Buena Vista’s high school mountain biking season begins this Sunday with the Chalk Creek Stampede in Nathrop, the location and date of the first ever high school bike race in Colorado, said Demons cycling coach Taf McMurry.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, at the McMurry Ranch on CR 286 in Nathrop, with waves of riders going off throughout the day, finishing up at around 4:30 p.m.

BV Racing, which operates independently of other BVHS sports programs, participates in the Colorado High School Cycling League, now in its tenth season.

The 2019 season continues through October and hits races in Leadville, Snowmass Village and Eagle, with state championships in Durango Oct. 14.

“This season currently we have 15 BVHS students signed up to race,” McMurry said.

“Ten years ago there were 135 racers in all eight categories. Now, just the South division JV Boys has 145 racers,” McMurry said. “What growth.”

The race is calling for volunteers on Saturday, Aug. 24, to help set up for the event and on Sunday to help things run smoothly.

Sign up to volunteer at https://bit.ly/2NmDMbM

“If volunteering is not your thing, the BV Racing team would love to see your support by attending the races. Wear your red and white, grab a camp chair, sun screen and a bottle of water,” McMurry said.

“It is a short drive out to Nathrop,” McMurry said.

“We have new amazing jerseys to celebrate our 10th season, you will be able to spot our red jersey out in Nathrop,” she said.

The Demons cycling team is coached by McMurry, Kep Heinitz, Brian England and David Volpe.

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