Leadville Racing Team Rides Strong at Home
By Bruce Kelly, Leadville Racing Coach
A beautiful late summer day greeted more than 620 high school mountain bike racers at The CMC Leadville Campus for the second race in The Colorado High School Mountain Bike League: The Cloud City Challenge.
Leadville Racing, the Lake County High School Mountain Bike Team exceeded all expectations by improving from 17th overall in division 3, to eighth on their home course.
The team was led by first year girls JV rider Michaelah Main. In her second race ever she finished just outside the top 20 at 21st place, she was followed closely by veteran, and National Anthem performer Stephanie Reveles in 30th place. Rounding out the girls JV race was the incredible performance by Makala Garza in her first race. After only riding and training for 3 weeks she finished well within the time limit in 47th place.
In the boys JV race, Matt Koch continued his consistent riding in the very deep and talented field, finishing 45th out of 164 riders.
Sophomore boys rider Jackson Hansen rounds out the team. Racing in his first mountain bike race he finished 132 in this huge field. Expect huge improvements from this young rider as his technical skills improve, he has only been riding for 2 weeks.
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. 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,” stated Coach Stacy Kelly who manages the team with her husband Bruce. The next race for Leadville Racing is The Chalk Creek Stampede, Sunday Sept. 23 in Nathrop, Co.
Wheelers Hold First Fall Fest on Saturday
In other bike news, this Saturday, Sept 15 The Cloud City Wheelers (CCW) will host their first ever Fall Fest. The new event will take place at Dutch Henry Hill, located at Highway 24 S and McWethy Drive south of Leadville. The event goes from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will include Bike Demos, group rides and a scavenger hunt and a gear swap with part of the proceeds being donated to the CCW.
The Cloud City Wheelers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create, enhance, preserve and promote cycling opportunities in Leadville and Lake County. You may connect with them on their website of the CCW Facebook Page.