Summit Tigers senior Tai-Lee Smith races en route to victory at a high school mountain bike race hosted by Pedal Power bike shop in Leadville on Sunday, Sept. 13. DILLON — After the Colorado High School Cycling League canceled this year’s state mountain bike race season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Summit Tigers high school mountain bike team got a casual chance to race together Sunday, Sept. 13.
It was the Eagle-Vail bike shop Pedal Power and owner Bruce Kelly who organized the event at Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus. Operating the event compliant with Lake County COVID-19 restrictions, Kelly hosted what Summit Tigers coach Jaime Brede described as a throwback cycling event.
“They didn’t even really do any results, didn’t do awards,” Brede said. “It was just, ‘OK, we’re out here, alright, cool. We’re throwing down.’ It reminded me of old-school mountain bike races where you just go race against people from another town, and you know who won, but the results don’t really matter.”
“It was good for the kids,” Brede said. “It was a low-stress environment to go out and have a good workout with friends from other schools and go push themselves a little bit.”
Summit Tigers senior Tai-Lee Smith won the varsity girls race in 59 minutes and 45 seconds, 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Bayli McSpadden of Vail. The other top Tigers varsity girls finishers on the day were Victoria Uglyar (16th, 1:02:54), Marin Ward (seventh, 1:04:28) and Samantha Hessel (12th, 1:09:49).
On the boys side, […]