Welcome to the CdM Mountain Bike team website!

CdM has fielded a high school mountain bike team every year since Fall 2008, and beginning in Fall 2014, we added a middle school team as well.

In fact CdM was the first school in Orange County to form a mountain bike team and compete in the SoCal High School Cycling League.

Beginning in February 2009, CdM teachers, parents and community members coached CdM students to compete in the SoCal league’s spring mountain bike race series. In fact the CdM team won the overall championship that year.

And in February 2015 we added a roster of middle school racers to the league’s new (and very popular) middle school race program.

Every spring since, we have participated in the league’s well-organized and fun race series.    2017 will be no different – we’re looking for families who are interested in alternatives to campus-based ball sports.

It’s hard to describe what an amazing experience awaits your student. Sure we’re just riding bikes, but we’re also forming new skills, fitness, friendships and love of outdoors.

Join us!

 

 

Posted by: cdmmtb | January 24, 2015

Important Race Information for Team Parents

Hello Team Parents!

With the first race just around the corner in Lake Perris (2/21-2/22/15), there are some important topics I want to make sure you are aware of, including some you’ll need to take action on prior to the first race.
Team Dues and Jerseys
If your student intends to race with the team, you’ll need to get your suggested team dues of $100 turned in to Coach May if you haven’t already.   Once this is paid your student will receive their team jersey.
Race Registration
Your racer will need to register using a link sent by e-mail from NICA, the league governing association. Your racer should receive this e-mail directly from NICA. If they haven’t received this e-mail, please let Coach May know ASAP at: jmay@nmusd.us.
There are two steps to registering:
1. Register for the league (regardless of number of races you plan to attend)
2. Register for one or more races. You can register for races one at a time, or register for them all now.  Your choice.
League and race registration fees are separate from team dues, and cover league admin, race management and insurance.
The sooner you complete this step the better as we will need to verify key racer info and race class placement.
Race Volunteering
At each race, our team will need to step up with volunteers to help manage race day activities.  Duties can include helping with course set-up and tear-down, parking management and more.   The number of volunteers depends on the number of registered racers on our team.   Likely we will need 2-3 parents per race to assist.
Generally speaking, most of the help we provide will be with course tear-down. Course tear-down starts around 3:45PM, or after the last racer has crossed the finish line and prior to the awards.
While we strongly encourage kids and family to stay all day and enjoy the racing action and awards ceremony, some of you may have a conflict. In these cases, it is possible to be assigned other volunteer positions with duties occuring before and during the race.
Team Volunteer Positions
Until we get a count of how many students actually sign up to race, we’ll hold off on team volunteer positions.
Until further notice, assume you’ll need to provide food for your child on race day. This means race food/drink as well as breakfast lunch and snacks.
New parents – race days are long – from 8 am to 5 pm. Bring plenty of food and drinks.
Race Prep
Please carefully review the Race Day Checklist.  If your racer does not have cycling shorts with a chamois seat pad, please make sure they purchase them prior to the first race.  Nothing fancy is needed. They will be much more comfortable on race day!
Pre-Riding the Race Course
We strongly encourage pre-riding the race course whenever practical.   This does wonders for the confidence of new racers. The optimal plan is to pre-ride the course Saturday afternoon ( course is usually open by 1 PM).  The next best plan is to arrive early Sunday morning (by 7 or so) and have your racer complete a slow lap of the course. The goal of pre-riding is to get a feel for the course and learn where the challenges and uphills are.  It is ridden at a mellow pace and parents are invited to ride as well (as long as a waiver has been completed and turned in).
Race Day Info
Pre-registration (before race day) is strongly encouraged. Your teen will be nervous enough as it is and standing in a long line won’t help.  Please arrive at the race venue no later than 8:00 AM Sunday morning  to get your racer’s packet picked up and get your racer and their gear to our team pit.
You are welcome to arrive earlier to get a better parking spot and see all the race action.  Coaches will arrive by 7:30 or so.
Feel free to ask questions!
Posted by: cdmmtb | December 13, 2014

Lucky Season 7 is Here!

