GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Area high school students comprising the Grand Valley Composite Mountain Bike Team are two races into their inaugural season and the word is they're having some fun and learning some skills.
"The riders are getting more excited with every practice and race. The riders at our practices are getting better each ride. The learning curve with mountain biking is pretty fast - so it's a lot of fun to watch these kids get so good so fast," said the team's coach, Russ Skinner, a teacher at Grand Junction High School.
Grand Valley Composite races in the Colorado High School Cycling League, which consists of 18 teams from across Colorado.
The first race was held in Nathrop Sept. 18. Skinner had 14 students participate - all boys and one girl.
"All racers finished with huge smiles and had an absolutely excellent introduction into the world of mountain bike racing," Skinner said.
Fifteen students rode in the second race which was held Oct. 2 at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby.
"The course was not very technically challenging, but the air at 8,000 feet gave them some challenges. It was a very fast and fun mix of singletrack and doubletrack. They also had a creek crossing, which was pretty cool for those of us used to riding in the desert," Skinner said.
The next race is set for Oct. 16 in Elbert.
It's not too late to join if you are a local high school student; email Russ.Skinner@d51schools.org.