It was wet, it was cold, but some still braved the conditions. Here are the results:
Another glorious Humboldt kind of day greeted around fifty riders in Blue Lake this morning. While we show only 40 riders on the roster, they were joined by a substantial number of non-registered folks along for the ride. As planned, the group rode off almost promptly at 10:00 a.m. Humboldt time.
The first group of riders to cross the line turned in a blistering time of 1:56:42. That's an average of over twenty miles per hour, very impressive gentlemen.
There were no injuries, and only two (okay three if you count the second flat tire for Ansel) mechanical malfunctions.
Oh, and the party at the brewery afterward was as good as it gets.
While a sincere attempt was made to accurately record times for returning riders, RCMBA makes no guarantee that the resulting table is 100% accurate. If you do note a discrepancy, feel free to bring it to our attention so we can break out our orchestra of tiny violins.
As we understand it, the FUNDING GAP IS CLOSED, Arcata has the funds to purchase the property. Thanks to everyone who donated. Although we don't know any of the details, we know our members made a difference and will continue to do so into the future.
RCMBA Members--Help Fund the Forsyth Addition to the Arcata Community Forest!
Arcata is adding the 49-acre Forsyth Tract to the Community Forest but is facing a funding gap. Your RCMBA Board has unanimously voted to help by matching (up to $2500) donations by our club members.
This addition has been a de facto part of the Community Forest for many years, hosting the Jump Trail (and other fun MTB routes), disc golf holes, hiking trails and the occasional logging operation. At this time the City plans to keep the Jump Trail, add new trail segments and make needed environmental improvements. Community input will be sought.
You can invest in our community by going here to the Humboldt Area Foundation or by sending a check to the Environmental Services Department at 736 F Street, Arcata CA 95521. Either way please reference both the RCMBA and the Forsyth Tract so the club can keep track of, and match, your donations. Donations may be tax-deductble. Thanks!
Humboldt Composite's second half of the season saw our high school MTB racers improve on their already impressive results. At Granite Bay, Meigan finished second in JV girls and Vivian rode strong into 13th for sophomore girls. For sophomore boys, Tommy, Ethan, and Wyatt finished 6th, 25th and 32nd over the rocky, windy course. Kyle, Dillon, Blake, and Riley ripped it up in the freshman boys race in 13, 16, 18 and 58th place. For JV boys, Sawyer finished in his best place yet at 35th in the hot sunny weather. Our best day yet!!
At the Norcal conference champs we had another great race. While the camping at the Six Sigma Ranch was a highlight, the racers had a battle on the course with very warm temperatures and challenging singletrack. Meigan finished her amazing season in the JV girls division with a second place several minutes ahead of third, ending the regular season 2nd overall! Elizabeth started her JV girls race at the back of the field and finished an incredible 7th!! In the boys sophomore race, Tommy started strong in 10th but suffered a slow flat tire that relegated him to 42nd. Ethan had an amazing race to finish 13th with a big smile on his face. Wyatt finished his short season with a great 26th. In the freshman boys race, Blake rocked it with his broken foot to finish 15th, followed by Kyle and Dillon in 16th and 17th. Birthday boy Sawyer had a great race in the heat of the day to finish off his senior year racing JV boys in 35th. He said it was his best race of the year, and not just because of the custom cupcakes we shared to celebrate!
At State Champs in Petaluma at the Five Springs Farm, our team had an amazing day. Meigan finished atop the podium in 3rd, and Lizzy 24 in the JV girls. This was in a huge field of 76. An incredible feat for both racers! Viv finished in 25th after being held up at the start; and Tommy and Ethan raced hard in their incredibly competitive field to finish 24th and 40th. Freshman boys Kyle and Dillon fought to finish 22nd and 36th, again in huge fields of over 100!! Kudos to Wyatt for battling through a tough day.
This was the first full racing season for HCMTB and it was so very successful. A huge thanks to the parents, families, and especially great sponsors for all the support. RCMBA, Revolution Bike, Adventure's Edge, Greenway, Arcata Scoop, Matthews, Kluck, Walsh and Wykle, RMI Outdoors, Visual Concepts, and Los Bagels.