Trey Seymour

Trey Seymour, Varsity, Steamboat Springs rails a corner on his home turf.


Sofia Orbegoso, Sophomore, Fossil Ridge.

Mountain Bike Student-Athletes Test Their Mettle at Historic Howelsen Hill

Colorado League Showdown in the Boat #2-North Report

by Kate Rau
Contact: Kate Rau

North Results

The Emerald Mountain trail system on historic Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs offered a spectacular setting for the 474 North conference Colorado League high school mountain bike racers on Sunday, September 17th. Steamboat Springs has a rich ranching heritage, is notorious as a training ground for more than 88 winter sports Olympians, and is known as Bike Town USA due to a committed investment in cycling infrastructure. Competitors, families, city staff, and businesses were extremely flexible in accommodating the race schedule that was postponed a week due to the Deep Creek fire.

The intersection of the ranching, skiing, and cycling cultures was evident. The course started at the rodeo grounds, utilized the renowned NPR (No Pedaling Required) trail, and finished at the base of Howelsen Hill home of the largest natural ski-jumping complex in North America and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Local Steamboat Coach Blair Seymour designed the race course which was a tremendous hit. Big thanks to Routt County Riders for their expert trail construction and consultation. The event was supported by the Steamboat Springs Chamber.

Kyle Taulman launched into a powerful performance of the National Anthem which set the stage for a grand celebration of friendly competition. Kyle is an accomplished sit-skier and Sophomore at Steamboat Springs High School.

Rodeo to trail

Sophomore boys take to the trail after riding through the rodeo grounds.

The rodeo grounds offered a unique format for spectators to watch the herds of riders speed off the start line and jockey for position before entering the Emerald Mountain trail system. The race course included gently climbs on the Bluffs Loop through open meadows with scenic views of Mt. Werner and Steamboat Ski Area. Then the pitch increased through Mountain Lion Alley up to Ricky’s Ridge followed by a series of switchbacks through low brush and aspen trees on Lupine trail. The course topped at 7,247 ft. where riders traverse across Emerald Mountain and intersect with MGM to the newly built Orton Trail, lower NPR, and Mile Run into the finish at the base with the ski jumps as a dramatic backdrop.

The weekend temporary tattoo contest contributed to the festive atmosphere as teams and racers expressed lots of creative flare. Freshman racers, Cole Weathers, Eagle Valley, and Ian MacFarlane, Battle Mountain earned the top individual prize of a stash of Justin's Nut Butter products. The Natrona and Kelly Walsh cowboy cycling tattoo was deemed the best in the team category.

Cole and Ian Tattoos

Cole and Ian show off their temporary tattoos.

The six Varsity female racers at Fairview were integral to Fairview winning the Division 1 team competition by 86 points over Boulder. Hometown team, Steamboat Springs rode, strong for third place with only 6 points ahead of Golden who took fourth. Battle Mountain was a scant 3 points behind for 5th. The Freshman racers for Steamboat were a big boost to their many Varsity racers led by Ethan Moyer who took the gold in the Varsity boys.

The Division 2 team competition experienced a shift with Summit surpassing VSSA this week and Natrona County - WY raced to third overtaking Poudre by 79 points. The Summit girls were the dominant point earners. Tai-Lee Smith outsprinted Madigan Munro, Boulder in the JV girls.

Madelyn Gerritsen, Golden maintains the overall Varsity lead with a pack of Fairview girls on her tail. Tea Wright, Fairview moved to 2nd with teammates Camille Lamarque and Keilea Barth tied for 3rd, followed by Alyssa Fienberg and Grace Hedlund who are tied for 5th in the Varsity female ranks.

Sam Brown, VSSA, held on to the Leader's jersey despite being 3rd behind Ethan Wright, Fairview and Ethan Moyer, Steamboat who took 2nd and 1st respectively for the day. Wyatt Moehring, Battle Mountain is 2nd overall and Thomas Johann, Longmont moved to 3rd in the overall Varsity standings. With two races in the four-race series completed, the overall positions of teams and individuals become much more significant.

Podium D1 Teams

Division 1 Team Podium, Fairview took 1st, Boulder 2nd and Steamboat 3rd.

Jackie Teteris, Sophomore, Golden, earned the female Slingshot jersey sponsored by Your Hometown Toyota Stores. She started in 15th and finished 9th. Ethan Moyer added to his Varsity victory and was the male Slingshot. He started in 37th due to a mechanical in Frisco. The Slingshot award acknowledges the male and female racer who makes the biggest leap from their call-up position to their final individual place that day.

The competition will continue to evolve as the series moves to Granby for Race #3, September 23rd for the North conference and September 24th for the South conference.

Stargate Jacob

Jacob Seger, JV, Stargate Academy.

Cassie Taylor

Cassie Taylor, Varsity, Boulder.

A few Legacy racers offered insight on their experience as participants since their Freshman year. Caelan Beardsley, JV, Kelly Walsh-WY said, "The Emerald Mountain course was the best course yet. I love the adrenaline of the mass starts." He is from Casper, WY and was hooked on the scene, despite having to swap bikes his first race due to a pile-up. Sara Francone, East High, Varsity racer reflected on her involvement stating that some highlights include her friendship with fellow Varsity racer Willow Taylor, Boulder and being able to ride with her 11th-grade brother, Cooper, who is also racing Varsity for East.

South Conference Legacy riders from Rock Canyon, Casey Shuster, and Ryan Hays, volunteered for the race. They maintained trail on Saturday morning in Highlands Ranch and headed to Steamboat to camp on Rabbit Ears Pass. Casey Shuster commented that being behind the scenes gave him a new appreciation for the amount of work required to produce a race. Their efforts meet the team activity letter criteria for community service.

Lillie Bahrami Sweep

Lillie Bahrami, Boulder High Alum volunteers to sweep.


Keston Downing, JV, Poudre.

Many alumni came to support the event. Former Boulder High racer Lillie Bahrami swept the Freshman girls while Kat Milinski, Fairview alumni assisted with staging. Kat was reminiscing as she sent photos to her former teammates. The fact that the Fairview Knights won the team Division 1 competition was a bonus for Kat.

Several local residents attended to cheer for the Steamboat team. Neighbors of the Seymour twins, Chase and Trey, enjoyed watching these young competitors on their home turf. They were impressed by the perseverance displayed by all the high school mountain bikers and the many dedicated volunteers. Walter McGill, Steamboat City Council President, was thrilled to have the event in town as it showcased the Steamboat trail system. He believed the Orton meadow re-route was more sustainable and a benefit to other events such as the Steamboat Stinger.

The race expo was lively with Honey Stinger sampling many new flavors. Optic Nerve, Western State Colorado Universtiy, and Colorado Mountain College all enjoyed the action while engaging with spectators at the base of the impressive ski jumps. Race #3 is at Granby Ranch, where the North Conference races on Saturday, September 23rd, and the South Conference competes Sunday, September 24th.

Monarch Feed Ski Jump


November 4th Annual Shift Primal Art Party Fundraiser, Denver, CO

2017 Race Schedule:
Race #1 August 26 (North) -27 (South) Frisco Peninsula
Race #2 - South September 10 - Colorado Mountain College, Leadville
Race #2 - North September 17 Emerald Mountain, Steamboat Springs
Race #3 September 23 (North) - 24 (South), Granby Ranch
Race #4 October 7 (South) - 8 (North) McMurry Ranch, Nathrop
Race #5 October 22 State Championships, Eagle


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