NorCal High School League, Let The Good Times Ride-Jake’sBlog

DimageSo what makes the NorCal High School League so, unique, fun and inspirational? The best things out the NorCal High School League is that they help get kids on bikes and help them have their hard work pay off! What I also like about the NorCal High School League is that the people are super friendly and ready to have a good time. Racing against them is fun because there are so many High School Athletes to race and it really makes you push yourself.

FUN: My favorite part about the racing aspect of the NorCal High School League is hanging out with the other racers before and after the race. It is so fun talking, and it helps me be more relaxed for my upcoming race and to have a great time!

imageAnother thing that I like about racing in the NorCal High School League is that, because there are so many racers, over 850 in NorCal, and between 60-90 in Junior Varsity (division 2).  Given my age, It’s inevitable that there are going to be people who are as fast as you. Many Pro Cyclocross racers, Cross Country Mountain Bike Racers and Road Bike Racers once raced in the High School Leagues across the country.  That is how fast you can get racing in the League and I think that makes for a super competitive and challenging race!!

 

 

 

UNIQUE: The NorCal High School League is also great about bringing people together.imageAll of the Teams are having a good time and the racers, even if they didn’t have the race they  hoped for, they are always happy. The League is also helpful for team work, so many people, like Nye, our Mom, our Dad and Myself and many others volunteer and work together as course marshals, race stagers, scoring assistants ect. At the end of the season, NorCal had a Podium to recognize the volunteers.  I thought was great because without the volunteers thy couldn’t hold these race events! Since Nye couldn’t race In the High School League this year he volunteered many times at the races. At the conference championships, when they called Nye up to the podium, he looked super happy.  It was great that they recognized the volunteers for their hard work!!!image  Having hard work pay off is an awesome feeling, and the NorCal High School League is defiantly the place to have your hard recognized.

 

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL:                                      The proof of how the NorCal High School League gets people on bikes is a boy named K.C. Fontes.image After the 4th NorCal race we read the race recap and saw that there was a boy ( K.C. ) that completed the entire Petaluma race with one leg!  We found that super inspirational, so we met him at the next NorCal race and presented to him some items that he could use to purse his dreams of racing bikes.

 

By presenting him items we worked hard to earn (Genuine Innovatons Inflation products, Panaracer XC Tires, a Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Bike Pack and our 2014 Yackle Brothers Racing Team Race Jacket) We wanted to remind him that his racing Dedication, pays off!!!!!  

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Racing in the NorCal High School League is great. If you want to: meet lots of great people, get this generation, and the next on bikes, have a super fun race, and know that you hard work will pay off, then you should get a High School League started in your area!

Service to OUR Community-Oh So Important! – Nye’s Blog

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imageLots of things are good to do in life!   There are some things that are just fantastic. There are a lot of things that you can work to accomplish.  Community Service is a fun, unique and a good thing to do.  l love doing charitable things and feeling proud of myself because I gave back to people.   Helping out in my community, being a role model for my family, friends and my Sponsors.  Being charitable is very important, it well benefit you and others a lot and is a very good thing to do.

imageJake has been racing the NorCal High School League for 2 years and now he is racing in the Junior Varsity category. Since I can’t race the League until next year I’m loving helping out the NorCal community by volunteering.  I’m doing some fun things like: Podium assistant, staging the racers, being an assistant for the Merchandise booth and many other fun things. Last weekend was the Boggs Mountain NorCal High School League Race.  We saw an occasion that inspired our Team and we were motivated to do a act of Community Service.

imageK. C. Fontes, racing the JV category from the South Conference has lost his right leg due to cancer.   When we saw him racing (2 weeks before) the League and tearing up the trails and that was very inspirational for us.  So we wanted to show him that hard work and dedication doesn’t go unnoticed!  We decided that we we’re going to present him a few items we worked really hard to earn, that reflected our passion and dedication for Cycling. image Jake’s race was Saturday and we usually never stay the second day when the South Conference races, but this time we did so we could be at the post race, Salinas Cowboys team meeting where we presented these items to K.C.. We gave him our last year’s Team Race Jacket, an Osprey Packs Raptor 14 hydration pack, hat, tote bag, coozie, a pair of Panaracer 29er Driver and CG tires, Genuine Innovations tire levers, patch kit, co2 cartridges, an inflation head and X mount. We gave him these items to inspire him to always work hard and never give up!  That really inspired us and I think kids should look up to K. C. as a Hero!

imageOur family and Team has been involved in community service all our lives.  In 2012 we fundraised around 7,000 dollars for the Livestrong Foundation to help people who had cancer and that was a great thing to do as a Team.  It was weeks of Hard work, but well worth it’s!