Hard to believe, but competitive high school mountain biking has been available at CdM high school for the past 7 years!  In the spring of 2009, a grand total of 3 CdM students joined 3 other OC area students to compete against 70 other students from across Southern California.  Our team won the overall championship that first year, marking OC as a force to reckon with in high school mountain biking.

In 2015, over 600 students are expected to compete, about 10% of whom will represent OC area schools.   Safe to say that high school (and now middle school) mountain bike racing is here to stay!

The OG OC Bike Team, 2009

The OG OC Bike Team, 2009

Posted by: cdmmtb | January 15, 2014

A New Season by the Numbers

#1 High School Mountain Bike Team in Southern California. BOOYA!

#1 High School Mountain Bike Team in Southern California. BOOYA!

Season 7 of the SoCal High School Cycling League is officially underway!

Speaking of numbers, here are a few that offer some perspective:

In 2009, 6 racers from Orange County joined about 80 other students from SoCal for the inaugural league race.  

3 of those racers were CdM students, so our roots run deep.

In 2015, we’ll be one of nearly 60 teams and 600+ students racing at 5 races.

Behind the numbers are 100’s of coaches, parents and volunteers who train, coach, drive, feed, equip and generally support  these  racers.

For those families who are new to the league this year, get ready for 1 of the greatest sporting/family experiences ever.

The usual serious tone of a CdM podium - Race #5. Photo courtesy Phil Beckman

The usual serious tone of a CdM podium – Race #5. Photo courtesy Phil Beckman

“Pie”.

What a deceptive food name. On one hand, it conjures up images of warm apples, crisp crust and melting vanilla ice cream. On the other hand, right now somewhere in the world someone is biting into a pie crust stuffed with…kidneys???

Somewhere between these pie-extremes lies the lowly Cowpie.  Not edible by any means, but certainly pie-shaped, and abundantly present at the 5th and last race of the 2013 season.   This is not entirely unexpected, given the large number of bovine roaming the hills and fields of the race site, an active ranch in lovely Los Olivos.

Like all cowpies, they were low (and pretty much covered every inch of ground), but these particular poop patties were doing their best to gain altitude by hitchhiking on the relentless gale-force winds that defined the race experience for CdM and their competitors.  League veterans described the conditions as the windiest race in the 5 year history of the league, and that’s saying something.

Our CdM team sailed into cow country tied for 4th place overall with the El Toro squad.  How would the winds of fate treat them at the final race of the 2013 season?

Reilly and Bianca awaiting the start of their final race of the season

Reilly and Bianca awaiting the start of their final race of the season

Reilly McVey

Reilly brought along some history with cows and mountain biking.  While riding a practice lap before the Keyesville race, she swore she could hear cows mooing somewhere just out of sight. Since none were ever actually seen by witnesses, it’s a mooving mystery to this day.

In Los Olivos, many cows were visible throughout the venue, yet Reilly focused on what was most important – navigating the narrow sidehill trails said bovines had formed over  years of grazing around the ranch.   And as at all the other races she participated in this season, she finished with sheer determination and never quit attitude.

Bianca and Alex chilling before the race start

Bianca and Alex chilling before the race start

Bianca Crocenzi
Our ever-smiling Bianca has certainly proven she’s a tough yet graceful rider and racer this season. Maybe it’s because she’s an avid dancer, a handy skill to have when the winds are swirling and twirling in every direction. She rode the zephyr like a swan, finishing two tough laps and sealing a triumphant rookie season.
Jack on the top step of the podium 5 out of 5 races this season

Jack on the top step of the podium 5 out of 5 races this season

Jack Tucker
Jack came into Race #5 undefeated.  Since every racer gets to drop their worst race result, Jack could have given into the trailnado and cruised to a top 5 finish without jeopardizing his leader jersey. Ever the competitor, he chose to pin it as hard as ever, putting the finishing touch on a flawless shut-out season.

