OAKLAND, CA - 500 high school mountain bikers from 35 schools across northern California are eagerly awaiting the opening round of the 2009 Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing Series, which begins March 1 with the 2009 Central Coast Invitational at East Garrison at Fort Ord, near Monterey.
The 2009 series opener is held on a fun course featuring lots of single track over rolling hills in mountain biking's classic Fort Ord venue. Riders will complete multiple laps of a circuit that is approximately 6.0 miles per lap.
"Once again we are seeing an increase in the participation of students, schools and coaches, and as usual I am very excited to see the new crop of riders at the start line. The teamwork, camaraderie, and star coaching quality, which have defined our League thus far, create a unique racing atmosphere," said NorCal League Founder and Director, Matt Fritzinger. He went on: "The Fort Ord venue has a lot of history for our League, it makes the perfect opening race for both new racers and spectators alike."
The complete schedule for the 2009 Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League Series is as follows:
March 1: Central Coast Invitational 1, East Garrison, Fort Ord, Monterey
March 15: Granite Bay Invitational, Folsom Lake, Folsom
April 5: Mountain Goat Challenge, Pilarcitos Canyon, Fort Ord, Monterey
April 26: To be announced shortly
May 17: State Championship, Bogg's Mountain, Cobb
Athletes may register for the 2009 Racing Series at norcalmtb.org, where they can also view course maps, get directions and check out highlights from years past.
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