By Mark Crofoot
The Northern California High School Mountain Bike Race season started off with the recent home opener at Granite Beach for 38 local racers from four teams. The four teams, led by head coach Mark Ferry and an army of other coaches, are positioned for their best year yet.
More than 340 racers from teams all over Northern California raced at this first of five races for the season. Local teams looked to continue their state championship winning ways from the 2012 season.
Highlights for Ferry’s teams included seven racers on the podium and 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 placed 18 racers in the top 10 with seven racers receiving awards on the podium.
Tofor Lewis, Ashley Albor and Samantha Olson finished in first place wins in their respective categories.
The teams race next on March 10 in Folsom.