We have met quite a few people who drove into Irvine Lake from some serious distance. Apparently, the “close and accessible”, designed to hit Orange County workers and residents has creeped out as far as Santa Barbara, Redlands, San Diego, Burbank, Riverside, and beyond. “There must be a good reason,” I thought.
Jeff Stanners from Don’s Bikes Race Team drove down from Redlands for the last race.Check out what Jeff had to say to rest of the team on their blog. Here’s what he said:
Last week I did this race last week called Over the Hump Series. I thought I’d share this since it’s a new race and it was a lot of fun for a mid-week
race. It was on Wednesday evening at Irvine Lake in Orange County.
315 people showed up and raced on the 3.7 mile course. Expert’s did 4
laps, Sports did 3 laps. There were some good local pros there – Sid,
Manny, and Sean Donovan went 1-2-3. It’s about a 50 minute drive down
there from Redlands and best of all the race only cost $20. There next one
is on a Tuesday on September 15. They said they plan to have a summer
series of 6-8 races next year, all mid-week evening races.
It’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something fast to do during the
Another thing mentioned there was our broad class structure. The class breaks have kept the competition strong, with a race in every category. As we originally posted only 3 categories, but August 26th’s large response and registration for all race categories made it possible for us to break into 10 year age spans (basically). We even added a Junior class which John and I feel is important for the young, developing racers.
Next race should be a great second race and final race for this year’s series, as we’ll be awarding not only race winners, but also the two race series champions. Tomorrow we’re stopping by Rob Tsuyuki’s shop Ink n BURN to finish up the trophy design that TOYOTA is presenting the series winners.
We’re excited about next Tuesday, September 15th’s race. It will be a great race, and lots of fun exhibitors in the grass by the race course, where we’ll have a bar-b-que, drinks and awards will be presented to winners. Come join the OC Mountain Bike community…it’s a great family!