mountain College, Fort Lewis College, and Western Colorado University were impressed by the additional spirited grit displayed by racers who were caught in the storms. USA Cycling was in Granby sharing information about collegiate cycling opportunities.

Mike Burns, Alpine Bank, Regional President, and Steve Hoogendoorn, Yeti Cycles, Chief Technology Officer were in Eagle to support their sons who were racing. Both are significant, loyal sponsors of the mission. It was their first time witnessing the family-friendly atmosphere with throngs of happy mountain bikers giving it their all. They were delighted to closely experience the positive impact they support.

The noisemaker Spirit contest amplified the energy. The participation in the Crystal region was very enthusiastic. Drum circles from Evergreen topped the Castle View, Douglas County teams. Buena Vista were the loud and proud winners in the Piedra region. The most innovative team for Platte was Heritage and Estes Park in the Yampa region.

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Evergreen Drums and the Golden Gong.

The Toyota Slingshot jersey for the most improved rider over their previous races in the Yampa region went to Ella Brown of Boulder for moving from 11th to 4th in Varsity girls where every spot is hard-fought. Will Bentley, JV, VSSA took the award after moving from 96th in Eagle two weeks ago to 6th in Granby. In the Platte Region, two Freshman riders won the award. Alayna Tippman from Spearfish, South Dakota went from 14th in Frisco to 7th in Granby and Brandon Eddington of Kelly Walsh, Wyoming went from 75th in Eagle to 10th in Granby.

In Eagle, Piedra region Slingshot awards went to Grand Junction Freshman, Izabelle Barney, who rode to 8th compared to 13th, and Ben Hays, JV, Fruita Monument finished 20th in the large field of 95 moving up 47 spots. In the Crystal region, Evergreen Freshmen Chloe Lamb and Nicholas Cicora earned the red jerseys.

Yeti Skills winners for Yampa were Kalen Brown, Freshman, Boulder, and Lia Young, Varsity Legacy rider of Green Mountain. Sophomore Andre Du Toit and Fort Collins Freshman, Aliana Smith were the top for the Platte. Piedra region riders Bradley Lamoreux, Pagosa Springs, and Hannah Garvey, Durango buzzed the skills zone. Hannah Brothers, Varsity, Lewis-Palmer, and Conifer JV rider Sawyer Gneiser won the Crystal region competition.

Motnrose Girls Slingshot

Olivia Edstrom won Slingshot race #2 with Montrose teammates celebrate sunshine.

Ella Brown Slingshot

Ella Brown, Varsity, Boulder move up 10 places earning a Slingshot and 4th place.

Granby Ranch Round Up Results - Platte

Granby Ranch Round Up Photos - Platte

Laurel Galvin of Fairview sang the national anthem both mornings. With no introduction, the sound of Laurel’s voice brought anyone within earshot to an attentive stop during each day. The Platte region experienced all four seasons in one day on Saturday at Granby Ranch. Morning racers endured rain that fell intermittently amidst chilly, gusty squalls. Squared-off rock edges on the backside of the course resulted in more flats than usual as racers had to be careful while descending not to case their rims against the tombstone-like obstacles.

The Wyoming-based teams continued to dominate the Division 3 standings. Laramie maintained the overall lead for the series going 3 for 3. Natrona and Kelly-Walsh from Casper, WY took 2nd and 3rd. Spearfish, SD was 4th by only 3 points for the day. Cheyenne, WY snuck by Littleton by 54 points.

Only 27 points separated Middle Park and East in the Division 2 team competition. Middle Park stepped onto the podium on their home course in 3rd behind Monarch. Steamboat once again took 1st. East landed 3rd overall while Monarch and Steamboat remained 2nd and 1st all season.

In the large Division 1 school standings, Fairview leads Rocky Mountain followed by Ralston Valley and Heritage. Fairview cleaned house winning 5 of 8 Platte regional individual championships.

East JV Boys

East JV riders Lucas Nussbaumer, Griffin Huber, and Austin Salem.

Sophia Olson Middle Park Legacy

Sofia Olsson, Legacy JV, Middle Park rode strong on home turf for 3rd place in D3 team.

