High school mountain bike season kicks off in Prescott

Bradshaw stands in 15th place

Bradshaw Mountain’s Daniel Morales leads a large group of riders during the junior varsity opening race of the 2014 Arizona High School Cycling League’s season Sunday on the Brownlow Trail system at Pioneer Park in Prescott.<br>
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Bradshaw Mountain’s Daniel Morales leads a large group of riders during the junior varsity opening race of the 2014 Arizona High School Cycling League’s season Sunday on the Brownlow Trail system at Pioneer Park in Prescott.<br> Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Brownlow Trail at Pioneer Park was the epicenter of high school mountain biking in Arizona Sunday morning. Two hundred eight riders from 30 schools across the state came to Prescott for the first race of the 2014 Arizona High School Cycling League season.

The league is part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, with students racing in 14 states across the country.

Boys and girls race in one of four categories based on school year and experience; freshman, sophomore, junior varsity and varsity. The course lap consisted of 5.7 miles of single- and double-track trails with riders going anywhere from two to four laps based on their classification.

The course was a challenge, going from hard-pack to loose sandy sections, with hairpin turns and short uphill bursts throughout, as well as some short, high-speed downhills.

Local teams hailed from Prescott, Bradshaw Mountain, Chino Valley, Northpoint Academy, Canyon View Prep and Tri City Prep high schools. In the team competition after Sunday's race Prescott was in 5th, Northpoint Academy in 10th, Bradshaw Mountain in 15th, Chino Valley in 16th, Canyon View 19th, and Tri-City in 27th.

The next race will be in Flagstaff on Sept. 28.