N. ABINGTON TWP. — Zack Rundell, a freshman at Abington Heights High School, won the varsity state title in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League (PICL) mountain bike race series held this fall.
The PICL encompasses 37 teams from around the state and more than 500 riders. The race series includes five races held from Pittsburgh to Allentown.
Rundell is a member of the Keystone Composite Mountain Bike team – which practices locally and includes about 30 other riders between the ages of 12 and 17. Rundell is the only varsity rider on the team. Varsity riders are the most advanced riders in the league and are required to race a distance of 22 miles over rugged terrain on wooded trails which include rock beds, log-overs, roots, long hilly sections and creek crossings.
Last season, Rundell raced in the junior varsity class and finished second. This year, as a varsity rider, he accumulated the most points in the class based on his finishes in the race series.
During the summer, Rundell competed as a Category 2 rider in the Mid-Atlantic Super Series, a mountain bike race series held throughout Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He completed 10 races and finished second for that series, winning the final race by more than a minute. Due to that result, Rundell must race in the Category 1 professional class next year.
Rundell has been invited to the National Training Camp in Maryland next spring and will focus on the 2018 National Championships in West Virginia next July.