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NorCal Cycling gears up for Granite Bay Grinder

1,100 high school mountain bikers get set to compete on Folsom Lake trails April 8-9
By: Amy Looney - For The Press Tribune
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On April 8th and 9th, more than a thousand high school mountain bikers will hit the trails around Folsom Lake in Granite Bay for their fourth official race of the season, and first of the year in Placer County. 

Dubbed the Granite Bay Grinder, next month’s race course is known for having it all: scores of singletrack, several technical sections, mud, sand, big, beautiful oak trees, tall grass and a gorgeous view of the now full Folsom Lake.

Placer Valley Tourism, in conjunction with the NorCal High School Cycling League, are teaming up to bring this race back to Placer Valley where the riders and spectators alike always have a blast.

“We are really excited to get back to Granite Bay for our annual high school mountain bike race,” Executive Director for the NorCal League Vanessa Hauswald elaborated. “The community here is incredibly supportive of youth cycling and in so many ways it feels like we are coming home when we are at Granite Bay for our event.”

Hauswald and her team are expecting 1,100 student-athletes to race over the course of this two-day event. With numbers that large they have the races broken down into 11 categories of competition which include freshman girls, sophomore girls, junior varsity girls, varsity girls, freshman D1 and D2 boys, sophomore D1 and D2 boys, junior varsity D1 and D2 boys and varsity boys. 

To check out these fearless high school mountain bikers, as they rip through the course in hopes of making it to the podium, head out to Folsom Lake State Recreation, April 8th and 9th. 

The area does charge a $12 fee per vehicle at the gate; however admission to the race is free.  There will be food trucks and merchandise booths on site as well.