Jan 31, 2013

Ride on Friday 2/1

Since school gets out early on Friday, we'll meet at the community center at 2:45 for a ride.  Bring water and food as you would for a Sunday ride.

Neil

Jan 23, 2013

Practice Cancelled

Despite Gary's optimism, it seems the rain gods are not in our favor this afternoon. See you all on Friday. Neil

Jan 19, 2013

Ride Tomorrow 1-20-2013

We'll meet at the high school at 8:30 as usual. We have a lot of riders and coaches out of town for the holiday weekend, so we'll make a final plan in the morning. Come prepared with extra food and clothing for a car pool ride, and if we don't have enough vehicles to drive, we'll stash extra gear in cars and do a local ride. * Please remember that below 65 degrees, knees need to be covered to prevent long-term tissue damage. ** If anyone can bring a spare hitch-mount bike rack down tomorrow morning, it will make it more feasible to transport everyone somewhere. My van can seat 8 and now has a hitch, but no rack yet. Neil

Dec 4, 2012

Wednesday and Friday Practices

We'll meet tomorrow at 3:15 at the fitness center on campus.  Riders should show up ready to start, wearing shoes and clothing to work out in.  You can change in the locker rooms before we meet and store your school bag in the fitness center.

On Friday, we will either meet at the fitness center again or in the cafeteria.  Look for an update on Thursday.

Neil

Dec 3, 2012

No practice today

Bridges gym flooded over the weekend.  We're working on an alternative location for the rest of the week, but were not able to put anything together for this afternoon.

Neil

Dec 2, 2012

Practice Cancelled Today

No practice today due to the heavy rain.  We'll try again next weekend.

First weekday workout tomorrow at 4:30, Bridges Gym - 5635 San Diego Street.

Neil

Sep 2, 2012

Raffle tickets for mountain bike

From Lisa Brodsky:

Buy a Raffle Ticket - Support El Cerrito & Albany MTB Teams!

Our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year is here! So everyone needs to help. 100% of ticket sales go to the team if they're sold before the stroll, 50% if sold the day of. The bike we are raffling is a red Specialized Hardrock Mountain Bike with rim brakes worth about $400, generously donated by Solano Cyclery! Photo at: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/hardrock/hardrock26

Drawing will occur at the Solano Stroll, Sept. 9, at 3:30 pm. Need not be present to win.

Tickets $5 a piece or 5 for $20. Cash or checks made payable to “Friends of ECHS Mountain Biking Team”

Return tickets (with name written on back – purchaser keeps the other half) and payment to the Brodsky’s or you may also give them to Ms Childs (Liam’s mom) at the IT Academy at the beginning of lunch any day next week. We prefer to get the tickets and payment prior to Sunday but we will also accept them at Solano Stroll booth before the drawing!

If you need more tickets or have any questions, call Lisa Brodsky (Andrew’s mom) at 334-2740 or email me at lisabrodsky33@gmail.com

May 12, 2012

Sunday 5/13: No Team Ride

No team ride this Sunday in honor of Mother's Day. Do something wonderful for your mother!
After you've done something wonderful for your mother, State Champ racers, try to get out for a ride on your own, if you can. Wed and Fri rides at the normal, time place next week!

May 3, 2012

Pre-race rides: Friday 5/4 and Saturday 5/5

The Friday 5/4 ride is on! Meet at EC Community Center at 4:15 PM, as usual. This will be a rode (:-)) ride spin to get those pre-race legs loosened up. Thanks Pam!

On Saturday 5/5, for those who want to pre-ride at Stafford Lake, let's meet at ECHS at 12:30 PM and plan to leave before 1:00. Parents, we may need help transporting kids and bikes, but we'll try to minimize the number of cars we take over.

Thanks all,
--Phil

Apr 28, 2012

Sunday 4/29: China Camp Ride

As we approach the end of the year and season, there is a lot going on. If you are in town, come out in this beautiful weather and ride!
We are short ride leaders this Sunday. So, I'm proposing a China Camp Ride, if we can get enough drivers. Meet at ECHS at 8:30 AM and we'll leave before 9 AM.
If you can transport kids and/or bikes on Sunday, come join us!

Apr 20, 2012

Sunday 4/22: Tamarancho Ride

This Sunday we'll ride at Tamarancho in Fairfax. The weather is beautiful--come ride!

We'll meet at ECHS at 8:30 AM and leave before 9 AM. (If you come at 9, you may miss us!)

Remember to bring your Tamarancho pass!

Directions:
From ECHS, take I-580 to US-101 N. Take exit 1a toward Central San Rafael.
Merge onto Irwin St. Left on 3rd. Continue to Fairfax. 3rd turns into 2nd, turns into 4th, turns into Red Hill Rd., turns int Center.
We'll meet at the parking across from Java Hut @ 760 Center Blvd.

Mar 24, 2012

China Camp Ride 3/25 -- Wet Weather

Hey ECHS,

China Camp ride is on!
Meet at ECHS at 8:30. We'll leave before 9 AM.

This may come as a surprise, but it's gonna be wet tomorrow!

So come prepared:
Water
Plenty of food
Warm clothes
Rain gear

Change of clothes
Bag for muddy clothes

Check back in the morning for any changes of plans.

See you all tomorrow.

Feb 27, 2012

Hand Built Bike Show This Weekend - Mar 2-4

If anyone is interested in seeing the artisan side of the bicycle business, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is being held in Sacramento this year and will take place this weekend. There are always amazing bikes on display with complicated paint jobs, intricate detail work, and creative parts integration. Info and tickets can be found here:

http://2012.handmadebicycleshow.com/

I'll have a booth and Robert S and Moe will be at the Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times booth. Stop by and say hi if you make it up.

Neil

Feb 24, 2012

Hey ECHSMTB,
Time to get ready for Race #1 at beautiful Granite Bay.
Remember to bring
-- Clean bike with a lubed chain
-- Spare tube and tube change kit
-- Multi-­‐tool,
-- Water bottles or hydration pack
-- Energy snacks
-- Helmet
-- Cycling shoes
-- Cycling gloves
-- Team uniform
-- Eyewear
-- Light weight jacket
-- Cycling socks
-- Clean change of clothes, including hat and warm jacket
-- Identification and proof of registration
-- Towel
Prepare items the night before.
Attached is a handy race check list that will help you with what to bring.

Arrive early.
Remember: you need time to park, find the team pit, get your bike
checked, get your food ready (taped to the bike), be sure you have
water, and still be ON TIME for your pre-race warm up. Arrive earlier
than you think you need to. The more smoothly your pre-race goes, the
more FUN the whole day will be. Allow for 2 hours of travel time.

Bring parking $$.
Folsom Lake State Recreation area charges a $10 fee (per vehicle) at the gate.

