High school bikers hit Grey Mountain trails

The third of four races in the Whitehorse High School Mountain Bike Series went mostly downhill on Wednesday night.

The third of four races in the Whitehorse High School Mountain Bike Series went mostly downhill on Wednesday night.

Forty-one riders from the four local high schools took off from the starting line at the Magnusson trailhead — following a direct route with numerous downhill drops to the finish line.

It’s the first time the series has abandoned the circuit/laps format, which involved crossing Grey Mountain Road in previous years, and the riders took to the new format well.

In the Grade 11/12 division, FH Collins and Team Yukon rider Troy Henry remains undefeated, as he sailed to a solid first place finish.

FH Collins teammates Nansen Murray and Lee Hawkings finished second and third respectively.

Kelsey Kabanak continues to dominate in the open girls division for Porter Creek, with a first place run on Wednesday. Vanier’s Kelly Panchyshyn took second, cracking the top three for the first time. Claire Lindsay finished third for FH Collins.

In the Grade 9/10 race, it was FH’s Logan Roots coming back to the top spot after missing the second race.

Vanier’s Jake Jacobs was second, and Porter Creek’s Calvin Laveck rounded out the top three.

The Grade 8 division is wide open with a new winner in each race of the series. FH’s William Thomson was the first to cross the line this week, followed by teammates Brad Koprowsky and Drew Spicer.

Nathan Siefert was the lone rider in the BMX division, taking the top spot and the full 10 points.

The series wraps up next Wednesday with the Championship race at the power line in Riverdale.

Here are the series points leaders after three races:

Grade 8

1st Brad Koprowsky, FHC, 22

2nd Matthew Pollard, Vanier, 16

3rd William Thomson, FHC, 14

4th (tie) Peter Hanson, PCSS, 12

Josh Kelly, PCSS, 12

Drew Spicer, FHC, 12

Grade 9/10

1st (tie) Jason Zrum, PCSS, 20

Logan Roots, FHC, 20

2nd Logan Boehmer, PCSS, 14

3rd (tie) Calvin Laveck, PCSS, 12

Jake Jacobs, Vanier, 12

4th Geoffroi Bourcier, FHC, 10

Grade 11/12

1st Troy Henry, FHC, 30

2nd Lee Hawkings, FHC, 22

3rd Nansen Murray, FHC, 18

4th Ryan McLaren, PCSS, 14

5th (tie) Olivier Roy-Jauvin, FHC, 6

Cody Bassett, Vanier, 6

Open girls

1st Kelsey Kabanak, PCSS, 30

2nd (tie) Casey McLaren, PCSS, 16

Kelly Panchyshyn, Vanier, 16

3rd Claire Lindsay, FHC, 12

4th Kaitlyn McDonald, PCSS, 8

BMX

1st Ben Seifert, FHC, 20

2nd Nathan Seifert, FHC, 14

3rd John Krow, FHC, 8

4th Jordan Slessor-Morrison, FHC, 6