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A family affair at the Tour

By Todd Fuqua

Courtesy photo Steven Hightower, left, and grandson Caleb Hightower after riding in the Tour de Ruidoso. Steven was instrumental in starting the Tour years ago and was second among the 20-milers, Sept. 23. Caleb won the 20-miler division the day after he helped his football team to a big win over Clayton.

It’s one thing to be one of the smallest centers and nose tackles in the state, taking a beating on the line for the best team in the state.

Courtesy photo Caleb Hightower cruises past during the Tour de Ruidoso, Sept. 23. Hightower was first among the 20-milers.

It’s another to play a game for that team the night before you take a 20-mile bike ride.
That’s exactly what Capitan senior Caleb Hightower did, Sept. 23, finishing first in his distance in the Tour de Ruidoso with a time of 1:04.

So what drove him to do this?

“My grandpa (Steven Hightower) started this race, and I hadn’t done it in a while,” Caleb said. “He asked me to do it, and I figured I’d spend some time with him.”

Steven Hightower was no slouch himself in the race, finishing second with a time of 1:14, just 10 minutes behind his grandson.

Caleb was shooting for under an hour on his time, but the elements were against him.

“The record was 58 and a half,” Hightower said. “The wind and rain made it kind of tough. I was a little sore, but I had to work it out.”

“A little sore” is quite an understatement, considering Hightower played in Capitan’s 49-0 thrashing of Clayton the night before, then made the long trip home from Fort Sumner, getting very little sleep before rising to ride in the Tour.

“Last night was kind of a rough game,” Hightower said. “We should have ended it earlier, but it was good to get the younger guys in. We just have to see what hits us next.”

2 Comments on A family affair at the Tour

  1. Steven Hightower // September 24, 2017 at 7:09 am // Reply

    Thanks for the coverage Todd!
    No age groups in the Tour, Just distance grouping.
    Caleb was 1st in the 20 miler I was 2nd in the 20 miler
    10 min behind him😊 His time 1 hr 4 min, mine was 1 hr 14 min……. hard to keep up with very conditioned 17 year old athletes like Caleb💪👍 very proud of him, as he has not ridden the Tour in 4 years!

  2. Wayne Ellison // October 5, 2017 at 9:23 am // Reply

    Way to go #55!

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