Garret Gerchar, Boulder HIgh, leads the JV boys field on lap 2.
Michael Dessau, Boulder High, Maxx Chance, Fairview and
Grant Ellwood, Boulder High are looking for an opportunity.
Photo by Carrie Dittmer
ELBERT, Colo. — The third race of the 2011 Colorado High School Cycling League on October 16 at the Peaceful Valley Scout camp included 242 student athletes from 30 teams. The easy-going atmosphere in the team pits was contrasted with spirited competition out on the race course, from the Freshman girls and boys through the Varsity events.
The Colorado League director, Kate Rau, said, "Another exciting weekend of racing! The camaraderie and friendly competition we see at these events continues to solidify the Colorado League community, I am so proud to be part of this. And of course it is a delight to return to this exceptional Elbert venue."
Dry, windy conditions met the riders, but the sky was a perfect blue, and the 5.4-mile course that rolled through the prairies and ponderosas on the 3,300-acre camp made for some classic Colorado mountain bike racing.
For example, the Junior Varsity Girls' race featured a tight battle. Kelsay Lundberg of Salida took the lead at the start, then was caught late in the first lap by McCauley Smith of Boulder. Lundberg retook the lead for good on the climbs of the second and final lap.