March 2010

Tam High Rocks Granite Bay

By | March 22nd, 2010|

NorCal HS MTB League race #2 is in the books, and Tam athletes continue to make a big impact in Division 2 (and are starting to scare some Division 1 teams too!). The Granite Bay course was a 6-mile loop of sweet, swoopy wooded single track punctuated by short power-climbs and intense technical rock gardens. To be sure no one had “too much fun,” the course setter included an uphill start/finish chute in churned-up sand. Epic conditions to start and end each of the day’s heats.

Tam athletes did extremely well. Each rider had positive things to say about their races that day (after Coach Simon’s epic Pine Mountain training ride, the rest of the season should be easy?). It should be noted that Tam High posted THE fastest times for Frosh, Soph and JV Boys, regardless of division. Here are the results:

D2 Frosh Girls

Laine Kendall placed ninth with a time of 1:22:57. On a course that was considerably more technical than the season opener in Monterey, she is proud to report that she cleaned every “rock garden!”

D2 Frosh Boys
Alex Howard won the race and donned the Leader’s jersey with a very fast time of 0:52:18. His Tam High teammate Skyler Taylor came in second with a time of 54:25 over the 2-lap race. Dillon Charleton took ninth (0:59:58) and Ian Courtney rounded out the Tam Frosh results in 39th (1:12:20).

D2 Soph Boys

Bob Siegel held on to his Leader’s jersey with a winning time of 1:20:09 for the three lap race. He has had two wins for two races so far this season. Andrew Henn had a very solid result of 10th at 1:32:05.

D2 JV Boys

Freshman Spence Peterson keeps his Leader’s jersey after another League victory this season. His winning time of 1:15:43 put him across the line ahead of the D1 JV winner, who’s race started 5 minutes ahead of D2. Spence had the course dialed-in because his three individual lap times were almost identical– all within 1 or 2 seconds of each other. Upperclassmen Brent Peters (Team Captain) and Travis Powell both had strong finishes over 3 laps of the 6+ mile course with placings of 34th (1:37:23) and 37th (1:40:28), respectively.


Patrick Charlton suffered an unfortunate mechanical at Granite Bay, forcing him to DNF. But in true Tam sportsmanship he shrugged it off by saying “hey, not bad to have my first mechanical in four years of NorCal League racing!”

Check back shortly for race action photos.

Here’s to two weeks of training and preparations in the lead-up to NorCal #3, the Boggs Mountain Classic on April 11.

Welcome (back) to the Tam High MTB team – NorCal #1 Race Report

By | March 10th, 2010|

Ft. Ord Race – Four Podiums Kick off the 2010 Season

Yesterday was the first of five NorCal Mountain Bike races of the year, down at Fort Ord near Monterey. This is a five-race series that other Marin teams, such as Drake and San Rafael High, have typically dominated in years past.

You can read more about the race series at, but this is the largest High School Mountain Bike league in the US. On Sunday, there were 530 riders registered to race from all over Northern California! The NorCal MTB League is the sanctioning body for high school “club sport” mountain bike racing in Northern California, and currently encompasses about 35 schools and about 1000 athletes.

Originally started in Northern California, the league is now in its 10th season, and has expanded to SoCal and other states too – rapidly becoming THE national mountain bike racing organization. In 2009, the league saw the first ever California HS championship (SoCal & NorCal).

Historically, the Marin schools have been the powerhouses in the league, but until recently, Tam High had yet to realize its rightful position as a powerhouse too. Given that several “founding fathers” of mountain biking are Tam grads (Joe Breeze, Steve Potts, etc., we’re hoping that 2010 may be the year to show the rest of Northern California where mountain biking started!

Yesterday, with a reconstituted Tam High racing team that included five strong new riders, for the first time in many years (we don’t know how many), Tam High came away with four podium finishes, including two first place winners!

The Tam team also included a number of other racers as well who raced in Frosh, Sophomore, Junior Varsity, and Varsity – just not enough girls to get them into Division 1 – that is the goal for the 2010-2011 season!

Full Results for all Tamalpais High Racers are on the NorCalMtb site here

Tam High race results summarized below:

Varsity Boys, Division 2
Patrick Charlton – 33rd (1:40:01)

Junior Varsity Boys, Division 2
Spence Peterson – 1st Place (1:12:25)
Brent Peters – 21st (1:28:03)
Travis Powell – 30th (1:30:30)

Sophomore Boys, Division 2
Bob Siegel – 1st Place (53:21)
Andrew Henn – 21st (1:05:42)

Frosh Girls, Division 2
Laine Kendall – 8th (1:18:38)

Frosh Boys, Division 2
Alex Howard – 3rd (53:11)
Skyler Taylor – 4th (55:32)
Dillon Charlton – 13th (59:32)
Barry O’Brien – 38th (1:15:35)
Ian Courtney – 41st (1:17:02)

The races all had very large fields of 50-75 racers with boys from all over Northern California, with the Tam team racing on a race course they’d never ridden before. But it didn’t stop them – four boys made their way up to the podium!

Alex hammering up through the feed zone

Skyler overtaking a slower rider on one of the climbs

Skyler powering along just behind Alex

Jack heading up the feed zone

Bob battling with Eliel (Branson) for first place

Spence (“no one else in the picture”) with a 2 minute lead

Junior Varsity Podium – Spence Peterson – 1st Place (racers shown to scale)

Sophomore Podium – Bob Siegel – 1st Place

Freshman Podium – Jack Keane 5th (off screen), Alex Howard 4th, Skyler Taylor 3rd

Freshman Podium – with Jack in the picture!

The other Tam riders (boys and one girl) all exceeded their own personal best results, and we expect much more out of them as the season progresses. Credit also goes to Simon Andalib and Anna Davenport, the Tam High team’s coaches.

This success is going to turn Tam into a much more recognized school in the High School Mountain Bike racing league!

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Tam Bikes, the Mill Valley bike store, is the team sponsor for the Tam High Mountain Bike team, and should be recognized for their support and contributions to the team’s success. Bob sends out a special thanks to Quoc and the guys for the loan of his race-winning Niner bike!

Also big thanks go out to Chad and the guys at Above Category for the loan of the fantastic set of carbon Edge tubular MTB wheels/tires that were on Spence’s race-winning bike!

Pictures are up here

More pictures are here courtesy of Nicole Taylor.