Norba National, Fontana, May 6th - Troy takes 3 first place wins
Written by James Sladeck
The good news was that they had 10 and under categories for cross
country, downhill and trials. The bad news was they were all in one
Troy and I started practicing Thursday afternoon and evening. The DH
course was very ungroomed, rutted and had tons of rocks. It was not
very steep and only had a few fast sections. Since we had not done much
downhilling it took a while to warm up but once he got a good feel for
the course, he started ripping pretty well. On race day he tore it up
with a perfect run--2 mins 32 seconds which got him first place by 1 full minute and was
better than a lot of the beginner men and some expert women.
We had pre-ridden the entire XC course--10 miles of steep sandy climbs,
rutted steep downhill sections and all kinds of weird crossings through
cement drainage ditches etc. He did it all and felt pretty good. We
were expecting 1.5 laps but for some reason, they only required the
junior riders (14 and under) to do .5 laps. Troy finished first with
one good crash that knocked his chain into his spokes and bent his
derailleur hanger. Luckily he was able to keep going on for the win.
He placed better than most 12 year olds and even some 14 year olds.
Trials were very interesting. We didn't have time to check out all of
the sections and Troy did well (no other kids) but really fought it on
his bikes. His little pit bike was way too small and his mountain bike
way to big for all of the rocks, loose dirt and tight turns. Freeride
Pioneer Ritchie Schley stopped to watch Troy on 1 section and was pretty