Our 2nd of 4 races took us to the beautiful Southern Sierra's to the awesome race course at Keyesville. This was probably the most perfect setting for a mountain bike race with rolling hills and tacky soil. The only drawback was the wind...lots of it!
Our weekend started with a pre-ride on Saturday. We worked out a few mechanical problems and learned the course. Most of the families stayed in Kernville and we enjoyed an awesome family style dinner around the camp fire, in the RAIN! It was great! No one moved as the rain started coming down - we all just kept on eating the spread of tacos, beans, and rice. Dinner was followed by another of Coach Bird's motivational "get ready to race" speeches.
Sunday morning started with another team breakfast and then we were off to the race course. The winds picked up and the skies looked threatening. No rain on Sunday, but, did I mention there was wind? Our boys all raced hard and we ended up with many more top-10 finishes and our first podium in a year and a half. Sean Bird got 4th in the Freshman Boys class.
Great job team! More training and then our 3rd race on April 10th at Lake Arrowhead.
The final results were:
Eddy Kronfli - 12th (Broken Wheel)
Matt Misetich - 7th
Christian Breitschwerdt - 8th
Connor Haas - 10th
Cameron Aubert - 15th
Steve Shushnar - 19th
Steven Ayoob - 23rd
Matt Kubly - 9th
Chris Sercel - 10th
Scott Marshall - 11th
Colby Koklas - 21st
Sean Bird - 4th
Daniel Balsam - 8th
Michael Greenberg - 10th
Hunter Nalley - 13th
Keenan Koch - 23rd
JT Ingram - DNF (Sprained Knee)
Special thanks to Coach Nick for making the video and Coach Ken and Mrs. Kubly for the pictures!
Sunrise in Kernville
Coach Nick sizing up a taco. I bet that taco's going to lose!
No wet guacamole!
Coach Bird with his "down by the river" speech
Michael Greenberg on his way to a solid 10th place
Sean Bird lead the Freshman Boys at one point
Steven Ayoob with the "splash of the day" award
Eddy Kronfli navigating between the rocks
Scott Marshall lookin' strong!
Sean Bird - 4th place podium
Even though we were 3 hrs from home, many of the boys stayed to congratulate Sean.
That's the St. Francis brotherhood!
Coach Nick with another GREAT video!