For 15th year, dynasty-driven Windjammers kings/queens of hillCamden Hills teammates Mansius, Lamont decide first by slim margin
Camden — Apparently, for Camden Hills, pedaling to the top of the mountain never gets old — even after 15 years.
Ending each fall season as kings/queens of the hill has been a rite of passage for Camden Hills mountain bikers for more than a decade and that scenario again played out on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 26 at the Camden Snow Bowl.
The Windjammers hosted the state championship races on the grueling Snow Bowl course.
Camden Hills finished as regular-season points series winners and champions of the final races at the Snow Bowl. Thus, this fall marked the 15th straight season the Windjammers have finished as the champions of the state high school mountain bike series.
An individual battle between Windjammer teammates Chapin Lamont and Alex Mansius, that lasted all season, continued Saturday as the two raced practically wheel for wheel for most of the varsity race before Mansius beat Lamont by the slimmest of margins for the individual state title.
Mansius outdueled his teammate by about one second, or the tread on his front tire.
"The Kents Hills coach was taking the varsity times and I had the jayvees for timing," said first-year Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "Basically it was a photo finish at the finish line between Alex Mansius and Chapin Lamont. [The Kents Hill coach] recorded 45 minutes for Mansius and the same time for Chapin Lamont. The coaches at the finish line all agreed that Mansius' front tire crossed the finish line barely ahead of Lamont. So, first place went to Mansius and Lamont second place … It was an extremely close finish for first place."
On Saturday, the varsity riders made three trips around the rugged, challenging Snow Bowl course, which had areas that crisscrossed the mountain, and the jayvees two laps.
Riders from Kents Hill, Cony of Augusta and Maranacook of Readfield participated in the final races.
The individual Camden Hills varsity results were: 1, Mansius, 45:00; 2, Lamont, 45:01; and 5, Casey Rouleau, 55:33. There were six riders in the race, including two from Kents Hill and one from Cony.
The individual Camden Hills jayvee results were: 1, Shawn Albertson, 32:21; 2, Aidan Acosta, 33:05; 3, Max Horovitz, 33:47; 4, Zach Hand, 33:52; 7, Zoe Zwecker, 38:31; 8, Quinn Duggan, 39:04; and 15, Joe Simmons, 58:37. There were 16 riders in the race.
More information on the Windjammers' season will appear later with this story.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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