Chris Horner and Eddie Kronfli of St. Francis High School at CycleFest.
Photo credit: Maria De La Rosa
1. CYCLEFEST REPORT
Thanks to the 140+ people who came out to CycleFest on Saturday November 20th! With your help we raised $37,000 to help sustain the high school mountain biking movement in the SoCal League! Very important within that was the $4,500 raised specifically to support the Racer Scholarship Program.
CycleFest on the Queen Mary was highlighted by three powerful speeches showcasing the power of the bicycle. While Chris Horner gave fantastic insights into his pro career to a rapt audience, the evening was stolen by the two student-athlete speakers who comported themselves like seasoned professionals.
Caitlin Worthington of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista was a brand new rider at the start of the season having never ridden a bike more than a few blocks. She heard about the League when her Geometry teacher, AJ Ronacher, played a video in class and talked about his desire to start a club at the school. By the end of the season she had learned the value of being a team mate on a tight knit team. She befriended several riders from other teams during the races as the same group of riders would often come together on the second of two laps and encourage each other to get to the finish.
Eddie Kronfli of St. Francis High School in La Canada was a rider before the League came to town. He first got hooked on road cycling in elementary school when he realized he would never be "cool" because he could not shoot a perfect lay up no matter how hard he tried and went looking for a sport that spoke to him. He said that picking cycling, though he liked it, did nothing to up his "cool" factor. However, by bringing cycling to school as a sport, the SoCal League has taken cyclists "from outsiders to insiders" and was therefore "legit." The concept of being able to race bikes in your school colors was revolutionary. "The opportunity to be able to represent my school, WITH MY BIKE, was something that surpassed words. It was a dream come true. It was a truly unrealistic moment when I first zipped up that jersey."
We hope you will all join us next year.
2. NICA STORE DISCOUNT
NICA is pleased to announce the launch of a unified NICA store selling items from all of the NICA Leagues! Bookmark the site and look for more items as NICA spreads high school mountain biking coast-to-coast by 2020!
Enjoy a 10% Thanksgiving Weekend Sale through Thursday December 2nd – just enter coupon code TG2010. You can do holiday shopping from home, avoid the traffic . . . and have time left over for a bike ride. The proceeds of each collection go 100% to supporting the corresponding League.
Coaches Megan Cordes of San Luis Obispo Composite and William Turek of Orange Glen High School in Escondido practice their technique.
3. WILDERNESS FIRST AID
Wilderness First Aid for Mountain Bikers is one of the key stone portions of the NICA coaching program. It is a required course for both Head and Assistant Coaches. It is offered one time annually in SoCal. This year it will be offered the weekend of January 15-16, 2011 at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta. It is a 16 hour course with 8 hours of instruction Saturday and 8 hours of instruction Sunday. We will be offering a CPR course Saturday evening for an additional fee. Registration is now open HERE (PDF registration packet at the bottom of registration page). Early registration discount is good through December 31st. The course is open to any League coach, ride leader, parent, or student (grades 11 and 12) interested in better preparing themselves.
2011 Shimano Dura Ace PD 7900 road pedals.
4. SHIMANO SILENT AUCTION
League sponsor Shimano provided us with several great items for the CycleFest auction. Somehow, one of the items didn't make it to the table! That item? a certificate for a combination road shoe and pedal set! The shoe is the SH-R315 and the pedal is the carbon fiber 2011 Dura Ace PD-7900. The retail value for this Tour de France worthy combo is $730.
The receipt of this email marks the start of a Single Track Times only silent auction. If you wish to bid on the set send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Shimano Bid." In the body of the email include your full name (first and last) and the amount you are bidding. This is a "sealed bid" auction meaning bids are not disclosed --- your bid is your bid! If you wish to revise your bid higher you can send a new email. Minimum bid is $300. The auction ends Friday December 10th at 7:00 PM. The high bidder will be provided a PayPal link to pay and the certificate will be sent. Good luck!
Get your 5.Spot!
5. UPCOMING TURNER AUCTION
Fantastic SoCal League sponsor Turner Bicycles helps you kick off the new year right!
Beginning December 13th we will be auctioning off a brand new 2010 Turner 5.Spot on eBay. The bike is a medium in Sangria Red and component highlights include a Fox RLC fork, Easton cockpit, and either a SRAM X9 (2x10) or Shimano XT (3x10) drivetrain. The auction will run through December 23rd so the winner will know if there is a new bike on the way by Christmas Eve. Know a special someone who needs a new Turner for the holidays?
Look for a link to the auction on the SoCal League website and in the December 15th issue of the Single Track Times.
6. “CHILDREN OF THE DIRT” NOW ON YOUTUBE
The NorCal League video, Children of the Dirt, is now on YouTube. Even though this video was made by NorCal, it is a great resource to have if you’re starting a new team, or if you want to give potential riders, parents or sponsors more information about SoCal.
7. MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- October 15, 2010 – Team Registration for 2011 opened
- January 15-16th, 2011 – WFA-MTB
- February 5-6th, 2011 –Rider Camps (tentative)
- February 19th, 2011 – Paramount Ranch Roundup (pending)
- March 6th, 2011 – SoCal Series Race #1 at Vail Lake, Temecula
- March 27th, 2011 – SoCal Series Race #2 at Keysville, Lake Isabella
- April 10th, 2011 – SoCal Series Race #3 (pending)
- May 1st, 2011 – SoCal Series Race #4 at Vail Lake, Temecula
- May 15th, 2011 – California State High School Championships in Los Olivos!