Troy nets two more 1st place finishes at Cal State Race, Santa Barbara
Written by James Sladeck
We signed up for 3 events, cross country long and short course, and
downhill. Troy and I got there the night before, rode the XC course and
stayed till dark practicing DH hiking up the course over and over. The
DH course was 100% man made with jumps and berms throughout. It was
very similar to what I was going to build at the Flying B Ranch.
Troy started off racing cross country in the morning, 2 laps at 10 miles
total. He raced local boys and one of them was supposed to be pretty
good and we were looking forward to it. Troy took the lead early on and
ended up winning by at least 20 minutes.
We were practicing for the downhill overlooking the short course and
there was not time to run down the mountain, change gear, switch bikes,
race the short course, change gear, switch bikes and race downhill.
Instead Taryn, Troy's sister, took his spot and Troy and I watched from
the top of the hill yelling and screaming. She did great on Troy's
What can I say, practice makes perfect. Troy did so well clearing a 12
foot double, railing the berms and hitting the jumps he easily won 1st
place in the downhill. It was a two run format and on the second run
got the exact same time of 2:21. We were so happy it was a safe and fun
race and I was stoked that his times reflected his consistent
disciplined manner of staying in control and navigating all of the
We are so happy for the people/companies that support us:
Santa Cruz Syndicate Jr. Development--More important than the 5th wheel
trailer, uniforms and great bikes, Troy loves hanging out with the kids
and they are all very good to Troy. He's the youngest by several years
and am glad they treat him so well. They go to all of the Norba
National Races. If you're there, stop by and say hi.
The Warriors Society/The Path Bike Shop--Tani and the crew take care of
us on all Troy's parts which allow us to run top of the line parts on
all of his bikes!!!! Troy is comped at all of their events and proudly
wears his WS jersey.
Olympic Powder Coating--- They make Troy's bikes look so cool and even
coated his bullit and parts for free!!!
Arrow Racing ---- They have super light rims, tires and tubes in 24"
that Troy needs--we get the sponsored athlete prices!!