The JV boys started the day. Steamboat took the top two spots with Aidan Haack finishing in 51:12 followed by Curtis Zanni by a few minutes. A trio of Rocky Mountain riders took 3rd through 5th, Cade Shortridge, Jackson Menand, and Gunner Johnson in that order. Haack heads to Durango in a Platte Championship jersey. Notable was the sprint between Francis Kelly, Fairview, and Ethan Miller, Heritage with 0.18 seconds for 37th and 38th.

Mary Alyce Collins of Rocky Mountain edged Madeline Harvey of Ralston Valley by less than a second to win JV girls in 1:09:02. Third place went to Eliza Fay of 7220 Laramie who clocked the fastest lap time of the girls at 31:00. Harvey was tied with Ella Karney-Turner at the start line for overall points. Harvey's performance in Granby broke the tie. Collins earns 3rd overall.

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Noah Stanley, JV Legacy, Heritage tackles the descent.

JV Girls Platte

JV girls Madeline Harvey, Ralston Valley, Eliza Fay, 7220 Laramie, and Mary Alyce Collins, Rocky Mountain.

Sophomore girls' points leader Gianna DiFazio of Fossil Ridge won in 1:13:26. Annie Kuhns of Middle Park and Emma Pearson of Kelly Walsh - WY rounded out the podium. Pearson took 2nd overall in front of Kuhns. Saskia Sanchez, Centuarus, and Liz Lipscomb had only 1 point separating them in the overall for 9th and 10th.

The Sophomore boys started in rain and by the end of their competition the sun was shining and the trail was drying. Luke Robinson of Fairview crossed the line in 55:39 to beat out Primo Famiglietti of Steamboat by less than two seconds. Brodie Morrison of Rocky Mountain arrived third. The overall series podium was the same with Michael Delgadillo, II of Rocky Mountain earning 8 more points than Corben Pollock, Ralston Valley for 4th and 5th in the series.

Emma Pearson Sophomore

Emma Pearson, Sophomore, Kelly-Walsh joyfully rides to 2nd overall.

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Lincoln George, Sophomore, Littleton soaks up the sun after a rainy start.

The Freshman girls soldiered through wet cold conditions similar to the JV and Sophomore. Fairview’s Fiona Gallagher won the freshman girls race in 1:11:48 over two laps. Alaina Smith, Fort Collins, and Jesse Weaver, Steamboat rounded out the podium for the day. For the overall series, it was Gallagher, Weaver and Smith followed by the Sale twins from Natrona.

The sun shined bright for the Freshman boys. Jake McDill of Rocky Mountain turned in a speedy 52:47 time over two laps to stay 3 minutes clear of 2nd place and points leader Carter Kirkpatrick of Fairview. Michael Griffiths of Rocky Mountain completed the podium with Cayel Holmgren of Spearfish taking 4th as a reward for his long drive. The top five overall included Kirkpatrick, McDill, Griffiths, Holmgren, and Graham McCarthy of Fairview.

Freshman Girls Start Platte

Jesse Weaver, Steamboat off the start for a wet and cold Freshman girls race.

Spearfish Freshman Cayel Holmgren

Cayel Holmgren, Freshman, Spearfish placed 4th under blue sunny skies.

Dark clouds to the west of the venue flowed from south to north throughout the day, occasionally edging over on top of the racecourse. With the afternoon start of the Varsity racing, dark clouds flowed east over the venue and proceeded to drop at least four types of precipitation on the trails and racers.

At first, both girls and boys races were shortened from 3 laps to 2. Varsity boys was won by points leader Fairview's Liam Baartman in 48:34. Baartman led a trio of Varsity boys off the front with independent Kade Kreikemeier and Rocky Mountain’s Andrew Morris all racing wheel to wheel for two laps. As they exited the descending switchbacks into the finish and all having been alerted to the shortened race, Baartman rode clean through the loose, speed-sucking corner. Kreikemeier had the slightest of rear-wheel slips which he knew doomed his chance at a sprint. Morris in 3rd was boxed in with no space to attempt a pass. Baartman takes the top spot for the overall series with Kreikemeier and Morris finishing 2nd and 3rd.

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Sadie Gallagher, Varsity, Fairview keeps smiling despite the inclement weather.

Tristan West Rocky Mountain Feed

Tristan West, Varsity, Rocky Mountain, snags feed as snow flies.

