Tam Wins first D1 Race Ever!

Milking it for all its worth!

Thanks to the remarkable individual efforts across the board, the Tam High Mountain bike team showed its true potential Saturday at the Five Springs Farm Roundup. With all ranch hands on deck, the team scored enough points to get over the magic 4,000 point tally, scoring a total of 4,022 points and ensuring a spot on the top of the podium for the first time in the team’s D1 history! Defeating Woodcreek, Drake and all other Norcal D1 teams is a remarkable achievement.

Leading the charge were the triumvirate of Julian, Liam and Clayton, JV and Varsity powerhouses, who between the 3 scored a remarkable 1599 points.

Julian LePelch battled it out with perennial rivals Tyler Sargent of the Bruins, Dylan Fryer of Drake and teammate Liam Howard. After two second places and one flat tire, Julian finally got his win, putting in a massive acceleration on the final uphill about a mile from the finish line and cementing his amazing finish. Liam was right there with the lead pack the entire race and finished just a few seconds back off Dylan Fryer in 4th place. What makes their achievement even more noteworthy is that they are just 2 of the 5 sophomores to compete in the JV level in the entire North conference. All other competitors at D1 JV division are juniors or seniors.

Clayton Puckett had another amazing race, coming in 4th. He suffered a fall while in 6th place on the third lap and fell back to 8th starting the final lap and the 4th long climb of the day. Even his parents had resigned to his likely finish in that position, but Clayton fought back like a warrior and picked off one rider on the last climb, two others on the back side descent and then a remarkable effort near the finish to overtake Jake Yackle for 4th place! Wow, what an inspired and gritty finish Clayton!

The Freshman girls delivered yet another noteworthy performance. Clodagh Mellett battled it out again with rival Sawyer Taylor of Terra Linda. Clodagh went right to the front from the opening gun and charged up the long hill determined and strong. Sawyer turned on the heat in the second lap on the 2nd hill and Clodagh gave it a valiant effort, but Sawyer was able to pull away. Clodagh continued her dominance of the upper two places on the podium, coming in 2nd place. Kelsey Van Allen also showed her amazing consistency by securing 3rd place yet again. And rounding out the Tam squad was Josie Weisert in 9th, where she bettered her first lap time by two minutes on the second lap! She just missed coming in 8th by a split second with a spirited sprint to the finish.

The Sophomore boys came in with a triple play to wow the spectators. Pearson Ames, Hobey Pollack and Zach Baum came in 2nd, 3rd and 4th, to score a massive number of points and pepper the podium with Tam blue. Pearson was the surprise of the day. He had just come off an illness over the Spring Break which, for the second time this season, compromised his fitness. One would not have expected this kind of result after such a setback, so congratulations to Pearson! Hobey had yet another very solid performance, but shy of the dominance he had shown in the two earlier races. He lost his leaders jersey by only 1 point! Zach rounded out the top 4 with an inspired finish. Congratulations dominant sophomore boys!

Kaveh Pourmehr showed the consistency of a true competitor, coming in 3rd again, but bridging the gap to his nearest rivals. He stayed in contact with his rival Drake competitors for the first lap and then managed to stay right with Logan Swett to the finish line, with only a 3 second margin separating them. Had there been a wider trail to pass, Kaveh might have been able to overtake him. Laguna Seca here we come!

The full race report coming via email will have all competitor’s results.
Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches and ride leaders for all your dedication and hard work! Thank you to all the parent volunteers who provided the support and infrastructure to assist the athletes on this journey!