Competing in the Round Valley Round Up event held at Park City on Sept. 28, Grand had several riders make strong showings in their respective divisions.
Bjorn Nicolaisen of Grand took third place out of 45 in the freshman boys division and Sammy Hansen placed 19th out of 53 among the sophomore boys competing in the race. Grand’s River Murdock took 49th place out of 53 among the sophomore boys. Jamie Marshall of Grand took eighth place out of 66 competitors in the junior varsity boys competition, and Maxwell Lesoine finished 14th out 66 among JV boys.
“The day started out with frost-bitten ground,” recalled coach Christa Green, who added, “During the girls’ race, the ground slowly thawed into a muddy mess. However, the girls were able to pack the mud down for the boys to have a smooth fast course.”
Both Hansen and Murdock encountered equipment problems during their race, Green said.
“Sammy’s rear wheel kept releasing during the course, and River flatted during his second lap,” she said. “Both dealt with mechanical issues and finished strong.”
She said Marshall also worked hard to make a strong showing.
“Jamie was determined to finish in the top 10, and was successful placing eighth,” Green said.
She also offered praise to Nicolaisen for his strong third-place finish and to Lesoine for placing so high in his first-ever competitive high school race.
Another member of the Red Devil mountain biking team, sophomore Preston Bagley-Gurtner, decided to participate in the local “Big Mountain Enduro” event instead of racing with the team in Park City. Bagley-Gurtner ended up taking second place in the junior men’s class in the multi-stage, multi-day event.
The GCHS mountain biking team’s next event will be at Snowbasin in Ogden on Oct. 12.