Monday, May 6, 2013

Cow-Pie Classic - Los Olivos - Race #5

The St. Francis GOLDEN KNIGHTS Mountain Bike Team
“Cow-Pie Classic Race”, Los Olivos CA – May 5, 2013

It was the final race of the 5-race SoCal High School Mountain Bike league series, held at the Dirt Club mountain bike venue in scenic Los Olivos. Seventeen members of the Golden Knight Mountain Bike Team battled epic weather conditions (50 mph wind gusts), new single-track trails, and the longest course of the season for a difficult season-ending mountain bike race.

The strong 4-man Golden Knight freshmen team had another great showing at Los Olivos. Andrew Schiller gave it his all and was overwhelmed at the end of the race with his season-best 7th place finish, which also earned him a podium award for being 8th overall for the SoCal league series. Close behind was Michael Vega who also had his best result of the year, an impressive 11th place. Battling the tough conditions was George Orloff in 13th. Andrew Palaski had two mechanical problems that required lengthy repairs, but soldiered on to finish in 38th. This impressive freshman group finished every lap of every race, and is certainly a bright spot for the future of St. Francis mountain bike racing!

All five riders from St. Francis for the Sophomore Division 1 class were in Los Olivos. Earning his 4th top-10 result in what became a remarkable break-out season was Nathaniel Blakely in 9th. Close behind in an equally impressive break-out season was Remi Roth in 10th place. Skyler Payne finished in 16th, with Owen Shain close behind in 18th, his season-best result. Rounding out the sophomore group was Alex Marshall in 22nd.

The St. Francis JV team was again well represented with 6 riders showing up to battle Los Olivos. Austin Hamilton had a fantastic race, narrowly missing his first podium of the season coming in 6th place, only 3 seconds behind 5th. However, Austin was awarded a well-deserved 6th place overall for the season in the JV division with solid results all season long. Senior Matt Kubly has competed in every mountain bike race for the Golden Knights since his freshman year, and has been an inspirational leader for the team this season. Matt wanted to go out feeling good about his hard work, and did just that with a season-best 19th place! Also earning a season-best result was Hunter Nalley in 24th, followed closely by Kenny Larsen in 27th. Will Towne battled illness to finish in 33rd, with Chris Perez close behind in 35th.

The Golden Knight Varsity team was once again represented by junior Sean Bird and senior Scott Marshall. Like Matt Kubly, Scott Marshall was racing in his final SoCal league race and had something to prove. Scott has worked hard all season, improving his results each race. This week was no different with Scott Marshall finishing with his season-best 13th place. Sean Bird has also raced extremely well this season, his first in the Varsity class. Sean narrowly missed the podium with another great 6th place result, and also earned a 4th place overall for the Varsity class for the season. Like all of the St. Francis Golden Knights, Sean completed every lap this season and earned bonus points that helped lock up his 4th place overall result.

In two weeks, 14 members of the Golden Knight mountain bike team will travel to Marin County in Northern California to compete in the NICA California State Championships. If the results in Los Olivos are any indication, it looks like the Golden Knights are peaking at the right time and can hopefully achieve great results.

The Golden Knights mountain bike team is 100% volunteer managed and coached and is very grateful for all of the support they have received from the parents, alumni, and their generous sponsors, including: Design Imports, Hollandays, Merchants Building Maintenance, Mountain Pine Shutters, Strategic Law Partners, Nu-Hope, Kevin Martin/UBS, Stratz & Company, Financial Guaranty Insurance Brokers, Lucas Horsfall Murphy & Pindroh, Lantern CycleWorks, Montrose Bike Shop, Crescenta Valley Insurance, and Church and Larsen.  GO KNIGHTS!

Even though it's a race weekend, they still have to do homework. Dissecting a pig. 

What are they looking at?

The Los Olivos venue is the most beautiful location that we race at. 

Owen Shain has worked hard all season. 

Coach Nick doing what he does - VIDEO!

Andrew Palaski rippin' it!

Remi Roth had another great race - 10th place!

Sean Bird on his way to a great 6th place in Varsity. 

Matt Kubly in his final race being cheered on by alumni Christian Breitschwerdt

Can yoou tell that Coach Bird is happy with the overall results? Andrew Schiller in 8th place Freshman, Sean Bird 4th Place Varsity, and Austin Hamilton 6th place JV. 

Michael Vega and Andrew Schiller were "cooked" after the GREAT race! 11th and 7th in Freshman D1. 

Time to celebrate those results! (L to R) Austin Hamilton, Hunter Nalley, Sean Bird, Andrew Schiller, Andrew Palaski, and alumni Matt Misetich. 

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