NorCal high school racing begins March 1

Fort Ord site of Central Coast Invitational

Freshman and sophomore girls kick up the dust at the beginning of the 2008 California State Championships.

The 2009 Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing Series begins March 1, as 500 high school mountain bikers from 35 schools across northern California gather for the 2009 Central Coast Invitational at East Garrison at Fort Ord, near Monterey.


The 2009 series opener is held on a course featuring lots of single track over rolling hills in mountain biking’s classic Fort Ord venue. Riders will complete multiple laps of a circuit that is approximately six miles per lap.

“Once again we are seeing an increase in the participation of students, schools and coaches, and as usual I am very excited to see the new crop of riders at the start line,” said NorCal League Founder and Director, Matt Fritzinger. “The teamwork, camaraderie and star coaching quality, which have defined our League thus far, creates a unique racing atmosphere.

“The Fort Ord venue has a lot of history for our League, it makes the perfect opening race for both new racers and spectators alike.”

The 2009 Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League series:

  • March 1: Central Coast Invitational 1, East Garrison, Fort Ord, Monterey.
  • March 15: Granite Bay Invitational, Folsom Lake, Folsom
  • April 5: Mountain Goat Challenge, Pilarcitos Canyon, Fort Ord, Monterey
  • April 26: To be announced shortly
  • May 17: State Championship, Bogg’s Mountain, Cobb

Athletes may register for the 2009 Racing Series at, where they can also view course maps, get directions and check out highlights from years past.