Esther Grow on podium took third place at Arizona Cycling Association Race # 3. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos MTB Team from left, James Tyldesley, Esther Grow, Adalee Witt and Colter Witt. Courtesy photo
By LAURA HEISCH
Los Alamos Mountain Bike Team
The Los Alamos Middle School and High School Mountain Bike Team represented at Round # 3 of the Arizona Cycling Association’s interscholastic mountain bike race series last weekend in Prescott, Ariz.
The 6.2 mile race course loop consisted of fast, flowing, hard-pack single and double-track trails with roughly 425’ of climbing. Depending on category, racers completed one or more laps of the course. Although it rained lightly the night prior to the race, the course quickly dried out in the Arizona sun and developed a thin layer of slippery, loose dirt as the day progressed.
Senior Adalee Witt, Juniors Esther Grow and James Tyldesley and 8th grader Colter Witt all made a strong appearance at the race Saturday, Oct. 9.
Grow again made the podium with another impressive finish, this time advancing to 3rd place in the Girl’s Junior Varsity category amongst a competitive field of thirty racers. Despite washing out in multiple corners and arriving having left skin on the trail, Adalee Witt had a courageous finish maintaining her position in the front half of the field with a 14th place.
Tyldesley crashed in a sharp corner on the first lap but still managed to pass several riders to move into 11th position out of 32 riders in the Boys Junior Varsity Division.
Colter Witt took advantage of the cooler morning conditions and finished smart amongst a huge field of 51 competitors in 8th Grade Middle School category.
We are proud of our racers and their hard-working coaches to make this season a tremendous success. The next round of the Arizona Cycling Association race series is later this month in White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell, Ariz.
Colter Witt, 8th Grader coming in to the finish. Courtesy photo
James Tyldesley, mid-race. Courtesy photo
Adalee Witt, heading toward the finish line chute. Courtesy photo