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.
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.
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!
Red Barn Spring Fundraiser
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.
Without a doubt, throughout this ENTIRE fall NICA season our Colonial Revolution riders and coaches have gone all out! They have stepped up, challenged themselves, climbed the mountains, and conquered with heart. Race 4, hosted by Woodberry Forest School, was similar yet different; as if every rider turned it up a notch! As individuals and as a team, our riders showcased the true spirit of the sport. Oh, yeah, there was drama too: exciting sprints to the finish (Spoiler alert: Colonial Revolution riders crossed first), pre-race replacement of shifter cables and housing, a bulging tire discovered during staging, a quick thinking coach who offered his bike AND shoes (see featured image), a rock garden that pinched tires, tube replacements on the course, and the kind of pure exhaustion at the finish line that makes Coaches Paul and Beav extra proud. The day was reminiscent of the introduction to ABC’s Wide World of Sports back in the early 1980’s. Cue the music and dramatic voice, “Spanning the globe…The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition.” This Rider Roll Call highlights the victories of the day– Boom!
Middle School Waves
High School Waves
Erlebnis is defined as, “Living fully, experiencing life deeply and intensely in the here and now,” and so is the tale of success for Team Colonial Revolution at Falling Creek Park in Bedford, Virginia. The team, 20 riders strong, responded with GRIT, PERSEVERANCE, and FOCUS to a trail that Coach Mike, mind you with a smile, described as, “Treacherous!” on Sunday morning. The clay was holding water making it SUPER slick, the grass was swampy due to the high humidity overnight, roots presented themselves uphill, downhill, and where they weren’t on the pre-ride (See James’s jersey for evidence.) There were dropped chains that were fixable, and one that was carried across the finish line in the back pocket of a rider on foot. One tubeless tire responded well to a shot of CO2, while another was still losing air after four patches! Both riders made it across the finish line thanks to the help and encouragement of a Sweeper extraordinaire (Hint: See photo gallery below.) ALL twenty riders stepped up to the Race 3 challenge. The Rider Roll Call photo gallery below highlights the finish line photos taken by Mrs. Liebler. The look of erlebnis!
A FABULOUS fall weekend filled with mountain bike trails, kids on bikes, giddy coaches gladly volunteering to ride the course again, a frigid water hole filled with laughter, a unicorn nest (aka, hammock city (Visualize six hammocks in one black walnut tree)), five camp stoves and a mini-grill, tents of all colors and sizes, a multi-team Pot Luck Feast, viewing Saturn’s rings via the telescope in the observatory, a sunrise to inspire, and 21 riders representing Colonial Revolution in race 2 of the NICA series. You can’t make this stuff up. It really happened! #Thankful4ColonialRevolution #RiderRollCall
Race Waves for Middle School Boys & Girls:
Race Waves for High School Boys & Girls:
We love our sponsors for keeping us pedaling. Their logos look particularly good framed by the mountains at Stokesville Campground and many of our team members and coaches.
Welcome to the team, Coach Chris! Clearly, you are in for a good time.
I asked about his first ride with the team. Chris said, “They don’t need to be motivated!”
We love seeing other NICA jerseys mixed in with our Colonial Revolution blues. #WoodberryForestTigers #W&Mmtb