Start of the race

Start of the race

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Granby Review

The first race of the season took place in Granby Colorado with just under 600 high school kids competing in the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League.  CAMBYR was among the 3 teams from Wyoming that took part in the race.  50+ teams competed and 42 of them were in the D2 (division 2 teams have less than 16 registered racers on their team).  

It was a blast from start to finish!!  8 racers and 9 parents and former racers made up the team of CAMBYR.  We took off Saturday morning and were able to pre-ride the fun course together.  It was fun to talk strategy while riding the course with the kids.  Spaghetti supper was amazing and most of the kids helped with camp cleanup :)  

Sunday morning we woke up early to the soothing sounds of chainsaws!  Everyone hopped right out of bed and began to eat pancakes made by the coaches and parents.  Thank you to everyone who helped cook and the kids who helped clean.  The camp was a blast.  Lots of good jokes and games!

At 9am, Eric was the first to take off in the Varsity race.  Over 40 kids on varsity lined up and Eric had the unlucky draw of being on 10th of 11 rows.  He battled hard against some of the nations fastest youth through super fun single-track and high speed double track.  Eric passed as many as he could and did awesome.  He will get to line up a little higher in the field at Leadville.

At 11am, Kit-Kat took off in a field of 20+ Sophomore girls and had the race of her life!!  She was placed towards the back of the pack and started picking riders off at the very start.  Thirteen minutes into the race, she had already passed half of the field.  On the second lap, she had bumped up to 9th place and managed to pass a couple more earning 7th place in her category!  Kit-Kat rode very strong and took advantage of her fitness on the open pedaling section.  Great job!

By 1am, the Sophomore boys were racing.  Austin, Ben, Logan and Travis were spread out pretty far on the starting line with the randomly drawn position rule at the first event.  Over 80 kids were in the D2 category and it was an epic battle for position throughout the race.  Who could make it to the single track before anyone else???  Ben had a great starting spot and rode so smooth.  He was able to ride near the front of the pack the whole race and earned a solid placing of 13th for the team.  Logan was on fire his first lap and passed nearly half of the field.  He was literally on the last row out of 20 rows.  Great comeback Logan!   Travis improved his time by minutes over last year despite crashing!!  And Austin finished a race after a 15 minute bike fix that was needed due to a broken chain.  Even though he was in last, he finished the race strong and happy.

Caelan and Cameron were the final two to line up at 3pm.  The two lap race had these two excited and nervous for the first time racers.  The 9th grade category was another huge group of fast racers.  The start was pretty crazy with a huge crash.  But the kids took off and rode a solid race with few crashes themselves.  So happy for you two to compete and have fun at your first ever NICA race!!

We are excited to race again in Leadville in two weeks.  Enjoy the photo's and see you at practice!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Practice Schedule

This is how it will stay the rest of the season!!

Tuesday: Mike Sedar Park 5:30 start.  Bring bike
Wednesday: Running practice at 5:30 on the Bridle Trail (Rotary Park)
Thursday: Crossroads Park 5:30 start.  Bring bike

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Week of August 25-29

Practice Tuesday at Mike Sedar Park from 5:30-7.  No bikes
Practice Wednesday at Bridle Trail/Rotary Park start at 5:30. Running
Practice Thursday at Crossroads park (by Mike Lansing baseball field).  Bike practice.   After practice, youth and parents are encouraged to attend a pizza party at Wind City Physical Therapy to watch some mountain bike racing and complete any registering for the season.

We have an amazing new sponsor this year!  The Crazy Pedaler Bike Repair.  Tia will be at practice on Thursday to check out bikes and talk about how important bike maintenance is.  Don't miss out on what you can learn from a professional!!

Register for the season NOW!!  Go to the NICA pit-zone and register today!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2014 is off to a great start with coaches and ride leaders getting together to talk about the upcoming season.  It was really nice to see Sarah take the skills and excitement that she gained from her senior year of high school mountain biking and apply it to officially start the first ever mountain biking club at Casper College!!  Way to go Sarah!

The CAMBYR coaching staff is very happy to say that we will be in the high schools this spring to recruit.  The CAMBYR youth will be racing all summer long in the local Fat Fish Racing mountain bike series.  So if you are a student or a parent of a youth that is interested in mountain biking, then look for those cool jerseys out on the trails this summer.

Official practices will start in July this year with one practice per week.  Starting in August, practices will be 3 days a week and roughly 1.5 hours per practice.

What does it take to be a member of CAMBYR??
-registration with NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) $50
-sports physical
-attendance of at least 2 practices per week
-good grades (weekly reports given to coach are mandatory)
-a cross country style mountain bike (not downhill, not dirt jumper, not bmx)

CAMBYR will be competing in 6 races this fall!

-Sept 7th in Granby, CO.  This is a NICA sanctioned race and is open to grades 9-12.  All of the team, including junior high students, are invited to join the team in the race.  Camping, riding bike, cooking, camaraderie.

-Sept 21st in Leadville, CO.  The highest race you'll ever compete at!!  So much fun.  Another NICA sanctioned race for grades 9-12 but everyone is invited.

-Sept ? Stone Temple 8 in Laramie, WY.  Open to grades 7-12, lets hope it's not as windy as last year!!

October 5th in Elbert, CO.  This course is so much fun.  Great riding for all abilities.  A NICA sanctioned race for grades 9-12.

October 11th in Sheridan, WY.  The Biketober fest race in Sheridan was one of the favorites by all the kids last year.  Open to all ages and even adults!

October 19th in Eagle, CO.  This is the state championships for the NICA series.  Technical, fast, fun!!

Keep looking back every week or so for the latest news on CAMBYR.  Until next time,  happy trails!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Lander race this weekend!!

This weekend the CAMBYR team will head to Lander for an amazing mountain bike race.  Check out this link...  for information.

On Friday night, we will meet up to caravan to Lander.  We will take hwy 220 to muddy gap and then head west towards Jeffery City.  We hope to be in our campsite at City Park by 8pm.  We will enjoy some s'mores around the fire before heading to bed at 10pm.

On Saturday the races start at 8am sharp!
REGISTRATION NOTE: Cambyr will be paying the morning of the event for all team members.  No need to register online.

Beginners race 4 miles
Intermediate race 8.6 miles
Advanced race 18.6 miles

See you at practice this week!

Remember that on Thursday we will have a team dinner at 7pm after practice.  Food for all racers and parents.  Parents are encouraged to join us!

Race recap from Snow Mountain Ranch

Just a couple weeks ago, CAMBYR was down in Granby Colorado for race #1 of the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League.  It was such an amazing event!  Nine youth from Casper raced their hearts out.  The weather was beautiful all day up to the final lap of the JV race.  There were 4 of the racers on the team that got caught in the pouring rain and were pulled from finishing their final lap.  With most of the team being new to the NICA sanctioned races, it was an exciting experience to see over 500 kids racing!! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Great Start

What an great start we've had to our season!  10 kids in grades 9-12 have registered for NICA and are planning on racing the Colorado League races as well as the three Wyoming races.  We have another 6-10 kids in junior high too!!

EVERYONE, INCLUDING PARENTS, are invited to tuesday's practice so we can discuss racing and practicing.  Practices are from 5:30-7:00pm each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  

See you all Tuesday!!