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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:00 am

Sunday, May 6, the Rim of the World High School Mountain Bike Team competed for league finals in its last race of the season in Tehachapi. The team proudly stood on the podium to receive a first place trophy for the third time this year.

Tehachapi, which normally has strong, gusty winds, had a pleasant breeze for this race and, instead of full sun blazing all day, there was a light cloud cover for most of the day to keep temperatures from overwhelming the riders. These are the kinds of weather conditions that make for a great bike race.

We knew we were ready as we approached this race, as no one was sick, our bikes were in good condition and each rider was physically and mentally strong, due to many hours of training.

As each wave of racers took off out of the shoot, they were strong and powered by the desire to do their best. The course started out with a long uphill climb but led to a fast and fun single track with lots of rocks to ride over. These are the kinds of conditions we practice in daily.

Jonathan Viero, Lidia Malina, Kacy Johnson and Carter Kawell’s points were the ones that brought our team to first place:

Jonathan – stepped up in position to sixth place – varsity boys;

Lidia – stepped up several spots in this race to tenth place on JV girls;

Kacy – continued her trips onto the podium to receive her fifth place medal;

Carter – our up-and-starring freshman rider, placed eighth.

Charlie Reid made a jump from 21st place in his second lap to attaining 17th place at the end in JV boys;

Jack Wootten stepped up in position this race to 11th place in sophomore boys;

Dakota Greer received 27th position in the most competitive race category of the day, in varsity boys;

Samuel Aldridge could not be held back as he was entangled in a downed rider right at the beginning of the race and again did a major flip right near the end of the race, but still came in 13th out of 29 racers in his category;

Steve Hernandez, another up-and-coming freshman, came in 13th place out of 27;

Nicholas Saavedra came in 21st place in the biggest category of 39 riders in JV boys;

Caleb Heman also came in 21st in the sophomore boys category.

Based on overall points throughout the season, our team came in second place for league, only a small margin behind Hemet High School.

Carter Kawell received a fifth place medal for overall in freshmen boys category; Steve Hernandez, 11th place in league freshmen category; Jack Wootten, 10th place in league sophomore boys; Samuel Aldridge, 16th place in league sophomore boys; Caleb Heman, 22nd place in league sophomore boys; Charlie Reid, 25th place in league JV boys; Nicolas Saavedra, 26th place in league JV boys; Jonathan Viero, seventh place in league varsity boys; Dakota Greer, 31st place in league varsity boys; Lidia Malina, 14th place in league JV girls; Kacy Johnson, sixth place in league sophomore girls.

All eleven of our riders qualified to go to States competition in Petaluma May 20, which says a lot for this team and their ability. This also says a lot about our coaching staff and their dedication to giving these riders every opportunity to excel in this sport. The best coaches anywhere are Bob Turner, Don Day, Bill Johnson and Reka Feleyni.

We are sad to say goodbye to our seniors Dakota, Jonathan, Nicholas and Lidia this year. Dakota, ‘Jonny’ and ‘Nic’ have been with the team for all four high school years. All of them will be greatly missed. Our team is more like family and it is hard to think they will not be practicing or racing with us again.

It is a pleasure to work with this amazing team, coaches and families. Everyone comes together to make it all work.

Wish us well as we compete against NorCal and SoCal high schools.

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