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Meet Junior Bear Athlete Alexis Bobbitt

Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…

ALEXIS BOBBITT

Racing Age: 18

Hometown: Austin, TX

Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9

Favorite Training Song: Waste a Moment – Kings of Leon

Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Bananas + Peanut Butter

Ever since I was born I have been riding bikes. My parents like to say, “she was off training wheels before she was even out of diapers”. My dad was a big cyclist all throughout his life and when he met my mother he got her into it and they decided to pass it on to their children, my 2 brothers and I. We grew up racing since we were the age of three and have always been out at race venues and around the amazing people that are in the cycling sport. Growing up around the cycling community, the support, the spirit, the character, and attitude of everyone in the sport has all built me to be the best me I can be. Everything about mountain bike racing, the community, the excitement, the anticipation, the strength, the challenges, the effort required to excel and so much more is what I found my love for the sport in. I have learned so much through cycling and am still excited to learn so much more that it has to offer.

My family is the reason why I am in this sport today. Both my mom and dad are heavily invested in my cycling career and I love them for it. Through every high and every low on this journey I endure they have stood right by my side and have given me words of wisdom and encouragement to keep me going and get through anything. I am so thankful that I was raised by the most supportive and amazing parents that have always pushed me to achieve what they knew I could even when I didn’t think I could.

When I’m not on the bike, the little time that I am, I am spending time with my amazing family or am in the outdoors on two feet (not two wheels) with my dogs and friends. My family also rides bikes so most of the time we’re on the bikes together but we also love exploring new places together by taking day trips around where we live. Most of the time we are going to parks and hiking down to a river or to some other natural creations. We also love relaxing together and having a ‘sit on the couch and movies’ day in. I love doing new and exciting things so I’m always looking for new places to go and new things to try.

Because I have been part of biking and racing since I was born I went through a stage in my life where I wanted to take a step away from bikes because I was just getting bored of doing the same thing. My parents tried to keep me into it and tried to get me to go out and ride and sometimes it would work and others it wouldn’t. But, when it did work and I got out and rode my bike I loved it and always had so much fun. Luckily, as you can guess from me having the opportunity to be a part of this team, I got back into biking. Around the end of middle school when I started riding with my high school team I started having more fun and found it easier to get myself to go out and ride my bike because I had a team and friends to do it with. My parents saw something special about me and my connection to biking enough to push and fight me to get me out on my bike. I am so lucky to have them behind me pushing me in the direction towards what they knew, and I now know, was right for me.

Meet Junior Athlete Ryan Campbell

Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…

RYAN CAMPBELL

Racing Age: 16

Hometown: Lakewood, CO

Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9

Favorite Training Song: Big Poppa – Notorious B.I.G.

Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Breakfast burrito

As far back as I can remember I’ve been riding bikes. My father was a huge influence on me getting into riding as a kid, as he was a marathon mountain bike racer. Ever since I’ve been able to ride a bike I have loved every moment on one. In the third grade my aunt and uncle, who are also big cyclists, suggested I go to a cyclocross camp one weekend. I fell in love with the sport and decided to start racing cyclocross on a bike loaned to me from Danny Summerhill, and found out I was pretty good. Ever since then I’ve never lost my love for the sport of cycling. 

Outside of biking I love to hangout with my friends, spend time with family and ski. I’ve been skiing just as long as I’ve been riding, I would say it’s my second love. Skiing is a great offseason activity for me. It’s a break from the hard work of training, but still a great workout and tons of fun. I learned how to ski from my mom, who used to race, and I don’t know that I could have asked for a better instructor.

I try to spend as much time as I can around my family as they are the most influential and supportive people in my life and I feel incredibly lucky to have their support. The biggest challenge I’ve had and have every year is putting in the base miles for the upcoming season. On the front range of Colorado you never quite know what the weather is going to do on any given day, so it’s definitely a struggle to find the motivation to go out and ride when it’s in the 20’s and wet/snowy especially when it was 50 degrees the day before. I always find a way to avoid the trainer through, and get the miles in before I get to that start line for the first time, even if it means having icicle fingers.

I am beyond stoked to get racing in less than one month and start my season on this amazing team!

Meet Junior Bear Athlete Santiago Sciutti

Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…

SANTIAGO SCIUTTI


Racing Age: 17

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9

Favorite Training Song: ‘Till I Collapse – Eminem

Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Garden burger

I have always been involved in sports including soccer, baseball, basketball, and track. I rode bikes recreationally through middle school and loved spending hours riding around with my friends and combing the bay area for the best dirt jumps. When I did not make the basketball team freshman year, a friend suggested I consider joining the high school mountain biking team. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The San Rafael Bike Dawgs thankfully let me join even though registration was closed. 

