Posted by: cdmmtb | April 27, 2013

Corona del Mar HS MTB Team Race Report: Race #4 Cruise the Keys

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

 

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