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.