Colorado League Frisco Bay Invitational 2018 Race #1 Report
by Mathew Muir and Michelle Jensen
The 9th season of the Colorado High School Cycling League race series opened with the Frisco Bay Invitational. A swarm of 1,178 student-athletes gathered at the Frisco Adventure Park to test their singletrack skills on a 6.3-mile course. The Town of Frisco’s Peninsula Recreation Area (PRA) is one of a handful of venues capable of handling the growing size of the races. The venue offers spectators expansive viewing options from the start line to the series of switchbacks where lots of action was observed into the finish.
Former professional mountain biker, respected Summit County resident, and athlete, Pete Swenson is the new Trails Director at the PRA. He adeptly hosted the event and marked a special pre-ride course for the racers. “The PRA is family friendly, has parking, bathrooms, a kids’ pump track, and a good space for the large start/finish needed for high school racing.” Swenson added,“We’re really excited to be planning the addition of twenty plus miles of singletrack in the next couple of years and hosting more high school races.”
Over 70 teams traveled from around the region, including points as far north as Casper, WY and south to Taos, NM. Teams are divided into North and South conferences and organized into 3 divisions by team size. There are four individual race categories divided into boys and girls classes. Every single rider makes every effort to finish and score points for their respective team within their conference.
The venue was teeming with alums who were coaching, volunteering, cheering on their friends, or serving as photographers. Cassie Taylor, 2017 Boulder High Varsity captain, surprised Coach Boyer by coming back as a mechanic with Boulder Cycle Sport. Cassie is taking a year off racing and continues to support the Boulder team and coaches for Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures. Her connection to Coach Boyer and the Boulder High community is what keeps her coming back.
New for the 2018 season includes a third division added to the team format and the Varsity girls and Varsity boys starting in the same wave. These changes were implemented to accommodate growth among female participants, to allow Sophomore boys to have their own start wave, and to provide a better distribution of team size.
Full press release can be found here.