Article Courtesy Tami Cramer
The NorCal Cycling League will holds its championship race, the Six Sigma Slinger, this Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.
The race will take place at Six Sigma Ranch and Winery, 13372 Spruce Grove in Lower Lake.
Six Sigma opened up its property for the three local high school mountain bike teams – Clear Lake, Kelseyville and Middletown high schools – to ride on after the Valley fire consumed much of the Boggs Demonstration Forest on Cobb.
Boggs was the main riding area for the teams and also the location each year for a NorCal race.
Last spring, coaches of the local teams pitched the idea of hosting a race to the winery owners and they were very receptive.
The notion was solidified in the summer with league representatives and this past fall, and coaches and riders from the three teams began the process of building a course.
Hundreds of hours have gone into the design and construction of the trail by local team members, along with the assistance of the league and volunteers from the community and other NorCal Cycling teams.
The 5-mile-long course is complete and ready to be raced this weekend.
As part of the North Conference (Bay Area and north), all local teams will be racing on Saturday. The Southern Conference (South Bay to Monterey area) race on Sunday.
Races begin with the girls at 9 a.m., freshman/sophomore boys at 10:40 a.m. and JV/varsity boys at 12:20 p.m.
Each lap is just under 5 miles with around 450 feet of climbing. Riders will race between two to four laps depending on their category.
All races are open and free for the public to come and watch. With 900-plus riders slated to race over the course of the weekend, it is quite an impressive event to see.
Volunteers are always needed. For more information on viewing and/or volunteering, visit www.norcalmtb.org .
Tami Cramer is coach and team director for the Clear Lake and Kelseyville High School mountain bike teams.