H.S. Cycling Season Wraps Up with Strong Finish
The Pbville Racing Team ended their cycling season on a high note in Eagle, Colo. on Oct. 20 at the State Championships. While the team and individual accomplishments are noted below, perhaps the feather in the cycling helmet was the honor of Coach of the Year awarded to Pbville Coach Bruce Kelly. Executive Director of the High School Cycling League of Colorado, Kate Rau presented the award to Kelly along with a $400 scholarship award to put towards next season’s races and needs. Kelly was overwhelmed and emotional as he accepted this honor.Coach of the Year Bruce Kelley (center with award) and the Pbville Racing Team (left to right): Stephanie Colton, Grant Gipson, Federico Montes, Lara Lufkin, Charlie Koch, Brandon Hanson, Cain Gipson, Cheyenne Mendoza.
Now on to the student athletes. Grant Gipson had his highest finish ever after a battle with the first place finisher, taking 2nd of 80 riders in the JV 2 division for the day.Grant Gipson crosses the finish line and ended up 4th overall for the season!
He ended up 4th overall for the season and has already been contacted by Fort Lewis College in Durango about riding for their mountain bike team when he graduates. Scholarships are available for mountain biking at several Colorado Universities, including Western State, Mesa, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Mines, Colorado University in Boulder.
“Our goal is to have as many students as possible attend college on a mountain biking scholarship,” said Coach Stacy Kelly, who manages the team with husband Bruce.
Stephanie Colton had a great season, finishing 15th at the Eagle competition and 16th overall out of 48 riders in JV 2 for the season.
Homeschooler Brandon Hanson has been a great addition to the team, taking 6th out of 38 Freshmen division 2 riders on October 20.Cyclist Stephanie Colton was staged at the Oct. 20 State Competition in Eagle for the first time ever at the start of the race!
Cyclist Charlie Koch was back after his broken collar bone to place 8th of 43 riders in the Sophomore division 2. Lara Lufkin came in 7th of 15 varsity riders.Charlie Koch was back after his broken collar bone to place 8th of 43 riders in Sophomore division 2
Aarika Johnson was 41st of 48 JV 2 riders. Cheyenne Mendoza was 17th of 38 fresh div 2 riders and Federico Montes was 20th in the same group. Cain Gipson, who attends Battle Mountain High School but has chosen to be part of the Leadville team, also had a great day, finishing 21st in fresh div 2. Senior Darian Fairclough took 21st out of 30 varsity riders. This was his last race of his high school mountain bike career.
For full race results, including individual results, connect to the High School Cycling League of Colorado website: LINK.
“The Pbville Racing Team has had so many generous sponsors and we are grateful that we have only asked students to pay the $50 NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) league fee,” stated Stacy Kelly. For other high school cycling teams there is a $600 charge to participate on the teams, and students must provide their own bikes, helmets, etc., as well as purchase their team jerseys.Cheyenne Mendoza was 17th of 38 Freshman, Divison 2 riders
“We remain committed to the team that we can provide all necessary equipment so that the sport continues to be accessible to all who wish to participate,” added Kelly.
The high school cycling league is looking at adding a 5th race in the series for next year, maybe in Crested Butte, Colo. The Leadville race, now known as the Cloud City Challenge is on the schedule for next year and the organizers will be looking for lots of volunteers to make a continued success. Eagle set the bar pretty high with full community support as well as a $5,000 contribute from the town of Eagle towards race needs and expenses.