Alex Foster

In Alex’s own words: “Race #5 was the best race for me, it seemed longest, but I felt pretty good during the race. The wind was unbelievable though. Throughout the whole race it was headwind or just unhelpful wind. I was blown off the trail multiple times throughout the whole race – it was really annoying. The trail was great and was full of obstacles and jumps which were all fun. (And I always had one wheel on the ground… of course!) The best part was the halfway marker “the tea” where the smell of good earth tea was potent. I felt like I did a pretty good job in that race and overall it was a great experience.”

Caden Gruber

Caden saddled up at the ranch in second place overall.  This fifth and last race was his opportunity to lasso the coveted first place overall title.   Alas, it wasn’t in the cards for Cadoo this day, but, thanks to his consistent performance all season, he retained his second place title for the season. Not bad for a downhiller in disguise!

James Pflughaupt

This would be James’ last regular season race in the SoCal league. He and his family are relocating to Ohio and the conclusion of the school year.  Just like the other races this season, James sliced and iced with Sean Bell and Daniel Johnson, the “Three Amigos” of the JV D2 class.   It was yet another close call, with Sean beating out James and Daniel by the usual slim margin.  Nevertheless, James’ consistent podium placements all season netted him the winner’s jersey for the season.   James will be missed both as a competitor and friend, and we wish him the best of luck in his new ventures.

James: 2nd JV D2/1st overall for the season

Caden: 6th Sophomore D2/2nd overall for the season

Alex: 18th Sophomore D2/20th overall for the season

Jack: 1st Freshman D2/1st overall for the season

Reilly: 21st Freshman D2/21st overall for the season 

Bianca : 19th overall Freshman Girls/18th overall for the season

Vanessa: DNS/30th overall JV Girls for season 

Total Team Points: 9268/5th place overall for the season!

Official League Race Report

Race Report Race #4 – Cruise the Keys

A long and winding road paralleling the Kern River terminated at the winding trails and windy days of Race #4, held at the Keyesville Recreation Area. This picturesque and rugged race venue offered a whole new set of challenges for our racers, including cows, climbs rocks, sand, water, and the aforementioned wind.

All the elements were in place for a spectacular day of epic mountain bike racing. Would our team be ready to face the 1-2 punch of Mother Nature and Teen Racer? Our squad for the day consisted of five riders, including all the boys, with Reilly representing the fairer gender. Bianca and Vanessa were both travelling for spring break.

Reilly McVey

Reilly continued to demonstrate her burgeoning skills and fitness on probably the toughest trail she’s ridden on, much less raced. Fighting strong winds, steep ups and downs and a couple of crashes, she persevered as always, finishing a tough lap to garner valuable team points. Bonus: she’s really good at scouting  scape-cows and mining rocks rich in quartz!

Reilly finishes a lap on the very challenging Keyesville course.

Reilly finishes a lap on the very challenging Keyesville course.

Jack Tucker

Though he’s a heavyweight on the bike, Jack was hampered a bit by his lighter stature, less than ideal for fighting a powerful headwind.  Evan Williams, Jack’s chief rival this season, turned himself inside out to latch onto Jack’s wheel for a brief time. Though Jack was able to shake him off, the 18 second gap at the finish between him and Evan was by far the smallest of the season so far.  This should make for an interesting final race in Los Olivos!

Jack on the attack at Keyesville.  Photo courtesy Phil Beckman.

Jack on the attack at Keyesville. Photo courtesy Phil Beckman.

Alex Foster

Mr. Alex ‘Consistency’ Foster delivered again, finishing 18th in style as always.  Somehow Alex never looks like he’s working hard, but to finish as well as he does on a tough 18 mile race course is far from easy.  His teammates can always count on his ability to rack up team points and boost the style factor along the way.

Alex looking chill as always!  Photo courtesy of Phil Beckman.

Alex looking chill as always! Photo courtesy of Phil Beckman.

Caden Gruber

Caden has ridden like a man possessed this season.   His worst finish was 5th place in race #1. That “poor” result motivated him to a win in race #2. Ever since, he’s been sparring with Crescenta Valley’s Alexander Derouche, finishing third in Race #3 and second at Keyesville.   Currently in second overall, and separated by a mere 65 points from first overall place for the season, it could all come down to the final race of the season, and to which rider is better suited to the steep hills and rolling cow trails of Los Olivos.

