By Renée Haip
After yet another dedicated summer of training, Lyons Cross Country tested their early season mettle on a grueling new course at the Valmont Bike Park in Boulder. Hosted by New Balance on Friday, August
22, the 4K course was comprised of three loops containing steep switchbacks, stairs, winding dirt trails, and hay bale obstacles. Departing from traditional race format, the varsity races were broken into three heats with two girls and two boys from each of seven schools battling the terrain and their competitors.