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NorCal High School Cycling’s Granite Bay Grinder April 8-9

Mountain bike competition on Folsom Lake Trails
By: Staff Report
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More than a thousand mountain bikers will ride the course around Folsom Lake in Granite Bay April 8-9 for their fourth official race of the season and the first in Placer Valley.

Dubbed the Granite Bay Grinder, this course is known for having it all: scores of singletrack, technical sections, mud, sand, oak trees, tall grass and a gorgeous view of a full Folsom Lake.

Placer Valley Tourism has joined the NorCal High School Cycling League 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; 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," said Vanessa Hauswald, executive director for the NorCal League.

This two-day event is expecting 1,100 student-athletes to race over the course. The race will be broken down into 11 categories of competition, including freshman girls, sophomore girls, JV girls, varsity girls, freshman D1 and D2 boys, sophomore D1 and D2 boys, JV D1 and D2 boys and varsity boys. 

Check out these fearless high school mountain bikers as they rip through the course in hopes of making it to the podium. 

There is no admission charge for the race, but the Folsom Lake State Recreation charges a $12 fee per vehicle at the gate. There will be food trucks and merchandise booths on site.