imageWe’ve helped many local trail crews build new trails and repair old ones.  We recently worked onrepairing the Truckee Bike Jump Park and now 2 months later it looks like it’s alive again!  Once we moved to Reno in 2013 we visited the Renown Children’s Hospital and gave out some of our sponsors products, talked with the kids and that definitely brightened their day!

imageWe participate in the Major Taylor Program.  The Reno Bike Project helps at-risk-kids from all across Reno and the area get on bicycles to stay fit and healthy while enjoying nature.  It’s a great program for the big community of Reno.  It also teaches them what is safe while you riding, all of the traffic laws and they do really fun rides!

imageI think K. C. is an great example of why we do all of the charitable things we do.  He is a amazing person and people should be inspired for helping other people because he/anyone can be a Hero, some just need a little encouragement to be!  Always be charitable and give back to other people, you’re a better person if you can do that, you’ll feel proud you did and the people you help will too.

Sweet Sea Otter – Nye’s Blog

imageThere are some cool race events around the country but there is just one that stands above the others. The Sea Otter Classic is an outstanding event with a variety of fun things to do and friendly people to meet.

imageWe’ve been going to the Sea Otter Classic for 4 years and have had a great time each of those years. No other event is as fun and unique as Sea Otter. If you’re competitive they have a variety of races: Road, Mountain or Cyclocross Bikes you can compete in the Circuit, Road, Cross Country, Enduro, Downhill, Dual Slalom or Grand Fondo races. It’s so cool that most of the races start and finish on the Laguna Seca Raceway and the Circuit Race goes around the entire racetrack. The downhill course was rad, it descended off the hill the raceway was on and down into the valley, and it was full of jumps, sweeping banked turns and steep grades. At the end of the course there were 5 super fun tabletops to jump and a couple of tail-whips if you wanted to be fancy.

imageI am super stoked with my results, I placed 22nd in my first ever Enduro Race and the category was 18 and under! I also placed 6th in the Cross Country Juniors 14 and under. I’m so proud of myself!

imageThe Expo is amazing! The vendors put on some cool events each day. Specialized had built a pump track in the expo for little kids and another for some more experienced riders. In that same area Oakley had a sprint challenge and the winner would get some sort of prize. Clif Bar had two awesome events. On Friday they put on a barbecue and clunker crit up in the Grand Prix Campground in the same loop that we were staying in. In the clunker crit they had four fixie, pedal brake bikes that you raced around a little loop that Clif Bar had set up, plus the winner would get a new bike! At their booth in the expo they had food and a little band playing in the grass area which was a great time, meet new friends and talk to old ones.

imageOne booth set up a jump were you ride down a ramp as fast as you can and jump into a giant airbag, I’m sure people loved that one! Lots of vendors had beer happy hour for the adults most afternoons. FSA, Kenda and Kool Stop had trials riding performances several times and that was really cool to watch. Vittorio Brumontti performed on a road bike for FSA, I mean a Road Bike! He rode along a 7 foot long 3″ wide pole 5 feet off the ground without falling off, that was amazing!

imageWe met so many cool, friendly and interesting people at Sea Otter this year! We finally met multi time world champion XC racer Nino Schurter! I was so excited I almost started jumping up and down! We also met pro 450 motocross racer Justin Barcia at the Shimano booth and got a picture with him which was totally awesome!

imageWe also talked with some of the pro races we’d met before like: Todd Wells, Howard Grotts, Emily Batty, Meredith Miller, Geoff Kabush, Mitch Hoke, Lea Davision and many others. We had a great time talking with the people at our sponsors: Jeff Fox, Tim Baker, Joe Lawill, Matt Van Enkevort, Chris Holmes, Mike Lawless, Matt Brown, Jeff Kerkov, Patrick Piller, Dustin Brady, Joe Bowman, Casey Mena, Jeff Zell, Ken Yamakoshi and Derek Goltz and more. I was really happy getting to talk to my Sponsors about how the seasons going so far and sharing stories with them, and they are great people which makes it even more interesting talking with them.

imageWe met a couple of new people walking around the expo making new contacts; Benedikt from Lauf Forks who also raced on Sunday, Eric from Met Helmets who we had a great time-sharing stories with and Saris from Kali Protectives. At the Marin booth we met and got a picture with the Safeway Airgas road cycling team. Marin even gave my parents a couple of bottles of beer for them to enjoy too. Our neighbors in the Grand Pri Campground were really cool, they were going to race their tandem bike in the race which was very interesting!

imageIt was nice to see these vendors doing these cool events for everybody to enjoy and that is one thing that will get your event very popular. The Sea Otter Classic is definitely one great, fun, exciting and unique event and a great place if you want to meet outstanding people and have fun too!  I can’t wait to come back next year and race the Enduro again and of course, enjoy the Expo and meet some new people.  Also a special thanks to my Sponsors: FSA, Shimano, Marin Bikes, Yakima Racks, Sidi Shoes, Primal Wear, Osprey Packs, Marzocchi Suspension, Panaracer Tires, Ergon Bike Ergonomics, Slime, White Lightning Lubricants, Genuine Innovations, VDO Cyclo-computers, Xpedo Pedals, Light and Motion Bike Lights and Velo Reno Bike Shop, I couldn’t do it without you and my parents!

