The cycling season is picking up, and Adam Labonte of the Coos Cycling Club sent me some updated information regarding this local biking club that is presently active in the North Country.
The group doesn’t currently have an official club house, but Labonte said, “We are active on Facebook and Instagram. Our Facebook page is the best way to get answers, and anyone who has questions and/or is interested in becoming a member or donating to the club, can do it right online at cooscyclingclub.com.”
The Coos Cycling Club does a lot of riding and training on the Moose Brook trails in Gorham.
Labonte also said, “At the present time, there are four kids who are members of team “Barker Mountain Bikes,” which is a bike shop out of Bethel, Maine. The team will be part of the New England High School Cycling Association (NESCHA), and their season officially began this past Saturday.
“The brackets are broken down by the grade the youth are in. Fifth grade boys and fifth grade girls are two categories, but all fifth grade racers will race at once,” he said. “When they finish, all sixth grade racers go, and so on up through varsity. This sport is growing, with currently over 400 youth registered to race from all over New England.”
The team competed recently in a race a Treasure Valley, Mass. on May 11. The course length 3.7 miles. The course left from a field and dove into the woods for a long downhill into the valley, followed by some technical riding before climbing back up out of the valley to the finish. Overall elevation gain for the course was around 320 feet.
The kids did very well.
Julia Labonte took fourth place out of a total of 16 races in her category, the fifth grade girls. She started the race in second place, but had a big crash just after the start, and fell to dead last. She faught her way back through the field to land fourth.
Aleia Labonte had a good race in this same catagory and took eighth place.
Joseph Labonte took 13th out of 50 in the boys sxith-grade division.
Parker Welch took fifth out of 54, in the boys seventh-grade division.
The team also took part in a race at Wallum Lake State Park in Douglas, Mass., on April 28, where one lap was 6.9 miles of muddy rocky technical single track. Labonte said they “crushed it again.”
Team results were: Joseph Labonte took first in “boys under 13” (one lap); Julia Labonte took second in “ girls under 13” (one lap); Aleia Labonte took third in “girls under 13” (one lap); and Parker Welch took third in “boys under 16” (two laps).