Some of the 2011 MTB Team

Monday, May 31, 2010

May 20th Practice

Mountain Bike Racing (between now and next year's high school season)

GUSD folks,
If you desire to gain more racing experience prior to next year’s high school season…

There is one called Tapia Canyon Classic on June 26th at Castaic. Sounds like a fun one with music & food:


Also, below is an e-mail from the coach of the St. Francis team:

MTB Team -

Do you miss our mountain bike rides? I hope that all of you have continued to get on your bikes when you can.

I wanted to tell you about a perfect chance to keep racing your bike. This last Tuesday night, Sean and I drove down to Irvine Lake in Orange, Ca. for the Over the Hump series. These races are held at 6:00pm on Tuesday nights and are a lot of fun. Each lap is less than 4 miles so racing is less than an hour. The racing is very good...there were almost 200 people there this week!

Sean and I made it down in about an hour from La Canada using the carpool lanes. Check out their website for the complete schedule and more information.

Each lap takes about 15 minutes to do. So, I would suggest that you enter Men's Beginner 29 and under (2 laps) or even Men's Sport 29 and under (3 laps). The course is mostly fireroad with a little singletrack. It is not very technical at all.
- - Lee Bird
1st Half of Series
• Tuesday, June 1, 2010
• Tuesday, June 8, 2010
• Tuesday, June 15, 2010
• Tuesday, June 22, 2010
• Tuesday, June 29, 2010
*3 Week Break (No Races)
2nd Half of Series
• Tuesday, July 27, 2010
• Tuesday, August 3, 2010
• Tuesday, August 10, 2010
• Tuesday, August 17, 2010
• Tuesday, August 24, 2010
• Tuesday, August 31, 2010

And if you are interested in a 12 hour race, there is one June 12th at Vail Lake. Don’t be too intimidated by a 12 hour race. If you do it as part of a team, you race for about 1 hour then hang out and party for 3 hours and then get on your bike to race for another hour… and so on. It is some of the most fun racing on mountain bikes!


Plus there are the USAC races which have separate races for different ages and skill levels, including pro. Those of you who raced regularly in the High School league will be able to do these races though they will normally be more challenging than what you are used to. Some of the relatively local ones are below:

June 5-6 Elings Park, Santa Barbara
June 20 Big Bear Lake
July 18 Big Bear Lake

- - Banner

Monday, May 17, 2010


Only 2 more weeks till end of season!
Tuesday will be another relaxed romp around La Tuna Canyon. 4-6 pm.

Thursday will be different: Meet at Descanso at 4 - BUT I WILL NOT BE THERE. I will be at the top with trail maintenance tools. Ride your bikes up to the top with whatever coaches show up and then start down the singletrack till you find me. Wear clothing that can get dirty! I will put you to work doing some trail work and teaching you some basics of what to do. Then, when it is time to leave you will ride your bikes down the single track and I will drive the tools home.

Saturday - 9 - Noon; meet at Descanso. Jim will be in charge.

This weekend is a huge road racing weekend with the Tour of California in town. Consider checking out any of these stages:
Friday they will be racing from Palmdale up to Angles Crest and all the way to Snow Summit in Big Bear.
Saturday will be a time trial going on most of the day from Downtown LA with a large expo area full of bike stuff.
Sunday will be a circuit race in Thousand Oaks which will be 4 laps around a 21 mile circuit. Another expo at the start finish area.

- - Banner

Monday, May 10, 2010

This Weeks Practices

Tuesday, 5/11/10: For a final big workout before Sate Championships, Lets Meet at CV Park (Honolulu & New York) 4pm to try riding over to and UP Beaudry and then DOWN Whiting Woods - a loop. Finish may be @ 6:15 or 6:30.
Be sure and bring some food and water.

Thursday, 5/13/10: An easy ride with emphasis on fun at Cherry Cyn. 4-6 pm.

No Practice This Weekend. Many will be going north to the State Championships. Wish them luck!

- - Banner

Monday, May 3, 2010

This Week's Practices

The races went well last weekend. The weather was perfect, the course was fun, the competition was challenging and the pre-race riding and dinner was excellent.

Tuesday: Easy post race practice at Cherry Cyn. Meet at Descanso at 4pm – 6pm.

Thursday: Meet at CV Park for a Hill Climb Challenge! 4-6:30 pm.

Saturday: Meet at Descanso 9am -12:30 am. We might have some guest coaches for this practice. Stay tuned.

- - Banner