VACAVILLE — The Rockhopper Classic drew a crowd of dedicated cyclists who came to test their skills on the trails of Lagoon Valley Park, Sunday.
The Rockhopper Classic began in the late 1970s in Napa and lasted for about 13 years. Frank Sisneros, of the Monticello Cycling Club, brought it back to the area in 2012.
Monticello Cycling Club is a premier bicycle club in Solano County. It was formed in 1987 in Vacaville. It promotes cycling events such as the Rockhopper Classic Mountain Bike Race and the Vacaville Gran Prix, according to Sisneros.
“This is a nonprofit organization,” he said. “Last year, we donated about $1,000 to the Vacaville Dirt Dogs, a racing group. The rest of the money goes back into planning for the next event.”
The event brought about 140 riders from the ages of 9 to 60-plus years old.
“Last year, we had about 150 people, so this is a good turnout, and it’s early this morning,” said Sisneros.
The temperature by 8:30 a.m. was hovering around 76 degrees, and it was even hotter by noon, but the event was prepared with water and refreshments. All cyclists brought water with them, and were ready for a tough ride.
“One of the reasons I like this trail is because it is steep to climb with lots of hills. It’s one of the tougher routes in the area,” Sisneros said.
Kevin Yackle, of Yackle Brothers Racing, agreed. He brought his two boys, Nyu, 11, and Jake, 13, from Reno, Nevada, for the race.
“It’s a good trail to practice on,” he said.
Jake has been racing since he was 8 years old and loves the challenge of the hills.
“Racing is a lot of fun because you get to meet people and go to cool places,” he said.
Nyu plans on being a professional racer when he grows up.
“There are some cool trails in the Philippines,” he said.
They were not feeling threatened by the high heat, being from Nevada. The family has trained on a variety of courses from Colorado to Nevada.
“We got out yesterday and road the trail. Part of it is just being exposed to it,” Yackle said.
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