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Coweta prep mountain biking teams compete at Heritage Park


  • By Clay Neely
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  • Oct. 29, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Coweta prep mountain biking teams compete at Heritage Park

The Newnan Times-Herald

The newly formed SWAY (SouthWest Atlanta Youth) Mountain Bike Club showed strong results at their recent competition at Heritage Park in Watkinsville, Georgia.

SWAY comprises local teams including the Chattahoochee Grippers, which covers Carroll, Coweta and parts of Meriwether and southwest Fulton counties; the Line Creek Shredders, who cover Fayette, Pike and parts of Meriwether and southwest Fulton counties; and both Newnan and Northgate high schools, which include all middle schools that feed into each high school.

Last weekend was the fourth race of the five-race series put on by the Georgia Cycling Association.

The Heritage Park course is labeled as the most difficult course of all five races due to a large number of roots and rocks, as well as a good deal of climbing to navigate.

The one-lap course was approximately 4.7 miles long. Middle school students raced Saturday, while High school students raced Sunday. The number of laps varied per category. Completing two laps were Freshman and JV2 boys and girls, and JV1 girls.

Completing three laps were JV1 boys and Varsity girls. Varsity boys were required to complete four laps.

Podium winners are anyone placing in fifth place or higher.

For the Seventh Grade Boys Division, consisting of 87 riders, Flint Drummond took third place for the Chattahoochee Grippers.

Karson Coley of the Northgate Vikings team finished fourth in the Freshman Boys Division, competing with 109 other riders.

For the Freshman Girls Division, consisting of 19 riders, Ruth Rhymer of the Line Creek Shredders took second place. Helen Rhymer of Line Creek Shredders took second place in the JV 2 Girls Division.

Competing against 14 other riders, Caleb Landgrebe of the Line Creek Shredders placed fourth in the Varsity Boys Division.

The Line Creek Shredders took first place out of 34 teams across the state in Division 2.

Placing in the top 10 in each of their division were:

Tanner Dorshimer, Line Creek Shredders (seventh grade boys)

Bryce Edmondson, Chattahoochee Grippers (seventh grade girls)

Chloe Tanski, Northgate Vikings (seventh grade girls)

Morgan Stephens, Northgate Vikings (freshman girls)

Drew Tingle, Line Creek Shredders (JV2 boys)

Alex McClellan, Northgate Vikings (JV1 boys)

The next and last race of the season will be Nov. 6-7 at Bartram Trails in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Hunter_Newton.jpg?mtime=20211027160015#asset:67251Hunter Newton of the Chattahoochee Grippers prepares to make his move during the recent competition at Heritage Park.

Caleb_Landgrebe.jpg?mtime=20211027160018#asset:67253Competing against 14 other riders, Caleb Landgrebe of the Line Creek Shredders placed fourth in the Varsity Boys Division.


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SWAY girls include Bryce Edmondson (back), Chloe Tanski, Sarah Brackett, Manni Santamarina, and Taylor Newton

Taylor_Newton.jpg?mtime=20211027160020#asset:67254Taylor Newton of the Chattahoochee Grippers navigates the trails at Heritage Park.