2012 Fontana National Race Report From DH Winner Kevin Aiello

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This past weekend myself and the KHS Factory Race Team headed back to Fontana, CA to race the 2012 Fontana City National. I met up with the team Saturday morning to find a packed Southridge Park full of eager cross country racers and groms galore, ready to put their new race bikes in the dirt and get a feel for what this season’s gonna be like. I was soon hiking up the track to see if Donny had built another crowd pleaser like he usually does for the national. Sure enough they put together an awesome track that allowed you to cary speed all the way down the mountain while still having some super rough sections and the notorios “waterfall” section for the crowds enjoyment. The track was a typical dry dusty blown up Fontucky track until Sunday when the skies opened up and soaked us and the track right before the races started. Hero dirt for all, and we were off to a bad ass race with near perfect traction all the way down the track. My run started off slow and steady until the track started steepening up and I got into the flow of things. Near the bottom of the track I carried good speed onto the road and had some good, LOUD people in my ear giving me motivation to hammer down to the finish line. I crossed the line with a 2:00 time and went into the hot seat. My time ended up holding off the rest of the pro field by two seconds giving me the win for the weekend. After a long Fontana Winter Series with so many close 2nds, and so many great people cheering for me it felt great to get a win under my belt. I would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support including KHS Bicycles, WeAllRide Clothing, Kenda Tires, Novatec Wheels, FSA Components, ODI Grips, Csixx guides, KMC chains, Velo Seats, Twenty6 Products, Motorex, and FiveTen. I would like to welcome some new sponsors for 2012 including SPY OPTICS and HT PEDALS. Thank you for the support and I look forward to an exciting and successful 2012 season!

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Photos by Monique Spaulding and Jason Cleghorn.