Caden's expert bike handling skills kept him dry and fast on the Keyesville course.

Caden’s expert bike handling skills kept him dry and fast on the Keyesville course. Photo courtesy of Phil Beckman.

James Pflughaupt

When you’re the Top Gun, every Whippersnapper that rolls into town wants to duel.  After a 2012 shut-out and a perfect 2013 season through Race #3, it’s been a long time since James had seen anything but the top podium step.   This year, all three of the first races have been very close, with James winning by a margin of less than 10 seconds.

Both Sean Bell and Daniel Johnson had attacked and survived James’ counterattacks, and the outcome was never certain until the last 25 meters.     At Keyesville, Sean finally found the opening he’d so patiently waited for, and slipped around James for the win.  Ever the generous sportsman, James congratulated Sean on his win, then began plotting his winning strategy for the last race.

Can you say "focus"?  James is all business on the bike and it shows in his face and in his results.  Photo courtesy of Phil Beckman.

Can you say “focus”? James is all business on the bike and it shows in his face and in his results. Photo courtesy of Phil Beckman.

 

James: 2nd JV D2/1st overall after 4 races

Caden: 2nd Sophomore D2/2nd overall after 4 races

Alex: 18th Sophomore D2/25th overall after 4 races

Jack: 1st Freshman D2/1st overall for the season after 4 races

Reilly: 21st Freshman D2/23rd overall for the season after 4 races

Bianca : DNS/19th overall Freshman Girls for season after 4 races

Vanessa: DNS/29th overall JV Girls for season after 4 races

Total Team Points: 7431/Currently in 3rd place overall!

Well done one and all!  On to Los Olivos!

Official League Race Report

 

March 24, 2013

Pity the poor folks who don’t reside here in SoCal. While much of the nation suffered yet another round of winter weather, the intrepid CdM team joined 340 or so other high schoolers for a warm and sunny day at the beach. Granted it was a man-made beach but hey, sand is sand right?  Just ask Bianca, whose passion for the grainy stuff runs deeper with each passing day.

Sand, grass, pavement and a bit of dirt made up the most unusual mountain bike race course in the history of the SoCal league. It was exceptionally flat and exceptionally challenging too. Poor Bianca pegged the difficulty level at “puke”, topping out the climb on lap one with a technicolor jettison of her hearty breakfast. It was smoother sailing for her after that pause, and if she struggled with her nemesis (sand), she made it look mostly effortless.

Between the grinding sand, speed-sapping grass, sticky pavement and dusty singletrack, most of the racers crossed the finish line looking downright haggard. Even the strongest racers struggled – after all, when a race course is described as “flat and fast”, that means you have to go fast-er to stay in front. Lap times were blazing, as was the sun. Thank goodness for the cooling effect and wonderful backdrop provided by Lake Perris. It helped to have a carpet of grass under the team pit tents too!

The CdM squad had five racers at the event, with Reilly out with an injury and Vanessa out with an illness.

Bianca Crocenzi

As mentioned above, Bianca didn’t fully enjoy her ‘Springtime In Perris’ experience. Despite her ups and downs, she remained steadfast and stoic, finishing her race with a smile. The girl has verve, spirit and gumption. What a trooper!

Bianca floats through the sand with her signature spin.  Sweeper Julie follows, ever vigilante.

Bianca floats through the sand with her signature spin. Sweeper Julie follows, ever vigilant.

 Jack Tucker

With two convincing wins under his belt so far this season, there was no reason to fear a different outcome at race #3. Except Jack was sick for most of the week leading up to the race, and competed in two road races leading up to the event. Would lingering illness and tired legs be his undoing?  It was a bit unnerving at the start, as Jack wasn’t the first racer off the start line and out of the infield area.  But when he pedaled off the beach and through the chute on lap one, he was once again comfortably in the lead, a gap he maintained for the second and final lap.

Jack spinning madly through the sand.  Photo Courtesy Phil Beckman.

Jack spinning madly through the sand. Photo Courtesy Phil Beckman.

