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NorCal bikers start well

By From page A9 | March 01, 2013

Carson Mote

RIDE ON! — Oak Ridge's Carson Mote competes at the season opener with riders on his heels. Photo courtesy of Vince Tarry

GRANITE BAY — The Northern California High School Mountain Bike Race Season started off with the home opener at Granite Beach for 38 local racers from four teams. Coached by an army of coaches and led by head coach Mark Ferry, the four teams are positioned for their best year yet.

Over 340 racers from teams all over Northern California raced at this first of five races for the season. Our local teams were looking to continue their state championship winning ways from the 2012 season.

Highlights included seven racers on the podium and three champions, two who were participating in their first NorCal race.

“Our teams practice together and our practices are hard. These riders push each other to new levels of fitness. They inspire their coaches through their hard work and dedication,” Ferry said.

Mountain bike racing is a team sport comprised of individual efforts. Each member of the team races individually in their respective category with their finish contributing points to the team total. Boy and girl race categories include, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Varsity and Varsity.

Cycling Development’s four teams consist of the Oak Ridge Trojans, Ponderosa Bruins, Vista Del Lago Eagles, and the Spartans, a team of local high school racers from other high schools in the area. The four teams were able to place 18 racers in the top 10.

Tofor Lewis, Ashley Albor, and Samantha Olson all took first place in their respective categories. The local racing talent is pushing the strong mountain bike teams from Marin, the birthplace of the sport.

The team looks to improve on it’s 18 top-10 finishers at the next race March 10th in Folsom.

Information can be found at cyclingdev.com or norcalmtb.org

Mark Crofoot

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