Mountain Bike Season Update #2 | Fontana

After a month in Arizona and a short stint in St. George, Utah, I continued west to California. Last season on the Thursday before this race weekend I got online, registered for racing the following three weekends at Fontana, Bonelli, and Sea Otter, and then went out to ride for four hours.  I had picked out a trail from Strava heatmaps that would take me up and over the mountains from the valley I was staying in and descend towards the California coast.  Two hours out, right as I was about to turn around on the seemingly scarcely used, largely washed out, highly overgrown trail, I hooked a handlebar in some shrubs and crashed hard landing with my arm above my head.  I took the impact largely with my upper ribs which cramped impressively as I stood back up.  It was tough to inhale or make big movements with my arms so I limped back up the trail in the waning daylight happy the final hour would be descending. 

The course at Fontana has been in place for years, always featuring graffiti, piles of broken glass, and a bit of urban discard in the form of rusty box springs or old televisions. The area has actually been cleaned up and polished a bit with the encroachment of neighborhoods to the base of the mountain.  There is now definitively a park rather than a mere clump of rocks and while the graffiti remains, the glass is largely minimalized, no longer are there paintballers shooting at the racers, and much of the trash has been removed. 

2016 was the first year I made the pilgrimage to Cali for the spring…
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KHS Delivers DVO Winter Series at Bootleg Canyon MTB Park

Bruce Klein at Bootleg Canyon
Bruce Klein at Bootleg Canyon

Bruce Klein has been looking unstoppable this season. He was looking just the same leading up to race time at Bootleg Canyon for the finals of the DVO Winter Series. Unfortunately it was not to be his day, he flatted towards the top of the track, and this ended his hopes of the win and getting up on the box for the overall.

Racing is tough, we cannot win them all, but can we applaud Bruce Klein for his massive effort!

Logan Bingelli placed a super fast second-place and taking the overall Points Title! Way to do it, Logan.

Photo by Philip Beckman

KHS at Windrock Pro GRT

KHS Bicycles and the KHS Factory Racing team set out on the road from Las Vegas, NV to Oak Ridge, TN for the Windrock Pro GRT Round #1! It was a great weekend of fun and racing on a tough course where Bruce Klein finished 5th in the Pro Men’s division.

 

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