Vail Valley bike team takes fourth in Fraser
Vail, CO Colorado
FRASER – Impressive individual efforts by members of the Vail Valley Comp Team resulted in a fourth-place team finish in the second mountain-bike race of the Colorado High School Cycling League season at Devil’s Thumb Ranch on Sunday.
Christian Kloser, racing in the junior varsity division, won his second race of the season. and Carsyn Bock, racing her first race of the season in the JV Girls category. added valuable team points, helping the team rise to sixth place overall after two races.
“For such a small team, we are putting a lot of riders in the top five; every rider on our team is contributing,” coach Jay Henry said. “We have riders with a lot of racing experience; most first-year programs don’t get off to as fast a start as we have. Our riders’ previous experience in the town series and Vail Mountain Bike Camps is really paying off for our team.”
Eagle Valley’s Caleb Krueger finished second in the sophomore boys race and Battle Mountain rider Parker McDonald took second in the freshman race. Cristhian Ravelo, of the Vail Ski Academy, placed fourth in varsity boys and Christian Shanley and Brinton Barry, both of Battle Mountain, placed fifth and sixth in the JV boys category. Bock attends Battle Mountain and Kloser is a junior at the Vail Ski Academy.
Twenty teams and 144 riders raced the Devil’s Thumb event, featuring a 4.2-mile loop that challenged riders over fast forested singletrack and rolling open meadow ranch roads. Varsity riders raced five laps of the 4.2-mile course, JV boys completed 4 laps and JV girls, sophomore and freshman boys raced three laps.
There are two more races of the 2010 season, next on Oct. 17 at Bear Creek Lake State Park in Lakewood and the state championship race on Oct. 31 at Peaceful Valley in Elbert.