The Path Bike Shop jr team racer Ava at the 2016 Over The Hump MTB Race SeriesRace Report by Ava Fong, member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team.

My name is Ava Fong and I am 11 years old.  I have been racing Over The Hump Race Series for about 5 years. It has been an amazing experience for my fellow competitors and I.  This season was special for me because it was my last year racing in the 9 to 11 year old girls.  I missed 3 races early in the season, so I wasn’t doing well for the overall title at first. But then, I kept working harder every race. My placing in this last race would be very important for me so that I could have a chance to be the overall winner of the series.

The course conditions this evening were typical for Over The Hump—dry and dusty. My Dad has had me running my tires a little lower pressure than when it’s packed and tacky. This has made my bike feel more secure in the loose gravel. At this race, the girls got to start on their own horn blast after a gap from the boys race. I made sure to get a good start. I went hard from the line, standing out of the saddle up the first hill. I was afraid to slow down and that the other girls might pass me.

I was relieved to finally cross the finish line. I got 1st place, and that was enough points to get me 1st on the podium for the Overall Series!

Next season, I will race Junior Girls and face a tougher course and many fast girls. I couldn’t have done anything without my supportive family and friends. I also want to thank The Path Bike Shop for all they do for me.

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