Alex Foster

Just like Jack, Alex started the day with a handicap – a sore back from an earlier training ride. As always, Alex’s slacker style saw him through three tough laps in the heat of the day. Even though the course didn’t play to his bike-handling skills, he still managed a respectable finish.

Is Alex stretching his sore back or checking out the beach babes?  Yes.  Photo courtesy of Phil Beckman.

Is Alex stretching his sore back or checking out the beach babes? Yes. Photo courtesy Phil Beckman.

Caden Gruber

Another nail-biter was set to unfold in the Sophomore Boys race.  After taking his first ever win at the last race, Caden was looking to add another check in the win column. Finishing first might even put him in the coveted leader’s jersey. Alas, the mostly flat and easy course wasn’t ideal for Caden, who usually gaps his competition on short power climbs and technical trail sections. Nevertheless, he rode hard and finished on the podium with a very respectable third place.

Caden kicks some asphalt along the bike paths of Lake Perris

Caden kicks some asphalt along the bike paths of Lake Perris. Photo courtesy Phil Beckman.

James Pflughaupt

One more sandy showdown was scheduled for the Sea Kings and Queens: the JV boys race, featuring the unbeaten and seemingly unbeatable James P.  James has won race #1 & 2 of the 2013 season, but not by much – just a few seconds in fact.   James’ craftiness as a bike racer, honed by scores of tactical road bike races, has served him well.   In both earlier races this year, he has entered the last corner of the race course in a close pack, and emerged from traffic free and clear.

The Perris course didn’t offer a tight last turn, relying instead on a sandy ramp onto a long stretch of uphill grass to check the racer’s speed through the finish line chute. So a win here would likely be a pure power play to see who saved the most for the final sprint. Once again James delivered, riding a very smart race to a clean finish.

James leading the train at the race start. he finished in the same position. Photo courtesy Phil Beckman.

James leading the train at the race start. he finished in the same position. Photo courtesy Phil Beckman.

James: 1st JV D2/1st overall after 3 races

Caden: 3rd Sophomore D2/2nd overall after 3 races

Alex: 20th Sophomore D2/26th overall after 3 races

Jack: 1st Freshman D2/1st overall for the season after 3 races

Bianca: 18th Freshman Girls D2/16th overall after 3 races

Reilly: DNS

Vanessa: DNS

Total Team Points: 1801/Curently in 3rd place overall!

Well done one and all!  On to Keyesville!

Official League Race Report

March 10, 2013

Does Mother Nature look fairly upon high school mountain bike races?   Not always, as racers and coaches from prior seasons can attest.  And while she has acted benevolently more often than less, she doesn’t always play her cards early.

Sycamore Canyon, the venue for race #2, had a “rain cancels” clause in the permit.  And with stormy days early in the week, League Director Matt Gunnell was on pins and needles, watching the weather forecast hour by hour.   It wasn’t until Friday morning that Sunday’s outlook became clear: sunny skies with possible Santa Ana winds.

Once again, as with race #1 in Temecula, the weather would align with the wishes of 351 racers, their families, friends, coaches and race staffers.   One less thing to worry about, and all the better for racers intently focused on winning, placing, showing or just surviving their first or second race of the season.

Each CdM racer woke up Sunday morning intent on accomplishing a goal.  Would they meet or exceed their expectations?  Only time would tell.

James Pflughaupt

Race #1 saw James hitched onto a train of 4 very fast racers. For 15 miles they sliced and diced, trading the lead position. In the end, James took the win by the narrowest of margins over fellow OC riders Sean Bell and Daniel Johnson.

The question for race #2: could James pull off a repeat performance? Once again, the answer wasn’t clear until the final 50 feet of the race.   James, Sean and Daniel merged into a group of slower riders in the final turn, and for a moment it was unclear if any would emerge unscathed. In the end, (was it luck, skill or both?) James had the best position, and broke free from the group and across the finish line first.

It was the most dramatic finish of the day, and it’s clear that these three young men are equally hungry to dine from the top step of the podium.

CdM HS MTB Racer James Pflughaupt March 2013

James leading the train once again!

