Conference Report: Leadville Racing
By Coach Bruce Kelly, Leadville Racing
The Leadville Racing Team traveled to Eagle for the conference championships of the Colorado High School Cycling (CHSC) League last weekend. The morning started out with almost perfect weather conditions, with fall-like temperatures and very little wind.
First up was the team captain and JV rider Matt Koch, unfortunately, it was not his day. Several unforeseen bike issues caused him to have to ride fairly conservatively for most of the race just to finish. Instead of finishing in his usual top 20 he finished 106th a tough pill to swallow but he did hang in there.
In the next round were the three female riders, leading off was JV girl rider Michaela Main. She still had to start quite a way back in the field but she made quick of that and moved up into the top twenty after the first lap. Main continued to improve on the second lap finishing 17th overall in a time of 1:07:42. This should help in giving her a fighting chance at state championships next weekend in Durango.
Next up was up-and-coming sophomore rider Elona Greene. Coming off her best finish of the season she bolted to a good position at the start of the race. Greene continued to ride strong throughout the race but there just was not enough climbing for her on this course, which is her strength. She still finished 22 in a time of 1:13:36 for two laps.
The last female racer to hit the course was freshman Nina Schamberger. Coming off an impressive 3rd place performance at Snowmass she was hoping to keep that momentum here and did she ever! Right from the gun, she moved quickly through the field to take the lead before even hitting the single track. Schamberger never looked back, winning the race in a time of 1:02:20. Congrats to her on a great day!
And finally, it was freshman boy’s rider, Matt Cairns clipped in at the start line. This is by far the most competitive field with the top 10 riders usually finishing within 2 minutes or less of each other. Cairns once again rode with the leaders for most of the first lap. However, similar to teammate Greene, there may not have been enough sustained climbing for Cairns. He hung in there, trying to help close the gap on the leaders, ending up finishing 9th overall for his fourth straight podium.
The team finished 6th overall in this race and they are now 10th overall in their division. Next up is the CHSC State Championships in Durango on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 – 20. But before that, the Leadville Racing Team is holding a Pep Rally in Leadville Today. Come, meet these student-athletes, and celebrate the season’s highlights as the team heads to the State Championships next weekend.
“We invite all locals to come out and cheer the local team,” stated Coach Bruce Kelly. 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.
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.
Solvista Receives Recognition
Last month at the CBHC Annual Conference in Breckenridge, the Member Advisory Council (MAC) awarded Solvista Health the Golden Light Bulb Award for its innovative work in the behavioral health field. The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council awards this prestigious, statewide recognition annually. Brian Turner, CEO of Solvista Health, accepted the award.
The Member Advisory Council was developed this year to gather feedback about services, policies and programs at Solvista Health. The Council is made up of clients, former clients, family members and community members interested in behavioral health.
“We believe that the people we serve are the very best people to give us feedback and will help us create the best possible options for quality healthcare,” said Haline Grublak, Director of Advocacy and Peer Services. Grublak led the effort to form the Council and supports the members who facilitate the quarterly meetings.
“I would like to thank Solvista Health for giving us a voice in how service is delivered to those who utilize it. So often people with mental health issues are discounted and voiceless within society and it is important to be able to participate and be heard,” says MAC member, Sondra Sage. “Solvista is leading by example recognizing the contributions that everyone can make when provided the opportunity.”
Individuals interested in applying for a position to serve on Solvista Health’s Member Advisory Council can call Haline Grublak at 719-275-2351.