People + Bikes + Great Experiences = MARIN BIKES! – Jake’s Blog

imageIn all of my 10 years of riding and racing I have never ridden on better bikes and raced for a better company than Marin Bikes. If you want to ride the best bikes and get to know great people, then Marin Bikes is for you! Not only do their bikes perform at outstandin imageg levels on all terrain, the people who work Marin Bikes, are very kind, friendly and outgoing!

Like many have to do in the bike industry we were looking for a new bike sponsor for the 2015 season.  Marin Bikes, being the Awesome company they are, stepped forward to support us on our path to success. Another example of how awesome the employees at Marin Bikes are is when I was racing the first few NorCal High school League races on my Enduro Race Bike I was having difficulty contesting the win, so we contacted Marin bikes and asked if they could set us up with a Hardtail race bike. Even though I was doing great on the Marin Attack Trail CXT-9 and steadily moving up to the top 10 and racing my way to a 5th place podium and a 5th overall in NorCal High School League. The coach of the biggest High School team kept telling me “you need to get on a Hardtail” so we contacted Marin Bikes, and Chris Holmes, because he was so kind and understanding they set Nye and I each up with a Hardtail! imageSo at the next NorCal High School League Race I pulled my best result yet a 2nd place in the Junior Varsity, which also moved me up to 4th place overall! There are lots of great people at Marin, Gravy, our friend that we’ve known the longest at Marin is one of the greatest Mechanics and Characters I’ve ever met. It is always nice to see him because he is so funny and knows so many people and cool places to ride. We’ve also known Matt Van Enkevort for nearly five years since he used to work at FSA, he is always super friendly and respectful to our team.

imageThe Marin Attack Trail CXT-9 is the most fun bike I have ever ridden. At the Sea Otter Classic Enduro race my Marin Attack trail performed at amazing levels. It was so awesome on the first stage of the Enduro, the Downhill course, where it handled all of the bumps so well I barely knew they existed and it also handled the tabletops and drop-offs so well I thought I was riding a Cross Country Course!!! On the uphill sections of the course locking out the suspension made it feel like I was riding a                                                                                      .                                                                                hard tail!

imageThe Marin Team CXR was the bike for the Sea Otter XC Course. It was great having a hard tail starting on the Laguna Seca Raceway as it stiffened up the ride so that all of my energy went straight to my pedals making me feel like a rocket! The super lite frame made it ideal for the steep loose climbs and the sprint finish on the paved raceway!

 

imageAll I can say about the Marin Stelvio Elite Road bike is that IT-IS-AWESOME! It climbs like a beast, it descended smoothly and accurately and paired with the Vision Metron wheels, it is the fastest machine I have ever ridden!

 

 

 

imageI If you’re looking for a bike so you can just get out and enjoy nature, a high-end race bike to go shred some race courses, a full suspension to bomb down your local trails or a road bike to hit the back roads of The America, Marin bikes has a bike for you! Meeting and talking to the people there will be as much fun as riding your bike!

No Compromises!……Primal Wear – Nye’s Blog

imageWhen buying from a company you don’t have to compromise, you can have a great product and feel great that you are supporting a amazing company too!

We have many great Sponsors but there are some that just do amazing things with their company and their products.  We’ve represented for Primal Wear for over 3 years and they are a great company.  They have rockin’ products that perform fantastically, outgoing staff members and they also give back to the community which is one of the things you need to do to be a very successful company.

imagePrimal Wear was founded in 1992 and is based out of Denver Colorado supporting many local and regional professional teams in the US.  Over their years of donating to over 80 charitable organizations, Primal Wear has donated over 1.3 million dollars to foundations such as: National Interschoolastic Cycling Association, People For Bikes, Little Bella’s, Trips For Kids, IMBA, Rails To Trails, Bicycle MS and many other great organizations.

