US Cup Racing. Fontana and Bonelli California
US Cup #1
Holden, Emily and Elyse then all travelled down to Southern California for the back to back US Cup openers in Fontana and Bonelli, Ca.
At the first race in Fontana, Holden rode off the front of the Junior mens race in a small group and managed to "hold ‘em” off for the win going 2 for 2 wins in the UCI Jr series.
Coming from cooler temperatures, Emily and Elyse, racing at noon, battled the heat as much as their competition finishing 22nd and 24th in fields 50+ riders deep.
“I loved the Fontana course and the back and forth battle with some of the other riders. Unfortunately, I lost a couple spots in the final stretch of the race but was overall satisfied with the race."
“At one point during the race, I went a little too far into the red zone, got bounced funny and rode off the trail. At that precise moment Emily came charging up behind me and zoomed by. She was concerned that I had crashed so I just yelled I’m fine, keep going!”
US Cup #2 Bonelli
Getting over the cold that had held her back the last two weekends, Elyse had a great race at Bonelli, charging towards a 12th place finish in a World Class field.
“One of my favourite moments from the race was close to the start when I passed two people on the rock garden descent. My other favourite moment was winning the sprint for 12th.” It was a hot and dusty day which made for challenging race conditions.
Emily also had a strong outing and placed 28th. “I had a tough time dealing with the heat in Bonelli but was able to turn it in to a great learning experience for how to prepare for future races under the sun.” Temperatures hit over 30 degrees, quite a change from BC in April!
Holden had a tough race, where he broke his chain just after the tech zone. Despite a DNF for that race, he is still ranked 2nd in the world after the first 3 rounds of the UCI Junior Series! Go Holden!