After my first race, I was hooked. I’ve always had a lot of energy and I liked the adrenaline rush of competitive cycling.  Plus it was really fun. Even though it’s an “individual” sport, I appreciate the strong team aspect and the amazing support we receive from it being a fully parent run team. 

Sophomore year, I decided I wanted to get more serious, so I sold my dirt jumper and MTB bike and upgraded to a better ride. Going into season I hoped to do well and was pleased with the results, but knew I could improve if I dedicated myself to increasing my skills. Riding with experienced and stronger riders has been and will be a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season.

One of my biggest challenges is my learning difference that I have lived with since I started school. My struggles with dyslexia have taught me to persevere. Since school comes with academic challenges, I feel my best when I’m on my bike especially because it allows me to focus and gain confidence in myself.  

When I’m not riding my bike on the trails of Marin, I’m chilling with close friends and family. I can be found outdoors participating in activities like backcountry camping, hiking, and sun chasing.  

Meet Junior Bear Athlete Brayden Johnson

Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…

BRAYDEN JOHNSON

Racing Age: 16

Hometown: West Jordan, UT

Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel

Favorite Training Song: Not Afraid – Eminem

Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Sweet pork burrito

The first time I rode a bike without training wheels I was 3 years old, I had a knack for it. I grew up watching the Le Tour De France with my dad who has been a cyclist my whole life. However, it wasn’t until 2015 when I truly discovered cycling as a sport when my older brother and Dad got involved in NICA. After going to a few races and practices I knew I wanted to give it a shot. That Christmas I got my first mountain bike and started racing NICA in 2016. Cycling is such a great community, I’ve met some life long friends, have traveled to new places, and have been to places only my bike can take me. I love everything about cycling and have been hooked ever since I began.

Before I started cycling I played football for 4 years. Football was my whole life. I loved it and thought I would spend the rest of my life playing. But after my 3rd year things changed the football community was negative, everybody just wanted to beat each other and nobody was friends inside or outside of the game. But, in cycling when we race, we are all in, we want to beat each other but still support and encourage one another. As soon as the race is over we are still friends on and off the bike.

I have loved doing anything on my bike from tricks, balance skills to messing around on jumps and sending it on the trails to suffering and being in the pain cave. This will be my 4th year racing and I am so stoked to be apart of the Bear Development Team for the 2019 season. I have more motivation than ever to train hard and race even harder.

Off the bike, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family. I like traveling with my family and doing anything outdoors, like hiking, running, building jumps or just exploring. Twice a year my family and I go to Santa Barbara, California and I spend my time at the beach boogie boarding and learning to surf.

Pine Mountain Crusher Cup Race Report

Pine Mountain Crusher Cup
Dylan Fryer
1st Place

For this round of the Crusher Cup, the course was much shorter and so we all knew going in that was going to mean a much faster overall race because we didn’t need to hold as much in the tank for long distance.

The race started just above Brown’s Bridge and winded up towards the Pine Mountain loop. The cast of characters was similar this week but a fast opening pace whittled the field down to just 5 pretty early on; Jim, Phil, Sean, myself, and Ryan. As we moved towards the top of San Geronimo ridge, Phil and I were taking the lead and really stringing Sean, Jim, and Ryan out behind us.

Nearing the end of the fireroad, there was a pretty technically intensive section of uphill that I hit with full speed and managed to pull away with a solid 15 or 20 second gap. On the following flatter sections, Phil caught up to me and we were now leading with the other three following about 30 seconds back.

As we began the Pine Mountain loop, Sean bridged up to the front group before we began the very technical and demanding singletrack descent to the lake at the bottom of the loop. Our lead proved to be not enough to hold off a flying group of Jim and Ryan, who flew by as pulling away by almost 2 minutes by the bottom.

I thought that we may have lost the race on that descent but decided not to give up and hit the following climb hard, sprinting away from Sean and Phil, to try and catch Jim and Ryan. I caught both of them with about 2 minutes of climbing to go and rode right past them trying to get as much distance before the next singletrack descent.

I managed to keep my lead through the next singletrack and was with Jim as we entered the steepest climb of the race, returning us to the top of the trail we had just ridden. I hit this climb hard as well and pulled away from Jim, knowing this was the last, albeit long, climb of the race.

I only saw Jim once more during the race on a particularly open section of trail when I looked back to see him across the ridge and just put my head down and sprinted through the final bit of the climb.

I cruised through the final descent and finished about 30 seconds ahead of Jim with Sean coming in 3rd not that much farther back.

It was a super fun race again and I can’t wait for round 3 to be announced.