imagePrimal Wear’s people, is one of the best things about their company.   They are so outgoing and friendly you could talk to them all day, they are very interesting!  I’ve known Dave Edwards and Tim Baker for a few years, they do great things with Primal Wear.  We met Dave at Interbike for the first time and really enjoying learning about him.  He is involved with many national Bicycling Organizations around the world and he is the vision for Primal Wear’s community involvement and charitable work.   Tim was the driving force in Primal Wear’s support of the NorCal High School League and that’s a great thing to have a very successful business, encourage more kids to ride and race bikes.  It’s also interesting to hear about their commitment to develop new products, the materials they’re made from and how they construct their apparel.  It’s a really cool process to hear about!   You can be sure that you are buying the best cycling apparel out there from a great company!

imageMy brother races in JV the National Interschoolastic Cycling Association’s NorCal High School League and is in 5th place overall right now which is awesome because at the start of the season he was not ranked (of 92 racers).  It’s great that Primal Wear not only supports NorCal, but supports Yackle Brothers Racing, too, plus it’s so good to see so many kids racing bikes!  Not only do I help my Team with its Race Booth, but I go and volunteer to help the NorCal League with things they need help with like; Staffing their Merchandise Booth while there away, Race Event setup and take down, Staging The Races and running papers and other things down to the Announcer and Timing and Scoring Tent.    I love going around and talking to people and racers about Primal Wears awesome Kits they have sponsored us with, all of their other products and how great of a company they are sponsoring The High School League and the other race events they support.

imageThe Helix Race Kits that our Team races in are very durable and our team has proven that several times.  Two years ago I was racing the National Championships in Allentown Pennsylvania.  I was sprinting down a gravel road (It had been changed to that from the previous part of the course that went through a trail in the woods) for second place and I hit a bump and my hands flew off the handlebars and I crashed.  After I got cleaned up I examined my Helix Race Kit and there was only a half centimeter hole in the bibs.  I was amazed that it could withstand that crash!  I had a similar experience when I was doing a road race last fall.   Someone swerved into me and I crashed into the side of a hill and my bibs only had one small hole!  Our latest experience was in California when Jake was in the final sprint in road race and another racer swerved across the whole peloton.  Jake made a quick decision that he wasn’t going to crash into the pile of racers in the middle of the road and jumped off the road into a paved ditch and once he got back up and finished the 100 meters to complete the race, he looked at his Primal Wear apparel and it wasn’t even damaged.  Amazing!!

imagePrimal Wear is a great company and their products are Very Durable, Aero, Moisture Wicking, Comfortable, Light and Very Attention Grabbing.  You should check out their great products, have a chat with their staff who are definitely amazing people and view all of the organizations that they donate to because that all proves they truly are a great company with products that are Even Better!

Hey Kids Stay Healthy And Maintain Your Body, It’s Vital – Nye’s Blog

imageFor kids there are many things you need to do to take care of your body.   To keep your body healthy, you need to get Exercise, Be Flexible, Eat Healthy and get enough Rest.  These are the most important things you need to do to have a healthy body.

imageTo get exercise just start off simple, take a walk in the park or ride on a local bike path.  Build up from there and make that walk in the park a run and start riding on the local trails iour community has them, but make sure it’s fun too.  Change it up, make it even more interesting by doing different things like: go to your local Recreation Center and try swimming or play some Basketball and Baseball.  Working out at the Gym is a great way to stay fit.  It works out your entire body and builds strong muscles.  It’s really fun too.

imageStaying Flexible is very important, especially if you exercise a lot or even a little, as your muscles can get tight and you might not be able to even touch your toes!  Try doing Yoga and Stretching every day before you exercise, it will help loosen those muscles and relax them, plus it feels good to be able to reach down and touch your toes without bending your knees, does it not?

imageEat Healthy to help yourself stay lightweight.  Make sure you get all of the proper nutrients your body needs.  Eat foods from the basic groups, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein and fat, try not to eat too much Ice Cream and other fattening things for dessert, only have that occasionally.  Instead have an Apple or an Orange.  You will stay way healthier if you try to eat more food with important nutrients.

imageGetting enough Rest is vital.  If you don’t sleep enough you’ll be tired and won’t be able to make it through your activities in the day, so for kids like me, try to get 9-11 hours of sleep a day.  Your growing body needs its rest, otherwise you’ll be drowsy in the afternoon.  If you’re exercising that rest becomes even more important.   If you race make sure you take time off to let the muscles rebuild.  It will help you immensely in the long run.

imageDoing these different things each help your body, when you eat healthy you lose weight and that helps you go faster.  When you’re exercising proper rest is critical.  So I’m encouraging you to take care of your body and stay healthy, get your Rest and Eat Nutritiously, your body will be glad you did!  Remember, a healthy body equals a healthy mind!