Arrive with a clean & working bike.
Lincoln, our race-day mechanic, will be ready to check your bikes- but
they should already be in good working order.

Bring a signed NorCal waiver (available at the NorCal web site) if you
are not sure you are race ready.
Parents must sign! PLEASE print out the form and have them sign it!
You can't race if race officials don't have a parent-signed waiver.

Set your goals for the race.
All first time racers should only have two goals: to have fun and to
finish. Returning racers should have a conversation with coaches about
goals.

Eat a meal rich in carbohydrates and some protein three hours before
the start of your race. As often as possible throughout your morning
pre-race, be conscious of calming your mind, slowing your breathing,
and envision yourself feeling strong and confident on the race course.
This exercise is called visualization and will help you feel good all
day.

Check in with your coaches when you arrive.
Below are your race times and the time we need you ready for warm-ups.
Be on time.

WAVE 1: The FIERCE FEMALES of MTB: Be ready for your warm-up by 9:00.
Var Girls at 10:00 (3 laps, 18 miles)
JV Girls race at 10:05 (2 laps, 12 miles)
Frosh Girls at 10:15 (2 laps, 12 miles)

WAVE 2: The DARING DUDES of MTB: Be ready for your warm-up by 10:40.
Soph Boys race at 11:40 (3 laps, 18 miles)
Frosh Boys at 11:50 (2 laps, 12 miles)

WAVE 3: The MERCILESS MEN of MTB: Be ready for your warm-up by 12:10.
JV Boys at 1:10 (3 laps, 18 miles)

Again, visualize yourself feeling good on the course.

Don't forget to bring a change of clothes to put on after you finish
so you can be comfortable while you are photographed by your adoring
fans & paparazzi.

FYI if you'd like to pre-ride the course will be open on Saturday & in
the morning before the race.

Feb 18, 2012

Sunday 2/19: Granite Bay Preride

Sunday 2/19, we are headed to Granite Bay to preride the race course for Norcale Race # 1.

We will meet at ECHS at 10:30 AM and leave by 11:00. It is about a 2 hour drive, so we should get there and be ready to ride by 1PM. We'll leave Granite Bay to come home at about 4 PM and be back at ECHS around 6 PM. (We start late because of another race at Granite Bay in the morning.)

Directions from Hwy 80: Granite Bay is about 20 minutes East of Sacramento.
From Hwy 80 take the Douglas Blvd exit out of Roseville. Go east on Douglas for about 6 moles to Granite Bay and enter the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Continue on to Park Road to the third parking lot on the right.

Note there is a $10 parking fee. Please let me know if this is an issue.
Thanks everyone!

Feb 13, 2012

Special Guest on 2/29 Ride.......

Tell the weather gods to hold off the rain!

Neil

Feb 11, 2012

Sunday 2/12: Tamarancho Ride

This Sunday we'll ride at Tamarancho in Fairfax.

Meet at El Cerrito High School at 8:30 AM and we'll leave before 9. (If you come at 9 you might miss us!)
Remember to bring your Tamarancho Pass!
Conditions are muddy so bring a change of clothes and a bag for your muddy gear.
Be prepared for rain.
As always, come prepared with plenty of food, hydration, and warm clothes.

Directions:
From ECHS, we'll take I-580 W to US-101 N. Take exit 1a toward Central San Rafael. Merge onto Irwin St; left on 3rd. Continue to Fairfax. 3rd turns into 2nd, turns into 4th, turns into Red Hill Rd, turns into Center. We'll meet at the parking across from Java Hut @ 760 Center Blvd.

Feb 3, 2012

Sunday 2/5: Lake Chabot Ride

This Sunday we'll ride near Lake Chabot. Meet at El Cerrito High School at 8:30 and we'll leave before 9 AM. We'll drive to the parking lot at the south end of Lake Chabot.

From ECHS we'll take I-580 E;
Take exit 32 to 150th avenue toward Fairmont Dr;
Merge onto Freedom Ave;
Turn left on Fairmont Dr;
Continue onto Lake Chabot Rd;
Turn left;

Jan 27, 2012

Sunday 1/29: Annadel State Park

This Sunday we ride at Annadel! Meet at ECHS at 8:30 and we'll leave before 9 AM.
What to bring:
Change of clothes
Plenty of food and water
Pump, tire irons, tubes/patch kit: each rider should have these!
$6 for pizza after the ride

To get to Annadel:
101 N to 12 E (exit 488B) toward Sonoma
Left at Farmers Ln
Right at Montgomery Dr
Right at Channel Dr

The Studdiford/Childs have graciously invited us to Lauren's sisters house for pizza (right near the park) after the ride. Last year it was super fun and a great way to replentish for the drive home.

I am not feeling well, but spinning is still on. I will happily set up an adult who would like to run the class. I will run the class if no other ad

Jan 25, 2012

Time trial results for Jan 22, 2012

Time trial results are posted below.
Conditions were wet and cold.
Let me know if you have questions about the results.

Xan 10:12
Brandon 11:02
Tyler 11:42
Adrian 11:53
Molly 13:24
Julia Martien 13:57
William 14:28
Robbie 14:31
Jackson 14:32
Jan 14:45
Brian 14:47 (chain drop)
Clara 22:03
Laurens 23:54
Cindy 26:07
Emily 26:45
Kevin 38:00

Gary ~14:00
Pam 14:57

Jan 20, 2012

Sunday 1/22 - Time Trial Ride

This Sunday we will ride the time trial!

Meet at the High School at 8:30 AM. At 9:00 AM most riders will ride up to the parking lot at the base of South Park Drive in Tilden Park. Time trial will start at 10 AM.

We will arrange for new riders to get a ride up to the time trial start, as needed.

Ride leaders can get a time on the hill climb too if they wish!

Jan 13, 2012

Sunday 1/15: China Camp Ride

Sunday January 15, we will ride at China Camp!

Robert Ramirez will be organizing the ride. Riders and drivers: Please sign in at the Yahoo site data base of Riders/Drivers so we can ensure the kids have rides. If you can drive and have spots for bikes, we may be short this week and need your help!

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/echsmtb/
Thanks all!

Jan 8, 2012

ECHS MTB NEW MON, WED, FRI SCHEDULE

Monday - Yoga at the Community Center. 4:15 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday - Riding from the Community Center. 3:15 - just before dusk.

Friday - Spinning at Iron Works begins Friday January 13th
_________________________________________________

We will be spinning at Berkeley IronWorks from 4:15 to 5:45 pm.

Berkeley IronWorks is located at 800 Potter Street in Berkeley. It is located very close to the corner of Sixth Street and Ashby Avenue.


