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2018 Southwest Mountain Bike Team
2018 Southwest Mountain Bike Team
2018 Southwest Middle School Team
2018 Southwest Middle School Team

Please visit our team website here - https://www.612mtb.com/

Or follow us on facebook - 612mtb team

The person to contact at Southwest is José Fresco, Spanish teacher, room W-319.

JOIN THE TEAM!!! (Registration is closed but if you'd like to check us out for next year, contact one of the coaches and arrange to participate in a practice for a day) Everyone is welcomed!!! It doesn't matter your skills. We have had riders who at the beginning of the season could not climb a single hill, and now they are finishing races and doing very well. It will also prepare you for winter sports by getting you in shape, improving your stamina, and most importantly, it will give you the confidence to try other sports. So, if you like to ride a bike, join the team. It is fun and everyone races. Nobody is left out. And, on top of all, they are a fun group to hang out. Just look at the pictures below.

 

The 612MTB mountain bike team includes 6th through 12th grade riders from Southwest (41 riders), Washburn (76 riders), South (20 riders), and a Minneapolis Southside Composite (17 riders) for a total of 154 riders. The composite team is composed of home schooled students and any Minneapolis rider whose school does not currently have a team .

All four teams practice together, but during the races, each high school races individually. Each rider also races for his/her team and earns points towards his category/class and towards the team. Points are awarded for each rider, 1st place 500, 2nd, 495, 3rd, 490, etc. Only the team's best eight riders' points are counted toward the team overall points for that particular race, AND there has to be at least 2 female riders. If there are not any female riders, only the three best male riders' points will count toward the team's total.

Practices are on Monday, Thursdays (we meet on Dean Parkway and W 28th st., just north of Lake Calhoun), and Saturdays (we usually go to a trail around the city - Murphy Hanneram, Lebanon Hills, Lake Rebecca, etc., and races are on Saturdays and Sundays. We don't practice on the Saturdays that we have a race. Races used to be only on Sundays, but now that there are more than 60 high school teams and more than 1400 riders, it has become a two day event. Middle schoolers race on Saturday and high schoolers race on Sunday. Races start at 8am and there are usually done by 3pm. Riders and parents of the riders that start early help set up the tents, and riders and parents of the riders who start later help take them down.

This is the first time that Southwest has had this many riders. For the first three years, Southwest only had about 10 riders (or less), and last year we started with about 32 riders (high schoolers and middle schoolers), but we finished the season with only 27 riders. We keep increasing the numbers and hopefully we'll keep increasing our chances to finish first. Southwest has had (and still has) some of the best riders in the state: Foss Kerker (class of 2017), Adlai Sinkler (2017), Torsten Brikema (2018), Henry Hall (2019), Kasia Bednarski (2019), Zoe Camp (2020), Sudie Hall (2021), Jack Brandvold (2021) and Cooper Camp (2022).

Since Southwest started racing in 2015, it has finished second every year, except last year that we finished third (two of our best riders were sick during a couple of races and couldn't race, and on another race, a rider had to switch a bike due to a mechanical problem and was penalized 10 minutes, moving him from 1st place to 17th place. These two unforseen events deprived the team of many valuabe points that eventually cost Southwest the second, or perhaps first place overall). This year we hope to do well again because Zoe, Sudie, Jack and Cooper are returning, other riders have greatly improved and they look very strong, and there are a lot of new riders who look forward to contribute to the team. This 2019 season looks very promising.

 

High School Coaches:

Tonja Sahaydak - tonjasahaydak@gmail.com

Phil Bode - phillip.bode@gmail.com

Chris Hedlund - Chris.Hedlund@bestbuy.com

Wallace Alexander - wwsunn@gmail.com

Tom Camp - tom@pockethercules.com

José Fresco (asistant coach - liason/contact at Southwest High School) - jose.fresco@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

Middle School Coaches:

Beckie Alexander - alexander.beckie@gmail.com

John Adleman - j.adleman101@gmail.com

Tom Zaremba - thomasjzaremba@hotmail.com

 

Southwest Riders for 2019:

6th Graders: Will Brandvold and Zach Keller.

7th Graders: Moen Erickson, Zoe Sumner, Oskar Eilefson, Julia Lynch, Tryggve Thorson and JP Walker.

8th Graders: Ben Brandvold, Henry Giles, Spencer Devens, Nathan Hickman, Parker Hunt, Andrew Sweirenga, 

9th Graders: Eddie Reed, Wes Sumner, Gwen Reginold, Alex Bennett, Jane Rittler, Hank Gisselman, Emmett Kepler, Sarah LaBarre, Ben Mimick, Jeanie Reed, and Walter Zell.

10th Graders: Cooper Camp, Lucas Linnebach, Maya Amundson, Miguel Fresco Hanlon, Bergen Thorson and Padraic Mosher,

11th Graders: Jack Alexander, Luke Gilbertson, Eddie Rittler, Stas Bednarski, Jack Bradnvold, Eva Peters, Sudie Hall and Saunder Strong.

12th Graders: Zoe Camp, Natasha Levy and Isaac Trockman.

 

This year there are seven races with two by-weeks (we only have to race five races): Middle schoolers race on Saturday and High Schoolers race on Sunday.

