Updated: Jan 27, 2020
Today DIRTy Squirrels Racing competed in the final race of the Illinois MTB State Championship Race Series IHRS, the Farmdale Festival, in Washington, IL. Six #squirrels raced in the Novice category, including Diego Mosquera, Christian Crespo, Daniel Kolar, Ivan Rojas, Bryant Fernández, and Victor Reyes, and every single one achieved a victory today. Starting with Bryant Fernández , who competed in his first XC race ever and finished strong, Ivan Rojas for racing his 2nd XC race and showing awesome improvement, Christian Crespo for placing 1st in his AG, Daniel for placing 3rd in his AG after coming back from injury, Victor Reyes for placing 3rd in his AG and making his first podium (woot woot 🎉) and finally Diego Mosquera for placing FIRST overall!!! Huge congrats to each of you! Charlotte Gutierrez and Andrés Gutierrez raced in the sport category and placed 2nd and 4th in their age categories; nice work!
The final race also brought with it overall series and state championship awards. DIRTy Squirrels Racing took FOUR 2019 State Championships! Diego Mosquera in the Cat 3 40-49, Christian Crespo in Cat 3 19-29, Andrés Gutierrez in Cat 2 30-39 and Charlotte Gutierrez in Cat 2 30-39. Mihai took bronze in the Illinois Championship Series for Cat 3 30-39. Christian Crespo also placed 3rd overall in the series, and Charlotte Gutierrez placed 1st.
We are so excited to have had another successful XC racing season which includes our four state champs as well a successful regional championships which saw Charlotte Gutierrez on the top of the podium in the sport 30-39, Christian Crespo in 5th place in Cat 3 19-29 and Cuco Perez in 4th in Cat 2 30-39.
nThank you to all of our racers who competed this season, Mihai Viteazu, Sergiu Pita, Dani, Rory Polk, Cuco Perez, Daniel, Victor, Diego Mosquera, Christian Crespo, Ivan Rojas, Bryant Fernández, Charlotte Gutierrez and Andrés Gutierrez, it’s always super awesome to see so many #squirrels out there racing!
Thank you to Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association and the Illinois MTB State Championship Race Series IHRS for all your hard work and putting on another awesome series! It’s such a pleasure to support local Illinois races!
And of course, thank you to our sponsors. We couldn’t ask for better kits that are so comfortable and quality and made with such care by Eleven Pro Cycling Clothing. Thank you to Maxxis Tires - USA for tires that offer such grip, control and speed and help us snag podiums. Nuun Hydration kept us hydrated and whether we used Nuun Sport for shorter races or Nuun Endurance for longer ones, and it tastes great! Thanks to Albabici and LIMAR Helmets for super light helmets that we hardly even realize we are wearing! Thank you to Wolf Tooth Components for comfortable Fat Paw grips, super snazzy and colorful bike bling and chain rings. Honey Stinger gels and bars always gave us the energy we needed at the start line and throughout the races. Thanks to ProNet Cycling INC and Effetto Mariposa for the Espresso that gave us the peace of mind knowing that a puncture wouldn’t be the end of our race.
And thank YOU! Thank you to all our supporters that follow us (and made it through this super long post!) We are so fortunate to have such wonderful fans behind us. Stay tuned because as you might know, #crossiscoming