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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019 9:00 am

The third race of the mountain biking season took place at Vail Lake on Sunday, March 31. This was the “Victory at Vail” race with a 5.9-mile course that included 540 feet of climbing.

According to the Southern California High School Cycling League website, www.socaldirt.org, the course was “a great mix of moderate, punchy climbs mixed with swoopy singletrack and fire road passing areas that dip in and out of cheering crowds.”

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

In the Victory and Vail race, the highest ranking racers from Rim of the World High School were Darby Friel, Grant Kawell, Kacy Johnson, and Carter Kawell.

Friel came in seventh place out of 38 participants for freshman boys, Grant Kawell came in 12th place out of 46 participants for boys JV1, Johnson came in ninth place out of 22 participants for girls JV2, and Carter Kawell came in 11th place out of 28 participants for boys JV2.

As a whole, the Rim mountain bike team came in third place out of 36 high schools in division two. This puts Rim at fifth place for the whole season.

The next race will be “Cruise the Keys” on April 28 at the Keyesville Special Recreation Management Area in Lake Isabella. Following that will be the “Intergalactic Finals” on May 12 and the state championship on May 19, both of which are in Tehachapi.

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  • mjvande posted at 9:13 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 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 [website 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: [website 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 [website 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: [website link removed].

    Edited by staff.