___________________Transportation To Berkeley IronWorks

We need parents who can pick up team members at 4:00 pm in front of the school. Team members will be driven to Ironworks and dropped off for a Spin class. Team members will then be picked up at 5:45 pm at the end of the class. I see three possible scenarios:

1) A parent can pick up at school and hang out in the gym while we are spinning. This same parent could then bring the children back to El Cerrito after the class. The parent would not be able to workout in the climbing area, but there is a nice waiting area with tables and WiFi. A parent could bring his/her computer and get some work done on the first floor while we are sweating on the second floor.

2) I do not know how many Spin bikes are in the gym this year, but there may be enough to invite the parent who drives to enter the Spin room and Spin with the team.

3) Two parents could split the pick-up and drop-off for their respective team members.

* Please call Jeremiah or Phil and let us know if you can drive. I anticipate needing space for about 15 kids.

______________________The Nuts and Crank Bolts of Spinning

The Spinning room is on the second floor of Berkeley IronWorks and is accessible from the outside. In other words, one does not need to enter the first floor of the gym in order to access the spin room. There is an outdoor staircase on the left side of the Berkeley Iron Works building. Walk up the staircase and enter the spinning room.

YOU WILL WEAR SPANDEX CYCLING SHORTS AND JERSEY WHEN AT SPIN CLASS. Arrive at IronWorks in your cycling clothing. You can have regular clothes on top of your cycling clothes, BUT DO NOT ARRIVE AT IRONWORKS EXPECTING TO USE THEIR CHANGING ROOMS. You can change at school before you leave. Change into your cycling clothes and put
street clothes on top if you like.

ALSO – BRING A BOTTLE FULL OF WATER WITH YOU.

Bring warm clothes to put on after spinning. I always bring a pair of
sweats to put on after a spin class. You will be SWEATY after class, and you will become cold very quickly if you exit the building into the cold, dark night covered in spandex and perspiration.


Berkeley IronWorks is kind to offer us this space for spinning.

I have had to work hard to keep our relationship with the gym strong. Always say please
and thank you when talking to an employee or member of the gym. Impress everyone you meet with your manners.

There is absolutely no cursing or foul language of any kind. I could not
be more serious about this. You are all amazing, outstanding, incredible, marvelous, wonderful young men and women – SO BE SURE TO ALWAYS ACT THIS WAY.

Call Jeremiah with any questions or concerns

AND PARENTS – PLEASE CALL ME OR PHIL IF YOU CAN DRIVE.

NEVER FORGET – YOU ARE AMAZING AND NEVER SMOKE!

This week--new schdedule

This week we start a new workout schedule:

Starting this Monday (1/9) we will be doing yoga on Mondays at the El Cerrito Community Center. Be there by 4:15 PM.

Weds rides will continue at the Community Center at 3:15 PM.

This Friday we will start spin class--more on spin class time to follow shortly. It will be at Ironworks in Berkeley.

Jan 5, 2012

Sunday Local Ride: Jan 8, 2012

The beautiful biking weather is predicted to continue through Sunday. Let's get out for a local ride! Meet at ECHS at 8:45 Sunday morning; we'll leave no later than 9:00 AM.

Jan 3, 2012

Wed (1/4) workout changed to ride!

Hey all,
Let's take advantage of the great weather and go on local ride tomorrow. Meet at 3:15 PM at the EC Community Center on Wed Jan 4th. This is instead of the core workout.

Dec 29, 2011

Last Ride of 2011? Friday, Dec. 30

If it is not pouring rain, let's go on a local ride tomorrow. Meet at EC Community center at 2 PM Friday, Dec. 30. Could be the last ride for 2011! If you are in town, come join us! Check the blog before you head out for last minute call due to rain.

Dec 27, 2011

No Group Ride Weds

No group ride this Weds 12/28. But get with friends and go out and ride!
Happy Holidays all!

Dec 15, 2011

Friday Dec 16th--no practice; Sunday Dec 18--China Camp Ride

This Friday's core workout is off--many people are out.

But! Sunday Dec. 18th we will ride at China Camp. If you are in town, let's meet at 8:30 AM Sunday morning at ECHS.

Also, if you are town, there will be a Wednesday local ride. Meet at EC Community Center at 2PM.

If you are out of town over the break, ride if you can, or run--get exercise.

Dec 9, 2011

Sunday Dec 11th -- Rockville Ride!

Sunday, Dec. 11th, we will ride at Rockville Hills Regional Park in Fairfield!
http://www.fairfield.ca.gov/gov/depts/pw/open_space/rockville_hills_regional_park/geninfo/default.asp
This is a fun park with good skills training rides for all levels.

Let's meet at El Cerrito High School Cafeteria at 8:30 be ready to go by 9:00 a.m. All riders should have a camelbak or at least two water bottles and food.

This park has a day use fee of $3 per person. All riders should bring $3 with them on Sunday morning.

Dec 7, 2011

Practice this Friday is on!

Calling all ECHS MTB riders:
Yes, Coco is gone this week, but practice is on! Meet in front of the cafeteria at 4:15 p.m this Friday. See you all there.

Dec 2, 2011

Sunday, Dec 4th - China Camp Ride!

Sunday, Dec. 4th, we will ride at China Camp again! Weather looks promising.
Let's meet at El Cerrito High School Cafeteria and be ready to go by 9:00 a.m.
All riders should have a camelbak or at least two water bottles and food.
Returning riders: bring GU shots if you have them. We will be doing laps--steady pace, continuous.
New riders: we will continue to work on skills, steep up and down, with obstacles.

Nov 22, 2011

Thanksgiving & Sunday Ride, Nov 27th

Hey ECHS MTB riders, parent, and coaches,

Happy Thanksgiving!
Core workouts for both Wednesday and Friday (11/23 and 11/25) have been cancelled--people are either out of town or busy with family. Riders are encouraged to coordinate and get out on individual rides over the holiday.

Sunday, Nov. 27th, we will go on a local, group ride, meeting at ECHS at 9:00 a.m. If the trails are rideable we will work skills at the Vortex; otherwise we'll go on a road ride. Join us if you are in town and want to work off some stuffing!

Last Sunday many riders showed up unprepared. Warm clothing, food, and water are essential to safe riding--we will continue to stress this in the weeks to come.

Nov 18, 2011

Sunday Nov 20-China Camp Ride

Hey riders,

This Sunday, Nov. 20th, we are planning to ride at China Camp! (Check back here at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday to make sure we are on.)

Coaches, ride leaders meet at 8:30 a.m. at El Cerrito High in front of the cafeteria.

Riders, no later than 9:00 a.m.!

