Two Rivers Cycling juniors shine in hometown Glenwood Springs races
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
A bicycle trip to City Market led to quite the unexpected sports surprise for New Castle’s Wesley Fullenwider.
“[My dad] wanted me to get out of the house, so I just rode down to City Market. He happened to be going down there too,” he began. “There was a cycling group – Two Rivers – meeting in the parking lot. He told me to go talk to them, and I did. They gave me a paper and so I joined.”
And so Fullenwider’s love for cycling took a competitive turn.
Now in his second season with Two Rivers Cycling, a local club composed primarily of junior racers, the 13-year-old Fullenwider is thriving.
At his home race Sunday, the teenager scored his best finish to date. Fullenwider won the junior men 13-14 division at the Glenwood Springs Criterium, the final installment of the three-race Western Slope Omnium, which kicked off Friday.
“That’s probably the best I’ve done,” said Fullenwider.
Despite crashing early on, the youngster also finished seventh in Saturday’s 15-mile Rock the River Road Race, which served as Colorado’s state championship road race for juniors.
Showing off a scraped-up elbow, he declared criteriums his favorite form of racing.
“I think I like the criterium better,” he said. “I like how they have laps set up, just how close you’re riding together with everyone. It’s just fun.”
Fullenwider, and hundreds of other cyclists of varied ages and abilities, pedaled furiously through the streets of downtown Glenwood Springs on Sunday. The start-finish line sat at the corner of Ninth Street and Colorado Avenue and the seven-tenths mile, six-turn course was mapped out on the surrounding streets.
The Omnium got underway with a time trial in Carbondale on Friday and continued Saturday with a road race that started near Dotsero and routed toward Burns.
Fullenwider’s teammates were also in the medal mix on what was a busy weekend.
Evan Lake, 13, finished just behind Fullenwider in third in the junior men 13-14 races. Lake placed sixth, a spot ahead of Fullenwider, in Saturday’s road race.
Marta Morris, who travels all the way from Grand Junction to train with Two Rivers Cycling, won both the road race and the criterium in the junior women 11-12 division. The 11-year-old also competed up a class (13-14) in the criterium and took second.
“I’m really happy,” she said. “I’m really proud of myself.”
Morris is in her second year of racing, choosing cycling as a way to get back into training after suffering an injury while ski racing.
“I broke my leg last year skiing,” she relayed. “Cycling was a good thing to get me back in training. My dad got me into cycling and I love it.”
She’s definitely impressing her teammates.
“She’s going to be good,” Lake said.
Other Two Rivers Cycling pedalers scoring top-three finishes included Lucca Trapani (second place, junior men 8-9 criterium), Maddy Otis (third place, junior women 10-12 criterium; third place, junior women 10-12 road race) and Max Sommers (third place, junior men 10-12 road race).
All in all, Two Rivers Cycling’s juniors produced quite the showing on their home turf.
“I am beside myself with just how well these kids are doing,” said team manager Bill Sommers. “We’ve got some real strong kids that are really excited about the sport and really desire to get better.”
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