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SMC has youthful look at race in Breck

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BRECKENRIDGE ” At most sporting events, the majority of attention normally goes to the wins and losses or the scores and stats.

However, Tuesday night’s mountain bike race at the Breck Nordic Center was all about the kids.

The Summit Mountain Challenge series split up this week, having six junior divisions competing in Breck last night, while the rest of the field will take part in the Peaks Trail Time Trail tonight.

“It really lets us give each event the attention that it deserves,” race coordinator Jeff Westcott said. “It’s nice to have a night where the attention is solely on [the kids].”

Though the night was geared for those having to be driven to the race by their parents, the course itself was anything but child’s play.

Consisting of a 1.85-mile loop around the Nordic Center, the course layout featured a slick opening descent followed by a grueling uphill section. The course even included some singletrack riding.

The six age divisions rode different amounts of laps; the youngest groups doing two laps while the older rode four.

“It’s hard in spots,” said Megan Heil, a racer in the Junior Girls 11-12 division. “Once it got to the end, though, it was better.”

Heil’s finish to the race was certainly better than anyone in her class, as she won the division by nearly four minutes with a three-lap time of 46 minutes, 39 seconds.

“I’m just trying to do it for fun and try my best,” Heil said following the race.

Rita Foth (50:30.37) finished second to Heil, and Kyla McCann (52:11.57) was third.

In the Junior Boys 11-12 division, Joel Sawyer (36:53.73) took top honors in a close finish with Danny Proctor (36:55.33). Levi Ascher (42:12.03) rounded out the podium.

While Laura Brown’s ride to victory in the Junior Beginner Girls 13-18 division may have been fairly uneventful as she was the only finisher in her class, the boys side of the age group was a little more dramatic. Merrick Westman held off Ian Parker in a sprint to the finish line. Westman ended the race just two seconds ahead of Parker at 50:34.77.

Kevin Heil (50:57.98) finished third.

“I liked the course a lot,” Westman said. “I liked the technical stuff and the climbs that the course had.”

In the Junior Girls 10 and Under division, Megan Collins (34:14.87) led the way with Tanner McCann (36:24.78), Bailey Radek (42:14.92) and Ella Piecoup (49:45.32) following close behind.

The Junior Boys 10 and Under division was won by Parker Shell (25:43.03). Josiah Humphreys (30:45.06) and Caden McCann (31:35.70) finished second and third, respectively.

The SMC rolls on tonight with the upper division races, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Peaks Trailhead in Breck.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970)668-4634 or at bevans@

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