Leadville Hosts High School Cycling League Race
Tomorrow, Sunday Sept. 22, The Pbville Racing Team is hosting the Cloud City Challenge, a cross-country mountain biking race for ninth- to 12th-graders. The race is part of a four-race series held by the Colorado High School Cycling League.
Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Leadville will transform into a mountain bike course tomorrow as 450 high school cyclists compete participate in the race, according to Kate Rau, the Colorado High School Cycling League director.
“The Leadville campus trail system combined with the Lake County trails maintained by the Cloud City Wheelers is conducive to a lot of course options,” Rau said. “The trails are very versatile, allowing some more technical options for advanced riders.”
The event is still looking for volunteers, so anyone who is interested in supporting the local high school cycling team by volunteering can sign up online at: LINK.Pbville Racing Team (left to right): D.J. Gonzales, Darian Fairclough, Cheyenne Mendoza, Brandon Hanson, Federico Montes, Terell Sandoval, Grant Gipson, Cain Gipson, Aarika Johnson, Charlie Koch, Stephanie Colton and Lara Lufkin.
The students compete in teams with up to 30 riders from both private and public high schools. The race series started in Granby Sept. 8, moving to Leadville and then to Elbert Oct. 6. The Haymeadow Classic, the final race and state championship, will be held in Eagle Oct. 20.
The Colorado League focuses on developing strong mind, bodies and characters by engaging high school students in competitive cycling. It also offers summer camps to prepare racers for the upcoming season.
The Colorado League was established in 2009 and is an associate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). NICA is a national governing body for grades 9-12 inter-scholastic cross-country mountain biking.
For more information about the race and the Colorado League, visit www.coloradomtb.org.