|February 23, 2011
The eleventh season of high school mountain biking is upon us. The opening races will start on a historic day with two races at two different venues for the NorCal League this Sunday. The SoCal League, now entering its third season, will have it’s first race next Sunday, while the Washington League, in its inaugural year, has its opener on April 3.
If you haven’t yet been to a high school race, we encourage our supporters, potential league founders, and true cycling fans to check one out this year. Here’s a special preview shot from the 2010 NorCal season opener. Let us know if you’d like to get involved!
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Team Talk with Ed Fischer, Washington League
Bike store owner Ed Fischer decided a high school mountain bike team would be good for his area, so he attended the Washington Leaders’ Summit with Will Cortez in January ’11, and within a month had assembled a team which expects to start the series with approx. 15 students and about 10 adult team assistants.
Tell us the highlights of your cycling history.
How’s the cycling scene in your area?
What’s your day job?
How did you hear about the Washington League and how did the team come together?
That was only about a month ago, but things happened very quickly. Will Cortez helped a lot in getting it off the ground, and I am in contact with a really great network of people I’ve met through the shop. We got in touch with a teacher, Eric Albers, and his friend Dara Hartman who was already running a mountain biking group, so he brought about eight students to the team immediately. A lot of people got involved. Some are adults who don’t even have kids in school, they just think the team’s a good idea. I feel like I was just the catalyst, the one who brought the idea of the team here to the area.
We have not yet had sufficient time to meet with schools and properly introduce them to the idea of a school mountain bike team, so we’re staring with a composite team. We have students from four schools, and two are home-schooled. This year we will put together a video and a slide show, a budget as well, get some testimonials from the students, and make a thorough presentation for next year so schools, students and parents will know what to expect. It will take a couple of years for schools to really embrace this.
We have had our first team meeting already. We have our first team ride today. We just got students properly signed up, got waivers signed, and we have made sure all the bikes are checked and sound to ride.
How much time is it taking to manage the school team and how do you find this time?
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§ Feb. 27 North-NorCal Prologue, Granite Bay, CA
§ Feb. 27 South-NorCal Prologue, East Garrison/Fort Ord (near Monterey, CA)
§ Mar. 6 SoCal Race #1 – Vail Lake Challenge at Vail Lake, Temecula
§ Mar. 13 NorCal Race #1 – Granite Bay Challenge, Granite Bay CA
§ Mar. 18 Washington League movie screening – “Life Cycles” (Seattle, WA @ REI Flagship Store)
§ Mar. 27 NorCal Race #2 – TBD (near Monterey, CA)
§ Mar. 27 SoCal Race #2 – Cruise the Keys at Keysville, Lake Isabella
§ Apr. 3 Washington League Race #1
§ Apr. 10 SoCal Race #3 – Power the Pinnacles at Lake Arrowhead
§ Apr. 10 NorCal Race #3 – Central Coast Invitational, East Garrison (near Monterey)
§ Apr. 14-17 Sea Otter Classic, Monterey, CA
§ May 1 NorCal Race #4 – Boggs Mountain Classic, near Cobb, CA
§ May 1 SoCal Finals at Vail Lake, Temecula
§ May 1 Washington League Race #2
§ May 1 Colorado League Leaders’ Summit
§ May 14 Colorado League CycleFest Dinner and Silent Auction
§ Mat 15 Colorado League “Ride To Eat, Eat To Ride”
§ May 15 CA State Championships at Los Olivos
§ June 30 2012 League bids due