Originally Published: September 27, 2015 1:25 a.m.
The second mountain biking race of the Arizona High School Cycling League's 2015 Series takes place this morning, Sept. 27, at Pioneer Park off 1200 Commerce Drive in Prescott.
Varsity girls' riders will race three laps, or 16.4 miles, beginning at 8 a.m. Junior varsity (16.4 miles), sophomore (two laps, 11.1 miles) and freshman girls (two laps, 11.1 miles) will go afterward in separate waves from 8:05 to 8:15 a.m.
The girls' races will be followed by the varsity boys race that consists of four laps, or 21.8 miles, beginning at 10 a.m. JV (three laps, 16.4 miles), sophomore (two laps, 11.1 miles) and freshman boys (two laps, 11.1 miles) will then also follow in separate waves from 10:05 to 10:15 a.m.
An awards ceremony will follow at the end of the event.
The Prescott course's 5.45-mile loop features all of the elements mountain biking enthusiasts love - single track, double track, hills and elevation. It also has two tunnels.
This course climbs 465 feet per lap and starts and finishes in an open area on the west side of Commerce Drive, across from the main parking lot at Pioneer Park. The loop's first 2.3 miles follow the Brownlow Trail before passing under Pioneer Parkway's first tunnel and connecting into the Legacy Trail.
Some 2.5 miles into the ride, the trail crosses under Pioneer Parkway's second tunnel prior to returning to Brownlow Trail for the last seven-tenths of a mile.
As of Sept. 4, there were 41 high school mountain biking teams in Arizona. Of that number, five hail from the tri-city area, including Prescott High, Bradshaw Mountain High, Chino Valley High, and Tri-City College Prep and Northpoint Academy of Prescott.
The Arizona High School Cycling League kicked off its 2015 season Sept. 13 at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff. After today's race in Prescott, three more will be held - on Oct. 11 at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fort McDowell; Oct. 25 at SARA Park Rodeo Grounds in Lake Havasu City; and Nov. 8 at White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell.
This is the third season for the Arizona high school league, which is an official project of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, or NICA.
For more information about today's race or the 2015 Series itself, log on to www.arizonamtb.org.
What follows are the top finishers' results for the tri-city area's girls' and boys' varsity cyclists at the first race of the Arizona High School Cycling League's 2015 season Sept. 13 in Flagstaff. The girls completed three laps, while the boys went four on the Fort Tuthill County Park course.