The Bike Vault professional mountain bike team got together this past weekend at the fourth round of the Southridge Winter Series in Fontana, California. Although Brad King has been holding things down for the team, teammate David KlaassenVanoorschot has had to sit out the first 3 rounds with a broken hand.
Typical southern California weather provided beautiful weather on Saturday, allowing for a great turnout of riders. On one of the best Fontana race courses of the season, both David & Brad spend the day dialing in their race bikes, and testing suspension, prepping themselves for the upcoming Mountain Bike Grand Prix season!
Despite being off the bike for over 6 weeks, David KlaassenVanOorschot had a stellar performance. Looking great during practice, David was able to race his way to 6th place. Unfortunately, teammate Brad King crashed midway on the track, leaving him 27th on the day.
“I felt great today. 6th place finish,… I’ll take that,” said David KlaassenVanOorschot. “My bike felt great! I can’t believe how amazing it rides! I had a pretty clean run, my cardio was pretty good, but my legs gave out at the end. Considering I’ve been off the bike for a while, I’m still pretty stoked,… but I’m going for the win in 2 weeks!”
Race day proved to be a mix of good and bad for riders. Although conditions were prime for racing, a spell of bad luck ran throughout the field. At least 3 racers fell victim to the rigorous terrain, causing the local paramedics to be called several times. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to all the injured riders!
The Bike Vault professional mountain bike team will be back out in Fontana for the final round of the Southridge Winter Series on March 4. See you out there!
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Source: J. Dylan Dean