Sunday, January 24, 2016

Avondale Criterium #1

Today kicked off the criterium racing season in the valley.  The juniors race was first off - bright and early at 7:30am.  We had 3 riders out today for the juniors 9-12...Barrett, Liam, and Emma.  After some warm-up laps - which in the chilly morning air was needed - they were off!  The pack stayed close together for the first 2/3 of the race.  Liam was out front with Luke, who was riding in the category just above his.  Barrett was locked in a tight battle for 2nd with 2 other riders.  Emma, riding unopposed, stayed with the juniors boys for most of the race.  After 10 laps, Liam broke away from Luke and kept the lead to the finish.  Barrett came in strong just missing the podium in a solid 4th place for his first ever road race.  Emma also came in solid finishing ahead of some of the boys field.  It was another great race.  These kids are getting fast!!

Getting ready to start

Juniors on the start line ready to go!

Emma was unopposed, but working
hard nonetheless!
The juniors field working hard on course

Liam working with Luke

Barrett locked in a battle for 2nd
Barrett coming in a solid 4th
in his first ever road race!
Liam bringing home the win

Junior boys 9-12 podium

Junior girls 9-12 podium

Sunday, January 17, 2016

MBAA Race 1 - McDowell Mountain Meltdown

It was an exciting day of racing yesterday out at the MBAA series opener - McDowell Mountain Meltdown.  There was record breaking attendance and one of the largest junior fields in recent history!  The Dynamix crew had 5 racers out for the day.  Newcomers to our racing team, Karson and Max, went off first for the junior boys 12-14 category.  The field had over 40 racers!  They battled it out for a 20th and 21st place finish respectively, which was impressive considering they were 2 of the youngest racers in the group.
Carson coming in strong
Max finishing his 1st MTB race ever!

Next up was the junior boys 9-11, with Liam and Barrett representing the team.  Both had impressive and explosive starts, with Liam hitting the single track first and Barrett close behind in 4th.  It was a hard fought battle for both boys.  Liam traded back and forth between 1st and 2nd the entire race, just edging the competition at the line for the win!  Barrett came in strong in 6th place for his first ever MBAA race.  In a field of 27 riders, they both did an exceptional job!

Junior Boys 9-11 start
Liam & Barrett charging towards the single track
in an impressive start!
Liam looking to pass one of the junior boys 12-14 riders
Barrett coming in fast and strong
after lap 1

Liam edging the competition on the line to take the win!

Barrett coming in for an impressive 6th of 27
in his first ever MBAA race!
Last up for the day was Emma, racing in the junior girls 9-11 category.  Emma, as the defending MBAA series champion, was looking for a strong showing today.  She was racing against her largest field ever.  She got an excellent start and hit the single track first.  It was all power from there, turning 2 of her fastest times ever on this course to finish for the win 10 minutes ahead of 2nd place!  Amazing job Emma!!
Emma heading out strong off the start

Emma is all business when she is out on course!

Emma coming in for the win!!

Junior girls 9-11 podium:
1st place - Emma
2nd place - Brooklyn
3rd place - Sarah

Junior boys 9-11 podium:
1st place - Liam
2nd place - Cyrus
3rd place - Brighton

Celebratory cupcakes and silly faces!

Emma got to meet Maghalie Rochette, a pro womens racer
and 1st place finisher at today's race.  She was so nice to take
time with Emma and give her a water bottle!  Thank you

Monday, January 11, 2016

Pre-rides, Birthdays, and Family Fun!

The Dynamix crew had a great time out at MMP this past weekend.  With the MBAA season fast approaching, this was our last opportunity to practice the comp loops.  But, first we had some birthdays to celebrate!  Liam & Barrett turned double digits recently!  After a yummy BBQ lunch followed by some cyclocross birthday cake (in honor of Liam & Barrett's recent state championship wins), we hit the trails.  A number of kids from the Dynamix team will be racing next weekend with others looking ahead to racing later in the season.  The preride went very well and everyone is tuned up and ready to go.  Stay tuned for all the racing details!!!

Happy 10th Birthday Liam & Barrett!
A fitting cake for 2 of our CX AZ State Champs!

The gang getting ready to hit the trails!  We have an amazing
group of kids AND parents that love to ride!!

Emma is excited to kick off the 2016 MBAA series next weekend!