Announcing the 2014 Graduating Class!
Your Mom and Dad are proud of you…and so are we. Many racers over the past couple of years have really distinguished themselves by their accomplishments on and off the bike.
So… we’re graduating a whole slew of racers to the next class up. That’s a real accomplishment. Really we all aim to get better, and you have. Congratulations.
Because at the Heart of Over the Hump, our goal is to keep the newly or uninitiated racers having a place to race; where there has not been one before. OTH is unique in that it has been engineered to accomomdate new racers, and non-racer/enthusiasts. One of the ways we do this is by helping accomplished racers move up through the ranks…creating space and making the opportunity for previous racers the opportunity to push themselves and raise the bar on their own accomplishments.
As you have experienced, every baby step can at times feel like walking on the moon. High School to College, Single to Married, or Dot.com tycoon to Elite Bike Rider by day (or garage trainer at night)….each step forward can create that unsettling feeling of stomach acid churning in the middle of the unknown. That said every change in life leads to a step of growth. This year, over 60 racer, more than 10% of OTH Racers are graduating to a faster class, which makes room for the class below them to move up and be competitive, based on the below moves.
You get to grow, get faster and push yourself in a whole new class. You get to become a better athlete, a more experienced racer, heck you’ve earned the next Tae Kwan Do belt of OTH. AWESOME!
Based on amazing accomplishments and outstanding performance, in the “Discipline of Bike Race and Two Wheeled Fun”, we’d like to announce the graduating classes of 2014.
Click here to see listings of the 2014 Graduates in each class.
Based on amazing accomplishments and outstanding performance, in the “Discipline of Bike Race and Two Wheeled Fun”, we’d like to announce the graduating classes of 2014/2014.
Our graduates are:
|Beginner Men 24 (24-) Graduates to Sport 29|
|1||454||Corey Diez||Empire Bikes||22|
|Beginner Men 29 (25-29) Graduates to Sport 29|
|5||358||Travis Griffitts||WIN-TEAM Racing||27|
|6||647||Jordan Powell||Surf City Cyclery|
|Beginner Men 34 (30-34) Graduates to Sport 39|
|1||490||Sam Wiernucki||Redzone Racing||31|
|5||221||Daniel Evans||Fullerton Bicycles||34|
|6||553||Travis Smith||Atomic Performance|
|10||260||Ryan Forest||Linked Cycling||29|
|Beginner Men 39 (35-39) Graduates to Sport 39|
|2||226||Wes Hale||Team White Tortilla||37|
|3||385||Rafael Vargas||Empire Bikes||37|
|5||287||Patrick L Nguyen||38|
|6||677||Jeff Schwartzman||Shocks and Awe||39|
|8||677||Jeff Schwartzman||Shocks and Awe||39|
|9||130||Paul Bennett||Pure Racing|
|Beginner Men 44 (40-44) Graduates to Sport 49|
|3||565||Mike Emerson||Troy Lee Designs||41|
|4||429||Scott Hannah||Redline Studios||43|
|9||720||Dave Leary||Empire Bikes||44|
|Beginner Men 49 (45-49) Graduates to Sport49|
|2||306||Steve Walton||Fullerton Bikes||46|
|5||169||Randy Schwarz||Blue Park Crew||46|
|8||470||Robert Sima||Fullerton Bikes||48|
|9||451||Steve Rounds||Mountain Bike Mafia/The Path||46|
|Beginner Men 50 (50+) Graduates to Sport 50+|
|2||615||Paul Buckland||Rock N Road/Crankbrothers||51|
|4||742||Mark Hinds||WIN-TEAM Racing||54|
|5||463||David Matea||Velo Allegr|
|Beginner Women Graduates to Sport Women|
|1||177||Erin Colshan||Fullerton Bikes/Crankbrothers||27|
|2||339||Michelle Pacetti||Foothill Dirt/The Path Bike Shop||16|
|4||519||Amy Rambacher||SoCal Endurance Ladies Team||33|
|5||293||Taffy Eitman||Pure Racing/Liv/Giant||39|
|6||485||Vanessa Elfend||Knobbe Martens IP Law||30|
|Sport 1 Men (29-) Graduates to Super Sport 44-|
|2||397||Jeremy Kneisly||TLD :: The Path||28|
|3||650||Ben Bennett||Foothill Dirt/The Path Bike Shop||16|
|4||361||Charles Ridal||Buena Park Bikes||27|
|5||398||Chris Taylor||The Path Bike Shop||16|
|Sport 2 Men (30-39) Graduates to Super Sport 44-|
|2||176||Adrian Osuna||Hoppy Trails||33|
|Sport 3 Men (40-49) Graduates to Super Sport 44- & 45+|
|2||315||Rhio Griego||HSU Racing/MMI Stunts||43|
|3||431||Steve Horvath||Velo Allegro/Oakley||44|
|4||111||John Potts||Team Toyota/B4B/Oakley/RokForm||43|
|5||285||Mark Woodward||Mach 5 Racing||44|
|Sport 4 Men (50+) Graduates to Super Sport 44+|
|1||492||Mike Okano||Simple Green/Cannondale/Stage2||55|
|3||473||Jeff Ward||Surf City Cyclery||52|
|4||785||Eric Gier||Team Velocity||51|
|5||662||Ross Bennett||Foothill Dirt/The Path Bike Shop|
|6||590||Glen Wells||Canyon Velo|
|Sport Women Graduates to Elite Women|
|1||567||Christine Pai||G2 Bike||28|
|2||230||Hannah Binder||Canari Navy Cycling||16|
|3||440||Xylena Hoppen||El Toro High School|
|SuperSport Masters Men (45+) Graduates to Elite 45+|
|2||798||Theodore Posch Jr||Fullerton Bikes/Giant Bicycle||47|
REGARDING CLASS REVIEWS: There will be very few reviews of the movements in each class. Some racers may be right on the fringe of a possible move, and based on our selection criteria, and objective class delineators they have currently been left in their existing class; that does not mean that throughout the season, they cannot be moved in the future. If they perform outside of that class’s definition they may be asked to reclassify themselves.
For those of you who already asked to move after race 1 or 2, thank you, and congratuations. This list is not exhaustive but is our best attempt at keeping the classes even and competitive within the current race community.
If you feel you’ve been unjustifiably identified to move; and remember Over the Hump is fun, not your how you make your living (we hope), you may request a review. We won’t review all the requests, it would just take too long. We will read each, however. We will respond only to ligitimate reasoning, submitted in the spirit of Over the Hump, as well framed and objective reasons for why you feel you fall in a different category. You may email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and see you this next week.