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Milestone Race for Local High School Mountain Bike Teams

Last weekend, the Norcal High School Mountain Biking Teams traveled to Marin for the first time and raced out at Stafford Lake in ninety degree heat.

Last weekend marked a milestone event the  and high school mountain biking clubs. It was the first time since the inception of the clubs that they were able to race on their own home turf.

The clubs typically travel throughout Northern California from Monterey to Boggs Mountain for Norcal High School Mountain Bike Races, six weekends every spring. This time organizers staged races at just west of the Novato city limits.

The local clubs have been always been united. They have traveled, raced and practiced together for years. They have shared coaches and coaching philosophies.

Both of my children participated in this sport, and we participated in many unique outdoor experiences together that we will never forget.

Thank you for Marin County Parks and Open Space, NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing and all the volunteers who made this event possible.

Did you take action shots of the kids racing? You can upload them to this story. Just click on the "add photos" button above these photos. If you had a great time at the races, add your comments as well.

Among the best local finishers were Novato's Rachel Anderson in the sophomore girls race (second place), San Marin's Matthew Erbentraut in varsity boys (ninth), San Marin's Patrick Murphy in JV boys (ninth), Novato's Maya Brog in sophomore girls (12th), San Marin's Ross Harrington in sophomore boys (12th) and San Marin's Tyler Schmidt in freshman boys (21st).

Looking for more details on the results? Check out this Patch story about how well the Drake High team fared.

Ed Erbentraut May 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM
This was a great day. Beautiful weather, excellent competition, wonderful people everywhere. The spirit of mountain biking was alive and well.
craig anderson May 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Great day and great group of kids. Off to State Championships near Santa Barbara next weekend for the final race!
Mary Lamerdin May 15, 2012 at 01:46 AM
We're so happy that the San Marin and Novato teams have a place to race in their own backyard! It's also wonderful that the race has finally come to the county that gave birth to mountain biking. Congratulations to all the racers, no matter where they placed! We know that just finishing one of these challenging races is an outstanding achievement!

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