Local riders lead strong contingent to state high school mountain bike championships at CMC Spring Valley
This story was written by John Stroud and published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent on Oct. 14, 2022
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Chloe Lutgring is all about taking her pursuit of competitive mountain biking to the next level, while always keeping in mind the fun aspect of her favorite thing to do in the outdoors.
“The whole reason my friends and I did this in the first place was just to have some fun going out on the trails on our bikes,” Lutgring said of the growing contingent of high school athletes who are taking up mountain biking through local club programs, including her Glenwood Springs High School Dirt Demons.
“The biggest thing I always tell people is to just try it and enjoy riding, and don’t think about the stress and pressure of racing,” Lutgring said. “I love just having fun on my bike, and that’s also why I enjoy racing and pushing myself as far as I think I can go, and even further.”
“Further” she has taken it, indeed, having competed internationally on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) circuit for the past two years, and getting her first European racing experience this past summer.
Lutgring, along with Roaring Fork Fork High School mountain bike team member and former teammate Corbin Carpenter, are among the favorites of the varsity girls and boys going into the Oct. 22-23 Colorado High School Cycling League (CHSCL) mountain biking state championships.