Lake Oswego mountain biking team finding success in first year
With the end of the season less than two weeks away, the Lake Oswego Composite mountain biking team is ready to hit high gear.
The team includes boys and girls in grades 6-12 from throughout the Lake Oswego area and has made its first season one to remember.
Among the team's successes so far in 2019 are:
• In the Newport Gnarnia race on Sept. 8, 10 Lake Oswego racers placed in the top 10 of their respective gender and age groups, with four riders earning spots on the podium — Hayden Grubb (first, seventh-grade boys); Alana Reanier-Fowlds (third, eighth-grade girls); Sophia Garvey (fourth, sophomore girls); and Ossie Dunn (fourth, seventh-grade boys).
Also earning top-10 finishes at Newport were Andrew Edelberg (seventh) and Jack Labarge (10th).
• In the Hood Do Good race at Government Camp on Sept. 22, 21 athletes from the Lake Oswego Composite team competed, four won spots on the podium and five placed in the top 10 of their respective groups. LO leaders from Mt. Hood were: Grubb (first, seventh-grade boys); Reanier-Fowlds (third, eighth-grade girls); Dunn (third, seventh-grade boys); and Braeden Welch (fifth, eighth-grade boys).
Also earning a top-10 finish at Mt. Hood was Edelberg (10th).
• In the Heiser Hootenanny race in Dayton on Oct. 6, Lake Oswego riders posted 19 personal-best results based on finish time ratios with respective division winning times. Included in those results were: Megan Maguire (sixth, JV girls); Quinn Buckley (14th, JV boys); Evan Tichenor (10th, freshman boys); Carson Gantz (11th, freshman boys); Leo Labarge (20th, freshman boys); Liam Symms (21st, freshman boys); Malakai Peckham (27th, freshman boys); Reanier-Fowlds (third, eighth-grade girls); Welch (third, eighth-grade boys); Weston Knudson (16th, eighth-grade boys); Tigo Houben (22nd, eighth-grade boys); Kian Chandler (35th, eighth-grade boys); Edelberg (second, seventh-grade boys); Jack Labarge (6th, seventh-grade boys); Dunn (7th, seventh-grade boys); Trevor Hoffman (14th, seventh-grade boys); Collin Macguire (27th, seventh-grade boys); Grubb (29th, seventh-grade boys); Amelie Chureau (9th, sixth-grade girls); Dakota Peckham (11th, sixth-grade girls); Myles Tichenor (21st, sixth-grade boys); and Caden Rokos (22nd sixth-grade boys).
Lake Oswego is coached by Doug Cousineau, and includes brothers Jack and Leo Labarge, and Evan and Myles Tichenor, brothers and sisters Tigo and Fenna Houben, and Megan and Colin Maguire, while many of the team parents are helping coach and ride with the team at practices and pre-rides before races.
The Lake Oswego Composite team meets and practices at Luscher Farms on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. All practices and races are optional, but the turnouts for both have been consistently strong.
In addition to their races, the team has done team rides at Stub Stewart State Park, Sandy Ridge, and an unsanctioned ride on the Rocky Point Mountain Bike Trail in Scappoose.
Next up, Lake Oswego will compete in the Prescott's Prize race in Medford on Sunday, Oct. 20.
"If the seventh-grade boys perform well, we should have three riders in the top five in the state for overall," Cousineau said.
And on Tuesday, Oct. 22, the team's practice will feature "BRING A FRIEND DAY," where team members are encouraged to bring one or more friends to ride with the team.
Lake Oswego competes as part of the Oregon Interscholastic Cycling League, itself a member of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.
Followers can follow the team at instagram.com/lakeomtb.
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