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Bicyclists Call Dirt Fondo a Success

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Tasha Zentil descending into South Laguna.

Tasha Zentil descending into South Laguna.

The local mountain biking community came out for 25 and 50-mile rides through Aliso Woods and Laguna Coast Wilderness as part of the first Laguna Beach Dirt Fondo earlier this month.

The first 25 miles was designed to be an intermediate level ride with 2600 feet of elevation gain. On the 50-mile advanced course, riders were treated to an additional 3700 feet of elevation gain. Fewer than 20 riders finished the 50-mile course.

“This was one of the most well run ‘grass-roots’ events in which I have ever participated,” said local resident Tim Ryan.

Laguna native Dr. Sten Kramer receiving the first “gold chain ring” trophy for 50 mile finishers.

Laguna native Dr. Sten Kramer receiving the first “gold chain ring” trophy for 50 mile finishers.

Members of the Laguna Beach Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team created hand made trophies awarded to all finishers. Almost $5000 was raised to benefit the team.

Laguna Canyon Foundation assisted with the ride. Aid stations, which doubled as cheering sections for riders, were set up throughout the course and were sponsored by local businesses, including The Ranch, La Sirena Grill, Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen, Whole Foods and HDX Hydration. Additional support was provided by Laguna Cyclery, Oakley, Timber Mountain Bike Bells, and Troy Lee Designs.

Tony Zentil and an injured Patrick Fetzer from Laguna Cyclery at the start line.  Patrick did a parade lap around the track just to join in the festivities. Photos courtesy of Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team.

Tony Zentil and an injured Patrick Fetzer from Laguna Cyclery at the start line. Patrick did a parade lap around the track just to join in the festivities. Photos courtesy of Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the team visit: lagunabeachmtb.org.

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