We are expecting wet weather. So riders MUST have the following items or you will not be allowed to go with us. No exceptions will be made.
* Water: minimum two large water bottles or 1 Camelback with 50oz bladder
* Food: minimum 300 calories for on the bike (that's a Clif bar and pack of blocks, or equivalent); additional post-ride food highly recommended
* Warm riding gear: minimum knee and arm warmers plus wind breaker or rain jacket
* Post Ride Change of Clothes: to be courteous to the person driving, you need to change out of your wet, muddy clothes after the ride before you get back in their car. Bring a towel and a garbage bag to put your wet stuff in.
Also,
* It's a good idea to pack the night before to make sure you have all your gear together!
* Eat a good breakfast Sunday morning

See you all on Sunday.

Oct 27, 2011

Friday Practice Cancelled: 10.28.11

Because Friday is homecoming, parade, and noon dismisal practice Friday's core training is cancelled.
Sorry for the late notice everyone!
Meet on Sunday at the high school at 9 a.m. for skills training.
Make sure that all medical forms and releases are signed and turned in before Sunday.
No forms, no ride!
We will try to contact riders with critical missing forms before Sunday to let you know what is missing.
Questions: phil.martien@gmail.com

Oct 26, 2011

Sunday's Skills Ride

Hey Team,
I heard they let them Gaucho's Out!

Update on this Sunday's Skills Ride:
Let's meet at El Cerrito High School at 9 a.m. on Sunday October 30.
We'll gather and then split into groups with new riders going with one group for basic skills training and more advanced riders going with another group for skills development and refreshers. More to follow....

Send me an e-mail if you have questions: phil.martien@gmail.com

Oct 18, 2011

Bike Check on Sunday, Oct. 23 2-5

All,

Bike check is on for this Sunday, October 23rd from 2-5 p.m!
Please try to arrive between 2-3 and we'll have some check in time while bikes are being checked out.

Bike check will be at
Solano Avenue Cyclery at
1554 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA 94707

Everyone has to have their bike checked out before riding with the team!
This is free event, sponsored by Solano Avenue Cyclery and mechanics.
Make sure you bring your (clean) bike and that you thank the mechanics.

Questions? Want to check out a team loaner bike?
Call Phil at (510) 528-8217 (h) or (415) 264-8949 (c)
or E-mail phil.martien@gmail.com

Oct 9, 2011

Wed. Oct 12, 6:30 Parent & Rider Meeting

ECHS Mandatory 1st Parent and Rider Meeting


When: Oct 12, Wed, 6:30 p.m.
Where: ECHS Cafeteria
What: Potluck dinner 6:30-7:00, Meeting 7-8:30
Who: Mandatory: All parents, riders,
Optional: Ride Leaders/coaches, alumni welcome

Bring: Any PAPERWORK not turned in, and potluck item. Jeremiah has blank forms if you need them.


See you there!

Sep 10, 2011

Solano Stroll Bike Raffle Fundraiser, at Sept. 11th Solano Stroll

We are selling raffle tickets for our annual fundraiser at the Solano Stroll, September 11th. Pre-sales go straight to the team, and we are selling in front of Solano Cyclery. Solano donated a Specialized Globe Vienna, size large, cruiser bike ($800 value) for the raffle. Support the team by selling raffle tickets. Tickets available from Susanna Marshland (528-8558) and Pam Bennett (301-1859).

Pam

Aug 2, 2011

NorCal League needs Volunteers for the August 6th Marin Century Rest Stop

It's been a year since we cut fruit, made 100s of sandwiches, got the focacia bread ready, promoted the Chileno Ride and caught up with each other on our summers. Want to do it again? This is one of the NorCal League's most effective fundraising events! You can also help the NorCal League effort by encouraging League riders and your friends to join us. We really want to see if we can get more rider volunteers out there this year. Bring your bike to ride before or after your shift!

Please read the PDF downloadable here then e-mail chris@nationalmtb.org with your prefered time slot. See you out there.

Jun 9, 2011

Rides This Weekend

Please try to join one or both of these events this weekend to help support two of our team sponsors - El Cerrito Police Department and Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay. Please wear your team kit to these events.

Parents, please note that these are not team rides. While several of our regular adult volunteers will be on these rides, adult supervision is not guaranteed. If you are uncomfortable with your child riding alone or with people you don't know, please coordinate with one of the parents that may be on the ride.

Saturday, 9:30am, Alvarado entrance to Wildcat Canyon - BTCEB Wildcat Roll Gala
- There will be 3 groups - A, B, and C - riding through our local trail network
- Picnic/BBQ at Michael Mejia's house at 12:30 for anyone who wants to stop by after the ride
- Come out and show the adults how fast you guys are :-)
- I'll meet anyone who wants to ride over at 8:45, leaving by 8:50 at ECHS. I will pedal to Richmond with a backpack and deposit it at the Mejia household.


Sunday, 9am, Waterfront Park in Martinez, Bike the Bridges Event
- 25 mile ride starts at 9:30
- 2 rest stops provided along the route
- please register here before Sunday: http://bikethebridges.kintera.org/faf/home/waiver.asp?ievent=460666&lis=0&kntae460666=AC13CB0FB5BF4598A93B735149DC4068
- lunch provided between 11:30-2:30
- anyone interested in riding over let me know and we can coordinate a meeting time & place

Neil

May 27, 2011

BTCEB Ride June 11

The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay has requested some of our riders show up to their Wildcat Canyon ride on June 11. As they are a contributing sponsor of our team and don't request much of us, I said no problem. I will be there and would like to see at least 5 team riders. Rides will be available to cater to all ability levels. Plan to meet at the Alvarado entrance at 9:15am. There will be a picnic at Michael Mejia's house following the ride. Please let me know who can make this.

Neil

May 19, 2011

End of Season Events

* Sunday May 22 - Annadel ride

Leave at 8:35 as in the past. Please bring plenty of food and water. Remember that Annadel is typically warmer than our area so you'll go through more water and we've got an hour drive each way where you'll want food - bring more than you think you'll need just in case.......

* Sunday June 5 - Local Ride followed by end of season picnic at the Schur's house

Ride will leave from ECHS at 9 and end at the picnic. More details on picnic forthcoming.

* Sunday June 12 - Bike the Bridges ride in Martinez

This is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics sponsored by local police departments, notably our team sponsor El Cerrito PD. Please plan to attend this ride if you are in town. This is a great opportunity to meet members of the local cycling community and let them see how fast you guys are. 25 and 60 mile options available. Team members get free entry but the ECPD would appreciate help with fundraising.

Phil has setup a webpage for fundraising here - http://bikethebridges.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=460666&lis=1&kntae460666=79BF48BE338A4801B83A26252C7763A5&supId=323648670&emaillogid=4364298162

Please register here: http://bikethebridges.kintera.org/faf/home/waiver.asp?ievent=460666&lis=1&kntae460666=79BF48BE338A4801B83A26252C7763A5. Click join a team and select ECHS from the list.

