Tsering Alleyne and Emma Worldpeace have embarked on an exciting journey of mountain biking. Emma grew up in Southern Humboldt and both graduated from South Fork High School, Emma in 2004 and Tsering in 2003. They started a mountain biking team at South Fork and have continued this sport into the collegiate level. While at South Fork, the team was Division II State Champions, and Emma was the overall leader for the high school series for varsity women her senior year. Both Tsering and Emma now attend the University of California, Berkeley and have been captains of the mountain bike team. Emma is a peace and conflicts studies major and Tsering is an environmental science major.
Emma says she enjoys riding because it is very exhilarating and you are out in nature and getting a workout at the same time. Mountain biking is not only a sport for young people, but it is great for people of all ages, she adds.
Emma and Tsering train 10 to 25 hours per week. The races can range anywhere from 25 to 30 miles for Tsering and 18 to 28 miles for Emma. Training is very important to be able to ride that far with a fast time. "Mountain biking was my first love and a great way to get around," says Emma.
Emma became a dedicated mountain bike racer in high school. Now in her third year at UC Berkeley, she is this year's Women's Mountain Biking captain and Mountain Biking race director. Along with many other things that college students have going on during the school year, Emma leads mountain bike rides, recruits and does clinics for new riders, volunteers at Berkeley High School, and trains for racing.
"I am looking forward to doing well at the National Mountain Bike Series final in Colorado," says Emma. She is currently ranked 3rd overall in the 19-29 expert women's series and hopes to maintain a top position.
Tsering, among many other mountain biking accomplishments, is now one level below the professional status in mountain biking. "I've had a strong athletic history since I was a middle distance runner in high school. I've been on a bike since I was eight but didn't discover racing until I moved from the East Coast to Northern California in 2002. The bug bit me and soon my athletic ambition turned completely towards MTB," says Tsering.
Tsering started his mountain biking adventure with the Northern California High School Mountain Bike League. Now Tsering volunteers for the league, and he enjoys giving other students the same opportunities that he had. Tsering's first real mountain bike team was at UC Berkeley. He has been able to still have fun while racing at the college level. "I hope with my fresh enthusiasm and commitment my 2007 season in Semi-Pro will be an enjoyable success," says Tsering.
Tsering and Emma travel to different states to race, including northern and southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Oregon. Because the collegiate-level racing season is only from September to November, they decided that they wanted to start their own team outside of the college level. Emma and Tsering started to ask around for different sponsors and stopped by Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka. The owner of Lost Coast Brewery, Barbara Groom, was very enthusiastic about supporting Tsering and Emma. Lost Coast Brewery was their first sponsor and they have added many more to their list such as: Bill's Bicycle Repair in Benbow; Infinite Tarot in Salmon Creek; Mountain Lavender Co-Operative in Benbow; Syncros in the Bay Area; WTB in the Bay Area; GU Sports in the Bay Area; Missing Link in the Bay Area; Vanderkitten (women's clothing) in the Bay Area; Ahren's Bicycles in San Jose; Fabricated Frames; Humboldt Organic Growers Association in Redway; and Pearl Izumi in Colorado. Sponsors help the team by paying for shoes, gloves, jersey kits, entry fees, and bikes.
Team jerseys are being sold at the Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka and online at www.lostcoast.com.
Emma and Tsering are planning a mountain bike fest on August 19 called Reggae Riding that will be held at Southern Humboldt Community Park. The festival is going to be a benefit to raise money for Emma and Tsering's team, Team Lost Coast Brewery, and for the South Fork mountain bike team.
The festival is going to include mountain biking from noon until dark. There will be races for all ages and skills, bike clinics and demos, fun contests, and fabulous prizes. There will also be a bike swap where you can sell your old bike stuff. What would a festival be without food and music? Reggae Riding will have live music from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. and the bands will include Rootstock, Ishi Dube, and The NPK. Food, drinks, and beer will also be on sale at the event. For admission prices and more information about Reggae Riding, you can contact Emma and Tsering at 707-923-2100 or go online to www.reggaeriding.blogspot.com. To get more information about Tsering and Emma's mountain biking adventures you can go to www.teamlcb.blogspot.com.