Ride in the Rocks 2013
Mountain Bike Ride!
• 22 Mile Challenge
• Tame 10
• Family 5
• 5 Mile Walk / Run
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November 2nd, 2013
Sponsored by: Mitsubishi Cement Corporation -Educational Foundation
To Benefit: Lucerne Valley Schools
Once again we were given perfect weather! By moving the event from October to the first weekend in November we were able to enjoy more fall weather. With a crisp cool start, those riding the 22 mile Challenge Course felt the thermometer rise only into the low 70’s as opposed to low 80 degree temps in years past. It has not been decided for sure yet, but we may now be able to move the start time from 8am to 9am allowing for a bit more shut-eye before climbing on the bike for the day.
We had a lot of families with young children out on the 5 mile Run/walk course this year, many novice riders on the Tame 10 mile course and the record number of 68 on the 22 mile Challenge Course this year. We had one guy remark that we need to make it known that this course is not for beginners. Though we have beginners ride it through to the finish every year, it is designed by our resident mountain bike racer Robert Otwell to challenge even the toughest pro rider. With lots of sand, rocks and technical single track, it had a few riders out there for over 5 hours.
The first four riders across the finish line were all pro-riders lead by Bear Valley Bike’s owner and operator Derek Hermon with a time of 1:50:21. Fifth over the line was our own local professional Omya limestone plant manager Peter Sutherland with the respectable time of 1:57:22 followed closely by Robert Otwell who finished at 1:59:47.
Our largest team was the Lucerne Valley Community Church with 13 riders this year. That organization also provided the largest number of volunteers for this year’s event, again the lucky number 13.
We also had representatives from many other local organizations with volunteers from Citizen’s on patrol, the Lion’s Club, the Lucerne Valley High School football team, Lucerne Valley teachers, Mitsubishi Cement Corporation, OMYA and many, many individuals, for a total of 41 total volunteers involved.
Out of This World BBQ once again fed us with BBQ chicken, pulled pork, and BBQ beans, yum!
The Ride in the Rocks Event was created by the Mitsubishi Cement Corporation Educational Foundation to raise money to support our local students in the area of science. The money raised this year sent over 70 fifth graders to the week-long High Trails Outdoor Science School in the San Bernardino National Forest.