Cloud City Challenge Report & Results
By Leadville Racing Coach Bruce Kelly
The Colorado High School Cycling League headed to the Leadville and the Lake County Trails for the second race of the 2019 season last weekend, Sept. 7-8. The Cloud City Challenge saw more than 650 student-athletes from across the state in this Race #2 for the southern division.
Freshman boys started the day off with an 8:30 a.m. start. Leadville Racing’s Matt Cairns started strong and finished strong riding in the top 5 for the whole race finishing 4th overall with a time of 58:23 for the 2 laps of 6.4 miles, less than 30 seconds separated the top 4 cyclists.
The next race for Leadville Racing was the JV boy’s race. Captain Matt Koch continued to improve moving up from his 20th place finish to 16th out of 180 starters. He finished 3 laps in a time of 1:34:13. Look for Matt to crack the top 10 at Snowmass.
Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worst during the end of the JV boy’s race, with thunder, lightning, and rain forcing organizers to cancel the remaining girl’s races. That left JV standout Michaela Main, and up-and-coming sophomore Elona Greene to have to wait till the next race to show their fitness.
For complete RACE RESULTS. Race #3 in the series is in Snowmass on Sunday, Sept. 22. Hopefully, the team will have 5 riders and be able to make a great showing in the team competition.
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, so thanks to everyone who volunteered last weekend. 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 Bruce Kelly.
The Colorado High School Cycling League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization, that serves students in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Their purpose is to build strong minds, bodies, and character, guided by the principles of inclusivity and equality. The league produces an interscholastic mountain bike race series, provides training and education to support coaches teams. According to their website, they provide a comprehensive infrastructure to grow youth cycling in a fun, safe, and professional manner.
“We strongly believe that prevention reduces the need for intervention. Together we foster healthy habits in youth, develop self-confidence, cultivate leadership, and strengthen family bonds one pedal stroke at a time.”
MBT Fall Colors Tour for Seniors
The first day of Autumn is just around the corner. So what better way to celebrate than to make sure someone you know, someone who may not be able to do so otherwise, gets out and see the fall colors on the Annual Phyllis Hakala tour. This Wednesday, Sept. 16, Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail (MBT) Committee and the Lake County Senior Citizen Center present this once-a year, autumn tour.
This special motorized tour is open to those individuals who do not wish to – or cannot due to mobility issues – walk or bike the trail. This tour is the only time the county allows vehicles other than maintenance vehicles on the trail, allowing senior citizens and others the opportunity to enjoy the fall scenery along the trail. The event was named after long-time Leadville resident Phylis Hakala, who always made sure that the seniors and those less mobile were able to get out and experience the natural beauty of their surroundings.
Call the senior center for questions and reservations as participation grows every year, so please RSVP so that organizers may plan accordingly 719- 486-1774.
Fall Colors From the Train
The next two weekends the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad offers its Fall Photo Special Rides on September 14 & 15, and September 21 & 22. This tour goes all the way up, an additional mile and a half, allowing you to see the sweeping vistas of the Arkansas River Valley. These Fall Colors Special Rides are 3 hours long. Reservations are required, please book in advance at www.leadvillerailroad.com. Get that special shot framed by Colorado’s autumn beauty, make sure to bring your camera and your jacket! The aspens are starting to change!
First Mountain Snow Dusting
A late summer weather system came through Lake County overnight on September 12 leaving behind the first dusting of mountain snow for the 2019 fall season. While Lake County residents have been enjoying the extended warm temperatures that summer has served up (once it finally got here!), the first in-town frost and dusting on the surrounding ranges remind residents that Old Man Winter is not far behind! According to forecasters, if you need to get some of those chores done or get in some extra trail time, then there’s #goodnews as blue skies and sunshine are in the weekend forecast.