Full Speed Ahead

The fall season of NICA is rapidly approaching; moving at the speed of a bullet train.

Below are IMPORTANT bullet points from Coach Mike:

  • Registration for our Fall NICA season is open!
  • Returning families should already have a dashboard set up in the NICA Pit Zone.
  • New families will need a NICA invite from the coach.
  • This year you must be registered and have your national/state fees paid before you can practice with us.  This is a change from the past.
  • Racing, as always, is optional, and is a choice that can be made at a later date.
  • Practices will begin around July 1.
  • Adults/parents that want to ride along with the team must be registered as volunteers, including a background check, CDC concussion training and the NICA training video.
  • https://pitzone.nationalmtb.org/users/sign_in
  • Meet and Greet for Colonial Revolution Composite on Sunday, June 3 after WOYW banquet (Shelter 1, New Quarter Park)


In Any Language

red barn biles
Wouldn’t this look pretty amazing on a pit zone canopy?!

A shout out to Robert at Red Barn Bikes for the generous donation to the team from his March Tune-Up Fundraiser.  And to all of his customers who made the extra effort to get their machines into his shop during March, we thank you and appreciate your support of our team.  Merci! Gracias! Danke! See you on the trails.

Race 5- Hot, Hot Day

Blue Ridge School in St. George hosted race 5 of the 2018 Spring VAHS Series. (See results by race here.) It was a beautiful day for racing but plenty hot. And to think, the first race of this series was rescheduled because of snow!  No complaining about the stream crossing today.

As this wraps up the spring series, a note from Coach Mike:

Teammates, Coaches & Parents:

Kudos to those who competed in the spring VAHS series!  Everyone did an outstanding job on  the toughest courses we will see in high school racing!  We had some outstanding results as well, but more importantly, just this past Saturday a coach from another team commented on what polite young people and nice families our team attracts.  That is a huge WIN!

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Around the State We…

What a great weekend for Colonial Revolution & friends!  This weekend we:
  • volunteered at the James City PD Bike Safety Rodeo
  • raced on Western Slope of Massanutten- VAHS Race 3
  • raced & volunteered at New Quarter Park- WOYW
  • conducted 3 separate age/skill appropriate rides from Stokesville Campground
  • trained 5 coaches for the upcoming season
Thanks to everyone who made it possible!

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VAHS Spring Series Race 2

The Virginia High School Series, aka VAHS MTB, “is Virginia’s official interscholastic mountain bike race series. Sanctioned by USA Cycling, VAHS MTB offers competitive racing for riders of all ability levels. The series is open to ANY high school, middle school, or elementary school student.” (https://vahs-sports.com/about/)

We cheered for riders in all three categories, both boy and girl waves, including riders from our Col Rev Development Team (Luke, Brooke, and Connor!) Riding independently or representing Colonial Revolution, Caring for Creatures, or St. Chris, here is the rider roll call from Race 2 at Forest Hill Park.

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For more photos of our riders, see Shelly’s photo gallery.

For Jack Anderson’s video compilations of each race and Jack Looney’s photos of competitors from throughout Virginia, visit VAHS’ media page.


Luck of the Irish

Kick off the spring with the luck of the Irish on your side!  Ask yourself, is that fancy doohickey (still) broken?  Steer yourself away from Murphy’s Law. Get your bike into Red Barn Bikes this month and Robert will generously donate a portion of the tune-up to the team. It is a win-win for our local mountain biking community.


This IS True Love

Better than a bouquet of flowers.  Longer lasting than a heart shaped box of Whitman’s chocolates.  More unique than a Zip-lock bag of HoneyStinger Waffles.  Show your #LOVE by giving your Valentine a bike tune-up!

Get your bike into Red Barn Bicycles during the month of March and Robert will donate a portion of the proceeds directly to the team.  As if you made a stop at Hallmark, the attached PDF with all of the details is ready for printing and February 14th gift giving!

Red Barn Spring Fundraiser







Unique Contributions

Bowling alley? Pizza place? Where is the best venue for holding the end of the year celebration for a youth mountain biking team? The pit zone of a mountain bike race, of course! Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Coach Steve’s Tidewater Challenge provided an opportunity for our youth and coaches to race and then cheer on the expert men and women who were literally racing as the team acknowledged their own numerous accomplishments for the season.

High School rider, James, led the team in a “Walk of Fame” during which each rider shook the hand and greeted each coach with a personal thank you. Middle School rider, Parker, spoke on behalf of the team thanking Coach Mike for his dedication, encouragement, and sense of humor. Coach Mike was presented with an original up-cycled plaque created by our very own team mom and artist, Lisa Wiertel, complete with bike chains and gears.

Coach Mike created one-of-a-kind plaques and reflections for each rider. Coaches Rick and Christie created generously stuffed grab bags for the coaches. Coach Christie also put her artistic talent into a custom Lang Gang doormat for Coach Mike’s family and a free-standing plaque for our webmaster. Such personal touches keep it real!

The EOY celebration was also an opportunity to pay tribute to coach-extraordinaire, Paul Penetta, as he and his family, including our team captain, Kevin, embark on their adventure west. The oversized posters, glitter race plates and mustache lightened our spirits knowing that a big hole was being created. Paul and Kevin touched the hearts and improved the skills of all!

Coach Paul shared with the team that this race was not an easy one; today wasn’t his day. He thought about walking off the course, but was motivated by the youth lining the course rooting for him. He toughed it out for them just like they have for him with each new skill learned, each hill conquered, each challenge faced. That sums up our 2017 season, folks.

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