Mountain bike competitors from around SoCal and the world gathered once again at the scrappy little bullring known as Southridge to take on the fourth round of the 2018 KMC Winter Training Series. Perhaps no other chunk of land has been the site of so many laps and so much history in this sport. Jammed into the suburban sprawl of the greater Los Angeles metro area—specifically Fontana, CA—Southridge has been a part of the knobby tire training and racing scene for several decades. Numerous National-level events have taken place on these punchy, scratchy, granite-laden hills, subjecting riders to soul sucking climbs, white knuckle descents and just about everything a meteorologist could throw at them. Wind in particular has frequently been a factor, and while Saturday's Cross Country and Enduro events enjoyed coolish and calm conditions, Sunday's Downhill was once again affected by moderate, gusty breezes.
Bruce Klein, a 21-year-old from nearby Pasadena who rides for Commencal/100%, is the reigning USA Cycling Pro GRT champ once again using Southridge as a tuneup for another title run in the U.S. as well as another shot at the international calendar. He was the Pro Men's DH winner.
Hailing from Netherlands, 35-year-old Anneke Beerten is a multi-time BMX and Four-Cross World Champion now focusing on the Enduro World Series. Beerten accomplished a rare double at Fontana, winning the Pro Women's Cross Country as well as the Downhill the following day.
Two more events remain on the Southridge USA KMC Chain Winter Training Series (March 10-11 and March 24-25), leading in to the Fontana City National April 7-8. For more information and complete results, visit http://southridgeusa.com