About Patrick LePelch

Patrick LePelch is the head coach and team director. In 2014 Patrick joined the Tam High team as Ride Leader when his son, Julian, joined the team. In the 2015/16 season he became a NICA Licensed Head Coach. He has participated in numerous competitive sports over the years. These have allowed him to experience the outdoors in its many facets while testing his athletic skills and endurance limits. Cross country, track and field, trail running, swimming, volleyball, Taekwondo and mountain biking are among the sports he has competed in over the past 4 decades.

April 2017

Check out the Marin Independent Journal article about the team!

By | April 24th, 2017|

http://www.marinij.com/sports/20170423/mountain-biking-tam-climbing-mountain-toward-championship

 

Check out the CLIF Bar promo Video with Tam Girls Cameos!

By | April 21st, 2017|

Tam girls ride with CLIF pro woman’s team!

By | April 5th, 2017|

The Tam girls were invited to ride with the woman’s CLIF Pro team in town for a training camp. They got to meet the Olympians, World Champions from 4 different countries, ask questions and socialize! CLIF is the premier woman’s mountain biking team in the world, and they’ve been around since 2002.

March 2017

Clodagh named “Prep Athlete of the Week”

By | March 21st, 2017|

See the write up here in the Marin Independent Journal!

Congratulations Clodagh!

http://www.marinij.com/sports/20170320/girls-prep-of-the-week-clodagh-mellett

December 2016

Team Skills Clinic and BBQ

By | December 5th, 2016|

We had a great event at China Camp! Thanks for everyone for chipping in with the BBQ and great job on the skills.

It’s clear we have a strong and skilled group of Freshmen riders! We’re looking forward to  a great season of riding, racing and social events.

September 2016

Team hats and t-shirts available

By | September 16th, 2016|

Team Hats are now available! These are great for team spirit to wear around campus on Fridays before a race, or to advertise the team leading up to Club Day on the 28th of September.

Contact Zach on campus or contact him at:  zachbaum4199@gmail.com

Hats are $15 and available in 3 styles.

hat1 hat2 hat3

Team Fundraiser was a huge success!

By | September 7th, 2016|

Thank you to everyone who got involved with our first fundraiser! Thank to your participation and enthusiasm, to Proof Lab, Marble Party and all the great volunteers!

Special thanks to Suzanne for all of her amazing work and the team captains for their raffle ticket sales!

MCBC Dirt Fondo

By | September 1st, 2016|

More than 20 athletes, parents and coaches participated in the annual MCBC dirt Fondo. It was a great ride and a fabulous event, benefitting the great work that MCBC does to promote cycling, create safe routes in our county as well as promote the maintenance and addition of mountain biking trails in our open spaces. Everyone had an awesome time, riding up to 45 miles starting  near Rodeo Beach, going all the way up to the summit of Tam, around the mountain and doubling back.

Thanks to Mike Van Allen for inviting and mobilizing so many to sign up and ride.

Check out this link for photos taken by Laura Stone at Cardiac! Thank you Laura for volunteering.

https://1drv.ms/a/s!AkAaZDHpJON3hS_QN9cRSj_ZiKOf

Happy faces anyone?!

Soaking it in with N.I.C.A’s national representative…thank you N.I.C.A for all you do!

They call it the Dirt Fondo for good reason! Yeah Kaveh!

August 2016

Volunteer at the Jensie Gran Fondo 9-24-16 and get some sweet perks!

By | August 29th, 2016|

Here is a fantastic event for you to volunteer and receive some nice perks while helping others have a fantastic day on the bike. I noticed NorCal had posted this opportunity on Instagram.

Would be fabulous to have a strong showing of support from the Tam High Mtb Team!

Nice perks include:

  • Getting to meet Jens Voigt, one of the most popular riders with fans of cycling.
  • An invitation to have dinner with Jens at a later date, as well you will receive a complimentary lunch the day of your volunteering.
  • A premium hat with the 2016 design logo.
  • A Fondo t-shirt.

All of the above and you’ll receive a gift bag with various items from this years sponsors.

Proceeds for the event support MCBC and volunteering helps support the good work they do across the county!

Where can you sign up you ask? Right here.

National Championships at Mammoth, CA.

By | August 2nd, 2016|

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!