By Bill Tamburrino
Coach Robert Grace is very happy with the progress and work ethic of his Cycle Dawgs, the cycling group that started this year at Ramona High School.
In their latest competition at Lake Arrowhead this month, the Cycle Dawgs showed their most improvement of the season.
“Freshman Kyle Skeen showed what can be accomplished with hard work and determination,” said Grace. “Kyle came in second place in the first two races to Jarod Jordan of Menefee High School. Kyle worked extra days and added extra weight to his bike and put extra weight in a backpack during workouts.
“It worked. Kyle beat Jordan. The two were even after the first five-mile lap, but Kyle pulled away in the second lap and won by 20 seconds.”
Ashley Duck came in fourth in her heat but remains in first place in overall points and will keep the leader’s jersey, which she has had all season.
Garrett Gaither took second in his heat and is second overall in total points.
“Dan Drago finished 11th in his heat and moved from 15th to 11th overall in his division,” said Grace.
Garrett Hatch also moved up in the rankings. He finished 13th in his heat and moved up five places to 20th overall.
Colton Long also had a great heat, finishing 13th in his heat and moving into the top 20 in his division.
The course at Arrowhead is demanding.
“It started out as a single trail at 4,800 feet and the first two miles was a climb,” said Grace. “From there it was a bumpy and curvy downhill over two streams. The final mile and a half was a climb. The climb was where Kyle’s extra work paid off. He was nails on the climb.”