* Also Sunday June 12 - US Nationals Qualifier at Skyline Park in Napa

Details here - http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=13343

* June 20-24 NICA Invitational camp in Santa Cruz

This is an advanced skills camp for league riders. Boys finishing top 25% in any race and girls finishing top 35% in any race are eligible. See here for more details and to sign up - http://www.nationalmtb.org/nica-invitational-camp/

I was told that spots are filling fast. Several riders mentioned they were planning on attending this. I would recommending signing up soon if you are planning on going. I have signed up as a coach for the week so you'll see a familiar face.

* July 13-15 US National Mtb Championships - Sun Valley ID

Top 15 finishers at the state championship race last weekend qualify to race. Also, top 10 finishers at Sea Otter qualified. If you are interested in racing nationals and either missed these events or didn't place as well as you would have liked, there is a qualifier race coming up in Napa. You can also check the USA Cycling website for locations of other qualifier races.

More information available here - https://www.usacycling.org/events/2011/mtbnationals/

* Other mtb racing opportunities in Northern California - http://www.renowheelmen.org/race-series/2011-sierra-cup-series

May 7, 2011

Ride Tomorrow

Sorry for posting this late. We will ride at Tamarancho in Fairfax tomorrow, leaving from ECHS at 8:35. Please be prepared for warm weather and bring plenty of water (also enough food) for the ride.

Neil

Apr 25, 2011

Radio Interview, Video, and Article on Sugar

Here's a link to a Forum interview on KQED last week on the health implications of consuming processed sugar:


The you tube video link in the More info: section is very interesting if you have an hour and a half to spare.

Neil

Apr 21, 2011

Weekend Plans

Here's the plan for this weekend:

Friday: Ride at 4pm from the community center as previously planned.

Saturday: Day trip to Bogg's Mountain in Cobb to get familiar with trails for final in-season race next weekend. We will leave from the school at 8am. This will be an all day event with 3 hours of driving on each end plus ride time and a food stop. Please bring money for food and to pitch in for gas. Plan to bring extra clothes, food, and water as usual. Plan to have a snack on the car ride up and/or when we arrive. We will likely stop for pizza on the way home.

Sunday: Local ride leaving from ECHS at 8:30am given that many riders and coaches are either out of town or have Easter plans.

Don't worry if you can't make any or all of these rides, but please let Pam know if you plan to go to Bogg's on Saturday.

Neil

Apr 20, 2011

Apr 12, 2011

4/24 Ride

Forgot that two Sundays from now is Easter. For those of you who will be around, please indicate whether you'd like to ride on Saturday morning instead.

Neil

Upcoming Events

1) Sea Otter Classic is Thursday-Sunday this week at Laguna Seca where we were racing this past Sunday. This event offers racing options for all ages, skill levels, and disciplines as well as an expo. A large number of bike and component companies will be set up showing off their products and in most cases offering test rides. The Studiford clan will be working at the Dirt Rag booth and I'll have my own Cycle Monkey booth. Stop by and say hi if you come down. More info is available here: http://www.seaotterclassic.com

2) This Sunday's ride will be local. With spring break and Sea Otter, there will be a limited number of riders and adults present. Meet at the school at 9am.

3) Spring Break Schedule

Monday: easy spin 4pm at the community center (no yoga)
Wednesday: ride as usual 3:30pm community center
Friday: ride 4pm community center
Sunday: proposed Tamarancho ride, meet at ECHS 8:30am

Neil

Apr 8, 2011

Laguna Seca Race Course Confirmed

This weekend's race will be held at Laguna Seca as originally planned. The course is open for pre-ride tomorrow afternoon starting at 1 and Sunday morning from 8-9:30. I'll be down around 4 tomorrow for pre-ride.

Neil

Mar 31, 2011

Sunday Ride at Annadel - 4/3/11

The weather looks good for a Sunday ride for a change! I know some of you have started to forget what mountain biking is. The plan is to head to Annadel for a fun day of riding. This park drains well and is also quite rideable when wet so we should have a great time.

Remember to bring food and water as usual, pack a lunch for the ride home, and bring sun block.

Please plan to arrive around 8:15. We will leave at 8:35.

Neil

Mar 21, 2011

Wednesday Photo, Sunday Race Venue Changed

Sorry for the late notice. Pam sent out a message a couple days ago about the team photo happening this Wednesday at 6:15-6:30 at Cerrito Vista (park near community center). We'll meet there after our ride for the photo. This is the last chance to take the photo and get it in the yearbook.

The heavy rains have damaged the race course planned for this weekend at Laguna Seca. As a result, the race will be held at Fort Ord again (same location as prologue race). The race is supposed to be run in the opposite direction to make it a little different.

Neil

Mar 20, 2011

Mar 18, 2011

Due To Weather - Friday 3/18 is a Spin at IronWorks

Hello Everyone,

Today will be a spin at ironWorks given the ugly weather. I'll be there at 4:30. Spin from 4:30 to 5:45.

See you there,


Jeremiah Holland

Mar 16, 2011

Friday Practices Now Outside

Just a reminder - Friday practices will be rides from now on. We will roll from the Community Center at 4:30.

Neil

Mar 7, 2011

Reminder - Practice is not optional

I want to remind everyone that riders are required to attend our 4 weekly practices. About half of the team was missing from yoga this afternoon, and I only received notice from about 4 riders or parents. Yoga attendance has been consistently low. This workout is part of our program because it helps stretch tight muscles, build balance and muscle tone, and help learn to listen to one's body. All of these things contribute to improved performance on the bike.

Thank you to the riders and/or parents that have consistently kept me informed of illness, vacation, and other missed practices.

Neil

Mar 4, 2011

China Camp Ride This Sunday

We will be meeting at the school at 8:30 and leaving at 8:45!

Riders MUST have the following items or you will not be allowed to go with us. No exceptions!

* Water: minimum two large water bottles or 1 Camelback with 50oz bladder

* Food: minimum 300 calories for on the bike; additional post-ride food highly recommended

* Warm riding gear: minimum knee and arm warmers plus wind breaker or rain jacket

* Post Ride Change of Clothes: to be courteous to the person driving, you need to change out of your wet, muddy clothes after the ride before you get back in their car

See you all Sunday morning.

Coaches/Parents, I will need to know who is driving and who will be riding?

Thank you, Coco

Feb 26, 2011

Good Luck at Races Tomorrow

Sorry I cannot be at the race tomorrow. Just wanted to wish all of the riders good luck.

