Athletes from the Cowichan Valley did exceptionally well at the BC School Sports Mountain Biking Championships at Jordie Lunn Bike Park in Langford last week, with riders representing five local schools.
Valley athletes particularly dominated the senior (Grade 11/12) boys enduro race, where Frances Kelsey Secondary’s Elijah Barron won gold, with Spencer Young and Seamus George of Cowichan Secondary in third and fifth, respectively, and Kelsey’s Spencer Van Der Linden in sixth.
Barron also finished sixth in the senior boys cross-country race, with Van Der Linden in 11th.
Aaron Lalonde of Queen Margaret’s School placed sixth in the junior (Grade 10) boys enduro, one spot ahead of Cowichan Secondary’s Sam Sheppard. Kelsey’s Andrew Van Der Linden placed 11th, and Lalonde’s QMS teammate, Yuri Klobucar, finished 20th. The top Cowichan Valley finisher in the junior boys cross-country event was Ethan Picard of QMS at 25th.
Two Quamichan School riders each had a pair of top-10 finishes in the juvenile (Grade 9) events. Seth Miller rode to a bronze medal in the boys’ cross-country and placed seventh in the enduro, while Emily Bartilucci placed sixth in the girls enduro and eighth in cross-country.
Jakob Horsfall of Quamichan placed 18th in the juvenile boys enduro, and teammate Roan Bleackley was 22nd in the boys cross-country. Also from Quamichan, Jordan He was seventh in the juvenile girls enduro and 16th in cross-country, and Olivia Finlay finished 15th in the enduro and 17th in cross-country.
Quamichan’s Luke Horsfall placed fifth in the bantam (Grade 8) boys enduro and 18th in cross-country, while Patrick Clarke of St. John’s Academy placed 20th in the enduro, followed by Angus Heys of QMS in 21st.
Also from Quamichan, Clodagh Young placed 10th in the bantam girls enduro and 11th in cross-country.