Sierra Express mountain bikers set trails ablaze |

Sierra Express mountain bikers set trails ablaze

The Sierra Express, a local group of mountain bikers and road racers, have been tearing up the NorCal cycling scene this year and landing some of its top riders on the podium of several events.

Most recently, five members of the team had strong finishes in the Cool Mountain Bike Race on March 20 with Nevada City’s own Jason Moeschler maneuvering through 30 miles of a muddy course to a first-place finish in the pro/expert division. Moeschler also won the second race of the Total Body Fitness series on Jan. 30.

Shelly Crowe, also of Sierra Express, took first in the 10-mile women’s novice division on a course she described as a “mud bath.” Crowe was also a winner at the first two stops of the TBF series on Jan. 30 and Feb. 20.

Stephan Guenot, who teaches spin classes at South Yuba Club, claimed third place in the 30-39 men’s beginner division. Patrick Sullivan, a Nevada City fireman, finished right behind to take fourth place in that same 10-mile race.

Terry Hundemer, in his first year of racing, finished third in the Sport 30-39 division, which raced over a 20-mile course.

On March 19, several Express team members competed in the Land Park Criterium road race, including club president Craig Lindberg, who finished fifth in the Masters 35-and-older 1/2/3 division. Peter Krogh took 15th place in the same race, while Holly Borowski took sixth place in the Women’s Pro 1/2/3.

On that same day, Nevada City’s Rick Kalb was busy running down a fourth-place finish in the Men’s Expert 45-49 in the NORBA National Race No. 2 in Phoenix.

At the Kearney Park Circuit Race on March 12, road racing team member Nelson Willhite placed ninth in the Masters 35-and-older division. Back in January, Willhite sped to the podium with a pair second-place finishes and one first-place performance in a trio of Fremont Early Bird Criteriums.

Looking back to the March 5 McLane Pacific road races in Merced, Nevada City’s Jim Rogers finished 17th among 85 competitors in the 48-mile Masters 45-and-older division. Kalb took 27th place in the same race.

Lindberg finished 30th among 96 competing in the Masters 35-and-older 1/2/3 division, while Hundemer took 38th in the Masters 35+ 4Ú5 division. Willhite was 51st of 99 competing in the Elite 4Ú5 criterium.

Chuck Ross, a teacher at Union Hill in his first racing season, finished third in a 30-man field at the Jan. 22 Patterson Pass Early Bird Road Race and followed that up with a fifth-place finish at the Jan. 30 TBF #1 Mountain Bike Race in the expert division.

Kalb took second place in the Expert 40-49 division at TBF #1, while Hundemer was fifth in the Sport 30-39 class.

Other notable performances include seventh-place finish by Hundemer and a 10-place performance by John Slavonic, a Nevada Union High School teacher, in the Patterson Pass Early Birds on Jan. 22.

Patrick Nichols, competing in the Elite 4 division, took 24th place in the Pine Flat Road Race on Feb. 12 and finished 55th at the Feb. 26 Snelling Road Race. David Barrett, racing in Elite 3, took 21st place at Pine Flat.

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