Over 120 of the best high school cyclists in Virginia will be at The Miller School Tuesday for the third event of the season in the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series.
"To have the race here is obviously very special to us," Series Director Peter Hufnagel explained. "It's a home-court advantage for our guys because they know the trails, they know every rock and route on the trail. So we're hoping for a good team performance but we know everyone's going to have a good time because the trails are just so good."
"It's awesome, we know the trails pretty well," added Miller freshman Thomas Mariutti. "We're racing at home so it feels good to have all our friends watching us. I'm excited for it."
There will be both team and individual scoring as the riders challenge the 10-mile student-built course at Miller.
"The Miller venue is fantastic, the setting's perfect, the school support. So the riders, the parents, love coming out here," Hufnagel said. "It's a festival atmosphere at every race and the athletes really like the trails. The trails are first-class through and through. And it's good racing."
Good racing -- and competitive racing.
Mavericks sophomore Leo Yip knows first-hand about that.
"150 high school students, obviously going to be highly competitive, especially because you're young, you want to be the best," Yip explained. "I think every junior here wants to be a professional one day and to get that is very hard so everyone's fighting for first."
Tuesday's race is the third in a five-race schedule. It begins at 5:30 p.m.