Long day at the races yesterday, close to 500 riders competing at state championships up Loma Rica ranch in Nevada City.
A bit of the pit area before the first race
A panorama during the freshman and sophomore boys races
Miles, Amber, and Jenna our volunteer scoring crew during a lull in the action, with Paul our head scorekeeper busy on the laptop in the back.
An Oceanview Cougar on the front row of the JV boys as they wait for varsity to roll.
The varsity boys series leaders relax before the big race
Exciting finish in the varsity boys race as the northern California series leader edges out the southern California series leader for the victory after riding out front together for most of the race.
The Norcal-Socal rivalry is healthy, with Socal taking JV and Sophomore boys races this year while Norcal enjoyed a lot of wins on home turf. Next year state champs will be Norcal vs. Socal vs. Sierras in a 3 way battle.
NICA is growing, with Colorado league launching this fall and other states jumping in next spring. I'm excited to be part of growing our sport so all high schoolers will hopefully have an opportunity to take part