The weather was looking ominous in Temecula for the first Kenda Cup race of 2017, but the team lucked out and the weather held good for an amazing weekend of racing at Vail Lake. We had a great crew out representing Team Bear Valley Bikes. All the pros; Jullien, Jean-Louis, Derek, Stuart, Christine, Alyssa and Amanda came out and got some great results in a large field of 16+ riders. Stuart Gonzales took forth in the Open Mens Endurance race and brothers Julien and Jean-Louis Bourdevaire came 4th and 8th in the Mens Pro Category. In the Pro womens race, Christine ‘Jonny’ Ringo was on top of the podium again, followed by Alyssa in 4th and Amanda Felder in 5th.
Backing the pro team up in Cat 1 we had Sandy Blakeslee-Grimes, Dave Lippert, Scott McCosh and Ken Ridley representing the team. Sandy came in 1st place in the Womens 50+, Dave and Scott raced to 5th and 9th in a strong group of men aged 45-49 and Ken placed 6th in the mens 60-65 category. In Cat 2 Shelby Kawell raced well and earned 3rd place on the podium. Overall we had a great time and the day was full of fun and smiles. The team can’t wait to get back out there at Southridge this weekend for the KMC Winter Series, and is looking forward to Kenda Cup #2 at Fontana on April 1st.
While most of SoCal was getting hammered by a gnarly set of storms, bringing both rain and snow, it was time for race #2 in the Southridge Winter series for Team BVB at Fontana. Saturday provided a brief reprieve in the weather with the sun shining through in time for the race. The team yet again had a strong presence in the men’s, women’s and vet pro categories, dominating in each. In the Pro men, brothers Julien and Jean-Louis Bourdevaire took both 2nd and 4th place. In the Pro women’s, it was an in-house battle between our three pro female teammates, resulting in the win from Christine ‘Johny’ Ringo, with Alyssa Ringo in 2nd and Amanda Felder taking the 3rd spot on the podium. Stuart Gonzalez took the top of the Vet Pro podium, closely followed by Derek Hermon in 3rd. Race #3 in the Series is this weekend at Southridge Park in Fontana. The question is, will anyone show up who can challenge the performance of team Bear Valley Bikes so far? Or will the team continue in it’s domination of the Southridge Winter Series? For more info on this race series visit www.southridgeusa.com. See the race results for the series so far at southridgeusa.com/xc-results-1-21-17. Photo’s thanks to Linda Ringo & PBCreative.
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Team Bear Valley Bikes started out the year racing the Southridge KMC Winter Series at Fontana last weekend. The course was fast, technical and a lot of fun. The team dominated in the Men’s, Women’s and Vet Pro classes.
In the pro men’s race, Julien Bourdevaire battled for the win. Team mate Jean-Louis Bourdevaire finished not too far behind the lead in 3rd place. Bear Valley Bikes was also on top of the Vet Pro podium with a win for Stuart Gonzalez with Team owner and director Derek Hermon backing him up in 3rd.
Christine ‘Johny’ Ringo debuted her XC career for Bear Valley Bikes with a strong performance. Riding up front with Pro men she finished an impressive 6 minutes ahead of the other pro women. Alyssa Ringo finished close behind in 2nd place, with Amanda Felder fighting hard for a 5th place finish.
Race #2 in the KMC Southridge Winter Series is scheduled for January 21st. Information on racing at Southridge can be found at http://southridgeusa.com/ and race results for January 7th can be viewed at http://southridgeusa.com/xc-results-1-07-17/