More than 700 riders compete in NorCal mountain bike race in Granite Bay

By: By Mark Crofoot
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The Northern California High School Mountain Bike League hosted the largest high school race in league history Sunday.

On a beautiful spring day, more than 700 athletes raced on a six-mile per lap course at Granite Beach on Folsom Lake. Cross country mountain bike racing takes place on trails through the hills around the lake. Freshman race two laps or twelve miles, sophomore and junior varsity three laps and varsity race a total of 24 miles during their four laps.

The local racers from Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, Vista del Lago, and the surrounding schools are some of the fastest in the state. Coach Mark Ferry’s teams placed six racers on to the podium to receive medals for top-five finishes.

Racing is an individual sport with your finish contributing points to a team total. The Spartans, a team of independent racers without local school affiliation, were able to finish in second overall. Ferry believes they have a great opportunity to repeat their state championship win from last year.

Local racer highlights include: Tofor Lewis (first place freshman boys), Ian Crofoot (fourth place, freshman boys), Sam Olson ((first place freshman girls), Juliana Ferry (third place freshman girls), Max Coonley (fourth place sophomore boys) and Ronny Swanger (third place junior varsity boys).

The teams will next race at Laguna Seca Raceway on April 7.