Race #4 | NevadCa Championships

Truckee, CA
October 15th, 2017

A bitter 16 degrees at dawn might have cooled the enthusiasm of some, but not the hardy folk of the Nevada Mountain Bike League. With a passion for cycling and a spirit of camaraderie, the Nevada League faithful soldiered on with the hope that the usual smiles and laughter that are part of a Nevada League event would be bathed in warmth by the day’s end. Not surprisingly, that’s exactly what happened. 155 athletes raced at Truckee’s Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center, among them the highest percentage of girls for any fall NICA league in the nation. Today, challenges would be met, championships claimed.

Points leader Mya Dixon of Galena led off the racing with a strong performance, winning the high school varsity girls’ race over her teammate Mikaela Echo. The Galena women kept up their winning ways in the JV race as Kate Indart finished strong, one minute ahead of fellow Galena rider Emma Hershbach. North Tahoe High’s Myla Kahn took the third spot. Addy Armon of Reno raced solo in the sophomore girls’ division. When you are the only one brave enough to race, you win! So congrats to her. For the freshman girls, Abby Swall of Wooster kept up her winning ways. The podium was split evenly among three different schools as Ciara Wing of Truckee and Paloma Nolan-Bowers of Incline Village Composite took second and third respectively. Season titles went to Maya Dixon for the varsity girls, Kate Indart for JV, Sasha Mueller of Mammoth for the sophomore girls, and Abby Swall for the freshmen.

Annika Robison of Carson took the middle school girls crown, edging out her rival Lainey Lowden of Incline Village Composite. The season title was on the line, and Annika’s victory gained her the overall championship ahead of Lainey by only two points. Sawyer Villanueva of Alta Alpina Composite was third in both contests, only seven points behind Lainey in the overall. The advanced middle school girls’ race was won by Hope Crockell of Placer Foothills Composite, followed by Elsa Harrison of Carson and Hayden McJunkin of Truckee. Crockell and McJunkin tied for the season title, with Carson’s Harrison finishing a close third.

For the boys, Truckee took first in both the middle school and the middle school advanced divisions. Aidan Gustasson finished one place ahead of Truckee’s Reed Loper for the middle school boys, while Oliver Ford of Placer Foothills Composite took third. The advanced boys were led by Truckee’s Matt Seline, with two Placer riders, Wyatt Hamilton and Travis Boucher, taking second and third. The season’s middle school boys’ title went to Gustafsson, with Jake Westfall of Mammoth in second and Loper in third. The advanced middle school boys’ season title went to Saline, with Khy Kinsey of Placer Foothills Composite taking second, and his teammate, Boucher, in third.

The big boys of high school, as usual, were the last groups of the day. Freshman Lucas Miers of Galena continued his winning ways. His three wins out of four races gave him the freshman boys’ season title as well. Teammate Sam Evans was the only rider to beat Lucas this season, but despite his victory in Reno and his second place victory at Tahoe Donner, he couldn’t catch Lucas for the overall, finishing second in the series points battle as well. Terran Hood of Bishop Manogue put on a strong performance to take the race’s third spot, while Luca Robillard finished third for the overall season title. The sophomores were led Axton Albrecht of Mammoth, who also captured the season title. Kol Hanson of Truckee and Independent rider Cody Bishop took the next two spots on the podium for both the race and the season points contest.

Jason Muff of Galena just kept getting stronger and stronger as the season progressed, and he capped it off with a Tahoe Donner victory. His strong showing earned him a third place for the overall season title. Alta Aplina’s Justin Kinser battled Muff to the end, finishing a very close second, which was good enough for the season title. Ryan Herhusky had his best finish of the season with a third place finish, while Galena’s Sam Ouzounian was able to take the day off but still hold on to the third spot for the season. The varsity race was a tight affair between Wooster’s Drew Swall and Carson’s Tobin McRae, with Swall holding McRae off at the end for a seven second victory. Blake Shane of McQueen High School took the third spot for the day. Swall’s first victory of the year earned him the second spot in the season standings, one spot behind his friend, Matt Nugent of Galena. Nugent’s friend and teammate Jackson Miers took third in the race for the season title.

Congratulations parents, athletes, and volunteers on a very successful second season for the Nevada League. The league continues to grow, parents continue to glow, and riders continue to go, go go! It doesn’t get better than that. Only good things are on the horizon, and we can’t wait! Until then, this is Chris, your race reporter, signing off.

Thank you again to our Tahoe Donner hosts for providing us with use of their facilities. For more information about Tahoe Donner summer and winter recreational opportunities visit – http://www.tahoedonner.com/

Thank you to the Galena team and coaches for organizing, setting up and managing the Skills Challenge. IT WAS AWESOME. I’m not even sure if Coach Dixon was able to watch his daughter win the Girls Varsity Overall. Complete results are here – Skills Challenge

Complete results can be found online at – http://my6.raceresult.com/83922/

https://www.velofix.com/locations/renotahoe – Full service mobile bike shop.
https://www.harobikes.com – Bikes for every style of riding, every size rider.

A visual record of the event by our student photographer Owen Swall can be found at – Event Photos – Podium Photos

A special thank you to everyone that helped this year to make the League a success. Starting at the Leaders Summit back in May and ending this past weekend – Kevin Joell, Jim Kelley, Amy Kelley, Kate Kelley, Lois Bedient, Denise Springsteel, just Rusty, Casey, Joann Fites, Sean and Chris O’Connell, Sven the Announcer, Kimberly Smith, Nathan Barton, Paul and Ann Miers, Kyle Dixon, Colleen Wanty, Sam Echo, Lane and Owen Swall, all the amazing venue hosts, the hundreds of volunteers that stepped up time and time again to answer the call, the coaches for sharing their love of mountain biking with our athletes and the parents for supporting those coaches and students who rose to the challenges.

I’m sure I forgot some people. Mention it to me next year at Mammoth and I’ll buy you one of those monster burritos.

Doug Bedient – League Director

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