Tuesday August 3, 2010 Marked the 8th Over the Hump Mountain Bike Race Series race for the 2010 season, and there was no shortage of excitement.
It was a star studded night, as from the very beginning of the race, Hans Rey shared his vision for Wheels 4 Life , getting bikes in the hands of people who need them helping people throughout the world through the introduction of bikes given to those who have need. We’ll be debuting the Wheels 4 Life Movie on August 24, in conjunction with crankbrothers Dream Bike Program. Proceeds from the sale of Dream Bikes go to fund Wheels 4 Life this year.
Congratulations to all the kids who finished the kids race at 5:30. Each week we’ll be having a kids race right before the main event for the rest of the season. This week the top 3 were:
PLACE- NAME – BIB -# -TIME -AGE
1 -Kyler Waymire -563 12:34 -10
2- Ricky Kuciemba- 557 7:30- 10
3- Caleb Smith -564- 7:57- 9
Bike Religion our featured shop for the night, providing the course marshals and race support also brought out a bit of whoop and holler with Cannondale’s iconic David Tinker Juarez leading the pro-race charge. Tinker was in 1st place after the first lap of 10 pros and experts who jetted by the start/finish area, then would never be caught again, by Series Leader Jason Siegle (Bike Religion), who broke his frame as another rider fell on him during the race, and David Santos (Bike Religion), who chased Tinker around the loop finishing back 1 minut 44 seconds. All night Cannondale featured bike demos out of their demo truck.
And it was on, from the first horn. A hole shot to the East side of the course, and into single track in the middle of the cottonwoods, and around the course. We had all 4 levels of racers on the course this week, which clogged the works and made going a bit slower, but the highlights of the night were the new water bridge on the NorthWest side of the course and the hike-A-bike 30 foot climb right before the climb that has been affectionately nicknamed “The Equalizer” in the first half of the season.
Be looking for more changes after this next race as the series points race is hot and heavy. 9 races get scored so after next week it’s anybody’s race (provided you’ve been out to several races) and places in the series standing should shift a bit.
Changes this week were only in 3 categories.
Men Beginner 4 William Stone retook the jersey, along with Women Beginner’s Elise Wallace. The Junior Boys Verizon Leader Jersey changed hands too. JD Hentzon took that one home this week.
And as always the post-race stories swapped, burgers shared and all-round mountain bike party put another good race in the books.
We’ll see you next week Aug 10 out at the lake.
You can check out all of Andy Abrecht’s photos and order them from this week’s race at: http://www.socalaction.net/mp_includes/body.asp