Mountain bikers fare well at latest stop |

Mountain bikers fare well at latest stop

The Miners Indie Mountain Bike team has pedaled its way to another first place finish at the third stop of the NorCal High School Mountain Bike racing series, held at Toro Park, near Salinas.

The race course featured 900 feet of climbing per each 5-mile lap, making it the most challenging course to date of the season.

The Miners girls continued their phenomenal season in winning each of their races for the third consecutive time this year; Sarah Ely in varsity, and Christine Weir as a freshman. Both girls led from early on in their race and never looked back.

Nate Byrom, and Evan Smith were involved in a very tight three-man sprint finish for third place in the varsity boys race. Nate ended up with fourth, while Evan came home with fifth. On the last lap of the Varsity boys race, both Byrom and Smith were in contention for the lead, trailing the leaders of the race by a mere 15 seconds with only two and a half miles remaining.

Rounding out the top finishers was Chris Convis, who made it atop the podium for the first time this year, with a fifth-place finish in the JV boys race. Lawrence Sayiowas able to hang on to fifth position in the sophomore boys race, despite breaking his chain 2 1/2 miles from the finish. Casey Sanchez, who scored his first top ten, took 10th place in the sophomore boys category.

The Miners faced their fare share of challenges for the day, all of which threatened the teams win for the day.

Varsity racer Josh Smith was involved in a crash on the second lap, which moved him from top five, to 45th position. Josh was able to climb back into the race, and made it into the top 25.

A number of other riders on the team were also ill, yet the Miners only suffered one DNF, and with the overall win on the day were able to retain their overall lead through the third race of the NorCal high school MTB racing series.

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