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11:49 PM Thu, Sept. 20th

High school mountain biking alive & well as another season wraps up

Mitzi Hammes/Courtesy photo<br>Andrew Mull (top) paces the pack on his way to a second-place finish among sophomore boys Sunday in Waddell. Lexi Hammes (left) raced to the third fastest time among freshman girls. Both ride for Prescott High School.

Mitzi Hammes/Courtesy photo<br>Andrew Mull (top) paces the pack on his way to a second-place finish among sophomore boys Sunday in Waddell. Lexi Hammes (left) raced to the third fastest time among freshman girls. Both ride for Prescott High School.

The Arizona High School Cycling League (30 teams with 230 total students) wrapped up its 2014 season with a mountain bike race at the White Tanks Regional Park in Waddell Sunday. Locally, almost all of the high schools had a team in the League.Prescott, Bradshaw Mountain, Chino Valley, Northpoint Academy, Canyon View Prep and Tri-City Prep all had riders trying to earn points in their respective categories. The five-mile White Tank course with different classes running up to four laps had something for everyone.Related: High school mountain bike season kicks off in PrescottThe course started slightly uphill then through some rocky double track that took the riders through washes that had short quick drops and rises. In the wash itself the sand could suck your wheels to the left or right and stop you quicker than going through downtown Prescott during the annual Christmas Parade.Related: Arizona's high school mountain biking opens 2nd season Sunday in PrescottBy then the riders were to the halfway point and then it was time to turn on the gas and hit the swoops and berms on the downhill back to the start/finish line.It could be a fast course if you had the right line, stayed on course and avoided the cholla and the traffic of the almost 200 other riders with the fastest time posted being just over 18 minutes by a varsity rider.Besides the competition, one of the great aspects of the Arizona Cycling League is what could be called the "spirit of howdy."Bradshaw Mountain rider Ivie Vaca stopped her race to help a fellow competitor who had gone off course into a cholla cactus. Vaca stayed with the competitor until medical assistance arrived. Chino Valley rider Zoe Dunn also made sure that the small girls' varsity class were all represented on the season-ending podium, bringing up sixth place finisher Phoebe Teskey so they could all share the applause.