Results from the Colorado HS League Cloud City Challenge mountain bike race Sept. 12-13 |

Results from the Colorado HS League Cloud City Challenge mountain bike race Sept. 12-13

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The Division 2 North podium at the Cloud City Challenge (left to right): Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, Summit High School, East High School. Summit defended its first-place position at the second race of the high school mountain bike season, held Sept. 12-13 in Leadville.
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Cloud City Challenge team results

Division 1 North, Cloud City

1. Boulder — 5,246 points

2. Fairview — 5,042 points

3. Battle Mountain (formerly Eagle County) — 4,935 points

Division 1 North, overall

1. Boulder — 10,386 points

2. Fairview — 10,292 points

3. Battle Mountain (formerly Eagle County) – 9,986 points

Division 2 North, Cloud City

1. Summit — 2,513 points

2. East High School — 2,373 points

3. Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (VSSA) — 2,290 points

Division 2 North, overall

1. Summit — 5,054 points

2. East High School — 4,724 points

3. Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (VSSA) — 4,627 points

After two races, the Summit Tigers have a stranglehold on the high school mountain bike circuit. The team took first place in the north division at the Cloud City Challenge in Leadville on Sept. 12-13, beating Denver-area rivals East High School by nearly 200 points. Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy came in third, barely missing second place by just 80 points.

Boulder High moved ahead of Fairview in a very close battle for Division 1 North supremacy, with Battle Mountain nipping at Fairview’s heels in third. The day’s podium for Division 2 replicated the season opener in Frisco on Aug. 29-30. The Tigers kept their lead over East High and VSSA — a mirror image of the Frisco results.

The Colorado High School Cycling League’s second race of the 2015 fall season was held at Colorado Mountain College’s Timberline campus in Leadville, where the 50-person Summit squad was joined by more than 700 fellow racers from across the West. Veteran Colorado League members were pumped to be back in Leadville’s rarefied air, home to legendary MTB races like the Leadville 100.

Athletes enjoyed nearly cloudless weather on both days of racing, but the altitude was brutal, with a starting line at a lofty 10,152 feet above sea level.

A long, slow climb at the start highlighted the altitude, but, as soon as the singletrack began, the lack of air ceased to matter. Flowing and rolling through aspens and pines, the singletrack heart of the Leadville race was unique in its beauty, with the occasional open meadow.

The descent took riders through tight and dark pine forest, down a loose and rocky slope and into slippery, wide switchbacks.

A new addition to the course this year was a long run into a short, steep, loose climb. This difficult section led to the final uphill stretch leading to the finish line. It was an interesting new challenge for riders, with some making the hill on the first try and several dismounting to find traction.

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