Glenwood Dirt Demons top podium in Granby
The Glenwood Springs High School Dirt Demons mountain bike team placed several riders in the top 10 Sunday, in the third event of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) season.
Racing in the high country of North Park, nine Glenwood cyclists contested the Granby Ranch Round-Up, located in and around the small ski area in Granby. The 5-mile course had 750 feet of vertical climb per lap and a technical single-track descent. All race distances were shortened slightly to accommodate impending weather. Fortunately for the Dirt Demons, Sunday morning proved to be a cool Colorado day with clear skies.
Repeating her winning performance from the season opener, Lizzy Barsness again was the fastest freshman in the girl’s one lap race, finishing with a time of 29 minutes and 38 seconds. Teammate Elle Murphy was also in the top 10, finishing ninth with a time of 34:27. Barsness will start the next race wearing the coveted race leader’s jersey for her division.
The Dirt Demons had three contenders in the junior varsity boy’s race, with Jacob Barsness coming in third with a time of 48:53 for two laps of the challenging course. Lucca Trapani was ninth in 49:35 and Aaron Smith placed 26th in 52:29.
Dirt Demon Elan Bouchet placed 36th in the sophomore boy’s race, completing two laps with a time of 59:18, and Telford Underwood was 72nd in 1:09:01.
Lance Weidemann represented the Glenwood freshman division, placing 13th in 27:11, and Ashlan Stolley finished his first-ever mountain bike race, placing 74th with a time of 35:20.
The Glenwood High team is now in fourth place overall in the team standings, out of 29 Division II teams in the South Conference, with one race remaining in the regular season. They will travel to Nathrop, in Colorado’s South Park, for the Chalk Creek Stampede on Saturday, Oct. 8.
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