Team Jamis executed a dual assault on mountain bike racing this past weekend, sending riders to the US Cup series opener in Fontana, California, and the UCI C1 Ultimate Dirt Challenge in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Team Jamis members Rotem Ishay, Blake Harlan, Adam Snyder, and Jason Sager lined up for the Ultimate Dirt Challenge against a competitive field of riders preparing for next week’s Pan American Games in Guatemala, while Robbie Squire toed the start line 4000 miles away on the outskirts of Los Angeles for the first round of the US Cup.
Squires, competing on his carbon Jamis Dakota dXC carbon 26″ hardtail, finished 14th in the elite men’s XC, winning the U23 category in the process by a wide margin as the youngest rider in the top 20. This bodes well for Squires’ Pan Am Games goal of bringing home a medal to the US in the U23 division next week.
On the other side of 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.