• Gilmer Cartecay Mountain Bike Team assistant coach Rita Thrasher leads high school boys during their warm-up lap in Watkinsville.
    Gilmer Cartecay Mountain Bike Team assistant coach Rita Thrasher leads high school boys during their warm-up lap in Watkinsville.

State race on tap for mountain bikers

The Gilmer Cartecay Youth Mountain Bike Team had 20 riders line up for the season’s fourth event at Watkinsville’s Heritage Park Oct. 20-21. 

Head coach Larry Alonso believed the course to be technically challenging, and Gilmer enjoyed favorable results in multiple categories. 

During the team’s course pre-ride, coach Naomi Moore noted, “It’s amazing to see how challenging these trails are, especially when you realize how fast these kids are hurtling through tight turns, and ascending steep climbs.”

The team secured 10 top-20 finishes including a first and second place by sixth-grade girls Evangelina Giet and Clare Moore, respectively.  Emma Moore took fourth place in the freshman girls division, while Hannah Calabretta was seventh in among junior varsity girls.  Tempest Giet finished eighth in the freshman girls heat.

The team posted notable results on the skills course for a second time this season, with Elsbeth Gray and Louisa Alonso earning respective first-place finishes in the freshman girls and seventh-grade girls divisions.

Sixth-grader James Gray “has been making steady progress up the position charts,” according to Alonso, and set an “impressive” tempo on a difficult course, finishing 19th out of 62 riders.  

“As a coaching staff, we are proud of all our kids,” said assistant Chris Gray. “Each of the kids has worked very hard this season and are having fun being a part of this incredible team.”

The team is currently ranked eighth out of 31 Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League Division II teams. 

The upcoming Peach State Championship will mark the end of the season for the Gilmer Cartecay squad and is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 at Dauset Trails in Jackson.

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