Race 1: Aug. 24/25 - Schindler Way Trail, Austin, MN

Race 2: Sept. 7/8 - Bye week (we don't race) - Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN

Race 3: Sept. 14/15 - Bye week (we don't race) - Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, WI

Race 4: Sept. 28/29 - White Tail Ridge, Riverfalls, WI

Race 5: Oct. 5/6 - Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes, MN

Race 6: Oct. 12/13 - Spirit Mountain, Duluth, MN

Race 7: Oct. 26/27 - Mt. Kato, Mankato, MN. Championship (EVERYONE RACES)

 

 

Below are last year's results:

 
  • Austin: the race was rained out and only raced 7th, 8th and 9th graders.

 

 

  • Lake Rebecca: we finished SECOND. We had a good race. A broken derraileur to a one of our top riders prevented us from finishing in first place. Below are the results.

Top finishers:

Varsity Girls: (4 laps in 4 mile course). Zoe Camp, FIRST!!!! (TWO min. ahead second place). Kasia Bednarski, SECOND!!! (a whole min. ahead of third place). Sudie Hall, FIFTH!!!!

JV2 Boys: (they do two laps): Luke Gilbertson, 6th and Jack Alexander, 9th.

JV3 Boys: (three laps): Stas Bednarski, 8th.

Varsity boys: (4 laps): Jack Brandvold, 8th and Henry Hall 9th.

 

 

  •  Detroit Mountain (Detroit Lakes): We finished FIRST!!! We had a very good race again with no mechanical problems on anybody. Everybody looked strong.

 Top finishers:

Varsity Girls: Zoe Camp, FIRST!!! (almost TWO minutes if front of second place...again). Kasia Bednarski, 3rd, and Sudie Hall, 8th.

Varsity boys: Jack Brandvold 10th.

JV3 Boys: Stas Bednarski, 2nd.

JV2 Girls: Nathasha Levy 13th, .

JV2 Boys: Luke Gilbertson 17th.

Freshman Girls: Maya Amudson 13th.

Freshman boys: Cooper Camp 2nd.

 

  

  • White Tail Ridge (River Falls, Wisconsin):

 Top Finishers:

We finished FOURTH We had a good race, but one of our top riders was ill and couldn't make it.

Varsity Girls: Zoe CampFIRST!!!! and Sudie Hall, 8th.

Varsity boys: Jack Brandvold 5th.

JV2 Boys: Stas Bednarski, 3rd.

JV2 Girls: Nathasha Levy 8th, .

JV2 Boys: Luke Gilbertson 11th.

Freshman Girls: Maya Amudson 23th, ,

Freshman boys: Cooper Camp 2nd.

 

  

  • Mount Kato (Mankato, Minnesota) :We had another great race. We finished THIRD even though one of our best riders was so sick that he had to go home. Otherwise we 

 Top Finishers:

Varsity Girls: Zoe Camp 1st place, Kasia Bednarski 6th and Sudie Hall 7th.

Varsity boys: Jack Brandvold 7th.

JV3 Boys: Stas Bednarski 2nd.

JV2 Girls: Natasha Levy (12th)

JV2 Boys: Jack Alexander 17th and Luke Gilbertson 18th.

Freshmen girls: Maya Amundson25th.

Freshmen boys: Bergan Thorson 22nd and Miguel Fresco 32nd. Cooper Camp (didn’t race because an illness…he was very disappointed and he wanted to race, but his health comes first).

 

  

  • Final Results for 2018We finished THIRD behind Stillwater (first) and Edina (second).

 

Individual Results:

Varsity Girls: Zoe CampFIRST!!!! Kasia Bednarski6th, and Sudie Hall, 9th.

Varsity boys: Jack Brandvold 8th and Henry Hall 44th

JV3 Boys: Stas Bednarski 2nd and Isaac Trockman 74th

JV2 Girls: Nathasha Levy 15th

JV2 Boys: Luke Gilbertson 14th, Jack Alexander 24th, Saunder Strong 39th and Eddie Rittler 77th.

Freshman Girls: Maya Amudson 22nd

Freshman boys: Cooper Camp 14th, Bergen Thorson 27th, Miguel Fresco Hanlon 38th, and Lucas Linnebach 100th

Kasia Bednarski, Zoe Camp and Sudie Hall
Kasia Bednarski, Zoe Camp and Sudie Hall at Lake Rebecca
Kasia Bednarski at Lake Rebecca
Kasia Bednarski
Henry Hall at Lake Rebecca
Henry Hall
Zoe Camp at Detroit Lakes
Zoe Camp
Natasha Levy at Lake Rebecca
Natasha Levy
Isaac Trockman at Lake Rebecca
Isaac Trockman
Sudie Hall
Sudie Hall
Jack Alexander
Jack Alexander
Luke Gilbertson
Luke Gilbertson
Eddie Rittler
Eddie Rittler
Stas Bednarski
Stas Bednarski
Jack Brandvold
Jack Brandvold
Saunder Strong
Saunder Strong
Cooper Camp
Cooper Camp
Maya Amundson
Maya Amundson
Lucas Linnebach
Lucas Linnebach
Bergen Thorson
Bergen Thorson
Miguel Fresco Hanlon
Miguel Fresco Hanlon
612 MTB Team 2018 Seniors
612 MTB Team 2018 Seniors
612 MTB 2018 Team
612 MTB 2018 Team