Bike racers challenge Leadville |

Bike racers challenge Leadville

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School mountain bike team gathers at the season kickoff. The Skiers raced last weekend at the Cloud City Challenge in Leadville. Next, they will race in Elbert.
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Race No. 2 is in the books for the inaugural Aspen High School mountain bike tam.

The Skiers raced in the Cloud City Challenge in Leadville last weekend, the second race in the fall series for the Colorado High School Cycling League.

Team director Aimee Ross said the team had four additional freshmen for the second race of the season.

“They certainly came out in force for the Cloud City Challenge,” Ross said in an email to The Aspen Times.

Jack Sweeney led the freshmen boys with a seventh-place finish in the high-altitude mountain bike race.

Dylan Gressett was 32nd in the race, and Hunter Hill finished 46th. Jack Chase competed for Aspen but was a DNF after falling ill.

Sonja Gagen continued her consistent performance in the girls division, Ross said.

“She also had a mechanical just before the start of the race and ended up racing on a borrowed bike,” Ross said.

Gagen finished 10th.

“She has shown the most consistency as an individual rider in her JV category,” Ross said.

By the time the boys JV race took off, bad weather hit the Leadville area.

“Again, the race was called due to weather,” Ross said. “This time, they were only able to complete one full lap.”

Hunter Callahan finished 32nd with teammate Kinley Niebur 38th. Mac Cohen was 72nd.

He was competing in his first high school race for the Skiers.

“We still have a vary strong field with our sophomore boys,” Ross said. “Kevin Callahan continues to lead the team with a sixth-place finish this week.”

Conor Laughren was 22nd with brother Nicolas Laughren in 24th.

Shaw Hughes finished 34th.

Matt Herndon rode to a 42nd-place finish for Aspen.

After two races in the four-race fall schedule, the Siers are 11th out of 25 teams.

In the overall standings, Kevin Callahan is No. 4 in the D2 sophomore class.

Gagen is eighth overall in the girls division.

The Skiers will race next Oct. 6 at the Peaceful Valley Invitational in Elbert.

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