For those of you who will be doing your first race, look towards finishing the race and setting a pace that will get you there. This will allow you to gauge your performance and start to learn how hard you can push yourself. You can always go faster next race, but finishing the race will be more important and more rewarding than trying to compete with the riders up front and running out of steam before the end.

For returning riders, the prologue race offers a good opportunity to stretch your racing legs and get back into racing without too much pressure. Everyone is awarded the same points value for showing up, so you can go out and gauge your current fitness level and/or the fitness level of your competition without worrying about how your result will impact your season standing.

Above all, have fun. See you next week.

Neil

Feb 21, 2011

Wednesday Activities

The bike clinic will be held Wednesday morning starting at 9am. Please arrive by 8:45 so we can start on time. The location is on the Northeast side of Aquatic Park - http://www.watersideworkshops.org/wb/pages/contact.php. This is just over the bike/pedestrian bridge on the Bay Trail near University Ave. I'll be riding over, leaving around 8:15 (713 Solano Avenue) if anyone wants to meet and ride together.

Please plan to attend this clinic if you are in town.

There will also be a ride at 4pm on Wednesday from the EC community center. Please arrive by 3:45. This will be a light ride in preparation for the race on Sunday.

Neil

Feb 20, 2011

Tomorrow's Ride

There will be a local ride tomorrow, meeting at the HS at 11:30. Don't forget food, water, spare tube, etc. Bring more food than you think you will need. If you need it, you'll be happy it's there. If not, you can eat it next time. Most of you are not yet familiar with your bodies, how much calories you are consuming on the bike, and how much you need to put back in to keep going. Having too much food will get you through a ride while having too little will cause you to bonk and make the end of the ride very unpleasant.

Neil

Feb 19, 2011

Tomorrow's Ride, Monday Trip Cancelled, Bike Repair Clinic

The weather forecast for tomorrow is supposed to be cloudy but no rain, but since it has been raining heavily all week, the trails will be soggy. We will do a road ride tomorrow, leaving from the HS, meeting at 8:30am as usual. As always, please remember to bring food and water and an extra layer in case rain sets in.

The proposed trip to Monterrey will not happen. There was not enough interest and adult availability to make this happen. The course will be open for pre-ride next Saturday afternoon for those of you who will drive down early. There may be a local ride on Monday depending on rider interest. We will poll riders tomorrow and make a plan.

There will be a bike clinic and bike check on Wednesday morning at Street Level Cycles at Aquatic Park (http://www.watersideworkshops.org/wb/pages/contact.php). Basic bike repair and maintenance will be taught and bikes will be checked over for the first race. Meeting time will be either 8:45am or 9:45am. I will post a confirmation by Tuesday. Please plan to attend this clinic if you are in town.




Feb 18, 2011

Spinning Cancelled Today - Fri 2/18

Sorry for the late notice. Spinning is cancelled today. Sorry. Sorry. Sorry.

Feb 11, 2011

Additional Racing Opportunities

Below are two links to mtb races in our area that are held outside of the league. They are held on the same or very similar courses to some of the league races. These races can be a good way to see what a race is like or to get back into racing before the first league race with no points pressure. They are also a good opportunity for motivated racers to build additional fitness that will allow them to perform better in the Norcal races.

TBF Racing in Folsom Lake - http://tbfracing.com/
CCCX Racing in Monterrey - http://www.cccxcycling.com/2011mtbxcpage.html

Neil

Feb 10, 2011

Sunday Ride, Tamarancho Passes

We're going to ride at Annadel again this Sunday. Please come a few minutes early. We will leave at 8:35.

Please remember to bring food for after the ride as it's an hour back home. Also, please make sure to bring enough food and water for the ride - minimum two large water bottles, three small ones, or a Camelback with a full bladder and minimum 400 calories.

Some riders have been showing up for rides without spare tubes. Parents, please make sure your rider has at least 2 spare tubes. For those riders who have had a coach change their tube over the past weekends, please bring that coach a replacement tube.

Finally, I will have sign up sheets for Tamarancho passes with me on Sunday. Student riders are able to purchase a pass for $5 that is valid until they graduate from HS. Day passes are normally $5 and annual passes are normally $45. Please bring $5 if you would like to purchase a pass. Rider and parent signatures are required for the form.

Neil

Feb 7, 2011

Race Registration Invite

Please let me know if you have not received an invite from the league for race registration and include the email address that you want me to sign you up under. I have entered rider email addresses for those riders who have submitted them but it sounds like not all of these riders received an invite.

Neil

Feb 6, 2011

Time Trial Results

Everyone looked good for our first competitive effort of the season. Use these results as a benchmark to measure your own personal improvement over the course of the season. Results are presented below in two formats - alphabetically by first name following by finishing times.

Anastasia (Assya) 0:25:03
Brandon 0:13:45
Brian 0:09:19
Chris 0:07:29
Clara 0:16:33
Dane 0:17:48
Emily 0:17:47
Evan 0:12:15
Gabe 0:13:28
Jacob 0:09:42
Julia 0:11:50
Laurel 0:25:01
Martin 0:10:04
Molly 0:13:08
Morgan 0:24:50
Myles 0:14:04
Nicole 0:15:59
Peter 0:13:51
Riley 0:12:58
Robert 0:10:42
Sean 0:09:15
Takuya 0:13:08
Tom 0:09:57
Victor 0:10:33
Xan 0:10:18
Zac 0:12:00




Adults


Gary 0:16:17
Jennifer 0:14:00
Leslie 0:17:35
Pam 0:12:26
Peter (adult) 0:11:49
Phil 0:11:50
Tim 0:11:31

**********************************

Chris 0:07:29
Sean 0:09:15
Brian 0:09:19
Jacob 0:09:42
Tom 0:09:57
Martin 0:10:04
Xan 0:10:18
Victor 0:10:33
Robert 0:10:42
Tim 0:11:31
Peter (adult) 0:11:49
Julia 0:11:50
Phil 0:11:50
Zac 0:12:00
Evan 0:12:15
Pam 0:12:26
Riley 0:12:58
Molly 0:13:08
Takuya 0:13:08
Gabe 0:13:28
Brandon 0:13:45
Peter 0:13:51
Jennifer 0:14:00
Myles 0:14:04
Nicole 0:15:59
Gary 0:16:17
Clara 0:16:33
Leslie 0:17:35
Emily 0:17:47
Dane 0:17:48
Morgan 0:24:50
Laurel 0:25:01
Anastasia (Assya) 0:25:03

Feb 5, 2011

New Meeting Place Tomorrow

Slight change in plans - we're going to meet at the Quarry trail head tomorrow morning, still at 9am. This trail head is off of Wild Cat Canyon Road, just past the junction with South Park Drive and before Inspiration Point. After passing South Park you'll go around a few curves, and the parking lot will be on your right.

