2013 Race #5 – Boggs Mountain

The Bike Dawgs traveled to Boggs Mountain last weekend to compete against over 50 teams from all over Northern California in the NorCal mountain bike championship race.

Senior Annie Brow had the race of her career, storming through the rolling singletrack and grueling fire road climbs to take 3rd place in the Varsity Girls race, and securing a 3rd place overall finish for all of Northern California – the highest Varsity Girls’ placement yet in the seven-year history of mountain biking at SRHS. Sophomore Sam Weinstein also ended the day on the podium for the fifth time this season, coming in 4th in the race and securing 3rd place overall in the JV Boys category. Those results – plus strong finishes by Isabella Breen, Emily Laskin, Seth Francis, Walker Busby, Evan Prahm and Jake Becker – gave the Dawgs a 4th place team finish for the day and secured 5th place overall out of all high schools from Salinas north to the Oregon border.

Other strong overall finishers for the 2013 race series were Lauren Schulman, 10th place Varsity Girls; Seth Francis, 10th place Varsity Boys; Emily Laskin, 9th place JV girls; Walker Busby, 11th place JV boys; and Evan Prahm 16th Place JV boys.

The Bike Dawgs will compete one final time this season in the State Championship race at Stafford Lake in Novato on May 20th.

Jake Becker sprints through the dust on the starting fire road in the D1 Sophomore Boys race

2013 Race #3 – Granite Bay All-League Race

The SRHS Bike Dawgs traveled to Granite Bay on March 24 to compete against high school teams from all over Northern California in the first all-conference race of the 2013 season, racing 14-28 miles on the scenic single track skirting Folsom Lake. The races went off in three waves, starting with girls in the morning, moving on to sophomore and freshmen boys at noon, and ending with the fast-paced JV and Varsity Boys races in the afternoon. It was a tough day for the small Dawgs race team, with a key rider missing and crashes that left two riders unable to finish the race.

When the dust cleared, only one Dawgs rider reached the podium: sophomore Sam Weinstein, 4th place for JV Boys. Other team scorers were Annie Brow and Emily Lane for Varsity Girls, Julia Jackson-Clark and Emily Laskin for JV Girls, Seth Francis for Varsity Boys, Walker Busby for JV Boys and Jake Becker for Sophomore Boys. Those riders’ combined scores gave the Dawgs a 10th place team finish in Division 1 racing for the day, but left them within easy striking distance of 6th place for the series.

 

Sam Weinstein edges out a Nevada Union rider in the JV Boys race.

2013 Season Race #2 – Folsom Prison “Race Behind Bars”

The SRHS Bike Dawgs traveled to Folsom Prison on March 10 to compete against high school teams from all over Northern California in the first-ever high school “Race Behind Bars,” racing 12-24 miles on public and prison lands made up of fire break roads, sweeping single track on abandoned flume channels and through oak woodlands. The races went off in three waves, starting with Varsity Girls in the morning and ending with the marathon 24-mile Varsity Boys race in the afternoon. It was a good course for the varied talents of the small Dawgs team, with enough vertical ascent that our strong climbers could excel, and plenty of level straightaway for the sprinters to dominate as well.

At the end of the day, four Dawgs reached the podium: senior Isabella Breen, 5th place for Varsity Girls; sophomore Julia Jackson-Clark, 5th place for JV Girls; sophomore Sam Weinstein, 3rd place for JV Boys; and sophomore Jake Becker, 4th place for Sophomore Boys. Other team scorers were Annie Brow and Lauren Schulman for Varsity Girls, Seth Francis for Varsity Boys, and Walker Busby for JV Boys. Those riders’ combined scores gave the Dawgs a 3rd place team finish in Division 1 racing for the day. Combining that result with their 3rd place finish at Granite Bay two weeks before, the SR Bike Dawgs finished out the North Conference series in 3rd place out of all schools from Marin County north to the Oregon border.

 

Bike Dawgs take the podium twice at Folsom

2013 Race #1 – Granite Bay

The SRHS Bike Dawgs traveled to Folsom Lake last Sunday to compete against high school teams from all over Northern California in the Granite Bay Challenge, racing 12-24 miles on a course made up of twisting single-track, wide double track and rolling cross-country terrain. The races went off in three waves, starting with Varsity Girls in the morning and ending with the grueling 24-mile Varsity Boys race in the afternoon. In between, all of the Dawgs riders put in outstanding efforts, from sophomore Reed Caron, riding in his first race ever, to veteran senior Michael Magner, who turned in the best finish of his four year career.

At the end of the day, five Dawgs reached the podium: Seniors Annie Brow, 4th place, and Isabella Breen, 5th place, for Varsity Girls; sophomore Julia Jackson-Clark, 3rd place for JV Girls; sophomore Sam Weinstein, 3rd place for JV Boys; and sophomore Jake Becker, 5th place for Sophomore Boys. Other team scorers were Lauren Schulman for Varsity Girls, Emily Laskin for JV girls, and Seth Francis for Varsity Boys. Those scores contributed to a strong finish for the Dawgs, earning them a 4th Place team finish out of all the North Conference Division 1 schools from Marin County north to the Oregon border.

Lauren finishing her race in front of staged Sophomore Boys