NorCal League series to start in Fort Ord

Five hundred high school mountain bikers from 35 schools across northern California are eagerly awaiting the opening round of the 2009 Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing Series, which begins March 1 with the Central Coast Invitational at East Garrison at Fort Ord, near Monterey.

The opener will be held on a course featuring lots of singletrack over rolling hills on a six-mile lap.

"Once again we are seeing an increase in the participation of students, schools and coaches, and as usual, I am excited to see the new crop of riders at the start line. The teamwork, camaraderie and star coaching quality, which have defined our League thus far, create a unique racing atmosphere," said NorCal League Founder and Director, Matt Fritzinger.

"The Fort Ord venue has a lot of history for our League. It makes the perfect opening race for both new racers and spectators alike."

2009 Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League Series
March 1: Central Coast Invitational 1, East Garrison, Fort Ord, Monterey
March 15: Granite Bay Invitational, Folsom Lake, Folsom
April 5: Mountain Goat Challenge, Pilarcitos Canyon, Fort Ord, Monterey
April 26: To be announced
May 17: State Championship, Bogg's Mountain, Cobb

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No chains needed for Coronet Peak race

The Vertigo Chainless Downhill is returning for its second year to Coronet Peak Bike Park on Saturday, February 21. The park's season-ending race will consist of a run on each the downhill and cross country tracks, with a combined time total score.

"This event ran for the first time last year and made for a really good day for all ages. The emphasis is on getting up here and taking part; it's not too serious. Spectators have a great time, with plenty of on-track antics to watch," said Hamish McCrostie, Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.