Aspen mountain bike team rolls into season
The inaugural Aspen High School mountain bike team hit the trails at Snow Mountain Ranch near Granby last weekend in the first races of the Colorado High School Cycling League season.
The fledging team, sponsored by Charlie Tarver and the Hub of Aspen, sent 10 mountain bikers to Granby to race against cyclists from 24 other schools.
“Aspen was 10th out of 25 teams,” Tarver said after the first mountain bike meet.
He said the team score includes the top four placers, including at least one girl or one boys.
The Aspen mountain bikers are coached by longtime racers Nat Ross and Aimee Rocheleau-Ross.
Kevin Callahan led the Aspen cyclist at the first event.
He finished third in his division (D2 sophomore). He was the highest placing Aspen Skier.
Also in the same division, Nicolas Laughren finished 18th with Luca Doehling 19th.
Connor Laughren was 21st. Shaw Hughes finished 33rd. And Matt Herndon was 39th for the Aspen team.
In Boys D2 JV, Hunter Callahan led Aspen with his 19th-place finish. Kinley Niebur was 56th. Ty Carpenter was 74th in the divisiion.
Sonja Gagen finished 10th in the Girls D1/D2 JV race. She was the only Aspen representative in the girls division at Snow Mountain Ranch.
The Aspen mountain bike team will return to competition Sept. 22 at the Cloud City Challenge in Leadville.
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