By Janine Emmets
After a year without racing, the DUST2 Pagosa Springs team participated in its first race of 2021 with the Colorado League this past weekend in Nathrop.
The racers competed in a time trial to place them amongst their peers in their respective categories. Every rider had to complete two laps of the 6.3-mile course.
In the JV boys’ category, out of 102 riders, junior Ethan Bergdolt was the first to cross the finish line at 24th place with a time of 1 hour, six seconds. Senior Sawyer Blakemore finished in 32nd place with a time of 1:01:04. Junior Tucker Mashue came in 40th with a time of 1:03:10. Junior Carter Kasson finished in 58th place with a time of 1:06:57. Senior Davis Parker finished 73rd with a time of 1:10:11.
In the sophomore boys’ category, Jack Hittle came in 41st with a time of 1:15:43. Bradley Lamoreaux showed his strength by coming in fourth and finishing in 57:26.
“Bradley has been itching to race since he was in seventh grade. Last year was finally going to be his year to race and then COVID messed that all up. It was so great that he finally got his chance and got to prove what he could do out there on the race course. We’re excited to see what Bradley can do this year,” said coach Janine Emmets.
In the sophomore girls’ category, Hadley Phillips finished in 10th place with a time of 1:27:30. Natalie Mashue finished strong with a sprint to finish line, passing another rider in the last 100 feet. She finished 16th with a time of 1:35:20.
In the freshman boys’ category, Braden Terry finished in 21st place with a time of 1:12:48. In the freshman girls’ category, Rylie Carr finished sixth with a time of 1:22:01.
“This is the biggest group of racers we’ve ever had in the last few years. All the students were so excited to kick off the season with a time trial race. There was a bit of nerves as well, but all of the coaches assured the kids that they were ready. They’ve been putting in the work and we knew they would all do well,” said Emmets.