Great season everyone! Everyone who raced Sunday at the State Championships worked really hard to get there and we’re proud of all of you. We had FOUR riders place in the top ten of their categories and two of them were on the Podium!
 
First off, Clayton won the D1 JV race and is the reigning State Champion! Congrats Clayton! Clayton paced the leaders on the first lap then made a HUGE move on the second lap that essentially won the race. He surged ahead before the singletrack section, found some clean trail and laid down the FASTEST lap of the day by any racer, including the Varsity. Despite a coordinated chase effort by two Newbury Park riders, he maintained the lead to the finish. 
Clayton climbing “Hurl Hill” for the D1 JV State Championship 


  Stu rode an inspired race in the Sophmore class, steadily picking off riders all day, until only three remained. Stu rolled up to the top of the course with one lap to go sitting at the back of a group that represented 5th, 6th and 7th. He attacked going over the top to move into 5th, then went on to hunt down 4th. He finished strong and might have moved up further if the race had been a little longer. He beat every racer from the NorCal League! John rode an incredible race as well. Without a call up, he had to work his way from the back of the huge pack. Despite that handicap, he worked his way up to 7th by the end. A call up probably would have gotten him to the podium as well!

Johnny climbing at State Champs
Stu cresting “Hurl Hill” for a 4th place finish  in State Champs for Sophmores
 Felix got a call up, but that didn’t translate into a great start. He found himself sitting in 16th place going into the singletrack. With only two laps to work with in the Freshman race, he was still able to claw his way up to 9th! Next season, the races will be a little longer…
Felix working hard
Travis, Sam K. and Ethan climbing at State Champs

Congratulations to Mae, our senior captain for finishing a great season and three years on the Tam High MTB Team. Mae is the first Tam High girl to ever qualify and race in the Varsity category during the season and in the California State High School MTB Championships.

Senior Captain Mae

Again, this was a great season. All of you made incredible strides. Think back to where we were in November! This summer provides a lot of opportunities for everyone to continue their development for next season. I will post some races that you may want to do on your own. I may be at some of them as well. If you have any questions about a race, please reach out and ask me. I’ve done most of them. Also, please use this forum as well as the team Facebook page to organize rides among yourselves.
 
Please RSVP by tomorrow for the team party Monday 19th! See you there!