Trail conditions reports over a 15-minute period went from hunky-dory to "Houston-we-have-a-problem-here" as rain, snow, sleet, and hail alternated beating into the course’s clay soils. At about the same time that the boys' leaders finished, the trio of girls leaders of Jorja Bond, Fairview’s and older sister points leader Keira Bond, and 7220 Laramie’s relentless Isa Naschold climbed out on their second lap. In an instant, the precipitation tipped the scales of moisture in the soils under their bikes from tacky to cakey.

After several minutes, roving marshal and experienced racer Mark Nesline was with the lead girls, saw the peanut butter-like mud clog their chainstays, seatstays, and drivetrains, and did not hesitate to give his opinion to stop the race. Decisively, John Hutchinson, Colorado League Operations Director, directed the race crew to begin a course evacuation. This allowed the Varsity girls to stop racing, ride out to the closest paved road, get off the unrideable trails, and back to warm and dry clothes.

Jorja Bond, Keira Bond, and Naschold retained their one-two-three order in the weather-interrupted race. Legacy riders Keira Bond, and Isa Naschold were tied for the series going into this race. The tiebreaker was Bond's position after the first completed lap in Granby. They get to race again at State Championships in Durango.

Tristan Smith Laramie

Tristan Smith, Legacy Varsity, 7220 Laramie rails corners in the snow.

Jacqueline Folsom East

East Varsity racer Jacqueline Folsom shortly before course was closed.

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Colin Adam Wylie

Adam Wylie, Head Coach Compass Montessori waves the finish flag for his son Colin, JV Legacy..

After Saturday’s demonstration of Colorado weather, the atmospheric and course conditions were steady and good if not crisp for morning racers.

In the large Division 1 school standings, Boulder leads Golden, Summit, Lakewood, and Silver Creek.

In the Division 2 team standings, VSSA is on top ahead of Eagle Valley and Green Mountain with Stargate, Arapahoe, and Compass Montessori following.

The small school Division 3 standings are led by Estes Park and Nederland. Battle Mountain had a banner day in Granby and earned 3rd. For the series, Wheat Ridge is behind Nederland followed by South, Denver Academy, and Battle Mountain.

Boulder Lakewood Legacy JV Sprint

JV Legacy riders Griffin Moyer, Lakewood and Wesley Keighin, Boulder sprint with 0.26 seconds apart.

Gabriella Macerielli

Golden JV rider Gabriella Macarelli leans through a steep corner.

The JV boys started off the action. Nico Konecny maintained his winning streak and rode to the Yampa regional champion. Graydon Abel, Boulder raced strong for a silver. Reiner Schmidt of VSSA, Aiden Brown, and Jonah Klearman both of Eagle Valley took 3rd through 5th separated by less than a second. Schmidt, Abel, and Brown landed 2nd through 4th for the overall series in the very competitive field of 120.

Junior varsity girls was a humdinger with Kelly Hendricks of VSSA winning in 1:06:27, less than a second ahead of Boulder’s Hannah Berns. The two girls took several seconds in the finish chute to catch their breath and regain their faculties after a protracted and fierce duel of a race. Golden’s Gabriella Macarelli finished third. Hendricks earned the overall regional champion jersey by 1 point over Berns. Sage Hummon, Golden placed 3rd in the series and Senior Legacy rider Sydney Lewelling of Estes Park was 4th.

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Kyan Reuter, Sophomore, Silver Creek places 5th.

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Haydn Hludzinski, Sophomore, Boulder powers to 2nd place.

Stella Sanders, Eagle Valley was the victor in Sophomore girls clocking a 1:06:39 time. Boulder’s Hadyn Hludzinski took 3nd followed by Golden’s Adia Annibella. Evalynn Skiba, Eagle Valley rode to 4th for the day and was the Yampa regional champion.

Golden’s Emil Kjellsen won Sophomore boys with a time of 52:36, about 45 seconds ahead of Boulder’s Eli DeBoom who remained the points leader and overall champ. Boulder’s Henry Rapinz took 3rd after starting in the B wave and passing dozens and dozens of riders in a smooth display of power. Sebastien Long, Boulder, and Michael Dobronyi, Denver Academy may have had the closest finish of the season for 26th and 27th.

Ian Edwards Arapahoe

Ian Edwards, Freshman, Arapahoe focuses through a corner.

Happy Ned Freshman Girls

Laila Waldron, Freshman, Nederland is all smiles about her 3rd place finish.

