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.
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!
Hogwarts School of Cycling…it looks like it, right? The Miller School of Albemarle hosted race 1 which was rescheduled from early April due to snow. This rider roll call is titled Faces at the Finish. For photos of the start, and middle, see Shelly’s gallery or Ellen’s collection.
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.
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.
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!
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.