With the collegiate mountain bike season reaching the halfway point, teams vying for a shot at the national title are starting to pull out their fire power. Members of the CU Cycling team descended on Hartman Rocks in Gunnison this weekend for the Conference Championships and showed that while Fort Lewis College may exceed them in numbers this year, the team is not lacking talent or motivation.
Always consistent and fast, the women’s endurance team once again proved that they were a force to be reckoned with. In the short and fast short track, Deidre York, known as one of the best XC descenders, put her skills to use on the bermed descent down Collar Bone Alley, visibly riding the trail faster than any of the other women in the race. Katie Sodergren put in a valiant effort to chase her teammate, closing the gap between the two on the climb each lap but was unable to shut it down by the last lap. Abby MicKey and Claire Bensard finished 4th and 5th. The men also packed a 1-2 punch with Sam Morrison getting the best of teammate Kevin Kane.
Morrison was back at it on Sunday in the XC, out sprinting Gunnison native Dylan Stucki from Fort Lewis College. Brad Berger, newly upgraded from racing his single speed in the B’s and on a geared bike for the first time in a while put in a strong ride to finish 5th. Sodergren and York led the charge for the women again finishing 2nd and 3rd capping off a weekend of impressive rides from the team.
It seems like mountain biking season just keeps going!. With all of the news on our hands, the start of cross season, and the high school racing (http://303cycling.com/colorado-highschool-cycling-league-race1-2011), we missed out on the beginning of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) mountain bike racing season!
The conference is made up of two divisions. Division 1 includes Fort Lewis College, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, and Metro State College - Denver. Division 2 includes Colorado School of Mines, US Air Force Academy, Western State College, University of Northern Colorado, University of Denver, Colorado College, Mesa State College, University of Colorado-Denver, and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
There is a total of seven race weekends, including the National Championships in Angelfire, New Mexico October 29-30. Each weekend event showcase several events, including cross country, short track, downhill, and mountain cross.
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The Colorado High School Cycling League began in 2009 and is firmly established as one of only a handful of states to have an established league. In 2010, the season consisted of four races, including a state championship in The racer turnouts were over 140 for each of the races and the overall competition was good. There was a high number of JV and Freshman racers, which sheds some light into the future of the league. Lindsay Dye took the overall series in the Varsity Girls division and Skyler Trujillo took the Varsity Boys overall.
For 2011, the league is back with another four races on tap; the Chalk Creek Challenge, which went off this past Saturday, the Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede in Granby on October 2, the Peaceful Valley Invitational in Elbert on October 16, and the Colorado State Championship Ridgeline Rally in Castle Rock on October 30. For more detailed race information, check out the race flyers at http://www.coloradomtb.org/events/races/
Mike West (Yeti National Team) took the early lead in the pro men’s short track race but faded towards the end to finish third. Ernie Watenpaugh (Lifecycles) saved his energy until the end to pass West and Nick Truit (Yeti), and claim his first pro class victory in the Mountain States Cup series. The double points were the icing on the cake for Watenpaugh as it sealed up the overall series victory for him.
From email blast from the Coloroado High School Cycling League
Dear Colorado League Family & Friends,
The 2011 Colorado High School Cycling League race series opener is rapidly approaching. The first show down is the weekend of September 17-18 at Nathrop at the McMurry Ranch.
This series could not be pulled off without the hard work and dedication of our incredible volunteers. There are plenty of opportunities to join the action for a few fun weekends and assist with providing a high quality, safe racing experience. There are many positions to be filled and definitely something for everyone.
Please go to here for a complete listing of positions. Find the job that best suits you. Volunteer positions are available on both Saturday and Sunday of every race weekend.
If you'd like to volunteer Saturday or Sunday please sign up here.
2011 Race Weekend Dates:
Sept. 17-18: McMurry Ranch, Nathrop
Oct. 1-2: Location TBA
Oct. 15-16: Peaceful Valley Scout Camp, Elbert
Oct. 29-30: State Championships: Ridgeline, Castle Rock