The week before the race, Boulder Freshman Thayer Ask went down hard and hit his head while training. Two independent physician consults later, he was cleared to race, and race he did. Ask won 55:41 about 13 seconds ahead of Silver Creek’s Garrett Beshore. Tyler Goodson and Benjamin Becker both of Boulder took 3rd and 4th. Ask heads to Durango with a Yampa champion jersey. Andrew Lombardi, VSSA is 2nd overall with Becker, Beshore, and Goodson filling the top 5 for the season.

Lucy Perkins of VSSA had a brilliant day pocketing her second gold in the Freshman girls race in 1:03:52. Boulder’s Anna Munro took 2nd and Nederland’s Laila Waldron took 3rd. Maggie Reid, Golden earned the Yampa regional champion jersey with her consistent top points throughout the series. Munro and Perkins were 2nd and 3rd for the region overall.

Lia Legacy Buckle

Green Mountain Varsity Legacy rider Lia Young receives her commemorative belt buckle.

The Varsity race closed the weekend in Granby. Absent from girls' varsity racing was Golden’s Kate Logan who had a series of snafus in race #2 in Eagle. While managing her diabetes and mechanicals her race culminated in a trip over the handlebars resulting in a broken collarbone. No doubt her teammates will keep her spirits high as she recovers in time for ski season.

In the Varsity girls race, Boulder's Ella Brown set the early pace. Slowly but surely, VSSA’s Emma Barsness, Marin Ward of Summit, and Boulder’s Rowan Ellis-Rissler reeled Brown into the finish in that order. Brown guarded 4th keeping Eagle Valley's Zosia Skiba, 5 seconds back.

With a big smile, Barsness said “it was fun! I broke the course into parts in my head and worked hard on the climbs reminding myself that there’s a descent after each climb. Then on the last lap, I just felt happy.” Barnsess is the proud owner of a regional champion jersey. Skiba is 3rd overall followed by Ellis-Rissler. Chloe Fraser a Boulder speed-demon placed 2nd overall and was absent due to her cyclocross schedule.

Good racing runs in the Konecny family. Older brother Lasse rode off the front and alone for the duration of the boys' Varsity race to take the win in 1:08:06 over three laps. Landon Stovall of Eagle Valley, stayed in steady pursuit to take 2nd, after winning previously in Eagle. Golden Legacy rider Adam Mote took 3rd and said at the finish “I like the course a lot,” a telling comment for a course that tends to inflict a cost on those who race it.

Emma Finish Line

VSSA Varsity Legacy, Emma Barsness's tactic took the win.

Carson Alisho Lakewood

Carson Alisho, Varsity Legacy, Lakewood

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In the early morning, subtle anxiety was palpable as dark clouds hung over the ridgelines with a cool mist floating in the still air. Cianna Beller, Montrose warmed everyone with a terrific jazz-influenced version of the national anthem.

The JV boys started with high hopes for the weather to hold. The mist turned into a drizzle about 15 minutes into the race. Halsey Lucas, Town of Eagle Open Space, consulted with Colorado League staff throughout the early morning. Race crew member and Eagle local, Ethan Elzinga, monitored the storm from a vantage point above the corkscrew.

Lucas periodically evaluated the surface conditions staying in close communication with Colorado League race staff. At 9:15 AM, it was quickly decided to close the course due to slippery surface conditions and an impending increase in precipitation. Within 10 minutes, the ominous clouds delivered cold sleet and heavy rain.

Ed Ebright Chatfield JV Leader

Dry conditions on first lap for Edward Ebright, JV Leader, Chatfield.

Regis Jesuit Marcus Schultze Legacy JV Rain

Marcus Schultze, JV Legacy, Regis Jesuit rides in sleet midway of lap 2.

Owen Brockenthien JV Legacy Columbine

Columbine JV Legacy, Owen Brockenthien.

A review of the race day schedule and the weather radar resulted in a 30-minute delay for all subsequent race starts to allow the storm to move through the valley. All JV boys had completed 1 lap while the top 20 were close to completing a second lap.

JV points Leader Edward Ebright, Chatfield maintained a significant lead. Max Johnson, High Desert, Ian Kilty, Regis Jesuit, and Leo Burton, Montrose were all 1 second apart. The top three kept their standings for the overall regional series.

JV Girsl Start

Haydn Bevington, Salida off the start of JV girls.

