CAMDEN — For decades, the most successful high school mountain biking program in Maine was grown and nurtured at Camden Hills Regional High School as the Windjammers, usually found sailing on water, rolled to state championship after championship on the most challenging trails on land.

While the pandemic certainly affected all school sports and the number of participants in athletic programs — as well as interrupting competition — for the fall of 2022 Windjammer riders have been back to racing over hill and dale, including on their home course on Ragged Mountain at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Camden Hills’ August Knause. Photo by Ken Waltz

Camden Hills hosted a late-season, mid-afternoon race on Saturday, Oct. 22 and the hard-working young riders made one, two or three challenging trips around the tough, technical course.

The course included plenty of elevation, steep drops and beautifully-constructed technical trail patterns.

Camden Hills’ Will Minery. Photo by Ken Waltz

Among the racers on Saturday were Windjammers decked in red-and-black Hawaiian-type shirts, as well as a handful of other area young bikers.

CHRHS coach Chris Rogers said the Windjammer riders on Saturday included Matthew Clayton, Zeke Dietter, Elias Hood, August Knause, Mitchell Lindahl, Charlie Moss, Iain Larsen-Levins, Jaxon Lowe, Will Minery, Kayden Wood, Jackie Mains and Ward Morrison.

Additionally, the coach said other younger Midcoast riders included Cora Gates of Rockport and Camden-Rockport Middle School; Marguerite Worner, Camden, CRMS; Nicholas Rogers, Warren, Warren Community School; Ben Arnold, Alna, Richmond Middle School; and Logan Synder, West Rockport, CRMS.