The Grand County High School mountain biking team continued to demonstrate that team size isn’t everything after they overcame some technical difficulties to have both riders place in their respective divisions last week.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, the team traveled to Alpine to compete on the most technical course of their season so far.
“It was a beautiful day for a race,” said head coach Christa Green. “It was definitely a more technical course. There were rock gardens, tight corners, and a lot of it was single-track, but both our racers placed.”
GCHS sophomore Jaime Marshall, competing in Division II, placed seventh in his race, significantly improving over his previous performances. Freshman Preston Bagley continued his winning streak to take home the gold once again, despite some mechanical difficulties on the course.
“Preston’s spare tube, which he keeps under his seat, fell out during the race and got stuck and tangled in his spokes,” Green said. “So, he had to stop in the middle of the race and rip it out. It made it so that he was actually battling between first and second with another rider for much of the race, and since most of the course was on tight single-track it was really hard to pass because there were not as many opportunities. Still, he stuck it out and won.”
The Red Devils are now gearing up to compete at the state competition on Oct. 20 in Midway on the Soldier Hollow course. Green said the team has been focusing on technical training, helping the riders to push through difficult sections of the race.
“We’ve been working on a pump track,” said Green. “Which is basically a really small track where you don’t pedal, but you use your arms and legs to pump the bike and basically go with the flow of the terrain.”
The team has also been working on their uphill climbs and sprintwork, as well working on trail rides, she said.