The trail quickly dried yet one bridge was particularly slick. Peter Davis, a long-time resident, and veteran race crew member was deployed to assist course marshals with instructing the JV, Sophomore, and Freshman girls to dismount crossing a bridge.

Hayden Bevington, Salida, rode strong finishing 2nd and winning the overall Piedra championship against the deep field of 27 JV girls. Willow Lott, Durango, new to the 2021 series took gold for the day. Julia Glotfelty, Animas placed 3rd for the day and finished the series in 2nd. Ciana Beller, Montrose was 3rd overall.

Kate Rizzo, Palisade handily preserved her lead in the Sophomore girls. Elisabeth Sardakowski, Columbine took silver for the day and 3rd overall. Elise Holt, Regis Jesuit took bronze. Siri Schoff, Telluride Mountain School, and Neve McCutcheon, Taos battled for 4th and 5th.

Durango Sophomore Liam Bezek shot off the start and never looked back. Teammate Bryan Hastey and Bradley Lamoreux, Pagosa Springs worked together with Hastey earning silver. Bezek rode away with the Piedra championship jersey with Hastey and Lamoreux in 2nd and 3rd for overall. Jacoby Young gave tips to his Freshman Buena Vista teammates as they greeted him after placing 8th in front of teammate Josh Salazar. Young advised, "Don't go out too fast. I could have paced better."

Roman Legend Sophomore Boy

Legend Sophomore Roman Micozzi was only 0.05 seconds behind Jack White, Montrose.

Megan Steidel Grand Junction

Megan Steidel, Grand Junction placed 6th overall in the series for Sophomore girls.

The Freshman girls were 15 deep and Scarlett Hardie remained undefeated for the year. Neva Heines and Ella Skoloda of Montrose rounded out the top three. This trio ended the series in the same positions. Olivia Edstrom, Montrose seemed energized in her Toyota Slingshot jersey earned in Snowmass.

The Freshman field of 64 boys was action-packed. Durango's Chase Connors and Kai Lokey place 1st and 2nd. Henry Walsh, Chatfield was in 2nd until the final stretch when he lost his chain going over the tabletop causing him to run across the finish for 3rd. Tyler Dokson, San Luis Valley, and Porter Landis, Grand Junction played leapfrog until the finishing straight away where Dokson got Landis by 0.16 seconds for 14th and 15h.

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Freshmen Catcher Warthen, Montrose and Benjamin Merenda, Chatfield ride technical features.

Ava Tobin Cherry Creek Freshman

Ava Tobin, Cherry Creek placed 9th overall for Freshman girls.

Rylan Birch Palisade Varsity

Legacy Varsity Rylan Birch Palisade climbs as more weather rolls in.

After plenty of sunshine and lots of laps down the corkscrew, the Varsity racers briefly withstood several minutes of pea-sized hail in the late afternoon. Racers commented on how the hail stung while recounting the race in the sun-drenched finish.

The Durango duo of Bailey Cioppa and Ivan Sippy continued to impress with the fastest lap times and remained undefeated in Varsity. Sterling Shrader, Legacy, Palisade kept on Sippy the entire season. Jesus Vargas raced to 3rd.

A chase group of 7 riders, from Durango, Montrose, Palisade, and Salida, were within 2 minutes of one another. Varsity Legacy riders Justin Saylor, Columbine, and Tor Holm, Taos left it all on the line with 0.75 seconds between 13th and 14th. Ash Brown, Montrose requested to move to Varsity after winning JV in Snowmass knowing he would lose his JV points. He finished 11th and was thrilled to prove he belonged in Varsity for his Senior Legacy year.

Sippy and Shrader maintained their standings while Lance Knutson, Montrose, and Nathan Gangelhofff, Legacy from Chatfield were tied until their points in Eagle tipped Knutson to 3rd.

Kaya Musgrave, Chatfield stayed within 7 seconds of Cioppa on the first of 3 laps. Cioppa pulled away on lap 2 with a negative split. Musgrave placed 2nd for the day and for the series.

A trifecta of Mia Sanchez, Fountain Valley, Abby Hauptmann, Montrose, and Nicole O'Keefe, Fountain Valley were within 33 seconds of one another. Hannah Garvey of Durango and Maddy Glotfelty, Animas were 3rd and 4th in the overall Varsity girls.

