Estrella Hedgehog 2018

 Amazing food to feed an army prepared by our friend Diedra.

Amazing food to feed an army prepared by our friend Diedra.

 Our little set-up at Estrella Mountain Regional Park competitive loop.

Our little set-up at Estrella Mountain Regional Park competitive loop.

 Leg marking to identify the categories

Leg marking to identify the categories

 Antonio.

Antonio.

 JF coming in hot!

JF coming in hot!

 Energy chew have to be accessible when you ride. They also might get extra crunchy...

Energy chew have to be accessible when you ride. They also might get extra crunchy...

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 She had that big beautiful smile the whole time!

She had that big beautiful smile the whole time!

 Mathilde at the finish!

Mathilde at the finish!

 Mara on the podium, 1st place! Sisters supporting sisters!

Mara on the podium, 1st place! Sisters supporting sisters!

 So proud of herself!

So proud of herself!

Just a week ago, Mathilde and Aisha were not interested in racing the next bike race - The Estrella Hedgehog, but at the last minute, Mathilde decided to register (she is in the same category as Mara, 13-14 yo – the age the child will have at the end of the year – so on the young side of her category) and Aisha decided to race up a category (in the 15-16 yo) because the course was more interesting in her opinion (the 15-16 are on the adult long loop -10 mile with some pretty technical and loose sections - instead of doing 5 junior loops like the 13-14). The other reason is because she finds it too emotionally hard to race against her twin sister. So this was perfect. There were 9 girls registered in her category and her only wish was to no finish last. She came in second and surprised us all (and herself!!). She so needed that confidence!
Mara had a great race and finished first on 15 girls in the 13-14 and Mathilde rode very well with a big smile on her face the whole time and finished 9th!
JF also had a great race and finished 12th on thirty-something racers. Our friends all had great races and podiums too!! What a day!