Mountain Biking 2019

Elijah Topper takes off in the Boys Varsity race at Cedar City. He took seventh place. [Photo by Craig Child]

All 33 members of the Moab Red Devils mountain bike racers were winners this weekend at the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s third race in the hills above Cedar City.

The team again scored first place on total points in Division Three. The course was a 5.8-mile loop that included technical slickrock. Junior racers rode one lap, while more senior riders did up to four laps. 1,115 middle and high school students in total participated in the race.

Red Devil riders have trained hard all season for this sort of terrain, as well as contributing volunteer hours to the local riding community by weeding at the jumps course at Anonymous Park and doing maintenance on the Slickrock Trail.

The top-scoring male rider for the team at Cedar City was Elijah Topper. The top-scoring female was Ariann Child. Eli Taylor’s and Jackson Sorenson’s high scores also lifted the team to first place on points.

Five Moab riders earned medals. In Intermediate Girls, Nora Moloney rode to fifth place. In Freshman Boys, Kip Sevenoff came fifth in Division 2A, Michael Johnston came fourth in Division 2B.

In Boys Junior Varsity Division 2B, Ryder Murdock took second place and Aiden Baird took third. This race was the final event for the fifteen middle school riders in the Junior Devo category, coached by Mike Estensen.

The next race is on a newly built course in Price in two weeks. Following that comes the State Finals, again at Cedar City.