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Skiers hit the biking trail

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail cycling athlete and Eagle Valley High School senior Aiden Duffy flies down the hill, finishing at the top of the podium in the varsity boys category at last Saturday’s mountain bike race on Haymaker trail in Eagle.
Pam Petersen | Special to the Daily

Before the cold rolled through recently, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s athletes conquered their final bike race of the season on Oct. 24 in Eagle on Haymaker trail.

While usually the race would host hundreds of racers, the goal was to keep the number of athletes in each category under 10, while cultivating an ambitious atmosphere. Like previous races this summer, the race continued to capitalize on COVID-19 regulations including social distancing and mask-wearing protocols.

With the varsity boys, Aiden Duffy of SSCV, sped to the top of the podium after completing three laps of the course followed by another SSCV athlete Landen Stovall finishing second. Varsity team members Nash Lucas and Cole Weathers of SSCV also pushed it out to the finish of Saturday’s race battling for sixth and seventh.

SSCV’s freshman and varsity girls seemed to have made sweeping the podium their goal after completing a challenging two laps. Freshmen Evalynn Skiba, Stella Sanders-Kulesza and Keely Hendricks put their heads down and finished two laps in just over an hour to come first, second and third. SSCV Varsity girls Sarah Bivens, Tianna Bruce and Emma Barsness also swept the podium, leaving the rest of the field to speed down the final hill minutes after the dust had settled.

Garret Moehring of SSCV won the JV boys category speeding into the finish after lap No. 2. Cole Flashner was behind him riding into third, followed by teammates Vlad Shambarger and Ben Suttor. For the JV girls, Izzy Glackin and Reece May bolted to the finish, coming in third and fourth, respectively.

Matas Katieb in the sophomore boys raced it out until the end, coming in third just a few seconds from the athlete ahead of him. Izzat Katieb finished fifth pulling Spencer Peterson in only a few racers behind him.

Finally, for the freshmen boys category, Reiner Schmidt and Aiden Brown took two spots on the podium riding in second and third. Reiner Schmidt battled it out until the end, going  back and forth with the Steamboat rider for two laps, coming in with only a 4-second time difference.

Had there been an awards ceremony, SSCV athletes would have overwhelmingly dominated the podium photos. Much gratitude and thanks goes out to the SSCV Cycling Team’s sponsors this season — Alpine Bank, Kind Bikes and Skis, Sawatch Automotive and Vail Summit Orthopaedics. The season would not have been possible without their generous support.


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