2020 NICA High School Season

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  1. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Get your kids out there on a bike! Officially starts in sixth grade, but most teams will let younger kids tag along for the practices as long as a parent is there riding. Races start in March and go through May, and are an absolute BLAST to be a part of. Even if you don't have kids riding, try to check one of them out if it works into your schedule. The practices are fantastic, as you get to go out and ride bikes with your kid, as well as some other amazing athletes. Serious, some of these kids go on to be state, US, and world champions!

    SoCal league: http://www.socaldirt.org/

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  2. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
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    I told her I’m proud of her, and a week later she repeated it on the next ride...so there’s that. :inlove:
     
  3. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Up and coming!!!
     
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  4. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Hey, this Saturday and Sunday will be the first races of the season at Lake Perris. If you're at all curious what a HS race is like, come over and check it out! They are a surprising amount of fun!

    Sunday is the day to see the varsity kids... they're amazing!

     
  5. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    See ya there!!
     
  6. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    You looking for dates or do you have some skin in the game in high school mtb? ;)
     
  7. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    LOL Rox is a volunteer coach with the El Modena team. Plus my buddy Gerry's kid is on the team, so both I guess...
     
  8. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    The Professor’s boy will be out there.
     
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  9. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    HS or MS?
     
  10. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    MS I believe.
     
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  11. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    We're pre-riding tomorrow morning, so might cheer him on if it works out!
     
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  12. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Quite a day at the races! 1,100 kids racing over both days. ALL were a blast to watch! I was able to run into a lot of friendly faces out there today as well! Huge fun, festival-like atmosphere revolving around bikes and being outside! Great seeing you Jason, Mark, and Rox! (Jason's daughter is an amazing first-time racer BTW!)

    The Redlands Composite team is in eighth place out of 22 right now. This is without some of our big guns in the varsity field being there today. Team standing points are based on your top four point-earners. Today Firstborn came in 44 of 64. Middle Child was 21 of 45. What's cool is that even with middle of the pack finishes, they were able to contribute to the team's overall standing. We tell the kids that every one of them needs to show up and do their best, because you never know which one is going to be helping the team with points!

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    In two weeks we're at Vail Lake for race number two. Can't wait to see how they progress from here!
     
  13. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Race report for the Lake Perris: https://madmimi.com/p/1faf501 (Middle Child gets a shout out)

    The second race scheduled for the 22nd in Vail Lake has been cancelled. I have a bad feeling about the rest of the season.

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  14. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    Super cool!

    Super Dave's middle child.

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    Two years ago as an eighth-grader, I had begun practicing with the RICO team from Redlands. This team was easygoing, and it was not scary, yet I still felt fearful of racing. I decided to not race, but I wanted to attend races and watch my older brother race. I moved away from my fear of mountain biking and competed in other sports, such as volleyball and softball. I was avoiding my fears.

    Two years later, now in my sophomore year of high school, I decided to pursue RICO once again. I couldn’t avoid my fear of racing. Practices began and we were pushed to grow stronger and faster and smarter with our bikes. I was gaining strength mentally and physically. A few months later, the first race rolled around at Lake Perris. I was terrified. I had been dreading the race for the past week. I knew the course well and had pre-rode it to help relieve some stress but that only did so much. Fast forward to the race line up, as we waited to start, I began to freak out. My thoughts were similar to “will I be fast enough” or “will I crash” and “will I remember my training”.

    This being my first race, I did not know what to expect. The horn blew, and we were off. I was passing people as we climbed up the hill. The climb was hard, but I pushed myself to the top, where I could breathe as I headed into the downhill. The parts of the course that I had thought would mess me up didn’t. At the finish, I pushed hard to the line, close to throwing up, and felt relief in finishing. I ended up placing 21st out of 44. Although this was higher than I thought I would get, the more shocking fact was that out of my whole team, I was one of the top four point earners contributing to my team’s standing for the day! My mentality for future races will now be that every rider counts!
     
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  15. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    She done good! What's frustrating is that as soon as she got over the mental barrier and got the motivation to ride (and ride well!), the season looks like it will be cancelled. I hope it isn't, and the team is still riding, but preparing for a closure.
     
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  16. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    What is RICO?
     
  17. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    RICO is the Redlands composite team. There's also a home school team, and a team from Redlands High School. The composite is everyone else.
     
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  18. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    Thanks.
    I've seen the Strava rides tagged RICO and figure out what it meant. Didn't know if it was code for Strada scouting or?
     
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  19. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    Redlands Interscholastic Cycling Organization! The coaches have been doing this for 10 years now. Labor of love for them!
     
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  20. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
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  21. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2012 Rockhopper 29
    My school's volleyball session was cancelled as well. Two games in, and they were just beginning to build some chemistry...
     
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