RUHS Mt. Biker Places Fifth; AD Croucher Is Top Triathlete


Communities / Aug. 10, 2017 11:33am EDT

By Maegan Winters

Ethan Farmer, a 10th-grader at Randolph Union High School, once again proved his fervor for mountain biking on July 23, when he participated in a Category 1 race at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston.

Racing at the event, referred to as the Eastern Grind, was not Farmer’s only role.

He and his team, Bicycle Express, dedicated many hours to preparing the course after being approached by the U.S. Cup about hosting the event. The Eastern Grind is one of four professional races across the country that U.S. Cup sponsors annually.

The Eastern Grind kicked off on July 22, open only to professional mountain bikers on the first day. They had access to an “A Line” that Farmer helped prepare, which is a dangerous six-foot drop off a rock face on a part of the course meant only for professional riders.

Farmer raced the second day, placing fifth in his category, according to RUHS Athletic Director and fellow Bicycle Express teammate, Steve Croucher.

Randolph’s Ethan Farmer placed fifth at the Eastern Grind last month. (Herald File / Provided) Randolph’s Ethan Farmer placed fifth at the Eastern Grind last month. (Herald File / Provided) This week, Croucher talked about Farmer with admiration. He explained that Farmer not only works at a mountain bike shop, but also bikes there and back every day, a long journey from Randolph Center to Northfield.

In 2016, Farmer won Division B of the Northern New England Mountain Bike Race Series. He will compete in New Englands again this fall, advancing to Division A this time.

“The kid lives and breathes cycling,” Croucher said.

Athletic AD, Too

Croucher, an accomplished bicyclist and triathlete himself, will represent the United States this year at the International Triathlon Union’s Multi-Sport World Championship Festival in British Columbia, Canada. At this invitational event, August 21-26, he will join Team U.S.A. to compete against the many other attending countries.

Croucher’s event, the cross triathlon, includes lake swimming, mountain biking, and trail running.

It’s no surprise that Croucher was invited to compete. This year, he is ranked number one in his age group in off-road triathlons by USA Triathlon. He was named All-American twice, in 2015 and 2013, and Pan American Champion in Utah in 2016.

In October, Croucher will return to Maui, Hawaii for the high-profile, world triathlon competitions operated by Xterra.

“I really take a lot of pride in competing on behalf of the town [of Randolph] and the high school,” said Croucher.

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