Vail bikers take top finishes in first race of season
NATHROP – Local high school mountain bike racers of the Vail Valley Comp Team raced to top finishes in the inaugural Colorado High School Cycling League Race Sunday at Chalk Creek Ranch near Buena Vista. Boys junior varsity riders dominated with Christian Kloser taking the win in the JV race, followed by Christian Shanley in fourth place and Brinton Barry seventh. Cristhian Ravelo finished fourth in the boys varsity race and Caleb Krueger placed third in the sophomore boys division. Parker MacDonald was fourth in the freshman race.The course was fast and challenging singletrack across a juniper-covered ridgeline with plenty of loose sand and rock leading to a narrow twisting downhill section before riders raced along the banks of Chalk Creek.Varsity and JV racers rode three laps of the 6.3 mile course, Sophomores and freshman raced two laps. Ravelo finished the three laps in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 46 seconds. Kloser’s time was 1:19:38, Shanley finished in1:24:15 and Barry’s time was 1:29:45. Krueger completed two laps in 0:59:34 and MacDonald’s two-lap time was 1:03:35.The Vail Valley Comp Team is made up of riders from Battle Mountain (Shanley, Barry and MacDonald), Eagle Valley (Krueger) and the Vail Ski Academy (Ravelo & Kloser). This is the inaugural season for the Colorado High School Cycling League, organized by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. Seventeen teams and 144 racers from high schools around Colorado competed at the Chalk Creek race. Three more races are scheduled: Oct. 3 at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Fraser; Oct. 17 at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood; and the state championship Oct. 31 at Peaceful Valley in Elbert County.Vail Valley Comp Team riders are coached by local pro rider Jay Henry and managed by Shelly Shanley and Linda MacDonald.