Racing News: Fundraising, Foliage and H.S. Challenge
Full Circle To Benefit from Volunteer’s Pedaling Power
On Sunday, Sept. 4 Leadville’s resident AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, Josh Propfe, will be racing his bike 135 miles in the West Elk Classic from Gunnison to Crested Butte. He is doing this to raise money and awareness for Full Circle of Lake County!
“I will be aiming to complete the race less than 9 hours, a time I have never achieved which will be made all the more challenging due to over 9,000 feet of elevation gain throughout the course,” states Propfe on his crowd-source funding page where people can also make donations towards his efforts to benefit youth mentoring efforts in Lake County. “While this will certainly be a challenge I have been training a whole lot and have high hopes.”
Propfe has been working as a volunteer at Full Circle of Lake County for the past five months, under the AmeriCorps program which is funded for only one year, making his time limited.
“I am looking to raise $2,000 to help the organization maintain much of the work that I do after my time here is complete,” he explained, emphasizing his deep affection for the Leadville youth-centered organization that has developed during his time here.
“I look forward to pushing my absolute hardest on race day, but I need you all to help me reach this goal,” he stated. “I am confident that together we can do this!”
Good Luck, Josh! If you wish to donate, please visit HERE.
High School Cycling Needs Volunteers Next Weekend
The High School Cycling League’s Cloud City Challenge will be held in Leadville next weekend, September 10 & 11. Hosted by the Leadville Racing high school cycling team, the event will be held up at the Colorado Mountain College trails.
There will be over 800 particpants along with another close to 2,000 family members and spectators in town starting Friday, Sept. 9 thru Sunday, Sept. 11. In recent years, the high school league has grown so big that it nows include two divisions, over two days.
Starting at just over 10,000 feet, high altitude will definitely play a role in each race, with the south division on Saturday and south on Sunday (Leadville Racing Team). The course will include portions of the CMC cross-country trail system and 13-miles East Side trail system maintained by the Cloud City Wheelers of Leadville.
“The team has been training hard and is looking forward to racing Saturday on their home course,” said Leadville Racing team coach Bruce Kelly who manages the team with his wife Stacy.
The Cloud City Challenge is one of the four races begin held for the league that has now grown to over 800 racers. Organizers could use some extra volunteers for this weekend’s races which would demonstrate Leadville’s commitment to hosting this race that brings in student athletes and their families from around the state. While the Leadville Racing Team is comprised of student athletes from Lake County High School, the team is not officially part of the school district’s athletic department and therefore relies solely on outside donations, and contributions of time and resources. While the economic benefit is palpable, the event doesn’t happen without the muscle and time of volunteers
To that end, team coaches are encouraging the Leadville community to show its support. Anyone interested 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. If you’re interested in supporting the team, with time or money, you can also contact the team coaches at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We invite all locals to come out and cheer on not only the local team, but all the teams competing,” concluded Coach Kelly.
The next race is Granby on September 24. The high school cycling season wraps up on October 23 in Eagle with the sttae Championship.
About the Colorado High School Cycling League
The Colorado High School Cycling League is an independent 501(c)3 registered non-profit. The Colorado League was established in 2009 and is an associate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Founded in 2009 the Colorado League promotes personal development and teamwork through interscholastic cross-country mountain biking. The Colorado League promotes the formation of teams at public and private high schools. With the support of our sponsors, the League organizes a first class series of races, provides coach training, and hosts various camps. More about the Colorado League.
Flaming Foliage Relay Comes Thru County Sept. 9-10
The Flaming Foliage Relay (FFR) will most likely find most runners coming through Lake County and Leadville during the night of Friday, Sept. 9 and into the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 10.
The FFR route begins in Idaho Springs and follows the Frontage Road to Georgetown (8,530 ft). Next is an epic climb to the relay’s first pass, Guanella Pass (11,669 ft). After the descent down the Pass, the next four lucky runners will be on single track and dirt USFS Roads, starting on the Burning Bush Trail, finishing with a classic – Leg 11 over the second pass, Georgia Pass (11,585 ft) to Breckenridge (9,600 ft). Next, runners will run on the bike paths through Frisco (9,075 ft) to the thrid van exchange at Copper Mountain (9,712 ft).
From Copper Mountain, runners will continue south, over the third pass, Fremont Pass (11,318 ft), to the fourth van exchange in Leadville (10,152 ft). After a loop around Turquoise Lake (9,875 ft) and back to Leadville, runners will work their way down the Arkansas River Valley and finish in Buena Vista (7,993 ft) where teams can celebrate by enjoying a meal and a cold one.
The Flaming Foliage Relay is a form of adventure race. There aren’t any police escorts or pacing crews; the FFR is an adventure-race format that is self-supported and takes place on open trails and roads. While detailed maps are provided and the course is very well marked, each and every team is expected to support themselves from race start to race finish.