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Summit Idaho Bike Club’s Elias Svennungsen jumps to a good start during the Short Track national race at Winter Park, Colo. last week.

Six Wood River Valley mountain bikers, riding for Summit Idaho Bike Club, visited Winter Park, Co. July 23-28 and competed in the USA Cycling National Championships.

Defending national cross country (XC) champion Liv Jensen of Hailey came within one second of repeating. She placed second in her Women’s 45-49 Category 1/2. Jensen (1.30:45) finished behind Lisa Hudson of Golden, Co. (1.30:44).

Jensen is also the coach of the Summit Idaho club along with Kirsten DeHart. Jensen said, “I am so proud of our Idaho Summit Team. All the athletes trained hard, put their bikes on the starting line and raced their hearts out.”

Recent Wood River High School graduate Kaia Jensen finished seventh in dual slalom, and a day later won the Enduro race for the Women’s 19-29 class in 32:47. Her time would have placed her in the Top 10 in the Pro Category.

Anja Jensen, the two-time Idaho state high school champion, has recovered from her broken hand and had two strong showings. She placed 12th in the XC race Saturday for the Women’s 17-18 classification, out of 58 riders.

In Sunday’s Short Track XC race, Anja jumped up to seventh place in a strong field.

Three rising junior boys also competed and did well.

 Men’s 15-16 racer Zane Lyon, in his fourth nationals, finished 49th of 137 riders in XC, and 33rd in Short Track.

Sebi Radl-Jones and Elias Svennungsen, riding in the Men’s 17-18 class and getting their first tastes of nationals, earned 101st and 106th, respectively, among 140 XC racers.

The high school season begins this week for Idaho riders on the Wood River Mountain Bike Team, and their first race is Aug. 24. Visit wrmbt.org for more information.

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