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Highschool mountain bike groups to compete at house

Gunnar Gilbertson races down a observe at regionals. Steamboat mountain bikers will not be touring in the course of the 2020 season, however reasonably competing just about at house.
Blair Seymour/courtesy

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Highschool mountain biking continues to be occurring this fall. Nonetheless, groups gained’t journey for competitions. As an alternative, they’ll compete at house in challenges organized by Colorado Excessive Faculty Biking League that can give bikers an opportunity to compete whereas complying with native and statewide well being pointers.

Steamboat Springs Excessive Faculty head coach Blair Seymour expects the mountain bike season will probably be interesting to college students who now not are capable of take part of their typical fall sport. 

“Now that CHSAA has modified their complete schedule, it probably provides children the chance to (experience) in the event that they couldn’t earlier than as a result of it conflicted with one other sport. They will take part and have in-person coaching. That’s the one lovely factor, we’ll nonetheless have in-person coaching as a staff, with precautions. We’ll nonetheless have that staff comradery.”

This 12 months, after a lot consideration, the Government Director of Colorado Excessive Faculty Biking League Kate Rau introduced that groups gained’t journey in any respect this 12 months. As an alternative, she and her workers are issuing 5 weeks of challenges. Athletes will observe their exercise and submit it for it to be ranked and scored.

“We’re making an attempt our greatest to duplicate the season and supply a possibility for youths to remain motivated and for our coaches to have one thing to concentrate on reasonably than simply going out and using,” mentioned Rau. “That may solely go to this point.”

Rau named the collection of challenges and the season, “Singletrack Solidarity.”

“(It means) to be united across the open air, teamwork, private growth by way of sport,” she mentioned. “And having groups and people nonetheless come collectively (regardless of) COVID and people restrictions.”

Competitions often imply touring as a staff to one in all a small handful of competitions across the state to compete with tons of of different mountain bikers from the identical area. That calls for lots of journey throughout the state. That format merely wasn’t possible with gathering limits and completely different pointers all through completely different counties. 

So, all through the season, each different week will probably be a problem week, requiring riders to finish a specific amount of mileage, elevation achieve or showcase their expertise. 

The opposite weeks will function enjoyable actions equivalent to photograph and video contests and a brand new brand contest.

Seymour has been teaching mountain biking all summer season and suspects practices will look comparable, with masks on whereas the staff is gathering as a bunch. If quite a lot of athletes join mountain biking, the staff will divide into smaller teams to satisfy with coaches. 

As soon as bikers hit the path, they will ditch the masks, however should put it again on in the event that they cease on the facet of a path or meet up with somebody. 

The toughest a part of the season will most likely be seeing the seniors not have a traditional season. 

The biking league is making an attempt to make the season as particular for seniors as doable. Each senior who has participated the previous three years and partakes in at the least one problem this 12 months will obtain a legacy belt buckle.

“It simply makes me unhappy for them that they don’t have their proper of passage send-off that they’re used to,” mentioned Seymour.  “We’ll make it as enjoyable as we are able to to make these particular reminiscences.”

To achieve Shelby Reardon, name 970-871-4253, e-mail sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or observe her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.

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