 

Caden Gruber

Ahh…the enigmatic Caden.  So chill off the bike and in life.   A man of few words who let his riding speak for itself on Sunday.  He must have been unhappy with his 5th place finish at race #1, because he left the gate in front and never looked back, taking the victory by just over a minute.   A convincing win to say the least.

Caden rode alone for most of his race.  Seems no one could keep up!

Caden rode alone for most of his race. Seems no one could keep up!

Jack Tucker

Jack rode to a convincing win in race #1. Was it a fluke? Did his competition just have a bad day?  Or did he have the race of a lifetime?   Well, race #2 shed some light – with yet another resounding victory, Jack is clearly the strongest rider in the field.  Barring a mechanical or crash, he is clearly the man to beat for the remainder of the season.

Jack honored the leader jersey he captured in race #1 with another runaway victory.

Jack honored the leader jersey he captured in race #1 with another runaway victory.

Alex Foster

Making his 2013 season debut, none other than The Alex Foster.  Alex is as laid back as Caden, and his languid style shows up on the bike. He attacked the race with easy grace, finishing well with seemingly little effort.   A welcome addition to the team.  Great to have you back Alex!

Alex defines "flow" with his natural style.

Alex defines “flow” with his natural style.

 

Vanessa Grainger

With fellow Sea Queens Reilly and Bianca out with injuries and illness, Vanessa lined up as the sole female rider for the team.  No pressure…except her score would weigh heavily in CdM’s overall team results for the day.    After pre-riding the course on Saturday, Vanessa felt confident she would finish the race.  And finish she did, despite a minor mechanical issue and a couple tip-over crashes.   Her performance helped push the CdM team into third place overall for the day!

 
 
 
The ever-smiling Vanessa awaits the start of her race.

The ever-smiling Vanessa awaits the start of her race.

James: 1st JV D2

Jack: 1st freshman D2

Caden: 1st Sophomore D2

Alex: 22nd Sophomore D2

Vanessa: 26th JV Girls

Total Team Points: 1894

Well done one and all!  Onto Perris!

Official League Race Report

The CdM MTB team receiving our third place award. The little team that could!

The CdM MTB team receiving our third place award. The little team that could!

Posted by: cdmmtb | February 28, 2013

Corona del Mar HS MTB Team Race Report: Race #1 Vail Lake

Febuary 24, 2013

Like a desert oasis, the air in Temecula was calm while the rest of Southern California got hammered by relentless winds. Could it be that the combined energy of 349 high school racers, their parents, coaches and friends, was a force greater than nature?

One thing was certain:  the air was swirling with a nervous energy as racers and support crew set up their pits, hopped on trainers to warm up, filled their water bottles, snacked on energy food or fine-tuned their bikes.  When the first wave of racers took off at 10 AM, the fifth season of SoCal high school mountain bike racing was officially underway!

Way back in 2009 that first season saw a grand total of six racers from Orange County toe the start line. They would go on to win the team trophy for the season, besting the other 75 or so racers from the region. Fast forward to 2013, when over 40 racers comprised the “Orange Tide” inundating the arid, sandy hills of Vail Lake Resort. For CdM and the rest of the Orange County based squads, command central was a combined pit zone of multiple EZ-ups – a mini-city abuzz with teens in various states of being, whether “in the zone” preparing for their race, joking and chatting or basking in the relief and glory of a race well run and done.

The CdM Sea Kings and Queens rode that tide into the race venue with distinct individual goals:

James 

After a perfect 6-0 season and State Champion crown as a Freshman, James returned to Temecula as a JV racer out to prove he can still cut it against a much larger and more competitive class.

James leading a bullet train of very fast JV racers.

James leading a bullet train of very fast JV racers.

Caden 

The other 2012 alumni, Caden improved his finishing position at at every race in 2012, cracking the top 10 at the third race in 2012 and never looking back.   With many miles of riding and training under his belt, Caden arrived at the race ready to throw down in the Sophomore division.

Caden's bike handling skills  helped propel him to a top 5 finish.

Caden’s bike handling skills helped propel him to a top 5 finish.

