Steamboat sophomore Peter Rosenthal rides Sunday in the state championship mountain bike race in Eagle.

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Steamboat sophomore Peter Rosenthal rides Sunday in the state championship mountain bike race in Eagle.

Steamboat cycling team finishes 3rd at state

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— The Steamboat Springs composite high school mountain bike team wrapped up its season in fast fashion Sunday, grabbing a third-place finish in the state championship race in the team’s first year of competing.

“It was amazingly successful,” Steamboat coach Blair Seymour said. “It was really great. The kids performed under pressure.”

The squad was fourth in the second division in the season standings.

The team was led Sunday in Eagle by Jett Seymour, who wrapped up the championship in the freshman boys division. He went into the race with the season points lead and did the only thing he could do to ensure he finished the race with it: He won. Seymour finished the course in 50 minutes, 46.57 seconds — 1 minute and 19 seconds faster than his nearest competitor in the race and in the season-points standings, Durango rider Lucas Robbins.

“He was definitely nervous, but he was able to get through it and make it happen,” Blair Seymour said.

Steamboat’s fastest rider on the day was Koby Vargas, who finished the course in 48:17.23, good for second place in the sophomore boys classification, in the race and on the season. Peter Rosenthal was ninth in that race, Simon Zink was 14th, Tristan Fischer was 32nd and Peter Myller was 34th.

Evan Barbier also raced in the freshman boys race, finishing fifth.

Lesley Myller was seventh in the girls junior varsity division, earning her an eighth-place finish for the season. Tanner Visnick was eighth, Andreas Foulk was 17th, Jack Rosenthal was 38th and Dylan Wallace was 63th in the JV boys race.

The team raced hard top to bottom, Seymour said.

“Dylan stuck with it all season,’” she said. “He learned a lot and improved greatly.”

Looking ahead, Seymour said, she hopes to see the team grow, especially on the girls side. Overall team results include boys and girls, so fourth in a division with 25 teams, Steamboat was handicapped this season with only one girl on the team.

“That’s our goal, to get more girls on the team and to continue to expand it,” she said. “We definitely will try to expand our summer program to help with fitness and endurance throughout the summer.

“We were really pleased with this season. It exceeded our expectations.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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