It was another successful day for Team Ninja at Big Bear for the California State Championships. There was a noticeable tension on the start line as all the racers stared down the chance to win a title, bragging rights, and the good-looking jersey that goes with all of it. With the day warming up, and some slight course changes, the ponies were all pawing at the dirt. Team Ninja proved once again they were up to the challenge, and when the dust settled, there were no less than five podium finishes to celebrate, including State Champ titles going to:
- Michelle Allen, Cat 2 30-39
- Heidi Amundson, Cat 3 30-39
- Anne-Catherine Rocque-Levecque, Cat 3 50+
This adds to the National Champ titles collected by team members Regina Jeffries (Cat 3 Downhill) and Paula Evenson (Cat 3 XC) since wrapping up the Kenda Cup series.
Wow! Congratulations ladies!!
Team Ninja has had a fabulous first season with great results at every event — including the recent Fire Road 100 — and continues to race at events like the Rim Nordic Series, while preparing for “A” races such as Leadville Trail 100.
The team is grateful for the support of sponsors that include Rudy Project, Power Bar, Norco Bicycles, Sock Guy, Gaerne, Basic Link, Crank Cycling, Inner Strength Fitt Labs, Zumwalt’s Bike Shop, Casiano Law, Red Ace Organics and title sponsor, Ninja Mountain Bike Skills.
Here are the team’s full results from Sunday:
Cat 2 Women 30-39 – Michelle Allen – 1st
Cat 3 Clydesdale 35+ – Todd Young – 2nd
Cat 3 Women 30-39 – Heidi Amundson – 1st
Cat 3 Women 50+ – Anne-Catherine Rocque-Levecque – 1st
Open Men – Richard La China – 4th
Cat 2 Men 30-39 – Michael Henry – 3rd
Cat 2 Men 30-39 – Michael Whitehurst – 5th