Southridge Park * Fontana, California * January 27th & 28th, 2007
dhRENO racer Eric Opperman wins the semi-pro downhill race at Southridge!!!
Eric raced to the #1 spot aboard his Intense Uzzi VPX! Andrew VanZuyen from Intense Cycles is in 5th place.
If you want to know how to run a local mountain bike race series the right way, look no further than the Southridge Winter Race Series. Donny Jackson and his crew at the Southridge Racing Club do a first class job of putting on a great race. Fun atmoshphere, well thought out courses and the best organized races that I’ve ever attended!
That’s Donny Jackson at the grill…..
We had major fun at the Southridge event and everyone had a great race! It was perfect racing weather and a beautiful drive down and back on highway 395.
L2R: Randy, Eric, Steve & Matt
Southridge Downhill Course Video:
Excellent helmet cam video courtesy of David Bershefsky.
The course took its toll on man and machine.
Eric got scraped up in practice. He crashed at the same place that David did in the course video! Matt gouged his fork lowers pretty bad at the same rock garden and Randy ripped up his jersey, both in crashes during practice.
Short Race Video:
Eric flying thru the last rock garden on his race run. He makes it look easy- it wasn’t!
Hey kids! If you wanna race Clydesdale (over 200 lbs) when you grow up you gotta train. Steve & Randy with one of their many unofficial training sponsors.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles!
We’re still looking for an acceptable motel in Ontario (just 5 miles from Southridge) as we didn’t get much sleep on this trip either! The last time we raced in Fontana we stayed at an Ontario motel in the drug dealer’s urban jungle. This time we stayed in the middle of LA’s transportation hub. Regular high speed freight trains would scream by at 50 mph, using their air horns, just 100 yrds from our front door. (I didn’t know that freight trains even went that fast until Ontario.)
In between the freight trains, roaring jets would take off and land all night from the busy Ontario airport right behind us. A major truck stop was across the street and dozens of idling semis were literally a stones throw away from our rooms. Then there was the regular, weekend-night-at-a-cheap-motel ruckus: parties, squealing tires, loud profane arguments, car alarms and barking dogs! Interstate 10 with 12 lanes of traffic was a block away but we never even heard it over the din. If you know of a safe, quite and cheap motel close to Fontana please let us know! We gotta get some zzzzzzzzzzz.
- More pics at Yahoo Photos
- Coverage at MBAction.com
- Professional pics at Photo Turbo
- Southridge Racing Club the folks that put this series on.
Sunset about 50 miles from LA