Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MBAA #2 - Estrella Hedgehog Hustle

The 2nd MBAA race in the series was out at Estrella Mountain Park in Avondale, AZ.  The course for this race was much different than race #1.  While the laps were shorter, the entire course was strewn with loose rock and punchy climbs.  We had 8 riders suit up for the challenge of Estrella.  For the boys we had Liam and Ty back for the 13-14 race, Barrett and Luke battling in the 11-12, and Maks & Axel for 6-8 boys.

The boys were off first.  Liam got the hole shot into the single track and was able to maintain his lead for the first lap.  He was faded towards the end, but was able to hold on for a 4th place finish.  Ty improved dramatically from his first race.  He was also off to a fast start and hung on for 7th!  Barrett and Luke were off next.  Both boys improved over race #1, with Barrett snagging his first MTB podium of the year in 3rd and Luke moving up to 8th place overall.  Maks and Axel also had impressive races, finishing 1st and 3rd respectively with only 11 seconds separating them.

Up next we had our girls, with Bella racing 11-12 and Emma back in 9-10.  The overall improvement for out team continued with Bella having her best race yet and snagging her first podium spot of the year in 2nd place!  Emma continued to dominate her category, again finishing 1st by a 2 minute margin.

Congratulations again to all the racers!  It is so awesome to see everyone improving with each race.  Next stop....Lake Havasu City!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Team Skills Clinic with CZ Racing and Bicycle Haus of Scottsdale

Our team was fortunate enough to be able to spend an evening with the CZ Racing team at a local park learning some fundamental skills to improve balance and overall performance.  Coach Jason Tollous, who also runs Tenac Championship Coaching, lead the clinic with the CZ racers on hand to help individuals with their skills.  We had over 15 kids participating in such activities as track standing, grabbing water bottles off the ground while riding, and riding patterns throughs cones.  Everyone did a great job and had a lot of fun!  Afterward, we pedaled over the Bicycle Haus of Scottsdale where the kids were treated to a pizza dinner courtesy of the shop.  We want to give a huge THANK YOU to CZ Racing, Coach Tollous, and Bicycle Haus for putting on the event and supporting our riders.  You left a huge & positive impression on these youngsters that continues to motivate each one of them!