From the MN High School Cycling League Race Report
The MN HS League headed to northwestern Minnesota for Race #4 of the season on September 30th. A new race venue for the league racers were thrilled with the new course. Detroit Mountain was a flowing and challenging mountain bike trail system with a healthy dose of climbing. Spectators enjoyed the hospitality at the chalet and took advantage of the gorgeous winding trails surrounding the course to cheer on the racers. It was an epic day of racing.
With the bye week schedule in place, the number of racers on the course was reduced from 1,500 to 700. In addition, with a different mix of teams at each race, students get to compete against different racers, and a variety of racers are on on the podiums.
RACE #4 – RACE RESULTS AND PHOTOS
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View Race Photos. Photo Credit: Todd Bauer – MN League Official Photographer.
LOCAL TV COVERAGE
Andreas Farrell, covered the event for WDAY News. View News Story
VIDEO HIGHLIGHT REEL
Detroit Mountain put together a sweet video to highlight the racing excitement of the day. View Video
Weather again was a factor at the race, instead of blistering heat, racers were met with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees. As the day progressed, the clouds parted to offer a brisk and beautiful day of racing.
In the Middle School competition, Alexandria Area decisively took the D2 first place trophy; with Mankato securing second place and Northwest Composite taking third place based on a strong finish from their 7th and 8th-grade girl racers.
Stillwater and Prior Lake were once again battling for the D1 first place trophy. Washburn and Burnsville were close behind and almost nudged them out with big wins in the 7th and 8th-grade girls races. However, with Stillwater taking the top 4 spots in the 8th-grade boys race, Stillwater secured the first place trophy at Detroit Mountain. Prior Lake earned the 2nd place trophy and Washburn took third.
In High School competition, the finish line offered a number of photo finishes. In the Varsity Boys race, five riders charged to the finish in a tight pack. Braeden Anderson, Crosby-Ironton pulled ahead at the last second to just beat out Calvin Sandberg, Prior Lake. Freshman Boys D1 race held a similar finish with Nico Alexander, Washburn beating out Cooper Camp, Southwest Mpls by 1 second!
In the High School Team Competition, Division 1: Southwest Mpls. nudged Stillwater to take the first place trophy with Hopkins and Duluth East, not far behind in points. Division 2: Highland Park beat out Crosby-Ironton for first place in the team competition. Chaska and Cuyuna-Lakes were tied for the 3rd place trophy.