More than 1,500 mountain bike riders competed in Moab on Saturday, September 25, participating in the Southern Region race called “The Moab Mangler”. 21 riders represented the local Red Devil Mountain Bike Team from Grand County High School.
At the high school level, the Devils won third place overall in Division 2, with a handful of podiums for individual performance: Elisabeth Knight won first place for JVA Girls; Sydney Cornelius won first place for Female Single Lap Rider; Cole Hendricks won first place for Freshman A Boys; Jacob Knight won third place for JVA Boys; and Jayden Taylor won fourth place for Male Single Lap Rider.
At the college level, Madi Niesen won first place for intermediate girls and Jennifer Lewis won second place for debutant girls.
“The team is working very hard and doing an incredible job this season,” said John Knight, coach of the Red Devil mountain bike team. He coaches the 21 riders and the 30 registered riders of the team – “this is a great team for our small town,” he said.
The race was organized by the Utah High School Cycling League, a subsidiary of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. The course was 6 miles long with 300 feet of elevation gain on the Bar M trail system north of town. The race was the third of the season – the next race for the southern region will be the regional ones on October 9 in Manti.
There are four races in total each season, with state championships October 22-23 in St. George.
This is the tenth season of the Utah High School Cycling League. The league was formed in 2012 with just 320 student-athletes. Today, the total number exceeds 5,000 statewide. In addition to running races, the league offers scholarships and runs a “Girls Riding Together” program, which encourages girls to ride mountain bikes.