Team Jamis has a lot of racing going on – but first things first:
Congratulations to Rotem Ishay, 2010 Israeli National XC champion!
Rotem has owned the Israeli national title for most of this century, but last year lost it in a highly competitive race to compatriot Shlomi Haimy. Focused on reclaiming the title for 2010, Ishay fought through a long season and arduous travel to arrive in Israel in top shape and with the additional goal of performing in the European Championship event, held the week prior in Hafia, Israel.
North America, Jason Sager and Rotem Ishay bookended the Ultimate Dirt Challenge podium
with 1st and 5th place finishes. Riding his Jamis Dakota d29 carbon 29′er, Team Manager Jason Sager took his 2nd
victory on the beach front course over compatriot (and fellow mid-30′s guy) Michael Broderick, showing the young guys that old dogs don’t need new tricks. Rotem Ishay rounded out the podium in 5th in a tight sprint finish to close out a maddening month of March travel which included stops in Israel, Durango, and Puerto Rico. Jamis’ Adam Snyder closed out his tropical adventure in 9th place, giving Team Jamis a healthy dose of UCI points to strengthen their start line positions in the up coming Sea Otter Classic.
Stay tuned to TeamJamis.com or visit us on facebook.com/teamjamis for photos, videos, and updates from Guatemala and visit the team compound at the Sea Otter in a few weeks!
Early placings in the European Championship race were promising, with Ishay riding in the top 20.
However, a crash on the 2nd lap which badly injured his knee and damaged his bicycle made the
race a challenge simply to finish, never mind perform in. With only 6 days between his crash and
the Israeli championship event, Rotem’s appearance on the starting line was as much the question as his capacity to perform. Forced to take the entire week off from training and even riding, it was only through sheer guts, determination, luck and maybe the new hair-do that Rotem was able to ride on the evening before the race.
We’ll leave the race war stories to Rotem – but our biggest congrats goes out to Rotem for overcoming obstacle after obstacle, never letting the challenges slow him down on his way to achieving his season’s biggest goal.
With this piece of motivation in our back pocket, the American contingent of Team Jamis lines up for the US National Championship in Granby, Colorado, this weekend. First off, in the chase for a jersey is 2009 US silver medalist (U23) Robbie Squire. Robbie is on the short list of talented guys with a legitimate shot at taking the U23 title. Robbie, like Rotem, will chase his jersey aboard the Jamis Dakota dXC carbon hardtail. Adam Snyder and Blake Harlan, being older (25 and 23, respectively) will contest the senior/elite national XC titles the following
day in Granby aboard their Jamis Dakar XCR full suspension rigs. Snyder will close out the weekend in the hunt for the Super D podium aboard his Jamis Dakar XCT, fresh off a 7th overall at last weekend’s Downieville Classic, while Jason Sager fulfills managerial duties at the high altitude event.
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