Photos by: Monique & Brittany Spaulding
Report by: Quinton Spaulding
We made our regular trip down to Fontana, CA last Friday, for round # 2 of the SHIMANO Winter Series. I was excited for the dirt conditions, as they had received rain and had a good chance of getting more precipitation throughout the weekend.
The “Early Bird” always gets the worm… right? – which translates to getting the primo spot for KHS in the pits.
Everybody showed up bright and early Saturday morning to setup, including the presenting sponsor.
Chumba was out there with their “Demo Crew!”
The “Mongoose Tribe” headed by Eric Carter, now falls under the GT Brand / Umbrella… wow!
Many other vendors were corralled in the pit area, and this “Fontucky Village” just grows bigger at every race.
“The Cheez” gets all the trophies out before the weekend kicks off as there’s no time in between the madness of handling the P.A. and the podium presentations.
It rained on-and- off all weekend, which made for fantastic race conditions… we were all stoked!
My biggest fan and the hero of my life - Sydne Spaulding sports a trophy given to her by Free Agent Team Manager, Dale Holmes… Thanks Dale!
Team Houseman in conjunction with SponsorHouse, held a 4X clinic Saturday morning. KHS “B Team” rider Double D was a participant and said he learned a lot. I believe it went off well!
Campers filled the “free camping” area from one end to the other, even in the rain… hardcore!
So-Cal always looks so green and lush during the winter months.
Staging for the Cross Country early Saturday morning was quite an affair, conditions were PERFECT! With the continued rain throughout Saturday evening, the dirt was as good as it gets for a Mountain Bike race.
World Champ and FreeAgent Team Manager, Dale Holmes was in the house Saturday to compete in the 4X heats. Whenever Holmes is in attendance, he attracts attention.
The Free Agent Van goes everywhere Dale goes…rightfully so!
Holmes had some technical trouble Saturday during the 4X, he lost his chain, and along with it a few spots on the podium. He still pumped the track to a 3rd place podium finish… amazing!
Pro Men 4X Top 5
The Shimano “kids race” was a huge hit, and it turned out that Moe’s (from www.mtnbikeriders.com) daughter was in the front row and had an unfair advantage over all the other kids on her KHS.
A Local News Channel checks in with Binggeli on how his off-season training went, and how he is progressing thus far for 2009.
Logan Binggeli had a great race run Sunday morning, he finished 7th (just hundredths of a second off the podium).
Photo courtesy of: www.bluefirepictures.com
I also had a good run, finishing right behind him in 8th place! I was really pleased with my result… the training is paying off and I am on the hunt for a podium finish this series.
Pro Men DH Results
KHS “B Team” rider, Rodney Bradley took a podium finish in the Downhill Sunday. Our “B Team” is really starting to grow in numbers, this is attributed to the presence of the Factory Team and an AWESOME “Grass Roots” program offered by KHS Bicycles.
Check out our Grass Roots Racing program at www.khsbicycles.com
A “Big Thanks” to all our 2009 sponsors!
The KHS Team will be back in Fontana, CA Feb 7-8 for round # 3 of the 15th Annual SHIMANO Winter Series. Please stay tuned for more updates and photos as they become available.
All the best!