LONG ISLAND – Ten kids and five coaches made the trip five-hour trip for The Galena Growlers National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Composite Mountain Bike team to competed in the first race of the 2019 Spring NICA New York season down in Long Island.
On April 14 at the Cathedral Pines County Park, six kids racing in the high school races and four kids competing in the middle school races hopped on bikes to race the lengthy and winding course through the spooky woods of the park. Three kids raced course for their first time as a member of the Growlers.
After months of practice indoor at the Norwich YMCA and outdoor on various parks in the area, every Growler finished the race. In the Middle school races, the Growlers had a total of three racers – two sixth graders and a seventh grader.
Of 18 out of the 20 registered New York teams were at Cathedral Pines and in the sixth-grade boys’ race, first time racers Braedon Baker of Norwich and Sherburne-Earlville’s Lucas Scholl came in 7th and 12th places respectively.
In the seventh-grade boys’ race, Norwich’s Collin Behrmann raced to a ninth place finish in his first time on the course.
“These three first timers rode great races and really enjoyed it,” said head coach Rob Baker.
The freshman races saw Growlers three freshman-level boys and one girl entered. Daniel Scholl of Sherburne-Earlville came home with the win while Galena Growlers’ teammate Wyatt DuBois (Sherburne-Earlville) cruised to a sixth place finish.
DuBois missed the podium by just four seconds after completed a huge comeback. After an incident at the start that causing him to enter the woods last, DuBois battled back to sixth place.
Caden Moore (Norwich) finished in a strong 17th place while the Growler’s lone girl rider, Kayleigh Currie (Sherburne-Earlville), had a strong race and placed ninth in the freshman girls division.
With the high school races taking place in the afternoon, the Growlers had Norwich’s Stanton Baker entered in the large junior varsity race category and twin brother Dan Thompson and Andrew Thompson – both of Norwich – entered in the sophomore race.
Stanton Baker raced to a 23rd place finish with Dan Thompson placing 21st. Brother Andrew came in right behind, finishing 22nd.