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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019 9:00 am

On Sunday, April 28, Rim of the World High School’s mountain bike team went to the fourth and final race of the season before finals and state championships.

The “Cruise the Keys” race took place at Keysville, near Lake Isabella. The race was 5.5 miles per lap and included a “rollercoaster style single track, fire road climbs” and 550 feet of climbing, according to the Southern California High School Cycling League website, www.socaldirt.org.

Freshman and junior varsity 1 (JV1) riders complete two laps of each course while junior varsity 2 (JV2) riders complete three laps.

The highest ranking racers from Rim were Clayton Lutcavish, Caleb Heman, Kacy Johnson And Carter Kawell.

Lutcavish came in sixth place out of 30 participants for freshman boys. Coach Kathy Horton said he “was only eight points away from being on the podium.” Also in the freshman boys, Darby Friel.

“Friel most likely would have been on the podium except he had a flat on course, but he changed his tire in record time and still completed his race,” Horton said.

Of the other top Rim racers, Heman came in fifth place out of 39 participants in boys JV1, Johnson came in 11th place out of 20 participants for girls JV2, and Carter Kawell came in fifth place out of 24 participants for boys JV2.

As a whole, the Rim mountain bike team came in first place out of 37 teams in division two, putting them in third place for the season as a whole. Rim is nine points behind taking second place in the season and 157 points behind first place.

“Every rider [from] Rim did an amazing job on this very technical course,” Horton said.

The next race will be “Intergalactic Finals” on Sunday, May 12. Following that will be the state championship on Sunday, May 19. The finals and state championship will both be in Tehachapi.

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  • mjvande posted at 8:49 pm on Thu, May 2, 2019.

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    Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL. Mountain biking, besides being expensive and very environmentally destructive, is extremely dangerous. Recently a 12-year-old girl DIED during her very first mountain biking lesson! Another became quadriplegic at 13! Serious accidents and even deaths are commonplace. Truth be told, mountain bikers want to introduce kids to mountain biking because (1) they want more people to help them lobby to open our precious natural areas to mountain biking and (2) children are too naive to understand and object to this activity. Parents: If you do not allow your children to play football in school, why are you allowing them to mountain bike? For 600+ examples of serious accidents and deaths caused by mountain biking, see [link removed]. Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: [link removed]. It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking.... A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see [link removed]). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions. Mountain bikers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat. Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT? For more information: [link removed].

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