HARRISONBURG, VA. (WHSV) -- The Virginia High School Mountain Bike Race Series made it's fourth stop of the season in Harrisonburg. Hometown favorite Derek Elliot earned his first-ever series win of his career.
"Definitely super important to keep the Rocktown winning streak alive here,” Elliot said. “We've won every year since the beginning of the high school series four years ago now. Just had to keep doing it. Couldn't let all my friends and family down. Had to keep going.
The Spotswood High School junior entered the race with a broken hand that he sustained the previous day. Elliot was trailing in second in the first lap but eventually took a seven second lead.
Somewhere along the way, a branch poked him and left him with a bloody left arm for the remainder of the race.
But Elliot maintained his lead to win at Hillendale.
“Every now and then there are places that you can see other riders, how far back they are but a lot of times you just have to keep pushing yourself just go as hard as you can, make sure they don't catch you and finally on that last lap I knew I had a huge lead, I just sat up and cruised down in.”
Elliot will compete in the State Championship race next weekend at St. George.
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