If you come up by bike through Wildcat Canyon Trail, you'll pass Loan Oak, take Meadows or Wildcat Gorge/Curran trail up to Inspiration Point, turn right on Wildcat Canyon Road and head down maybe 1/4 mile and look for the parking lot on your left.

I'm not going to plan to swing by the school now. If anyone wants to ride over together, please contact me directly and we can make a plan.

Neil

Feb 2, 2011

Sunday Ride - Time Trial & Local Ride

Apparently there is a big football game this weekend that people want to watch. In an effort to accommodate these folks, we'll do a local ride. We'll ride from the Lone Oak trail head in Tilden Park at 9am. We'll warm up, run an individual time trial up Big Springs trail, then go for a ride in the park. We'll end back at the HS between 12:30-1.

Here's a map of the park:
http://mappery.com/map-of/Tilden-Regional-Park-Map-North

To get there by car, you would drive up to the top of Spruce, cross Grizzly Peak, and take an immediate left down Canyon Drive. Veer to the right at the bottom, drive up a bit and veer to the left.

I'll swing by the high school around 8:30 to pick up anyone who wants to pedal and is comfortable getting over the hill within 30 minutes. New riders should plan to get a ride.

Neil

Jan 30, 2011

No Ride Today 1/30

Today's ride is canceled due to the rain.

Neil

Jan 19, 2011

Sunday Rides 1/23 & 1/30

We're going to ride in Santa Rosa at Annadel State park the next two Sundays. This park offers many miles of singletrack with a variety of difficulty levels and lots of fun. The drive takes an extra 20-25 minutes on each end, so please show up a little early if possible and find a place for you and your bike as soon as you arrive at the HS. Also, please plan to bring some food for after the ride in addition to your riding food and biking gear.

Just a reminder, these items are mandatory for the Sunday rides:

Bike
Helmet
Riding clothes including knee and arm coverings and a long sleeve layer just in case
Water - minimum two large water bottles (52 oz) or full Camelback bladder
Riding food - fruit, nuts, PB&J sandwiches, granola bars, energy bars, etc; meat, cheese, and other dairy items not advisable
Change of clothes - to both help you get warm after the ride and not be uncomfortable in wet clothes as well as to keep the car clean that you are riding in

Jan 14, 2011

Sunday Ride, Schedule Updates

We're going to ride at Rockville Hills parks in Fairfield again this weekend. Please remember to bring $3 for the park entrance fee. If you did not pay this last weekend, please bring an extra $3 for the adult who drove you or paid for you.

We will not have practice on Monday since it's a school holiday.

Our schedule for the next many weeks will be as follows:

Monday: Yoga - meet at El Cerrito community center at 4:15
Wednesday: Bike ride - meet at El Cerrito community center at 3:15, rolling by 3:30
Friday: Spinning - carpool from ECHS at 4:05, meet at Iron Works at 4:30
Sunday: Bike Ride - meet at ECHS at 8:30

Neil

Jan 13, 2011

Spinning Begins Friday January 14th – TOMORROW!

1.Spinning Begins Friday January 14th – TOMORROW!

  1. · Friday workouts will now be indoor spinning workouts.
  • · We will be spinning at Berkeley IronWorks from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.
  • · Berkeley IronWorks is located at 800 Potter Street in Berkeley. It is located very close to the corner of Sixth Street and Ashby Avenue.


2. Transportation To Berkeley IronWorks
  • · We need parents who can pick up team members at 4:05 pm in front of the school. Team members will be driven to Ironworks and dropped off for a Spin class. Team members will then be picked up at 6 pm at the end of the class. I see three possible scenarios:

o A parent can pick up at school and hang out in the gym while we are spinning. This same parent could then bring the children back to El Cerrito after the class. The parent would not be able to workout in the climbing area, but there is a nice waiting area with tables and WiFi. A parent could bring his/her computer and get some work done on the first floor while we are sweating on the second floor.

o I do not know how many Spin bikes are in the gym this year, but there may be enough to invite the parent who drives to enter the Spin room and Spin with the team.

o Two parents could split the pick-up and drop-off for their respective team members.
* Please call Jeremiah at 510.913.1430 and let me know if you can drive. I anticipate needing space for about 15 kids.

3. The Nuts and Crank Bolts of Spinning

  • · The Spinning room is on the second floor of Berkeley IronWorks and is accessible from the outside. In other words, one does not need to enter the first floor of the gym in order to access the spin room. There is an outdoor staircase on the left side of the Berkeley Iron Works building. Walk up the staircase and enter the spinning room.
  • · YOU WILL WEAR SPANDEX CYCLING SHORTS AND JERSEY WHEN AT SPIN CLASS. Arrive at IronWorks in your cycling clothing. You can have regular clothes on top of your cycling clothes, BUT DO NOT ARRIVE AT IRONWORKS EXPECTING TO USE THEIR CHANGING ROOMS. You can change at school before you leave. Change into your cycling clothes and put street clothes on top if you like.
  • · ALSO – BRING A BOTTLE FULL OF WATER WITH YOU.
  • · Bring warm clothes to put on after spinning. I always bring a pair of sweats to put on after a spin class. You will be SWEATY after class, and you will become cold very quickly if you exit the building into the cold, dark night covered in spandex and perspiration.

4. Berkeley IronWorks is kind to offer us this space for spinning.

a. I have had to work hard to keep our relationship with the gym strong. Always say please and thank you when talking to an employee or member of the gym. Impress everyone you meet with your manners.

b. There is absolutely no cursing or foul language of any kind. I could not be more serious about this. You are all amazing, outstanding, incredible, marvelous, wonderful young men and women – SO BE SURE TO ALWAYS ACT THIS WAY.

5. Call Jeremiah with any questions or concerns

6. AND PARENTS – PLEASE CALL ME IF YOU CAN DRIVE TOMORROW.

NEVER FORGET – YOU ARE AMAZING AND NEVER SMOKE!

Jan 10, 2011

Wednesday Rides

Starting this week, our Wednesday practices will be on the bikes unless it's raining. We'll meet at the El Cerrito Community Center at 3:15. Please bring a jacket or extra long sleeve layer even if it's warm as we will ride until dusk and the temperature will drop significantly. Bring your tail light if you have one.

Neil

Jan 8, 2011

Please Bring $3 Tomorrow

Sorry for the late notice. We're going to ride in a new place tomorrow in Fairfield that has a $3 entrance fee per rider.

Meet at 8:30 at the high school as usual.

Remember to bring food and water and a change of clothes for after the ride. Given the recent weather, pack an extra warm layer for the ride.

