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.