High School Team Takes 2nd in Division
By Leadville Racing Coach Bruce Kelly
Last Sunday, Sept. 22, the Lake County High School mountain bike team headed to Snowmass determined to rebound from unfortunate outcomes at the previous two races. And rebound they did! The day started off with Leadville Racing JV girl’s rider Michaela Main having to start dead last in her division. She put in a huge effort out of the fairly steep uphill start to pass close to half the field, from then on because of the nature of the course she ended up finishing 23rd out of 46 in a time of 1:08:59 for two laps.
The sophomore girls were next out of the gate with sophomore Elona Greene pressing hard at the start and moving up from the 20th position to finish 14th out of 40, very impressive for someone doing only her second mountain bike her time was 1:09:01 for two laps.
Freshman girl’s newcomer Nina Schamberger also had to start dead last, but she wasted no time on the climb out of the start to be up in the top 10. She continued her assault on the field to end finishing 3rd overall out of 35 with a time of 59:21 for two laps.
Next up for Leadville Racing was freshman stalwart Matt Cairns. Matt took off hard trying to stay with the lead riders, unfortunately he had a couple of minor mechanicals which cost him several places. He still ended up 10th overall out of 142 with a time of 52:55 for two laps.
At this point of the race Leadville was in a battle for a podium spot of 2nd or 3rd for the day. This put the pressure on team captain Matt Koch, and he did not disappoint. He proceeded to go out and have his best finish of his career finishing 15th out of 167 in a time of 1:19:40 for three laps.
This was the first race the team had 5 riders to score towards the team results. They finished 2nd out of 18 teams in their division, a testament to their commitment and hard work during the two weeks leading up to this race. They will continue to train hard as they point to conference championships on Sunday, Oct. 6 in Eagle.
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,” concluded Coach Bruce Kelly. The high school cycling season wraps up on October 5 in Eagle with the state Championship.
The Colorado High School Cycling League (CHSCL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization, that serves students in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. CHSCL’s 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.
Fire Dept Hosts Open House
On Saturday, Sept. 28 the Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue crew will be hosting an Open House Event at the firehouse in downtown Leadville. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. firefighters and crews will be on hand to answer questions about emergency preparedness and fire safety information. Educational and fun, with plenty of free food, games, and prizes for the kids. Plus they can meet the newest member of the LLCFR: Paw Patrol Marshall.
Twin Lakes Volunteers for Interlaken
The Friends of Twin Lakes (FTL) are making a call for volunteers interested in helping with a workday at Interlaken Resort on Saturday, Sept. 28. Meet at the Red Rooster boat ramp by 8:30 a.m. to board the Molly Brown boat and be transported over to the historic Interlaken Resort. Part of the work will involve painting of the historic Dexter House.
Contact FriendsofTwinLakes@gmail.com if you want to join the Interlaken work party.