Second annual Super-D draws racers from all over
Ryan Thym, of Reno, left, Douglas Thayer, of Reno and Evan Zahniser, of Susanville, stand on the podium and show off their first-, second- and third-place prizes for the open class. Photo submitted
Nov. 5 — It was a day of dirt and downhill racing as mountain bikers from all over Northern California and Nevada attempted to conquer the mountain.
More than 30 mountain bikers of all ages and skills levels took to the trail at Susanville Ranch Park on Saturday, Oct. 26 for the second annual Super-D downhill race.
The race is put on by the Susanville Area Bicycle Association and, according to member Brian Tilford, had 19 more participants this year than last year. Racers traveled from Westwood, Reno, Redding, Chico and Sacramento to speed downhill in the thrilling race. The open class division had 11 races, the sport class had 18, the beginner class had two and the junior class of racers ages 12 and younger had five.
Douglas Thayer, of Reno, came in first place in the open class, giving him top honors as the 2013 Super-D King of the Mountain. Ryan Thym, also of Reno, took second place and Evan Zahniser came in third.
In the men’s sport class, James Whittaker, of Susanville, was the first-place winner, Randy Robbins came in second and Ruben Molina got third.
Michele Benjamin, of Redding, was the first-place winner in the women’s sport class. SABA member Camille Buehler came in second place and first-time racer Lisa Urquizu got third.
In the beginner class, Walker Kirkland took first place and Matt Urquizu got second.
Rhyse Cooper was the first-place finisher in the junior class, Ben Kirkland came in second and Cameron Wattenburg took third.
There was also a Pizza Factory Dash for Cash down the infamous “heart attack hill,” which Thayer won by one second.
“(It was) a very close finish,” Tilford said.
SABA is thankful to all of the local businesses and organizations that helped sponsor the race, making it possible, including the California Correctional Peace Officers Association-CCC chaper, Napa Auto Parts, Pizza Factory, Diamond Mountain Mini Mart, Payless Building Supply, Diamond Mountain Casino, Lasco, Bicycle Bananas and Scotts Valley Cycle Sports.
For more information on SABA and its upcoming events, visit sabadirtriders.com.
Norton gets third win in a row
Auttumn Norton won her third MMA fight in a row Saturday, Oct. 26 against Hawaii native Bryanna Fissori. Norton was not predicted to win the fight, but choked out Fissori in the third round. Photo by Maddie Musante
Nov. 1 — A local MMA fighter is making quite the name for herself. Auttumn Norton, a member of the Iron Pit Fight team, based out of Iron Horse Gym in Susanville, won her sixth fight Saturday, Oct, 26 against Hawaii native Bryanna Fissori.
The pair battled it out at Nor Cal Combat 8, which took place at the Glenn County Fairgrounds in Orland. Fissori traveled from Hawaii to compete in the fight, but she was no match for Norton who took her out via submission in three rounds.
Norton was not predicted to win the fight, which she admits made her a little nervous.
“(I was) a little intimidated. Every fight I get kind of nervous, But I wasn’t too bad,” she said.
However, any nervousness she might have had did not show in the ring. Studying her opponent and training hard paid off for the 19-year-old Susanville native who has won her last three fights.
“It was a really good fight,” Norton said.
“I knew that she had a lot of ground game, so I wanted to keep it standing as much as I could.”
Knowing her opponent clearly worked well, as Norton was able to overcome Fissori and ended the fight by choking her out in the third round.
Norton’s fight record is now 5-1.
She says she doesn’t have another fight coming up any time soon, but plans to schedule one in a few months.
“I think I’m going to take a few months for steady training and then start looking for another fight,” she said.”
For more information on the Iron Pit Fight Team, call Iron Horse Gym at 251-4985.
McKinley runners end a great season
The McKinley Elementary School cross country team poses together during one of its meets at Susanville Ranch Park. The team competed in five meets, most of them at Susanville Ranch Park and one at Shaffer School.
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