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High school bike racers return to Eagle course

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Nearly 800 high school mountain bikers from across the state and region came to the Haymaker course in Eagle Ranch on Sept. 26-27 for the third race of the fall MTB league season. The racers will return to Eagle on Oct. 24 for the state championships.
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EAGLE — High school mountain-bike competitors will return to Eagle this weekend for a warm up event to their state championships.

The Haymaker Classic will feature cycling action today and Sunday with race waves starting at 9 a.m. both days. The competition will be on Eagle’s Haymaker Trail.

“We will have over 700 Colorado High School Cycling League mountain biker racers, their families, coaches, staff and volunteers in town for the weekend,” said Amy Cassidy, Eagle’s marketing and events coordinator. “These guests will be staying in our hotels, camping in RVs at the Eagle County Fairgrounds and tent camping at the Eagle Town Park.”

The racers will return to Eagle on Sunday, Oct. 24, for the state championships races. For many competitors, the Haymaker Classic is an opportunity to familiarized themselves with the championships course. Competition this weekend will feature teams from Colorado’s northern conference today and the southern conference on Sunday.

The Colorado High School Cycling League is an independent 501(c)3 IRS Tax ID 45-4906583 registered nonprofit. The Colorado League was established in 2009 and is an affiliate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

PARTICIPATION GROWING

The inaugural race series for the Colorado League was the fall of 2010 with 183 student athletes participating representing 20 teams from throughout the state and southern Wyoming. The Colorado League participation grew in 2014 to 711 student athletes from 54 teams.

The Colorado season includes a four-race series in the fall with a state championship race. To learn more, visit http://www.colorado mtb.org.