2018 NICA Season

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Fanatic, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Fanatic

    Fanatic Member

    Location:
    Corona
    Name:
    Aaron Brooks
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 70RSL
    My son just started his practices for the upcoming NICA Season. He is 11 years old and in the middle of his 6th grade year. Dan will be racing with the Corona Composite Mountain Bike Team.

    I have been really impressed with the coaches and the team. The kids are really supportive of all of the different skill levels.

    Dan will be riding a 2015 Cannondale F-SI Carbon 2 29'er with the 1x11 SRAM setup.

    He will be using a road bike for the garage workouts with Wahoo sensors for Speed/Cadence/HR.

    I am excited to watch Dan's progression through the season. Hopefully a few other members have kids competing. It would be cool to hook up at the races.

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  2. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The road is where I call home
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    That's basically the bike I'm on. Great bike, hope they have fun.
     
  3. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    I've said it before here and elsewhere, the NICA/SoCalDirt HS races are amazing! I have a sophomore, an eighth grader, and now a sixth grader this year. The races are a blast to go to, and the athletes are all amazing!
    Corona has the Bemis sisters (Madeline graduated, right?), who are out and out amazing!!!
     
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  4. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
  5. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    It's interesting that most interscholastic mt. bike racers - at least in SoCal - quit while in high school. The lure of the car, and participation in other scholastic sports seems to cut into MtB on a grand scale. My niece and nephew ride for their HS team in Murrieta, along with about three others. Same experience here in Laguna. The Middle Schoolers come out in droves - no high schoolers.

    Best wishes for all of our IMTB offspring racing NICA!
     
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  6. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    It's a shame, as the league is so incredibly positive. I suppose there's vicious competition going on, but I just don't see it. EVERYBODY cheers every kid on, just louder for some :) Races are fantastic fun. Basically big camp outs. Getting girls racing is the trick, and keeping them through high school is the second hurdle.

    It's still a word of mouth thing. Basically the kids have to have a parent that rides MTBs. Then they get the kids in, ride with then, check their gear, etc. While money is an issue for a bike, fees, etc, having the parent that rides and is connected in the local MTB community is the trick.

    What's really weird is lack of beer at the races. Who knew!!!
     
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  7. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    HS kids don't usually want to do what their parents are into. They are programmed to reject their parents' tastes and to think everything their parents do is completely uncool.

    I wish they would sometimes reject their parents' values, but that's another story.
     
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  8. Fanatic

    Fanatic Member

    Location:
    Corona
    Name:
    Aaron Brooks
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 70RSL
    I grew up windsurfing with my dad from about 8 years old all the way through college. I had so much fun on the weekends and going on family vacations to different windsurfing venues. My 11 year old is almost to the point where he can keep up with me on the adult rides. Watching @Grego ride with his son is proof that the sport brings families together.
     
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  9. Fanatic

    Fanatic Member

    Location:
    Corona
    Name:
    Aaron Brooks
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 70RSL
    Here are some training pics from AZ last week.

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    My son is loving his new bike. It is cool seeing how much he has progressed on the light 29er.
     
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  10. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    A COLD and WINDY day out at Lake Perris today! The Redlands Composite Team picked up the leader jersey in both the sophomore and JV races, as well as the points lead in their league classification!

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    My racer is going to be out for a while though... While he came in DFL for his race, he did so with THREE BROKEN RIBS from a crash in the first lap!!!!

    This kid is amazing!

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  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Hey Aaron!
    Is that Scottsdale?
     
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  12. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    @Cyclotourist your kid is bad ass. praying he has a quick and full recovery!
     
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  13. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Thank you!!!
     
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  14. Fanatic

    Fanatic Member

    Location:
    Corona
    Name:
    Aaron Brooks
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 70RSL
    @Mikie Those pics are from San Tan Regional Park near Queen Creek, AZ. It is an awesome place to ride. Nothing technical, but lots of flowy trail to play on.

    My son had a great first race at lake Perris. He finished 27 out of 62 for the 6th grade boys. He gave the race everything he had and left a little puke after the finish line. We are going to preride Vail tomorrow to prep for this weekend.

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    These pics are from last Saturday during a training ride at Sycamore. The rain gave us great conditions to play on.


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  15. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    That’s awesome Aaron!
    :thumbsup:Thanks.
     
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  16. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 Times SC, Oh My.
    Ouch... Sorry that I missed this, and I hope he heals up fast.
     
  17. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Healing vibes, thoughts and prayers for those ribs, @Cyclotourist. He'll be back quickly! :thumbsup:
     
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  18. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Thanks, I think he will. He was beat up pretty bad that day! He's starting riding to school tomorrow (he hates having to be driven in). Won't race this weekend @ Vail, but maybe in two more weeks @ Keyesville.
     
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  19. Fanatic

    Fanatic Member

    Location:
    Corona
    Name:
    Aaron Brooks
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 70RSL
    Heal up quick. The forecast looks like rain on Saturday/Sunday. Hopefully I can hook up with you at Keyesville and say hi.
     
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  20. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
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  21. Fanatic

    Fanatic Member

    Location:
    Corona
    Name:
    Aaron Brooks
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 70RSL
    Wet day at Vail today, but the rain decided to take a break during all 3 Saturday races. The dirt was amazing.

    Dan got 26 out of 52. His buddy Chad on the team was able to get first place out of 52.

    Momentum hill did not disappoint.

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  22. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Yes! Good times on dirt!
     
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  23. Fanatic

    Fanatic Member

    Location:
    Corona
    Name:
    Aaron Brooks
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 70RSL
    2 races in 2 weekends. My son and I went to Keyesville last week and to vail lake this past Saturday. Both race courses were set up well.

    My son got wiped out in Vail while descending tunnel of love, but he was able to hop back on his bike and finish strong.

    Water crossing at Keyesville.
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    Nice corner at Vail
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  24. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Keyesville is so great... I love that place. Hope your son had a good time, and wants to come back for some more next year!

    This season was such a bummer with Jake fracturing some ribs at the first race... He could have raced today, but with no fitness built up, it wouldn't have been much fun at all. The worst part is he was his fastest ever in pre-season rides... hangin' with the big guns for good portions of the practices. Will have to wait till next year!
     
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  25. BigTex

    BigTex Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Richard
    Current Bike:
    Pivot Les
    Donating bikes to NICA teams....?

    A while back I heard about someone soliciting bike donations for middle and high school MTBers, I think it was someone in the IE. Now I can't seem to find anything about it. Does anyone know of such a thing? I have a bike that I think would make a good start for an MTB racer that can't buy one.
     
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  26. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Very generous, Richard!
     
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  27. Fanatic

    Fanatic Member

    Location:
    Corona
    Name:
    Aaron Brooks
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 70RSL
    I am a coach for our NICA team in Corona. We have had gear donated to the team and the families always appreciate it. Hit me up. We are having our first team meeting on Oct 5th.
     
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