Race #1 of the 2023 Season went down this past Sunday in Leadville, CO. Mother Nature threw a few curve balls with rain, thunder, lightning and even some hail. Some races went off fine, while others were shortened or had racers pulled off the course. Through it all, the GVYC team smiled, did what needed to get done and rode their tails off.
The Grand Junction HS Team took home the team win in Division 2 while Palisade and Fruita Monument ended up 3rd and 9th in Division 3.
The highlight of positivity and perseverance were Alma McGowan and Beck Sharp in the Sophomore Girls category. After getting pulled off the course, told they had times from a lap split and were done for the day, they were then told they were going back out to race a one lap race. Both Alma and Beck were already dry and warm, but went out anyway and CHARGED to 1st and 3rd place finishes in the POURING rain.
And, also massive props to Liam Preslan in his first race ever who also had to deal with pouring rain, hail and the trail actually turning into a creek to finish his lap in the Freshman Boys.
Great performances from everyone including these top 10's:
5th- Scarlett Hardie
8th- Kate Rizzo
3rd- Ben Garmany
9th- Jon Azbell
4th- Sienna Guzman Newton
4th- Riley Grimes
8th- Rowan Ferguson
1st- Alma McGowan
3rd- Beck Sharp
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It was a great start to the season and the crew is ready to rock in two weeks at Race #2 in Glenwood.