30 NorCal high schoolers racing nationals

Mountain bikers capping landmark year in Colorado

Varsity girls line up for the California high school mountain bike racing state championships May 17, 2009.

Thirty California high school mountain bike racers will participate in the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships at SolVista Bike Park in Granby, Colorado July 16-19, 2009.


Capping a landmark year for high school cycling, the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League and SoCal Interscholastic Cycling Leagues will be represented by the 30 riders, nine of whom attended the Invitational Camp, and were selected for the NorCal Travel Team. The remainder will travel to the USAC SolVista Nationals individually or with the Whole Athlete Travel Team.

Riders qualified at the California High School Mountain Bike Championships on Sunday, May 17 at Boggs Mountain, California.

“It’s an exciting year because of the sheer number of NorCal League riders who qualified for Nationals,” said Matt Fritzinger, NorCal League founder and executive director. “These riders have been training very hard this summer, and I speak for all in the NorCal and SoCal Leagues in wishing them success in achieving their personal goals.

“Having these young riders represent our schools and our entire league community is something of which everybody who has had any involvement is is very proud.”

The nine riders on the NorCal Travel Team, including six boys and three girls, were selected based on their performance at the 2009 Invitational Camp. The selected riders are: Zachary Valdez, of Hemet High School in the SoCal League; Karli Haugen, of Folsom High Cycling;  Nik Dommen, Lauren Catlin and Sofia Hamilton, Drake Pirates; Andrew Taylor, Contra Costa Composite; Bryan Duke, Salinas High School MTB Team; Adam O’Camb, Miramonte Cycling Club; and independent rider Noah Hanagen.

The travel team is being directed by Katie DeClerq, with coaching assistance from David Curtis and Maureen Kunz. They will be hosted by the Gary Fisher-Subaru team for the full pro-racer experience.

“I’ve been focusing on specific training, I’ve increased my climbing and done some hill repeats,” Duke said. “The race should be interesting due to the elevation and the standard of competition.”


For more information, visit www.solvistanationals.com.