Leadville Racing Takes Third Place at State Tourney
The Leadville Racing team ended their 2014 season in the same place that they started – 3rd place overall among 52 Colorado high school cycling teams.
This impressive standing was gained through dedicated training and hard work. In addition, by the time the final race at last Saturday’s Haymaker Classic State Tournament held in Eagle, Colo. was over, the team had racked up several individual and team podiums between the beginning and end of the season.
“As much as the podiums mean to the team,” explains Leadville Racing Coach Stacy Kelly, who along with husband Bruce have dedicated countless hours and resources for the team’s success both on and off the race course, “the character aspect of helping others and giving of your time means just as much to Bruce and me as the racing results. Our riders and their families have demonstrated exemplary character both on and off the race course.”
Which is probably why Leadville Racing was named Division 2 All Star Team of the year. And there was a notable individual accomplishment as well. Lake County High School Senior Lara Lufkin was named most improved female rider from the Colorado High School Cycling League (CHSCL). What a way to end a season!
The 2014 Leadville Racing Team is Seniors: Ryan Arguello, Stephanie Colton, Grant Gipson, Aairka Johnson, Lara Lufkin; Juniors: Chalie Koch, Jonah Osborn; Sophomores: Cheyenne Mendoza, Cain Gipson, Federico Montes; and Freshman: Joe Koch, Gracie Robinson, Brayhan Reveles.
“We are losing our seniors and will miss them terribly,” said Coach Kelly.
Aside from accomplishments on the race course, the student racers also hosted one of the high school cycling races – the Cloud City Challenge – held at Colorado Mountain College on Sunday, Sept. 21. The race brought nearly 600 racers plus their families and friends to Leadville. The CHSCL was impressed with the venue and community support, and plans on making the Cloud City Challenge part of the regular race season. Anyone interested in helping, can go to www.coloradomtb.org and click on the volunteer tab, scroll down to Cloud City Challenge and sign up for whatever might be of interest.