SoCal Interscholastic Mountain Bike Racing Series ROUND ONE
2019 Beach to Boulders Race Report
February 28, 2019
2019 SoCal Interscholastic Mountain
Bike Racing Series ROUND ONE
Beach to Boulders, Lake Perris State Recreation Area, CA
Contact: [email protected]
(909) 753-3694, www.socaldirt.org
Results and Photos HERE
Nobody likes spending more time in garages on trainers or frequenting spin studios than actually being out riding bikes and from experience I can tell you that event planning does not do much for ones anxiety whilst social media is constantly being flooded with postings pertaining to historic rainfall. Yep it’s been a soggy few months, but at last SoCal Season 11 racing is is finally underway and despite the torrent of weather systems that have been pummeling our state we, luckily, were gifted with a near perfect weekend of SoCal sunshine last Saturday and Sunday. In total 1061 High School and Middle School student athletes turned out to take on their first event of the year at the remarkably scenic, and now much fuller, Lake Perris State Recreation Area venue.
The Lake Perris venue has always been unique. It offers a much safer place for first time racers to experience what it’s like to be on course, amidst a few hundred others, while also functioning as a sort of metric for higher skilled riders to gauge the fitness of their competition. This time around riders put both their skill and fitness to the test on a slightly revised Beach to Boulders course. Lap lengths ran 3.75 miles (Middle School) to 5.5 miles (High School) on a loop featuring a new cyclo-cross style section implemented to recover the mileage swallowed up on what used to be Lake Perris’s lower beach. The section was a big hit with the spectators, who turned out in droves, but it also made for some interesting racing as riders strove to catch their seemingly not so far away competitors through three 180 degree switchbacks. Outside of the infield things were just as typically inspiring of head down pedal mashing apart from the many snow capped peaks in nearly every direction who’s beauty sought to distract just about anybody who dared look up.
It was a beautiful weekend for racing and quite possibly the best the league has ever seen at the venue. Hundreds gathered to watch as a steady stream of riders rolled through the finish, into the arms of friends and teammates, disappearing into a sea of colorful tents that resembled a small city. Everyone seemed to just be having a blast from the racers, to the kids hitting a pinata, to the folks who showed up to join our GRiT Ambasadors for a bit of yoga. I think everyone was just happy to be out with the rest of their SoCal League family for such a great weekend of racing and that’s the feeling we hope to bring back in just a few short weeks when the league head to Vail Lake for race number two.
Brandon La Rue
Associate League Director
SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League
Anyone who has ever been to a SoCal League race knows that there is far more going on than just racing. If you have ever read a race report you probably already know that in past seasons we tended to share only the perspectives and stories of those privileged enough to make it to the top of their fields. This season however we are taking a different approach and trying to capture a bit clearer image of what it’s like to be a high school or middle school student athlete at a SoCal League event. So we’ve asked that riders share stories with us about things they experience on race weekend so that we can share with you. We have decided to name this section “Tales From The Dirt Zone” and we hope to feature at least three per race report.
Our first story ever comes to us from Ryan Herrera of Ramona East County Composite who wants to share with some details from his race as well as a few important take-aways to think of when facing experiences like his last weekend.
Our next submission comes to us from from Heleena Fisher who rides for Beaumont High School and has a story about the type sportsmanship and kindness we hope to see from all of our ridership.
Our final story from Beach to Boulders was provided by Raulito Gutierrez who rides for Great Oak High School. Raulito wanted to share a quick synopsis of his race but in doing so he also provided some insight about what it’s like to be one of the few at the front. Sometimes a whole race comes down to just one moment.
That concludes our Tales From the Dirt Zone for this time around but we would love to hear more of your stories following our future events. Submissions are due the Wednesday after each event and may be sent to [email protected].org along with a photo of your choosing.
Mar 16-17: Vail Lake Challenge at Vail Lake presented by Around the Cycle
Mar 30-31: Victory at Vail presented by Haro Mountain Bikes
Apr 27-28: Cruise the Keys at Keysville
May 11-12: Intergalactic Finals at Tehachapi presented by Specialized
May 18-19: California High School State Championships at Tehachapi
presented by Hyperthreads
Full information available HERE
The SoCal High School Cycling League was organized in 2008 to provide a well defined race season for high school student-athletes and to promote the formation of teams at public and private high schools. In 2014 that grew to include a middle school program designed to introduce middle school aged riders to the sport of mountain biking focused heavily on skills, fun, fitness, and responsibility with a taste of the competitive aspects of mountain biking. With the cooperation of local race promoters and our sponsors we produce a first class series of races in addition to providing training for coaches and riders. The League is working to make interscholastic racing the easiest way for youth to get involved in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling. NICA and the SoCal League exist by virtue of a range of fundraising activities, as well as generous donors, and sponsors including national lead sponsor Trek Bicycles; major sponsors Shimano, Clif, Specialized, Salsa, Giro Podiumwear and QBP; league level sponsors Haro Mountain Bikes, Hyperthreads, Jax Bicycle Center, Jenson USA, and Kenda.
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