Graduating Tam racer Clayton Pucket has won a USA Cycling National Title!
One of Tam’s own has been crowned a National Champion! Racing for Bear Development Clayton won the Enduro event on the 5th and final day of competition at the annual USA Cycling Mountain Bike Championships held for the second year at Mammoth Mountain, CA. in mid July.
After competing in the Cross Country event the day before, Clayton was able to put together an outstanding series of downhill timed sections (combined all together) with linked circuits that required cross mountain or uphill sections. But make no bones about it. This was a technical course that required intense downhill skills on Mammoth Mountain proper, which includes some expert descents and requires fearless down hilling chops. Clayton killed it, despite a wrist injury which compromised his training three weeks before! Congratulations! Also making the podium from Tam was Johnny Waldron who came in 5th place! Amazing! Well done graduates. All of Tam high is proud of your accomplishments! What a way to end your high school careers.
Joining Clayton and Johnny were Julian and Liam. Julian and Liam both competed in the same Cross Country race, going up against the best endurance racers in the nation. The starting elevation of the event was at 8,200 feet with 800 feet of climbing per lap taking them up to almost 9,000 feet for 4 laps! Talk about oxygen deprivation! Despite no altitude training under his belt Julian came in 13th! Many of the top racers had spent weeks training at altitude to prepare for this event. Liam suffered a broken chain just prior to the start, and pinned in a quick link just before the start, but had related mechanical issues which caused his derailleur to fail. This was so unfortunate after all the hard training Liam has done this year.
He was able to finish strong in the short track competition the next day, coming in 37th. Great job Liam!
Congratulations to our Tam riders. You have done Mill Valley proud!