electrical bike Summit Tigers ladies staff shines at Pedal Energy highschool mountain bike races
DILLON — After the Colorado Excessive College Biking League canceled this yr’s state mountain bike race season because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Summit Tigers highschool mountain bike staff acquired an off-the-cuff likelihood to race collectively Sunday, Sept. 13.
It was the Eagle-Vail bike store Pedal Energy and proprietor Bruce Kelly who organized the occasion at Colorado Mountain School’s Leadville campus. Working the occasion compliant with Lake County COVID-19 restrictions, Kelly hosted what Summit Tigers coach Jaime Brede described as a throwback biking occasion.
“They didn’t even actually do any outcomes, didn’t do awards,” Brede mentioned. “It was simply, ‘OK, we’re out right here, alright, cool. We’re throwing down.’ It jogged my memory of old-school mountain bike races the place you simply go race towards individuals from one other city, and you realize who received, however the outcomes don’t actually matter.”
“It was good for the youngsters,” Brede mentioned. “It was a low-stress surroundings to exit and have a very good exercise with pals from different faculties and go push themselves somewhat bit.”
Summit Tigers senior Tai-Lee Smith received the varsity ladies race in 59 minutes and 45 seconds, 10 seconds forward of runner-up Bayli McSpadden of Vail. The opposite prime Tigers varsity ladies finishers on the day had been Victoria Uglyar (sixteenth, 1:02:54), Marin Ward (seventh, 1:04:28) and Samantha Hessel (twelfth, 1:09:49).
On the boys facet, South Park Excessive College senior Liam Goettleman was Summit Tigers’ prime rider on the day, ending in fifth place with a time of 37:18 within the JV boys race.
Smith described Sunday’s race as an surroundings much like highschool races — with a staff tent, and coaches and teammates cheering on fellow Tigers — although there have been COVID protocols in place, and the competitors stage wasn’t fairly as excessive as a traditional race.
“It was like a scrimmage, much less of an intense surroundings,” Smith mentioned. “We had been all in a gaggle using, racing with pals. But it surely type of acquired aggressive on the final lap. Apart from that, it was chill and enjoyable.”
Together with Smith, Brede mentioned she was happy with Marin Ward’s efficiency in her first varsity race after successful final season’s ladies junior varsity state championship. She additionally gave Goettleman a shoutout for his sturdy race after working two days of bike-tuning shifts at Carvers in Breckenridge.
As of now, the Summit staff doesn’t have any extra races scheduled although they’ll have the ability to compete in digital staff challenges arrange by the Colorado Excessive College Biking League.
Additionally this previous weekend, Summit County mountain biking brothers Lasse and Nico Konecny once more received Colorado Junior Cup races. This fall, the Colorado Junior Cup is a three-race problem for prime school-aged mountain bikers within the state. On Saturday, Sept. 12, in Citadel Rock, the 17-year-old Lasse Konecny received his boys age 15-18 division by a half-tire size — 0.01 seconds — over his Bear Nationwide Crew teammate Robbie Day.
Day, a senior who rode final yr for the Evergreen staff, and Lasse Konecny had been two of the state’s finest junior racers final yr. Lasse Konecny mentioned the buddies labored collectively for your entire race earlier than competing towards one another over the ultimate 6.2-mile lap. He then edged Day with the successful time of 1:43:03.2 on the 200-meter dash to the end line.
Nico Konecny, 14, additionally prolonged his cup successful streak to 2 races regardless of some bone bruising from a nasty fall on the Frisco Bike Park’s bigger filth soar line about three weeks in the past. With a time of 1:21:37.0 on the shorter course, Nico Konecny received his age 11-14 division by a greater than three-minute margin.
“We will map their progress very clearly, and so they’ve each accomplished only a nice job,” coach Jim Galanes mentioned.
The Konecny brothers plan to race subsequent on the Colorado Junior Cup’s state championship race Oct. 17 in Citadel Rock.