Saturday, 26 September 2020

Middletown High School Mountain Bike Team on track to meet goals

Middletown High School sophomore Devon Heubel celebrating his race finish in Monterey, Calif. Courtesy photo.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – The Middletown High School Mountain Bike Team, composed of six racers, has completed several races and are at the halfway point for the 2018 racing season.

Three of the races were held in Monterey, where – luck would have it – the sun shined appropriately bright for this rambunctious, fun group of high school riders.

As the team goes into the second half of the season riders are positioned and ready to reach their next set of goals.

At last check racers were positioned as follows JoeJoe Bloomquist, sophomore, ninth place; Chris Fischer, sophomore, 14th place; Devon Heubel, sophomore, 17th place; Connor Muelrath, sophomore, 26th place; Carson Schaffer, sophomore, 42nd place; and Kieran McSween, freshman, 40th place.

“I have the utmost respect and pride for our racers and the effort it takes to reach their personal goals each race,” said Coach Deb Bloomquist of her riders.

Bloomquist coaches the team alongside her husband, Chris Bloomquist, and volunteer parent Eric Schaffer.

“These stouthearted kids amaze me with their ability to turn racing challenges into racing successes,” she said.

Middletown is one of three Lake County high school mountain biking teams; they join Clear Lake High and Kelseyville High on race courses all over Northern California.

Races are produced by the Norcal High School Cycling league where paid staff and numerous volunteers make racing happen in a fun, safe and all-inclusive environment. For more information on the league visit www.norcalmtb.org .

“Riding with the Middletown High School Mountain Bike Team has been one of the healthiest decisions I have made. Just keeping up with the high school riders has forced me to push myself physically,” said Schaffer. 

The Middletown High School Mountain Bike Team shows some team spirit in Monterey, Calif. Courtesy photo.


He added, “The entire team – from coaches to riders – are always supportive and positive. It's been amazing to witness these young men push themselves during the races, overcoming crashes, weather and improving their ranking. It has been a lot of fun.”

On Saturday in Granite Bay sophomore racers mashed out 18 miles of racing while the freshman hammered down 12 miles of single-track fun.

Lake County will next its local race known as The Six Sigma Slinger on May 5 and 6 at Six Sigma Ranch & Winery.

The Six Sigma Slinger is also the Norcal championship race and final race before Norcal riders go up against SoCal riders in the state championships.

Races are free to spectators so come out and enjoy some wine and watch lake county high school kids race on their home course.

The season will then end with state championships in Petaluma on May 20. Qualified racers will compete against racers from all over California.

Want to see what Middletown riders are up to? Follow them on Facebook, where you can also follow the Clear Lake and Kelseyville high schools mountain biking team.

The Middletown High School Mountain Bike Team gathers to tell racing stories and support other riders as they finish in Monterey, Calif. Courtesy photo.

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