High School mountain bike league update
I have been involved with the Vacaville high schools (Composite Team) mountain bike team for the past few years. The 2016/2017 season is beginning soon and the team is busy training for the upcoming season.
Recently we had a large group ride in Rockville park. It was so large that we broke it up into three groups. The returning riders split up into girls and boys each led by experienced coaches and parents. I helped lead the third group of the beginner freshman riders along with two parents. I also was able to participate in the first skills clinic at Lagoon Valley recently. If you are at Lagoon Valley on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons you might spot the team training on the trails.
The high school team also helped put on an Enduro Style race at Rockville park the Sunday before Halloween. The race was a fundraiser specifically for the team. One hundred and fifty riders paid $50 each to race four timed downhill stages. Each of the four stages required a separate team of volunteers to start and time the riders.
The first stage of the race was managed by volunteers from the high school team. Stage two was managed by the Monticello Cycling club. The race was staged from Solano College where at the finish barbecue tri-tip sandwiches were served for all of the riders and volunteers while they waited for the results to be calculated. Specialized Bicycles and Rays bike shop donated a number of valuable raffle prizes. Finally, came the presentation of awards for the fastest overall riders.
Last year the race was on Halloween and I was disappointed that none of the riders wore costumes. Maybe they were taking the ride seriously. I had arranged for NorthBay to provide First Aid which was fortunately not needed. Not a single person reported the First Aid Station. One rider who crashed did need to seek medical attention but not a trip to the ER.
This year the course was a bit more challenging due to wet conditions. There was a rider who came out the evening before pre-riding the course and fell breaking his leg. On the day of the race, the course had dried out and all of the riders managed to finish without any serious injuries. This year we did have a number of people riding with Halloween costumes and the one and only minor injury was the fellow in a full clown outfit. Send in the clowns!