High school cyclists shine at state
The Steamboat Springs high school mountain bike team sent 14 athletes to the Colorado State Championships late last month and came away with plenty of high individual finishes. The team was led by a strong contingent of riders racing in the varsity boys and sophomore boys race, as well as a fleet of fast riders taking on the junior varsity boys and girls races.
Ethan Moyer was tops among local riders in that varsity boys race, finishing seventh overall. Evan Barbier wasn’t far behind him, coming in ninth. Each laid down three laps on the course in Eagle.
“The highlight of the day was cheering on Evan and Ethan to top-10 finishes,” coach Blair Seymour said. “Ethan had the race of his life. His intensity and laser focus on cycling is admirable.
“It was Evan’s final race high school race after competing all four years,” she said. “He’s a quiet leader that sets a good example and supported the team in many ways.”
That was just at the top of the roster. Steamboat had strong results all the way down it, too.
Margaret Dickson was tops among the junior varsity girls, placing sixth. Josie Seibel was in at 36th.
Trey Seymour was then 21st on the boys junior varsity side. Sven Tate was 34th, Elijah Vargas 43rd and Grant Pohlman 100th.
Chase Seymour was 12th in the sophomore boys division. John Foster Jr. was 23rd, Matthew Kempers 27th, Decker Dean 30th and Jake Olson 70th. Parker Seibel then placed 34th in the freshman girls race.
“We’re looking forward to next season,” Seymour said. “Thanks to the awesome team of coaches that volunteered and dedicated their time to share their passion with the team; Dan Vargas, Michelle Freckleton, Jenny Brown and Jon Freckleton.”
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