Boulder High bike team looks to defend state title as riders gear up for season

Keile Kropf, staff writer

Members of the Boulder High varsity mountain bike team takes a breather after their third league race last season. The team, which is the reigning state champion, will compete for its third consecutive title this season. (Photo by Kristen Boyer)

The Boulder High bike team enters this season filled with high hopes as they look to secure their state title for the third consecutive year. The team will compete once again in the Colorado High School Cycling League, and they will carry great ambitions into the season.

“Our goal is to definitely win the overall state championship for the third year in row,” junior Peter Koukov said.

Despite the team’s obvious talent, Boulder High’s bike team is open to riders of all levels. Their goal is to create “life-long cycling enthusiasts,” and newcomers are always welcomed wholeheartedly. The team teaches teens to be self-sufficient and independent, along with learning how to keep themselves and others safe. 

“The best part about the bike team is hanging out with friends because the team is a lot of fun,” junior Grant Ellwood said.

Big goals have already been set as the season approaches and training increases. Bikers will train three times per week all across Boulder with head coach Ben Boyer, a science teacher.

“My personal goal for the season is to be on the podium or top-five in every race,” Ellwood said.

Although the bike team is not a sanctioned varsity sport, the competition is very high. The Colorado High School Cycling League is pushing to become a part of schools’ athletic programs as more and more participants join. Biking is very quickly becoming a hugely popular sport at Boulder High as the bike team continues to dominate the competition.

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