Neil

Jan 5, 2011

New Practice Attendance Rule

Starting next Monday, anyone who misses a weekday practice without notifying me ahead of time will not be allowed to ride the following Sunday, including race days. Both of these days will count as unexcused absences. If you accumulate 8 unexcused absences you will no longer be allowed to participate in team activities for the remainder of the season. Outside of illness, injury, or family emergencies, notification for missing practice must be given at least a day in advance of the practice being missed.

Neil

Jan 2, 2011

Ride Cancelled 1/2/11

Just in case you didn't get Phil's email, today's ride is cancelled due to the rain. Hopefully next weekend is a little drier.

Neil

Dec 18, 2010

Practice Cancelled tomorrow, 12/19

I'm going to cancel practice tomorrow based on reports of poor trail conditions and a high probability of heavy rain tomorrow. If the sun decides to come out tomorrow because we're not riding as a group, I encourage everyone to get out and go for a spin on the road.

Have a great holiday. We will have our next ride on Sunday, January 2.

See you next year
Neil

Nov 27, 2010

China Camp Ride Tomorrow

As most of you know, we have relocated tomorrow's ride to China Camp instead of Tilden due to the wet weather. This requires driving to Marin and we need to plan seats for everyone. If you are planning on going, you must email Judy Fein at jleefein@comcast.net and let her know that you are going. She has been kind enough to coordinate our transportation efforts. We will also need some parents to help with transportation. As of now, all the vehicles that are known to be going are filled. Parents/coaches who are planning on going please also contact Judy with the number of riders you can take with you.

Riders MUST have the following items or you will not be allowed to go with us. No exceptions will be made.

* Water: minimum two large water bottles or 1 Camelback with 50oz bladder
* Food: minimum 300 calories for on the bike; additional post-ride food highly recommended
* Warm riding gear: minimum knee and arm warmers plus wind breaker or rain jacket
* Post Ride Change of Clothes: to be courteous to the person driving, you need to change out of your wet, muddy clothes after the ride before you get back in their car

See you all tomorrow morning.

Neil

Nov 21, 2010

Ride today, bring rain jacket

The weather looks like it will be ok, but bring your rain jacket just in case.

Neil

Nov 12, 2010

First Ride This Sunday

We'll have our first on-bike practice of the season this Sunday. We will leave from ECHS at 8:30am. New riders and returning riders will be doing different skills clinics. Bikes will be available for new riders who need them.

You MUST have you paper work signed and completed and your bike checked by Solano Cyclery or you will not be allowed to participate. If you have completed paper work to turn in, please arrive between 8-8:15.

Don't forget food, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Neil

Nov 3, 2010

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER CALENDAR

Hello Everyone:

Below is a link for our November and December Calendar of workouts. Please read carefully and be sure to arrive on time - ready to go.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/echsmtb/files/nov-dec-calendarmtb.docx


Please refer to the packet of information that was handed out at our last parent meeting so that you are sure to arrive with all required clothing/gear.

See Coach Jeremiah at school if you have any questions regarding anything having to do with mountain biking and the team

You are allowed to come to our November and December core workouts without having turned in all your paperwork, however, YOU MAY NOT ATTEND AN ON THE BIKE SKILLS CLINIC OR RIDE UNLESS ALL PAPERWORK HAS BEEN TURNED IN AND YOUR BIKE HAS BEEN THROUGH A BIKE SAFETY CHECK AT SOLANO AVENUE CYCLERY.

You need to go to the bike safety check at Solano Avenue Cyclery even if you do not have a bike.

If you have a bike - Arrive with both your bike and your helmet.

If you do not have a bike - Arrive at the shop and ask Charlie to size you so that we know what size bike you need.

Anyone who has a team bike - You may or may not be using the same bike this year. Please email Coach Jeremiah at josephjeremiah@comcast.net and confirm with me that you have a team bike. We are currently doing an inventory of all team bikes and new riders who need bikes. Please email me tonight so that we can finish this process as soon as possible.

REMEMBER - You must be at all practices unless you have made an arrangement for an excused absence with Coach Neil and Coach Jeremiah. We will begin being strict with unexcused absences beginning Monday November 8th.

Practices Starting TODAY

Message from Pam:

Practices are starting today!

Early season schedule:

Weds, Fri Practices: Conditioning workout starts 20 minutes after school (Weds 3:05, Fri 4:15). Wear loose sweats or gym shorts. Forms not needed for conditioning workouts.

Sunday practice: 8:30am ride (don't forget daylight savings time). Bring your mountain bike and full gear for riding. Forms will be needed to ride.

Forms: Packets of forms are on Pam's front doorstep if you need them.

-- Pam Bennett

Nov 2, 2010

Bike Check At Solano Avenue Cyclery

Please accept our apologies for last Sunday.

The Bike Check has been rescheduled for next Sunday, November 7th. You will have the same time slot that you signed up for previously.

Please see Mr. Holland at school if you did not sign up for a slot and need one. The best time to see me is after block 3 outside the rear entrance to the boys locker room.

For those of you without bikes: We are currently doing an inventory of the bikes we have and we are looking for more bikes. Everyone who needs a bike should have given their name to Coach Robert Ramirez at the last parent meeting. Please see me if you did not give your name to Coach Robert. Again, the best time to see me is after block 3 outside the rear entrance to the boys locker room.

Thank you.

Oct 31, 2010

Bike Check Cancelled

Hi all,

The bike check is cancelled -- no-one is at the shop to do the check. Sorry for the late notice.

-- Jennifer

Oct 24, 2010

Upcoming Events

Team Meeting #2 - Wednesday October 27th, 6:45-8:15pm, ECHS Library
- Signed forms due
- Discuss training and riding schedule
- Team sponsors overview
- Bike maintenance overview

Bike Check - Sunday October 31st, 2-5pm, Solano Avenue Cyclery
- All riders must have their bike checked before the first team ride
- Sign up for 30 minute slots at Team Meeting #2

Core Workouts Begin - Wednesday November 3rd, 3pm, meet in front of ECHS gym ready to go

SF Bike Expo - Saturday November 6th, 10am-7pm, Cow Palace San Francisco
- Two halls - swap meet and expo
- Swap meet offers a good chance to pick up used parts and gear at good prices
- Expo showcases many local cycling companies (Cycle Monkey will have a booth so stop by and say hi)
- tickets $12 at the door, $10 ahead

Oct 6, 2010

First Meeting Changed to Oct 13th

ECHS Mountain Bike Parents News 100510:

CONFIRMED 1st ECHS Parent Meeting:

Date: October 13th, Wednesday

Place: ECHS Large Gym

Time: 6:45-8:15 p.m. (no potluck this year due to school logistics)

Bring: Team forms will be posted on the blog by end of week, and can be filled out and brought to the meeting.

Thank you,

Pam