Jack

After 4 years of sitting on the sidelines watching his step-siblings compete in the league, this would be his debut on the big stage.   Would thousands of miles of training and numerous road races be the right stuff to hold off the onslaught of Freshman?

After a 4 year wait, Jack made a big splash at Vail Lake.

After a 4 year wait, Jack made a big splash at Vail Lake.

Vanessa, Bianca, Reilly

Our girls’ goals were all the same: to finish their first-ever mountain bike race, preferably in one piece!

Vanessa surprised with a strong showing in her first ever race!

Vanessa surprised with a strong showing in her first ever race!

Reilly conquered many obstacles to complete her first mountain bike race!

Reilly conquered many obstacles to complete her first mountain bike race!

Bianca was a trooper, gutting out a long race and finishing with a smile!

Bianca was a trooper, gutting out a long race and finishing with a smile!

The results? Outstanding, and good enough to put our team in 4th place overall!

James: 1st JV D2

Jack: 1st freshman D2

Caden: 5th Sophomore D2

Vanessa: 24th JV Girls

Bianca: 16th Freshman Girls

Reilly: 17th freshman Girls

Total Team Points: 1866

Well done one and all!  Onto Sycamore!

Official League Race Report

Posted by: cdmmtb | January 24, 2013

Important Race Information for Team Parents

Hello Team Parents!

With the first race just around the corner in Temecula (2/24/13), there are some important topics I want to make sure you are aware of, including some you’ll need to take action on prior to the first race.
Team Dues and Jerseys
If your student intends to race with the team, you’ll need to get your suggested team dues of $100 turned in to Coach May if you haven’t already.   Once this is paid your student will receive their team jersey.
Race Registration
Your racer will need to register using a link sent by e-mail from NICA, the league governing association. Your racer should receive this e-mail directly from NICA. If they haven’t received this e-mail, please let Coach May know ASAP at: jmay@nmusd.us.
There are two steps to registering:
1. Register for the league (regardless of number of races you plan to attend)
2. Register for one or more races. You can register for races one at a time, or register for them all now.  Your choice.
League and race registration fees are separate from team dues, and cover league admin, race management and insurance.
The sooner you complete this step the better as we will need to verify key racer info and race class placement.
Race Volunteering
At each race, our team will need to step up with volunteers to help manage race day activities.  Duties can include helping with course set-up and tear-down, parking management and more.   The number of volunteers depends on the number of registered racers on our team.   Likely we will need 2-3 parents per race to assist.
Generally speaking, most of the help we provide will be with course tear-down. Course tear-down starts around 3:45PM, or after the last racer has crossed the finish line and prior to the awards.
While we strongly encourage kids and family to stay all day and enjoy the racing action and awards ceremony, some of you may have a conflict. In these cases, it is possible to be assigned other volunteer positions with duties occuring before and during the race.  One option is to drive down Saturday morning and assist with course set-up while your racer pre-rides the course. Plan on about 2 hours work.
Team Volunteer Positions
This will be covered at an upcoming team meeting.
Race Prep
Please carefully review the Race Day Checklist.  If your racer does not have cycling shorts with a chamois seat pad, please make sure they purchase them prior to the first race.  Nothing fancy is needed. They will be much more comfortable on race day!
Pre-Riding the Race Course
We strongly encourage pre-riding the race course whenever practical.   This does wonders for the confidence of new racers. The optimal plan is to pre-ride the course Saturday afternoon ( course is usually open by 1 PM).  The next best plan is to arrive early Sunday morning (by 7 or so) and have your racer complete a slow lap of the course. The goal of pre-riding is to get a feel for the course and learn where the challenges and uphills are.  It is ridden at a mellow pace and parents are invited to ride as well (as long as a waiver has been completed and turned in).
Race Day Info
See the flier for the race schedule.   Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Your teen will be nervous enough as it is and standing in a long line won’t help.  Please arrive at the race venue no later than 8:00 AM Sunday morning  to get your racer’s packet picked up and get your racer and their gear to our team pit.
You are welcome to arrive earlier to get a better parking spot and see all the race action.  Coaches will arrive by 7:30 or so.
Feel free to ask questions!

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