Hello Racers and Parents-

Sunday greeted us with cool weather, great enthusiasm and an extraordinarily early start thanks to daylight savings time. (I know I slept like a rock on Sunday night and am sure everyone else did too.)

I want to personally congratulate each of you who raced on Sunday. I commend everyone for their great effort. In short, we had a great day! In addition to being pleased with all of the individuals we have racing I am particularly proud of the team itself. Observing the team atmosphere everyone is embracing is what a great team is all about. Race days can be intense and a little unsettling for riders. Having the support of teammates, friends you can depend on when you need them, is the mark of a successful team. I was also very happy with everyone’s conduct throughout the day. Good sportsmanship is a sign of confidence. Being humble when you have a great day and controlling your actions when you have a tough day is perhaps harder than racing itself and, in the end, counts for so much more. Lets keep the great race conduct and team dynamic going.

On the racing side of things I’ve been combing through the results and comparing lap times to the prologue. Albeit a change of direction the course was essentially the same.

As I said before I am very pleased with everyone’s effort on Sunday. You all did amazing! I would like to call out a few notable rides of the day.

Bob represented the varsity squad and once again set an example that everyone should look to. With a tumble before race day and some very sore ribs he was unsure about racing but went to the race with bike in tow just in case. After taking a warmup lap, and with a quick consult from his mom and me to ensure his safety, decided he could indeed race to simply garner points for the team. And so the varsity race went and so, also, did Bob. Two races and two great examples for his team. Keep it rolling Bob.

Jack came back from a very tough prologue in fine fashion. His last trip to Granite Bay found himself pushing his last possible pedal stroke as he crossed the finish line completely cramped, unable to turn another pedal. He lost over eleven minutes in that last lap. Well…Sunday was a little different. With a lot of homework and dedication to his fueling he scorched his last lap on Sunday, beating his prologue last lap time by a dizzying twelve minutes. Perhaps a more incredible feat was his last lap of the day, losing a measly two seconds over his second lap. Great consistency and a great job Jack!….and keep drinking.

Dominik opened up with a slightly slower first lap while marking his man. Him and another rider were on a two man race leading breakaway from the go. He then proceeded to drop three minutes from his second lap, keeping his breakaway nemesis on his wheel. He then proceeded to drop four minutes from his last lap as well as his breakaway companion. In cycling lingo he simply “rode him off his wheel” or “dispatched” him. That lung burning effort found him on the top step of the Sophmore D1 podium. Great effort and even better tactics Dominik.

Dylan K proceeded to move up one step on the podium from the prologue, finishing a strong fifth with an overall three minute improvement over his prologue time. Congratulations Dylan on an outstanding effort.

Thank you to Bob’s mom Megan for her assistance with set-up and tear down and feedzone support. As I was telling Megan during the race its usually a boring job but there are sometimes in a race that one decisive lap, and two of our riders come around and they are both in severe need of a hand-up, and its sometimes that one second of one hand-up that makes all the difference in the world for the racers. Five hours of boredom, ten seconds of excitement.

Thank You. I would also like to thank Gail and Doug, Dylan K’s mom and step-dad for providing a great post race meal of hot chili and pasta along with plenty of trail mix, cupcakes and chips. The team and I truly appreciate your support for the race and judging by the amount of chili we went through (12 cans?) your choice of food was perfect.

Team Wear. On a slightly different note…I would like to ask the parents/guardians if they would be willing to purchase an “off the bike” clothing item for their racer and themselves? I would like to give you and the racers the option of buying a very cool, yet to be designed jacket, that shows their friends that they’re shredding with their team twice a week and racing to boot!
• If so, how much would you be willing to spend on a jacket?
• How many would you like to purchase? One for yourself maybe?

Lost and found. We have a black Tam Bikes jersey, size large that was left in the van. Please let me know if this is yours.

The “Team Van” has been a big help. Rich and Megan own the van and have generously offered us its use during race day. We will need to settle up with gas money shortly, a nominal fee that is much cheaper than driving to and parking individually at races. We do have limited space in the van so I urge you to sign up with Blair as soon as you can. It gives the kids the added “race day team van” experience that they really enjoy.

China Camp. Its coming….I’ll give you more details once logistics have been worked out but we will be taking a field trip for a change of venue. Stay tuned.

Finally, each school has been asked to supply volunteers for the race itself…outside of helping out our respective team. I will get more information to you later but wanted to give you a heads up.

Thanks again everyone. If anyone has been left off this communication that should have been included please let me know.

Coach Paul.