Schrader and Sippy at Finish

Schrader and Sippy chat at the finish.

Musgrave Cioppa

Musgrave keeps Cioppa in sight on lap 1.

Durango, Salida, and Chatfield maintained the Division 1 standings in Eagle and for the season. Durango captured 4 of 8 regional Piedra championships. The statewide competition is going to be very exciting in Durango.

For the Division 2 competition, Montrose remained victorious with Buena Vista and Grand Junction consistently 2nd and 3rd throughout the series. Columbine squeaked past Palisade for 5th and 6th in Eagle yet Palisade landed 5th overall. Animas, Pagosa Springs, and Regis Jesuit were the top 3 in the Division 3 competition which is how they ended the season as well.

Chase Trail

Chase McGee pedals with purpose.

After the Sophomore boys, it was time for the "Chase Race". Chase McGee, a Senior from San Luis Valley adeptly flowed over a specific course pedaling a motorized trike. He has cerebral palsy, and Coach Brian Stevenson has been riding with him for 3 years. Chase recently rode 5 miles and just under 300 feet of climbing at a team practice. Stevenson commented, "His combined use of his legs, balance, strength, the motor, and his brakes to maneuver his trike over and around obstacles is quite incredible to see." We'll be cheering Chase in Durango for his last Colorado League race.

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Anna Elick Violin

Violin national anthem performed by Ann Elick.

Sunday was very brisk and all eyes were on the weather. Chilled bones were soothed by Anna Elick, younger sister of Castle View Varsity Legacy rider who played the national anthem on her violin.

Team Division 1 standings were status quo with Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Cheyenne Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Evergreen, and Conifer. Glenwood Springs was the closest to Cheyenne Mountain in Eagle with a 69 point difference.

Rock Canyon was 3rd for their first podium appearance for the series in Division 2. Discovery Canyon was a constant in the top spot. Woodland Park and Air Academy were 2nd and 3rd overall for the series as they often traded positions.

Aspen/Basalt composite was the constant among the Divison 3 teams with a sweep of the series. In Eagle, Manitou Springs and Crested Butte took silver and bronze while Crested Butte and Leadville earned these spots overall. Douglas County was 29 points off the overall podium and a mere 2 points behind Crested Butte in Eagle.

Buddies Castle Rock Rock Canyon

Varsity buddies Ben Elick, Castle View, Aaron Gramke, Rock Canyon and Blake Tideman, Douglas County.

Trifecta Varsity Girls Crystal

Crystal Varsity girls, Chloe Lutring, Glenwood Springs, Emma Borchers, Aspen/Basalt and Sequia Harris, Air Academy.

Johnathon Silva JV Legacy Evergreen

Johnathon Silva, JV Legacy, Evergreen.

The crisp morning heated up with some fast and furious JV boys racing. Cole Geiger, Glenwood Springs and Eli Nolan, Glenwood Springs set a blistering pace off the start and held onto 1st and 2nd. Crested Butte points leader, Lance Lakoski took a tumble when his spare tube dislodged from his downtube into his front wheel. He finished 3rd and managed to stay on top to wear a Crystal championship jersey in Durango. Nolan's teammate Tiernan Pitz was 4th for the day.

The competition is deep in this 90 person field. A pack of 6 riders was less than a minute apart chasing down 5th place Sawyer Gneiser, Conifer, and 6th place Cole Bruce, Manitou Springs. Alex Miller, Conifer, and Daniel Harris, Air Academy were on this train and ended 11th and 12th by 0.11 seconds. Colorado Rocky Mountain School teammates Will Karow and Nolan Peirson rode to the line together with a 0.02-second difference between 15th and 16th. Take a gander at the results to see many close races.

The JV girls have similar depth. Less than a minute differentiates 8th through 12th. Rose Horning, Leadville continued to mine gold and is the champion for the Crystal JV girls. Megan Heath, Aspen/Basalt Composite continues to ride strong and earned silver for the day and for the season. The usual suspects of Haley Gramke, Rock Canyon, Lauren Malfeld, Discovery Canyon, and Maia Culliwick, Colorado Rocky Mountain School jockeyed for 3rd through 5th at Haymaker. These strong females contributed to their respective teams' success.

CRMS Karow Peirson Finish

Karow and Peirson split hairs at the matt.

