Dirt Demons place 11th at state championships
The Glenwood Springs High School Dirt Demons mountain bike team faced stiff competition at the state championships last Sunday in Eagle, where the season finale was held on the demanding Haymaker course, a 6.3-mile loop with 540 feet of climbing per lap, located at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink complex in the Brush Creek Valley. The course was dry and dusty on Sunday, and featured steep, twisty descents, gradual climbs and winding berms.
Six Dirt Demons showed up to race against the best of Colorado, with the freshman boys kicking off the action at 9 a.m. Lance Weidemann of Roaring Fork High School finished 30th overall with a time of 1:01:09 for two laps out of a talented field of 100. Next up was the junior varsity boys race, where Glenwood junior Jacob Barsness finished 15th out of 146 riders, completing three laps in 1:22:59. Sophomore Lucca Trapani, seeded seventh, had moved up to fifth place at the halfway point, when he was unable to finish the last lap.
Next up was the freshman girls race, where Glenwood’s Lizzy Barsness was seeded second by virtue of her South Division overall title in the regular season. She finished in eighth place with a time of 1:07:55 for two laps of the course. Teammate Elle Murphy came in 23rd, with a time of 1:16:03. Elan Bouchet, racing in his first season of mountain biking, finished 57th in the sophomore boys race with a time of 1:02:05 for two laps.
The Dirt Demons finished 11th overall in the team standings, out of 39 Division II teams. In their second season of existence, the Dirt Demons more than doubled their participation numbers and dramatically improved their performance among the South Division teams. They are already looking forward to next year and the races that await in 2017.
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