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23 Steamboat high school mountain bikers qualify for state championship

Steamboat High School Mountain Bike's girls team congregates for a photo at the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League's final regular season race of the year on Sunday, Oct. 9, in Eagle. Girls team riders pictured from left are Emma Crocker, Mary Mclarnon, Abby Olson, Eva Minotto, and Anna Rhodes.
Jeanne Mackowski/Courtesy photo

The short four-race season flew by for the Steamboat Springs high school mountain bike team that traveled to Eagle for its final race of the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League’s regular season on Sunday, Oct. 9.

The team earned five podiums at the race and overcame the challenges of quick descents and dusty air.

“You deal with that moon dust for that course and luckily we haven’t dealt with it around here for quite some time,” head coach Paul Majors said. “It’s an up-and-down course, not a lot of climbing, only about 550 feet of climbing per lap.”

Freshmen Mary Mclarnon and Eva Minotto each took home first place in the junior varsity girls and freshman girls races respectively to help propel Steamboat Springs High School to second place in Division Two with Steamboat Mountain School finishing third in Division Three.

On top of the race success, 23 Steamboat athletes have qualified for the state championship race in Glenwood Springs.

To qualify for state, athletes must compete in at least three of the four races and finish in the region’s top-25 for varsity points or top-40 for points in all other categories.

Racers who competed in all four races get to drop the score from their worst performance and get 50 bonus points for competing in each one.

Steamboat Springs high school mountain bike boys varsity team racers Colton Casavecchia, left, Thomas Cooper, second from left, and Caleb Haack set up at the start line of the final high school race of the season on Sunday, Oct. 9, in Eagle.
Jeanne Mackowski/Courtesy photo

Regardless of series points, Majors was happy to report that he saw improvement from each of his athletes, which was all he hoped for.

On top of that, his team took home two of four spirit contest awards and have been consistently loud in cheering on other racers. 

Between their positive attitude and continued improvement, Majors believes his team could come home from state victorious. He described the girls teams as a “powerhouse” and thinks the varsity and JV boys have a good shot at bringing home a podium.

“As an overall team, we’ll do very well at states,” Majors said. “I think we have potential to win the whole thing. I have high expectations for states and I’m very confident those expectations will be filled.”

The state championship will take place on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus near Glenwood Springs. 

This will be the first high school race held at the venue, which means Majors and his team will go in blind for the championship. 

“We’re going in blank,” Majors said. “We’ll have to learn the course on the pre-ride and put a lot of effort into our examination of the course. I’ve heard rumors that it’s a good course, it’s got a fair amount of challenges in it but our team has ridden a good diverse terrain here in Steamboat that there is nothing they can throw at us that these kids aren’t ready for.”

State championship qualifiers

Varsity boys: Aidan Haack, Caleb Haack, Primo Famiglietti and Thomas Cooper

Junior varsity boys: Kyan Strong, Thomas Miller and Jace Rabesa

Sophomore boys: Ian McLarney and Dietze Gibson

Freshman boys: Ryan Montgomery, Thomas Agosta and Luke Bedell

Junior varsity girls: Mary Mclarnon, Abby Olson, Jesse Weaver, Caroline Landers, Liz Lipscomb, Aidan Kerrigan, Madeline Rochon and Wren Capra

Freshman girls: Eva Minotto, Anna Rhodes and Emma Crocker

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