On behalf of the Drake MTB Coaches and Parent Committee I would like to welcome you all back to the start of another great Drake MTB season. Not sure where summer went but hopefully everyone had an enjoyable time riding, traveling and relaxing.
This season has really crept up pretty fast, starting with a very successful Club Day signup with 40 interested riders, including 11 girls! So the process of nurturing yet another seed of riders and parents into the tradition of Drake MTB begins again.
As you will be hearing from Co-Head Coaches Sarah and Otis, this year’s team of returning riders is pretty strong and for the first time in a long time, Varsity Boy’s, as a group, will be fun to watch. The returning girls and all the new recruits they encouraged to sign up are really going to balance out this seasons team. More from the coaches.
Welcome to the online home of the Drake Pirates MTB Team, 4X California State Champs (2009-2012) and 8X NorCal High School Mountain Bike League Champs (2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014).
It was a spring day in 2002, when a Drake High sophomore and Drake teacher found themselves competing against each other unexpectedly at a race infamously known as Billy Cross.
It was a classic match-up of student versus master every bit as great as Vader vs. Kenobi. They fought, struggled, and even trash-talked to gain cycling supremacy at Drake High, the only high school in the country to produce not one but two national collegiate cycling champions. The stakes were high.
What happened on that day is the stuff of legend. Some will say that the kid showed up the master by beating him to the line. Others deny, saying the kid only had to do two laps, and the old timer, three. Not a fair comparison.
But, what we do know is from that meeting came the birth of the Drake Mountain Bike Team.
In December of 2002 we had our first meeting. That spring, 8 Pirates came out to race.
By the spring of 2009, Drake had earned the title of 2004 and 2006 NorCal State Champions. And, finally, in 2009 Drake won the first-ever California State Championship, the first of eight in a row (as of 2014), bringing high school mountain biking’s most prestigious honor to where it truly belongs…at the foot of Repack and Mt. Tamalpais.
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