Logan Charles

Leadville Racing athlete Logan Charles speeds to the finish of the freshman boys state championship race.

Leadville Racing, the Lake County High School mountain bike team, wrapped up the season last weekend with the state championships.

The team qualified eight riders for the championships. States is a two-day competition with freshman and junior varsity (JV) racing on Saturday and sophomore and varsity racing on Sunday.

First up were the freshman boys. Racers are seated based on their previous results. Though Barrett Poupore was seated 57th, he finished in 17th place out of 151 competitors, riding two laps in a time of 58 minutes and 30 seconds. Freshman teammate Logan Charles, seated 103rd, followed with a 40th place finish in a time of 1:01:54, improving his seating by 63 places.

Freshman girls followed on the 6.5-mile figure eight course. Ella Bullock led the girls out of the gate but crashed on the flyover at the beginning of the race, causing her to lose close to 20 spots after being seated ninth. She fought back over the two laps to finish in 16th place in a time of 1:10:41. Susie Bullock followed closely, placing 20th with a time of 1:11:48 after being seated 21st. Rounding out the freshman girls was Amara Olson. Olson was seated 59th, but finished 46th with a time of 1:23:20.

Next up for Leadville was JV girls overall leader Rose Horning, who was seated first. Horning battled through the two-lap race with the leader but came up a little short. She still found herself on the podium finishing second in a time of 1:01:36 — a great finish to an amazing first season for her.

Sunday morning started with the sophomore girls. Avery Milne was seated 64th at the start, but quickly began to pass one rider after another. By the time Milne finished she had moved up to 44th position, passing 20 riders. She finished in a time of 1:21:50.

The state championships weekend concluded for Leadville Racing with senior varsity rider Elona Greene racing her last high school mountain bike race. The varsity race is a three-lap race with the best female riders of the last four years. Greene was seated 23rd out of 46, a seat she was hoping to improve on. She rode strong the whole race, finishing in a time of 1:38:48 which earned her 20th place, a three place improvement.

“How do you podium at the state championships?” you might ask. We discovered one of the ways is to not pay any attention to team results. While we were packing up our pit zone and preparing to leave, we received a text from a parent telling us we were in second place in division three with only the varsity boys race left. None of us had checked team scores all weekend.

When the dust had settled in the varsity boys race, Leadville Racing stood in second place in division three, the largest division consisting of 41 teams. The podium finish was made possible by every rider improving their seating position. Leadville Racing came to states prepared to race at their best and every team member contributed.

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