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Summit Tigers girls team shines at Pedal Power high school mountain bike races

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Summit Tigers women staff shines at Pedal Energy highschool mountain bike races

Summit Tigers senior Tai-Lee Smith races en path to victory at a highschool mountain bike race hosted by Pedal Energy bike store in Leadville on Sunday, Sept. 13.
Photograph from Marla Dyer-Biggin

DILLON — After the Colorado Excessive Faculty Biking League canceled this 12 months’s state mountain bike race season as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic, the Summit Tigers highschool mountain bike staff obtained an off-the-cuff likelihood to race collectively Sunday, Sept. 13.

It was the Eagle-Vail bike store Pedal Energy and proprietor Bruce Kelly who organized the occasion at Colorado Mountain Faculty’s Leadville campus. Working the occasion compliant with Lake County COVID-19 restrictions, Kelly hosted what Summit Tigers coach Jaime Brede described as a throwback biking occasion.

“They didn’t even actually do any outcomes, didn’t do awards,” Brede stated. “It was simply, ‘OK, we’re out right here, alright, cool. We’re throwing down.’ It jogged my memory of old-school mountain bike races the place you simply go race towards individuals from one other city, and you already know who gained, however the outcomes don’t actually matter.”

“It was good for the children,” Brede stated. “It was a low-stress surroundings to exit and have a superb exercise with mates from different faculties and go push themselves a bit bit.”

Summit Tigers senior Tai-Lee Smith gained the varsity women race in 59 minutes and 45 seconds, 10 seconds forward of runner-up Bayli McSpadden of Vail. The opposite high Tigers varsity women finishers on the day have been Victoria Uglyar (sixteenth, 1:02:54), Marin Ward (seventh, 1:04:28) and Samantha Hessel (twelfth, 1:09:49).

On the boys facet, South Park Excessive Faculty senior Liam Goettleman was Summit Tigers’ high rider on the day, ending in fifth place with a time of 37:18 within the JV boys race.

Smith described Sunday’s race as an surroundings just like highschool races — with a staff tent, and coaches and teammates cheering on fellow Tigers — although there have been COVID protocols in place, and the competitors stage wasn’t fairly as excessive as a traditional race.

“It was like a scrimmage, much less of an intense surroundings,” Smith stated. “We have been all in a bunch using, racing with mates. However it sort of obtained aggressive on the final lap. Apart from that, it was chill and enjoyable.”

Together with Smith, Brede stated she was happy with Marin Ward’s efficiency in her first varsity race after successful final season’s women junior varsity state championship. She additionally gave Goettleman a shoutout for his robust race after working two days of bike-tuning shifts at Carvers in Breckenridge.

As of now, the Summit staff doesn’t have any extra races scheduled although they’ll have the ability to compete in digital staff challenges arrange by the Colorado Excessive Faculty Biking League.

Additionally this previous weekend, Summit County mountain biking brothers Lasse and Nico Konecny once more gained Colorado Junior Cup races. This fall, the Colorado Junior Cup is a three-race problem for top school-aged mountain bikers within the state. On Saturday, Sept. 12, in Citadel Rock, the 17-year-old Lasse Konecny gained his boys age 15-18 division by a half-tire size — 0.01 seconds — over his Bear Nationwide Staff teammate Robbie Day.

Day, a senior who rode final 12 months for the Evergreen staff, and Lasse Konecny have been two of the state’s greatest junior racers final 12 months. Lasse Konecny stated the buddies labored collectively for your complete race earlier than competing towards one another over the ultimate 6.2-mile lap. He then edged Day with the successful time of 1:43:03.2 on the 200-meter dash to the end line.

Nico Konecny, 14, additionally prolonged his cup successful streak to 2 races regardless of some bone bruising from a foul fall on the Frisco Bike Park’s bigger grime soar line about three weeks in the past. With a time of 1:21:37.0 on the shorter course, Nico Konecny gained his age 11-14 division by a greater than three-minute margin.

“We will map their progress very clearly, and so they’ve each executed only a nice job,” coach Jim Galanes stated.

The Konecny brothers plan to race subsequent on the Colorado Junior Cup’s state championship race Oct. 17 in Citadel Rock.

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