Ella Lindenberg

Ella Lindenberg, Legacy JV, Glenwood Springs.

Samantha Meskin, Glenwood Springs, and Raegan Agrimson, Air Academy both lined up in a Sophomore girls' leader jersey as they were tied after 2 races. Meskin's first lap was 1 minute faster yet Agrimson made up ground on lap 2. Meskin took the gold with Agrimson and Danica Wehr, Conifer in 3rd. Mia Frater, Woodland Park fell and Agrimson stopped to check on her friend. Frater insisted Agrimson keep racing. Frater finished 5th behind Kai Nelson, Cheyenne Mountain. The camaraderie and care among the riders and teams continue to inspire. The tie was broken and Wehr's gold in the ITT pushed her 1 point past Agrimson for 3rd overall.

The top 3 Sophomore boys include Quinn Catbagan, Douglas County, and Roaring Fork riders Samual Friday and Devon Blanchard. Only 30 seconds separated each position in Eagle. Each one of them won this season with Catbagan earning it at the Haymaker. Friday and Blanchard took silver and bronze both for the day and the series. Catbagan said, "The course was rough, very fun and I just put the hammer down." His father was impressed by the camaraderie and competition and commented, "The events are action-packed and what other high school sports allow you to travel to Leadville, Snowmass, and Eagle."

Hoogendorn

Sophomores Olsen Hoogendorn, Clear Creek and Tyler Moore, Thunder Ridge.

Jackson Canon City

Jackson Hynes, Cañon City leads a train of Sophomores.

The Freshman girls started with a tie for the lead between Nina Villafranco of Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Avery Harris of Air Academy. Villafranco took the win and earned the Crystal regional championship. Ella Bullock, Leadville, and Annabelle Henrickson, Douglas County pushed one another with Bullock ahead by 16 seconds.

Nora Lee, Gunnison certainly was in the mix on the first lap as she was one of about 5 racers flying through the venue on working to close the gap on lap 2. Lee had a major mechanical halfway out on the 6-mile course. A bike was brought to her. She finished somewhat disappointed to lose her position. She loves riding and was glad she persevered.

Points leader Dante Humphrey, Glenwood Springs put a 1-minute gap in the field off the start for the Freshman boys adding a regional championship jersey to his wardrobe. Canyon Cherney, Colorado Rocky Mountain School started in the B wave and clocked the 2nd fastest time. Finn Veit, Crested Butte placed 3rd. Veit was 2nd overall and Cherney was 3rd.

Freshman bunch

Will Baldwin, Manitou, #6020 looks to pass Ryan Shaw, Conifer, and Nicholas Cicora, Evergreen.

Avery Harris Air Academy

Avery Harris, Air Academy soars to 2nd overall in Freshman girls.

The last race of the weekend in Eagle was Varsity. Marcus DeWire, Aspen/Basalt Composite, and Chloe Lutgring of Glenwood Springs repeat their winning streak and rode home in Crystal region championship jerseys. Corbin Carpenter of Roaring Fork clocked the fastest lap time 1 second ahead of DeWire's.

The Varsity boys competition was deep yet DeWire put more than 30 seconds between him and Carpenter on the last lap. Douglas County's Calvin Winder put in a valiant effort and kept the gap under 2 minutes. Titan Cox, Highlands Ranch, and Finn Johnson a teammate of DeWire battled for 4th and 5th. Places 6th through 8th were very tight and Gavin Thomas, Rock Canyon, Legacy was thrilled with 7th place.

Lutgring kept a substantial gap between her and Hannah Brothers, Lewis-Palmer. Sequoia Harris, Air Academy was 3rd. It was a close race for 4th and 5th between Emma Borchers of Aspen/Basalt and Elianne Fischer, Gunnison. The overall podium behind Lutring included Borchers, Harris, Brothers, and Ella Vaillancourt from Manitou Springs. The Varsity girls developed strong bonds throughout the season and took many group photos at the finish line.

The State Championship race is October 23rd and 24th at the Durango Mesa Pursuit where all four regions gather to push their limits. The singletrack stoke will be high with a disco them.

Full results at Colorado League Race Results.

Fischer Flies over tabletop

Gunnison Legacy Varsity racer Elianne Fischer catches air.

Gavin Thomas Rocky Canyon

Varsity Legacy Gavin Thomas, Rock Canyon rides his best race of the series.

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