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Contents:  Directors Note  |   Volunteers Needed  |   Race 1 Wrap-Up  |   Race Etiquette  |   Next Up

March 31, 2014

Directors Note

Race season is a very special time for me personally. This is a time when I have the opportunity to step away from the desk and see all the bright faces behind the League from our student-athletes, to all our great coaches, our dedicated volunteers and the friends and family of the League.

Races are a time to celebrate our student-athletes as we watch them push their personal and physical boundaries, celebrate their success, and witness the culmination of all their hard work. They are also special opportunities for us to support one another, build community and create a positive atmosphere of infinite smiles.

I am so proud and honored to be part of this community.

Yours in cycling,

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller

Washington Student League


Looking for Volunteers – WIN A BIKE

Race day simply couldn’t happen without our volunteers. Each race takes approximately 60 volunteers and 200 volunteer hours! WE NEED YOU. Please signup now: http://washingtonleague.org/volunteer/


Thanks to the generous folks at Raleigh, at the end of the season we will be raffling off a Talus 29 Comp mountain bike to one lucky volunteer! For each hour that you volunteer, you will receive a raffle ticket. ** COURSE MARSHALS EARN DOUBLE TICKETS **

RaleighTalus 29 Comp

Race 1: Fort Steilacoom Invitational Wrap-Up

On Sunday March 23, punctuated by sunny skies, the 2014 Season Opener did not disappoint. At the first race of the day, a record breaking cowbell swinging group of spectators turned out to cheer on the start of the first race of the season. Spectators 4 to 5 people deep and spanning the entire start line to nearly the first turn to the single track roared and cheered as the girls and middle school student-athletes staged. At one point the crowd demonstrated their exuberance by doing the “Wave”.


Middle School Division:

  1. Camas/Washougal Composite
  2. Icicle River Middle School
  3. Anacortes Composite

High School Division:

  1. Olympic Composite
  2. Issaquah Composite
  3. Ballard High School

For complete race results, visit www.washingtonleague.org/results



A special THANK YOU to Gina Williams of Gina Williams Photography for documenting this special day. Fort Steilacoom Invitational race photos can be found here.


© Gina Williams Photography

Max Hale, Middle School, Bainbridge Island

Race Etiquette

Race etiquette encompasses not only your actions on the bike during the race, but also your actions on race day. Remember, we have many first time racers in the League as well as new teams. it is our job to support, encourage and educate all league riders and as ambassadors of the sport of mountain biking, it is our duty to demonstrate superior sportsmanship at all times.

  • Here is a great article on Mountain Bike Racing Etiquette for your review.

The League received several complaints regarding passing. Absolutely no team blocking is allowed and any riders or teams known to be using team blocking tactics will be penalized. Additionally, foul or inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

  • Here is a great article on Passing Strategies.

© Gina Williams Photography

Marco  Ammatelli, Varsity, Spokane, WA

Race Day Do’s and Don’ts

– Wear your helmet at all times – Throw your helmet on the ground out of frustration
– Communicate verbally when passing – Use foul or inappropriate language
– Offer to assist an injured rider – Assume that the rider is okay unless you have confirmation
– Cheer and support racers when you aren’t racing   – Wander off when a race is in progress
– Create an environement of encouragement with all riders; complement them on their accomplishments – Criticize or put them down



Next Up

Race #2 – Peninsula 360

Date: April 6, 2014

More information can be found here.

  • New Course
  • New Staging Area
  • Camping Available

  • BRING YOUR RACER PLATE TO THE NEXT RACE. Lost plates are $5.00
  • Coaches meeting is at 9:00AM. Every team must have a representative at the meeting.


Evergreen Washington Student LeagueP.O. Box 22187Seattle, WA  98122   206.291.7773   |  F    206.577.4564


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