Summit cyclists start summer fast
From Utah to California and from Montana down to New Mexico, the Summit Bike Club has been riding well wherever it goes this summer.
After getting the season started in March, the local cyclists have been busy, recently competing in places like Missoula, Montana, and Angel Fire, New Mexico.
For Matthew Turner, a 20-year-old Summit cyclist who races in the Pro category of the Pro XCT race series, it’s been an especially good start to the season.
“It’s probably been one of my best years so far as a U23 racer,” he said. “Angel Fire was my best result, finishing in 23rd at the pro level and on the same lap as the leader.”
Up next for Turner and some of the older members of the club are U.S. Nationals in Mammoth, California. Turner will be racing with his U23 age group at the event, along with six of his Summit teammates.
The team will probably have 20-plus kids in California racing in the 17-18 category, too, he added.
After racing at altitude in Angel Fire and training at a high elevation in Park City, Turner said he feels ready for the altitude at Mammoth.
“It’s pretty exciting,” he said. “It’s a climbers course. There’s quite a bit of climbing in each lap.”
Nationals begin July 12 and run through July 17 in California.
On Saturday, July 9, at the Utah Olympic Park, some of the clubs younger riders will get to showcase their skills at the Mountain Bike Technical Development Series. Race-day events include a time trial, an obstacle course and short-track competition.
It’s a junior-only event, Turner said, so only racers 18 and under will be able to participate. Though he won’t be competing, Turner said it’s always nice to have events on familiar trails.
“It gives them extra confidence racing in an area where we train all the time,” he said. “It’s a little more relaxing. We’re using some of the new trails they just built [at the UOP]. That’s been nice.”
Turner said he enjoys training at the UOP on the fresh trails whenever he gets a chance.
“I like the climbs,” he said. “They’re mellow, but you can still get a good workout in. And the descents are pretty great.”
For more information on the Summit Bike Club, visit http://www.summitbikeclub.org.
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