Youth MTB: Mountain Bike Races in Strong Stand
Outside of Granby, Snow Mountain Ranch sits in the Fraser River Valley with Devils Thumb Ranch perched to the east. It’s a peaceful setting on any normal day, but on Sept. 23, high school mountain bikers took to the 5.2-mile course that runs through groves of aspen, grassy meadows, over wooden bridges and through a creek.
Summit High School’s Division One team (12 riders) made a solid Week 2 showing, with strong results across four categories.
Sophomore girls Taeler McCrerey and Claire Vandeyacht finished first and second, with McCrerey taking the win and the leader’s jersey for the second week in a row in her age class. Vandeyacht led through much of the race, but had to settle for runner-up after her foot came out of her shoe during the race. Summit’s Christa Gutzel finished sixth in the field of 15.
Henry Trowbridge plowed ahead of the 48-member sophomore boys’ division for his second win in a row to also defend his leader’s jersey. Derek Hill finished in the middle of the field in 23rd place.
The freshmen boys raced as a tight-knit team within shouting distance of each other. Logan Ramsay finished 17th, Connor Hintgen finished 20th and Wyatt LaFrankie placed 22nd out of 44 racers.