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May Newsletter

April was an exciting month for the team.  After a year without league races, we were able to race once again at the Six Sigma Winery in Lower Lake, CA. Six Sigma was founded by Kaj and Else Ahlmann, who are originally from Denmark. The ranch is 4300+ acres. They love bikes and kids, graciously welcoming NorCal to race on their lovely ranch. In fact, anyone is welcome to come and ride or hike at their ranch. If you visit, I recommend tasting their wines.

The race format changed this year due to the pandemic. We raced in a time trial format.   The riders lined up by team and were sent off one at a time, every 30 seconds.  Podium spots are for the top 5 racers in each category.  There are no team points this season. 

 

Race #1 was 6.2 miles and 700 ft of elevation.  The course had lots of cornering and short punchy climbs.   The weather decided to cool us off with some rain.   We had 17 racers on the course — 8 of them made the podium.  

 

Race #2 was 7.6 miles and 850ft of elevation.  We were able to camp at the race! Many of us showed up the day before and did a pre-ride before an evening of camping.   This time the weather was beautiful starting in the 60s. We had 20 riders and 6 of them made the podium.  With no formal regional podium, we got our medals and did our own team ceremony. 

May will be just as exciting.  We’ll be back at Six Sigma on the 16th for our final race of the season.  We’ll end the season with a fun ride in Soquel Demonstration Forest, near Santa Cruz.

Doug Diego, Head Coach

Upcoming Events

  • May 16th - Race #3 @ Six Sigma
  • May 20th - End of the Season Team Party @ Cerrito Vista Park
  • May 23 - Destination Ride to Soquel Demo Forest

Fueling-up!

With two races behind us and one more to go, riders are training hard and expending calories like crazy. When you are training hard, you want to be sure to get enough protein in your diet. Eat a mix of different food groups and include beans, nuts, and some meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products every day. If you don’t get at least a few servings of each of these every day, because you have certain dietary needs or restrictions, then you may consider adding a protein powder to your oatmeal or post-workout fruit smoothie. Soy, pea, whey, or other protein powders should all provide adequate amino acids for your needs. For more tips on nutrition and race prep see the ECHS MTB Team Handbook!

Giving Back to the Community

On Saturday, April 17th, Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay hosted a work party at Dirt World. Dirt World is a bike park featuring jumps and pump tracks in Richmond. Several riders from the ECHS and EC Junior Teams pitched in to help.


Dirt World Volunteer Day

by Tobin Power

I got to Dirt World around 9:30 am, there were already a bunch of people doing various things around the park. I signed in and was told by one of the BTCEB members to help work on digging a drainage ditch for the BMX course. My friend Jack was there with another kid digging and smoothing a ditch for rainwater to run off the course and settle. It was pretty fun to carve out a ditch and then pour water onto the track, seeing if it drains all the way down what we had dug out. Cool physics project as well as being a good workout. After we finished that and the BTCEB workers praised our work, we hit some laps to test the safety and make sure it was out of the way of the course. The hardest part was moving dirt from big piles and then wheel borrowing to build up some jumps. There were about twenty people volunteering, and I got to meet some cool people. Jack, Joaquin, a couple of others, and I were the only kids, but it felt like a productive day. After the session finished around 12:30 I talked to some of the BTCEB leaders about other places to volunteer, and I definitely want to do some trail work at JMP and Crockett Hills. It was a cool experience, a good workout, and very COVID safe. After we finished I rode all over what we worked on as well as the other stuff at Dirt World. Also, shout out to Jack O'Neil and Well Grounded for getting me lunch!

 

News from the Junior Team

More Giving Back to the Community!

Over the first weekend in May, the El Cerrito Junior Team volunteered in full force at China Camp State Park to groom and maintain the beloved trails. The event was a success and resulted in over two miles of partially and/or fully groomed trails! 

How to Get Involved

Become a coach
Without coaches, our team could not exist. NICA coaches are role models and teachers who are open to learning the best practices of youth mountain bike coaching and actively work to hone their leadership skills on and off the bike. Learn More: https://echsmtb.com/coach/

Become a sponsor
Consider sponsoring the ECHS Mountain Bike Team! Sponsors partner with our team to provide much-needed financial support. Our team receives no funding from the school. In exchange for your support, our team will make every effort to support and acknowledge your business. Your sponsorship will help increase the visibility and awareness of your business amongst our team and the NorCal league community, while helping to contribute to the success of our student riders. For more info on how to join our community of sponsors go to https://echsmtb.com/sponsors/

Donate your bike or gear
Donations to the ECHS Mountain Biking Team are always accepted and always appreciated. Please click on the PayPal link below to send payment with a credit card or your personal PayPal account. You may also make checks payable to Friends of ECHS Mountain Biking Club, Mailing address: c/o Dennis Cody, Sponsorship/Fundraising, 2721 Del Monte Ave., El Cerrito, CA, 94530

All donations and contributions are tax deductible for income tax purposes. We are a sponsored group of the El Cerrito Student Activity Fund, 501 (c) (3) Tax ID #911935426.

For more info on donations go to https://echsmtb.com/donate/

Thanks to our Sponsors


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