FARMINGTON — A little less than an hour after Garrett Farmer left the starting line at the Road Apple Rally, he crossed the finish line far ahead of his competition during the Category Three race.

The 15-year-old Farmington resident was one of the many children who rode in the Category Three, or beginner's level, race Saturday morning.

The Road Apple Rally is an annual mountain bike race that starts and finishes at Lions Wilderness Park in Farmington. The race is broken into different categories.

Farmer said he picked up mountain biking about a year ago when his friend bought a mountain bike and let him try it. Since then, he has competed in four races.

While racing, he said he tries to "think ahead what's going to happen."

Nick Unkovskoy and Wiley Corra, both 11, race to the finish line in the Category 3 Road Apple Rally mountain bike race on Saturday in Farmington.
Nick Unkovskoy and Wiley Corra, both 11, race to the finish line in the Category 3 Road Apple Rally mountain bike race on Saturday in Farmington. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)

But Farmer couldn't have predicted the lucky break that allowed him to take first place Saturday.

Farmer knew he wanted to be out front because the narrow trail made it more difficult to pass people.

Throughout the race, he trailed another rider.

"I would catch him on the down hills," Farmer said.

Then, toward the end of the race, the leader's chain broke, leaving Farmer out front to finish the race first.

Soon after, Wiley Corra and Nick Unkovsky, 11, from the DEVO under age 14 team in Durango, Colo., took fourth and fifth places.

Unkovsky started riding when he was 2, inspired by his father's love of cycling. By the time he was 4, he was riding on trails.

"I like riding with my friends," Unkovsky said.

During the race, Unkovsky was able to stay with his friend and teammate, Cora.

"We were probably within 10 feet of each other the whole race," Cora said.

Cora said riding together helps both boys push each other.

"You're never ahead, so you can never relax," Cora said.

DEVO teammates Madeline Robbins and Sadie Schafer also crossed the finish line only seconds apart, taking 10th and 11th place overall.

"We met up halfway and then stayed together," Schafer said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.