High school mountain biking league off to a great start in Year 2

Start of girls race.

Start of girls race.

DRAPER — Utah’s newest high school sport looks to be on the rise and going strong.

The Utah High School Cycling League opened its second season on Saturday with 617 riders — more than double last season’s 230 participants — at Corner Canyon.

According to a UHSCL press release, 617 riders makes Utah the largest chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

In the boys’ mountain biking race, defending overall champion Zach Peterson beat out top rival Justin Griffin in a weather-shortened race.

“The whole race was a question mark because Justin and I hadn’t raced together in a while, and I didn’t know how strong he was going to be,” Peterson said. “So I was watching him and making sure I could match what he could do.”

In the girls’ varsity race, Park City’s Haley Batten led a Park City sweep atop the podium, besting teammates Brenna Egan and Quinn Graves in the first race of the day.

Standings:

  • Division One

  1. Park City                4,174
  2. Corner Canyon      3,917
  3. Alta                         3,749
  • Division Two

  1. South Davis          1,945
  2. Grand County       1,877
  3. North Davis           1,859

Schedule:

  • Sept. 28, Park City, Round Valley