If David Towle had attended today's Colorado High School Race #2 at Snow Mountain Ranch in Tabernash he'd say, "Call the CDC, looks like we have an epidemic of bike racing today!" High School Mountain bike racing has clearly become contagious in Colorado as they have had over 100% growth from the year before and some schools like Fairview High in Boulder went from having 4 coaches and 2 racers in 2010 to 6 coaches and 16 racers in 2011!
Thanks to Kate Rau's influential personality I went to the race, honestly, somewhat reluctantly since that meant ditching on Frisco Cyclocross race but since I it was just down the road from Winter Park I really had no excuse. Expecting a handful of racers I was QUICKLY surprised by the crowds as I entered the race area. There were racers everywhere and to top it off there were spectators, lots of spectators!
From a spectators point of view this race was as big as any big cycling event put on in Colorado like Denver City Park Criterium, Koppenberg or even Boulder Cup! Unlike many races where you show up, kit up, race and leave here the kids and families are there nearly all day either racing or cheering on the racers.... and not just their teams but everyone. Simply put, the racing community could learn a lot from how these teams operate and how the race obtains such a high spectators to racer ratio.
One of the big upsets of the day came from one of the Boulder squads with a first time varsity racer on the Boulder Fairview squad killing it in the girls field beating out the Boulder High team who were the winners from last week's race. Asked how the race went she said it was hard racing but she knew who she had to beat, stayed focused on those racers. In the end it didn’t matter because she was the one they were watching but only for awhile as she had apparent won the field by over 3 minutes. Did I mention she is a freshman?
Overall it was a wonderful day of racing under truly picture perfect conditions, results can be found on on their website and some photos . Special thanks to Wheat Ridge Cyclery who were out there providing neutral support to the riders (something you don’t always see at races) and of course thanks to all the kids and parents who made the choice to a healthy and fun competitive activity of mountain bike racing! See you all Oct 16 race #3!
- Colorado High School MTB Race #1