Day one of the National Championships kick off with the Juniors Road Race. Images by Lee McDaniel

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Day one of the National Championships Juniors Men 10-12 – 22 kilometers
1. Adam Croft (Toano, Va./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) 40:23:00
2. Eduardo Cruz (San Diego, Calif./ACQUA AL 2/SDBC/San Diego Bicycle Club) 40:31:00
3. William Bobrow (Louisville, Ky./Better Cycling of Louisville) 40:36:00
4. Torin Bickmore (Longmont, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling) 40:39:00
5. Kerem Ayhan (Hackettstown, N.J./Team Bulldog) 40:51:00

Juniors Women 10-12 – 22 kilometers
1. Megan Doherty (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad)) 38:24:00
2. Katie Clouse (Park City, Utah/Cole Sport) 41:35:00
3. Abigail Youngwerth (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad)) 41:35:00
4. Isabella Brookshire (Hendersonville, N.C./DIY Junior Development Team p/b ABRC) 41:46:00
5. Sarah Swan (Alpine, Calif./Strive Racing) 41:57:00

Juniors Men 13-14 – 33 kilometers
1. Gage Hecht (Parker, Colo./International Christian Cycling Club) 0:53:48
2. Grant McElroy (Portland, Ore./Beaverton Bicycle Club) 0:53:48
3. Mathew Ly (Fountain Valley, Calif./Tru Cycling) 0:53:48
4. Sandor Delgado (Hialeah, Fla./Interactive Metronome Development) 0:53:48
5. Nick Oestreich (Powder Springs, Ga./Junior Flyers) 0:53:48

Juniors Women 13-14 – 33 kilometers
1. Skylar Schneider (West Allis, Wisc./Team TIBCO II) 1:05:16
2. Hannah Green (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad)) 1:05:16
3. Gina Johnson (Park Ridge, Ill./Village-Verdigris Cycling) 1:05:18
4. Rachel Cross (Costa Mesa, Calif./Sho-air/Rock ‘n Road/Team Velos) 1:05:18
5. Svetlana Mack (Silver Spring, Md./Rock Creek Velo) 1:05:22

Juniors Women 15-16 – 55 kilometers
1. Claire VanEkdom (Chevychase, Md./JET Cycling) 1:43:06
2. Laurel Rathbun (Monument, Colo./JETCycling/JET Cycling) 1:43:06
3. Janelle Cole (Rockford, Mich./West Michigan Coast Riders) 1:43:06
4. Zoe Reeves (Grand Rapids, Mich./Einstein Racing) 1:43:06
5. Hannah Swan (Alpine, Calif./Strive Racing) 1:43:06


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June 2nd & 3rd SCNCA Jr’s, Elite’s & Masters Road Race Championships Bakersfield Ca. by (Zachary A Griffin)


Saturday was the Jr Road Race Championships as well as a handful of non-championship races.

Christina Fuentes, Kenyon Pape, Charlie and Parker Rous all took part in the Jr Races. Charlie was 8th in the 12.5 mile 10-12′s & Parker was 11th on the 25mile 13-14′s!! All finished, not sure of all of the places, but from the smile on their faces, I’d say they had fun!

Many other local cyclist through their leg over the bike on Saturday to take on Event Promoter Sam Ames Championship course. I dont have all the placings and names yet, but you know who you are;) [Read more…]

Future of the Sport – Junior dirty Girls in the I.E. by Hilary Crowley: SkyFlash

McKenzie Cross-race


When did you start cycling competitively?  For me it was at the ripe old age of 30 and as I staged alongside junior’s like Coryn Rivera when we were both Cat 3’s, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to have started sooner.


Meet Madelaine and McKenzie Melcher, ages 16 and 17 respectively.  These sophomore and senior siblings are putting themselves on the map regionally and nationally in three disciplines of the sport: road, cyclo-cross and cross-country mountain biking.  Since they started racing in 2011, they have completed more than 30 races from the SoCal region to Idaho and Monteray. [Read more…]

California State Championships A Gold Rush for High School MTB Racing

2012 California State High School Mountain Bike Racing Championships

 May 24, 2012

 By Phil Beckman, PB Creative

 Contact: Matt Gunnell,, (818) 415-1133,

Full results


Los Olivos, Calif. — Perhaps National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) founder Matt Fritzinger described it best. He had ridden a lap behind one of the races in the afternoon. At the awards ceremony later, he said that two words came to mind during his six-mile reconnaissance: “Rotisserie chicken.” [Read more…]

Meet Matt Freeman (another “Voice” on



Matt Freeman loves to ride and write. He’s using to write about his passion for two wheels, which is refreshing since he’s been stuck writing marketing gobble-de-gook for software companies for the last five years.


He spent the first 20 years of his life racing off-road motorcycles. Between 1996 and 2003, Freeman worked in the motorcycle industry writing/editing for companies such Dirt Rider magazine, Cycle News, American Suzuki Motor Corp., Kawasaki Motors Corp., and American Honda Motor Company. During that time he learned the ropes of factory racing, helping to manage press relations for Suzuki corporate, Kawasaki’s factory road race and drag race teams, and Honda’s factory motocross, road race, and off-road teams.



In 2000, Freeman began riding bicycles to rehab a torn ACL that he had suffered during a photo shoot. By 2005 he had attained USA Cycling/International Cycling Union (UCI) Professional/Elite status in the cross country mountain biking discipline, Category 1 in cyclocross, and Category 2 in road cycling. His mountain bike racing highlights span a decade, ranging from the 2003 California State Cross Country Endurance Championship to a 2008 National Mountain Bike Series Singlespeed win at Windham Mountain Ski Resort in New York, to numerous professional podium finishes in the California State Cross Country Mountain Bike Series. He prefers mountain bike racing to road racing, but still rides his road bike 70-percent of the time, and seldom misses a Redlands Tuesday night Sunset training ride.    [Read more…]

SoCal High School MTB Racing Reaches New Heights

The SoCal High School Cycling League Series reached its high point — in every meaning of the phrase — for the 2012 season in the thin air of the Lake Arrowhead, California. The San Bernardino Mountains were once again the setting for the “Power the Pinnacles” event, but this year it carried considerably more consequence. In 2012 it served as the fifth and final round of the season, making it the literal and figurative summit of months of training and competing for more than 250 student-athletes and their many supporters. Most class and team championships and final point standings would be determined at over 5500 feet of elevation. It also marked the completion of the fourth year of the League, and hence the graduation of a number of riders who have spent their entire high school experience as part of this rapidly growing program.


Perfect conditions and extremely scenic landscape made for an exceptional stage for the critical season finale of this rapidly growing program.

By Phil Beckman, PB Creative



For more information on the SoCal High School Cycling League, contact: Matt Gunnell,, (818) 415-1133,