Photos by: Monique Spaulding
Report by: Quinton Spaulding
It is only theÂ beginning of January and we are already racing. There is nothing like a good “off-season” race series for fineÂ tuning equipment and good quality raceÂ training.Â Round number one of the 2010 Southridge Winter Series kicked off this past weekend and our team was there to participate…we had a great time!
Upon our arrival Saturday morning, we were greeted with some really sad news. I was informed that David “Crash” Collins had succumbed to his struggle with cancer. I considered Crash a good friend and couldÂ not have met a nicer person in manyÂ lifetimes… he will be sorely missed by all of us that knew him. We share comfort in knowing that Dave is no longer suffering. My wifeÂ Monique portrayed our feelings theÂ best “He brought so many gifts to our life… we will never forget him”! Our hearfelt sympathies go out to his family during this difficult time.
Registration was aÂ bustle Saturday morning,Â what with all the people signing up for Cross Country, Super Downhill, Mountain Cross and Downhill. These are the 4 different disciplines that will be contested throughout the winter series in 2010.
While Dale (Division 26) was stuck under his tent trying to pop it up…
…we had set-up our entire pitÂ area andÂ evenÂ managed to service a couple of bikes!
There is always something new to see in Fontana, my only question… how do you wear a helmet with those gauges?
WeÂ offer assistance anytime we canÂ over at the KHS pit, you justÂ have to ask.
Getting ready for a little DH practice.
Blake Carney made his first appearance in a KHS jersey andÂ represented well.Â Â He tookÂ 3rd place for KHS on Saturday in the 4X finals… great way to start the series!
Left to right: Steve Feltman, Blake Carney (KHS), Eric Carter (GT), Jake Kinney
Pro Men 4X Results
Left to right: Eric Bierman, Eric Carter (GT), Jon Buckell (FOES), Stephen Smith, insert: Naish Ulmer (KHS)
Ulmer snatched a 4thÂ place podium finish for KHSÂ in the Super D final on Saturday.Â Unfortunately, Naish missed his Super D podium asÂ he wasÂ busy withÂ DH practice.
We then moved onto Sundays DH final which came up on us real fast. Here isÂ a shot of Binggeli during his race run… on the gas! HeÂ blazed the top half of the track faster than anyone in the field.
Latest recruit Blake Carney also had a strong run, he finished 12th in a field of 42. Fontana is a tough crowd, if you want to do wellÂ there then you toÂ have your game on.
I made a mental error early onÂ during my raceÂ runÂ which cost me time, but it was a good track and we had fun racing it.
Ulmer has not had much time on the bike as he is a Utah native and spends most winters in the snow. He intends to complete the entire Winter Series, so he should come on aÂ little stronger towards the end of the series.
Pro Men DH Results
Left to right: Rich Houseman (Intense), David K (ODI), Eric Carter (GT), Waylon Smith (TRIBE), Logan Binggeli (KHS)
Binggeli on the podium with another consistant finish for KHS! ThisÂ reveals his training is on track, and qualifies him as a definiteÂ contender for the series overall title.
Jim De Haven on the podium for KHS!
Tony Landy on the podium for KHS!
A quick “shout out” to RLaunceston Policar of www.mtnbikeriders.com seen here in 2nd place on the podium. RL has been working hardÂ at his game, and as you can tell… it is paying off! He often checks in with us for tips and we are always glad to help.
A little reflection on the weekend of racing, along with someÂ preperation for round number two in just two weeks!
Shut it down, pack it up, see you next time!.. that’s not what Naish said, but I know he was thinking it!
The KHS “B Team” program is growing rapidly. We aspire toÂ be the biggest team in mountainbiking, soÂ if you feel that youÂ may qualify, pleaseÂ emailÂ your resumeÂ to email@example.com stating your age, class, race results and photos. KHS will be back in Fontana in 2 weeks for round number two!
Please stay tuned for more race updates as they become available.
All the best,