Another race, another top finish for Moab mountain bikers

Season ends in Cedar City with championship rides

Red Devil freshman Michael Johnston competes in the inaugural mountain bike race in Price over the weekend – a race he and his teammates won in points in their division. Photo courtesy of Mike Duniway

Members of the Moab Red Devils mountain biking team continued their amazing season, once again finishing first in points in their division at a new course in Price over the weekend, according to Greg Child.

The 19 members of the Moab team joined about 640 other riders representing 19 South Region high schools on the 4.8-mile course, which Child said was designed by students and coaches at Carbon High. “It included a grueling hill climb up switchbacks and a fast descent down sweeping berms,” said Child.

Ryder Murdock took second and Aidan Baird fifth in the boys Junior Varsity Division 2B. Jackson Sorensen finished third in boys Junior Varsity Division 21 and Ariann Child finished fifth in girls Junior Varsity Division A.

The season ends Oct. 18-19 at the Utah State Championships in Cedar City. Child said more than 2,200 riders from 71 Utah high schools will compete, the largest high school sporting event in Utah this year.

Coaches Colin Topper, Mike Estensen, Mike Baird, Tim Matthews and Ryan Gale will keep training the students on Moab’s trails to maintain the team’s winning streak, said Child.