Hagman pedals to championship win
COLORADO SPRINGS – Aspenite Alex Hagman placed first in the boys high school division at the Colorado State Mountain Bike Championships last Saturday in Colorado Springs.
Riders from high schools and middle schools all over the state competed.
The race, which took place at the Penrose Equestrian Center, was the first-ever National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA)-sanctioned state high school mountain bike championship in the United States. More than 100 competitors from 27 different schools competed on the two-mile course, which consisted of mixed terrain with short climbs and ascents.
Riders scored points on both an individual and team basis, earning points for their schools through individual results.
The boys race was a fierce battle between Hagman and Cheyenne Mountain High School’s Rocco Mazzei. Hagman pulled away in the end to take the close victory over hometown boy Mazzei, but Mazzei didn’t go home empty-handed. His Cheyenne Mountain team took both the boys team and overall team victories.
Manitou Springs High School won second place, with Lewis Palmer High School from Monument taking home third.
On the girls’ side, Durango High School’s Molly Hummel coasted to an easy victory over Sarah Garcia of Gunnison. Colorado Springs high schools won first and second place in the girls team events, with Cheyenne Mountain taking first and Palmer High School winning second place.
At the middle school level, Challenger Middle School of Colorado Springs won the overall team trophy with strong showings from both its girls and boys teams.
Carl Boucher of Cheyenne Mountain put his years of training on the 7-11 Velodrome to work as he won the boys race over Brady Kappius of Summit Ridge Middle School in Littleton. Challenger’s Rosie Converse beat out Heather Humble of Jenkings Middle School to win the girls race.
The race was open to all sixth- through eighth-grade riders and ninth- through 12th-grade riders in the state.
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