On Sunday, March 20, the ECHS Mountain Bike Racing Team competed at the NorCal league’s second race of the season at Fort Ord near Salinas. A total of 24 team members raced, and the race weekend included a fun and muddy pre-ride in the rain, followed by a team dinner at a local hotel before the race, and lots of cheering out on the course and fun times and great food together at the team tent. The 80’s theme of the race brought festive costumes and memorable retro music to the weekend. The sandy course was a little over 6 miles long, with about 660 feet of elevation gain per lap, and flowed well. Most racers completed 2 laps (a little over 12 miles), but JV Boys and Varsity Girls rode 3, and Varsity Boys rode 4, completing around 25 miles total. ECHS came in 3rd for overall team points earned among Division 1 teams, just behind Berkeley and Salinas.
The final results are as follows:
Varsity Girls: Cate Flowers, 5th (podium)
Varsity Boys: Chris Hill, 8th; Will Diego, 12th; Finn Kaste, 14th; Tristan Schoenfeldt-Aultman, 16th
JV Boys: Tobin Power, 3rd (podium); Theo Borys, 4th (podium); Odin Simms, 8th; Noah Barry, 9th; Joaquin Chun, 11th; DJ Kang, 16th; Felix Bloemraad, 22; Miles Hansen, 34th; Rohan Acharya, 38th
Sophomore Boys: Jalen Epps, 21st; Blake Christner; Neel Chandran
Freshman Girls: Annika Borys, 5th (podium); Edda Grondahl, 6th; Gabrielle Walmsley, 21st
Freshman Boys: Jack O’Neal, 1st (podium); Jaq Chin, 6th; Daniel Gansmiller, 8th; Gabriel Sabatini, 19th
Our next race will be on Saturday, April 9th in Modesto. Come watch a race if you’re interested in learning more or seeing what the racing scene is like, or ask one of the team members listed here about their experiences!
Thank you to our community, friends, families, coaches, and sponsors for your support of our team! Go Gauchos!