Modesto Bee |
With their parents serving as the sleep-deprived support crew, eight Folsom teenagers finished fifth out of 18 teams in the grueling 3,000 mile Race Across America.
The team, Believe and Achieve, raced in relay fashion, finishing in 6 days, 6 hours and 31 minutes. All of the other teams in the race were composed of adults, including the Sacramento Police Department's eight-member team, which finished sixth.
The teenage team was the dream of Connor Ellison, a 14-year-old Folsom cyclist who has battled a rare and debilitating kidney disease. His sister, Savannah, 16, also rode on the team.
The other team members are Adam Sevy, 17; Troy Knox, 16; Colin Cook, 16; twins Scot and Alex Benton, both 17; and Jasper Hodgson, 14. Michael Hahn, 13, broke his arm on a training ride and was unable to compete.
"The team did awesome," said Jared Ellison, Connor and Savannah's father, who served as coach. "Everything was just smooth. I'm thrilled the juniors were so prepared in all the ways I had hoped."
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