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Local high school mountain bike racers begin league schedule

By: By Mark Crofoot
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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. 

The four teams, coached by an army of coaches and led by head coach Mark Ferry, are positioned for their best year yet. More than 340 racers from teams all over Northern California competed 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 for Ferry’s teams included seven racers on the podium, including three champions. Two of the champions were participating in their first NorCal High School race.

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

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 eighteen racers in the top-10 with seven racers receiving awards on the podium.

Tofor Lewis, Ashley Albor and Samantha Olson were all able to race for first-place wins in their respective categories. The local mountain bike racing talent is able to push the strong mountain bike teams from Marin, the birthplace of the sport.

The team looks to improve on its 18 top-10 finishers at the next race March 10 in Granite Bay.

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